Placer County Chief Q Bennett adds to organizers’ diversity and inclusion efforts at the historic celebration.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Since its inception in 2013 by Visit Sacramento, The Tower Bridge Dinner has put the region on the global culinary radar map.
Keeping its promise to fight for diversity and inclusion, the 2022 lineup has been announced and on that list is chef Q Bennett. He’s been a chef for former United States President Bill Clinton, professional athletes from all sports, award-winning musicians, movie studios (Paramount and Universal) and movie stars – most recently a lavish party. birthday for Matt Damon.
The Bennett Restaurant Foundation served 40,000 meals to those in need last year alone. His wife Tamara was among the first to hear the news of his Tower Bridge title, she said.
“My pride and joy is after 19 years of marriage and watching this journey of kicking his ass in all these different restaurants and all these years, his vision has always been huge and I’m just grateful to be a part of the trip,” Tamara Bennett said.
And what a trip it has been. His flagship culinary mecca is Q1227, named after his birthday. It opened weeks before the 2020 pandemic shutdown and not only survived, but is thriving. Good luck getting a table on a Friday or Saturday night without a reservation.
He said “The town of Roseville and its people have been incredibly supportive. We chose this location primarily because the structure became available to us and met our needs, but we couldn’t have picked a better neighborhood for this. we offer. Good food served well!”
Something else Chief Q Bennett didn’t expect: to be part of Placer County history. Hard to imagine, but true: it is the first restaurant owned by a black executive chef in the county.
“Again, we just found the building, opened it, and then found out that we were in the front line to be the first. In fact, as we speak, we are the only black-owned restaurant in Placer County. May I add with that, this county and community has been incredibly supportive. It’s a welcoming and loving community and we’ve chosen the right time to come here and show what we can do,” said Q Bennett.
He shared his reaction to being part of this year’s Tower Bridge chef lineup.
“It’s epic. The Sacramento area is where it is right now,” Q Bennett said. “We’re a recognized foodie town not only in California but around the world, and Bridge Dinner is our Super Bowl. To be a part of it is amazing!”
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