Happy Hour: The Violet Hour's Stone Cold Fox

Photo by Jenna Liberman

 

The Violet Hour, an elegant Chicago mixology mecca and our 2015 Outstanding Bar Program award winner, beckons discerning clientele with many luxuries: a romantic, serene space with floor-to-ceiling curtains, high-backed blue leather chairs, flickering candles and chandeliers; fine-tuned volume levels and elbow room; and an eclectic selection of artisanal cocktails made with painstaking precision. One shining example is the Stone Cold Fox, a vernal marriage between a Pisco punch and a Mai Tai. As bartender Alyssa Heidt puts it, "Carefree and whimsical, she's the kind of girl who knows how to party." Get the recipe here.

 

Elena North-Kelly is senior editor at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Twitter and ... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of June 1

 

Here's what's coming up at the James Beard House and around the country:

 

 

Wednesday, June 3, 7:00 P.M.
Foraged in Sonoma 
At Sonoma County’s Backyard, husband-and-wife chefs Daniel Kedan and Marianna Gardenhire—who met while working at Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc and Bouchon—cook only with ingredients grown, raised, or line-caught locally. The night’s menu will be a beautiful expression of foraged Northern California cuisine paired with Sonoma County wines.

 

Thursday, June 4, 7:00 P.M.
Taste of Modern Charleston 
Although it’s located in a restored 19th-century home in historic Upper King, Charleston hot spot Fish serves Lowcountry fare that’s far from traditional. Helmed by Nico Romo, France’s youngest-ever master chef, the kitchen turns out cuisine highlighting Charleston’s local bount... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: May 29, 2015

 

Cricket protein bars might be a growing trend, but researchers argue we need to make bugs a lot tastier before entomophagy goes mainstream. [NPR

 

The Trade Promotion Authority act has passed the Senate: should you be concerned? [Food Politics

 

A new study suggests noise pollution could lead to weight gain. [MUNCHIES

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Recipe: Jeweled Farro Verde from Chef Jeff Jackson of the Lodge at Torrey Pines

Jeff Jackson's Jeweled Farro

 

The landmark James Beard House, located in New York City, is often described as the culinary world's Carnegie Hall: its prestigious guest-chef series hosts more than 200 acclaimed chefs each year.

 

For food lovers outside of the Big Apple, there's the Celebrity Chef Tour, whose events are modeled after the typical Beard House experience: a reception featuring passed hors d'oeuvre and wines, followed by a multi-course tasting prepared by the country's most talented chefs. We like to think of it as a traveling symphony.

 

This year the Tour has already swung through Chicago, Nashville, Cambridge, Denver, and more. The next stop? The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California, where JBF Award winner Carrie Nahabedian and... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Martha and Emeril at Chefs & Champagne

Photo by Mark Von Holden

 

With Memorial Day behind us, we’ve got beach weekends and summer Fridays on the brain. Thankfully, Chefs & Champagne, our annual Hamptons tasting party is only a few weeks away! This TBT, we’re looking back at our 2011 fête, where JBF Award winners and food television titans Martha Stewart and Emeril Lagasse broke out the bubbly with JBF president Susan Ungaro. Ready for this year's bash? Check out the chef lineup and other details for this year’s Chefs & Champagne

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What We're Reading: May 28, 2015

 

Discover why all burrata is mozzarella, but not all mozzarella is burrata. [The Kitchn

 

Are we all contributing to California’s drought by eating produce grown there? [Food Politics

 

Around the world in 16 breakfasts. [Food52

 

The surprising parallels between Brazilian and American Southern cooking. [... Read more >

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Expo Milano: Daniel Humm, Johnny Iuzzini, and More

The USA Pavilion at Expo Milano

 

On any given day at Expo Milano, the first-ever food-focused world's fair that's now open in Milan, visitors can experience a veritable buffet of international cuisine, state-of-the-art tech and design, and food-themed programming. Here's a sampling of what's happening at the USA Pavilion, which was produced by the James Beard Foundation and the International Culinary Center:

 

Terrace Talks: held on the roof of the pavilion, Terrace Talks is hosting speakers and panels on a variety of food topics. Tomorrow JBF Award–winning pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini will discuss trends in American pastry and his television career. Next week there's a talk on... Read more >

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Chefs Congregate at Glynwood for JBF’s Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change

Photo by Beall + Thomas Photography

 

More than a dozen chefs from around the country will convene for the James Beard Foundation's seventh Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change at Glynwood in Cold Spring, New York, from June 7 through June 9. This is the second time the multi-faceted program will take place at the agricultural nonprofit’s 225-acre farm. This series of workshops will provide chefs with the policy and advocacy skills they need to be effective champions for their chosen food-system causes. The intensive three-day session is programmed in partnership with the Chef Action Network (CAN) and made possible with founding support from the Osprey Foundation, with additional support provided by Glynwood.

 

The upcoming Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change will immerse participating chefs in sessions including:
 

Creating a Fair, Just, Sustainable, Nutritious, and Deliciou... Read more >

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2015 Who's Who Inductee: Maricel Presilla

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America is a cadre of the most accomplished food and beverage professionals in the country. Though they represent a diverse cross-section of the food and beverage industry—from chefs to journalists to farmers to business executives to scholars—each has been identified by his or her peers as having displayed remarkable talent and achievement. Every member of the Who’s Who has contributed in some substantial way to America’s constantly evolving culinary scene.

 

MARICEL E. PRESILLA / CHEF, RESTAURATEUR, AND COOKBOOK AUTHOR / HOBOKEN, NJ

 

Maricel E. Presilla is an award-winning author, chef, and restaurateur who is widely recognized as one of the nation’s pre-eminent experts on the cuisines of Latin America. In 2013 her magnum opus, Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America, was honored as Cookbook of the Year by the James Beard Foundation and Best General Cookbook by the IACP. Sh... Read more >

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What We're Reading: May 27, 2015

 

Spring may already be on the wane, but you can preserve its bounty through some quick pickling. [Serious Eats

 

In Silicon Valley, coders are looking to fuel their bodies with minimal chewing. [NYT

 

Cracklin’ Oat Bran could be the secret weapon behind your next great dessert. [Food52

 

Could the Bruffin top the Cronut? [Fork in... Read more >

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