Scenes from Richard Blais's Liquid Nitrogen-Filled Cooking Demo at Sur La Table

[Photographs: Dennis Lee]

The James Beard Foundation's Taste America event happened in Chicago this past weekend with various events and activities around town, including a cooking demo with former Top Chef winner, Richard Blais, at Sur La Table in the Gold Coast.

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Chef Blais was here to promote his new book, Try This at Home, and he showed the attendees how to make a "surf and turf" taco as well as a nitrogen-frozen margarita. While most people might not have some of the equipment he used in their home kitchens, it was still fun to watch him play with high-end kitchen tools.

Check out the event in the slideshow!