Happy Hour: The Stinger

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With its refreshing mint flavor from the white crème de menthe and the silky taste of Cognac, the Stinger was originally introduced as a nightcap and popularized in movies through the 1940s and 1950s. James Beard also featured the cocktail recipe in his revised edition of Hors d’Oeuvre and Canapés. We think it’s time to get retro and reintroduce this drink as part of your end-of-the-night routine—or even an after-work treat. Get the recipe here.

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Meet the 2015 Radio Show/Audio Webcast Broadcast Nominees

 

Radio has been drawing listeners into the “kitchen of the mind” since the era of the recipe-sharing shows of the 1940s and '50s. But it’s not just eager homemakers tuning in these days—the audience for food-based content has exploded, and radio stations have risen to the challenge, producing fascinating new shows that offer glimpses of past, present, and future cultures through the dishes and recipes that have defined them. 

 

 

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All Things Considered’s “Found Recipes”
Host: Melissa Block, Audie Cornish, and Robert Siegel
Producers: Julia Redpath Buckley, Serri Graslie, and Melissa Gray
Airs on: NPR

NPR’s “Found Recipes,” cataloges the hidden gems discovered by cooks, bakers, and food writers of all backgrounds and experience, from a listener’s favorite sandwich with a... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of April 20

 

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

 

Tuesday, April 21, 7:00 P.M.
Local and Salted, Pacific Northwest 
A selmelier is a sommelier for salt, an expert in the use of culinary finishing salts. At this dinner, chef Michael Stanton of the esteemed Heathman Restaurant & Bar in Portland, Oregon, will partner with pioneering selmelier Mark Bitterman to create a gorgeous, French-inspired, Pacific Northwest feast.

 

Wednesday, April 22, 7:00 P.M.
Women of the Wild West 
Alberta may be known as the home province of the Calgary Stampede, but cattle are just one small aspect of the region’s native bounty. We’ve gathered an acclaimed all-female lineup for an eye-opening and hearty feast that hi... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Special/Documentary TV or Video Webcast Broadcast Nominees

 

As the concept of traceability in our food becomes a larger part of our culture, consumers are increasingly concerned about where their food and drinks come from. The nominees for the James Beard Award in Broadcasting, Special/Documentary, push the question one step further, asking us to consider the triumphs and sacrifices of the individuals that make our food, from coffee farmers on other continents, to produce laborers here at home, to the expert artisans crafting our cappuccinos or cocktails. 

 

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A Film About Coffee
Director: Brandon Loper
Producers: Dalia Burde and Brandon Loper
Airs on: vimeo.com/ondemand/afilmaboutcoffee

 

Few beverages are as ubiquitous to the working world as coffee, but this drink also inspires passion and ardor far beyond an average cup of joe. A Film About Coffee... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: April 17, 2015

 

Americans are officially spending more on dining out than on their groceries. [Bloomberg

 

Killing with kindness: the FDA slaps KIND bars with violations of its labeling laws. [NPR

 

McDonald’s franchisees aren’t lovin' it: the fast food giant faces a sizable backlash from its franchise operators. [Mother Jones

 

The history and psychology of our... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: Michael Vignola

 

Michael Vignola of New York City hot spot Strip House will be cooking up a meat lovers' dream this Saturday, April 18. You don't want to miss this juicy affair at the Beard House coming up faster than you can grill a steak. Here are some of our favorite lines from an interview with this carnivore king:

 

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What's your earliest food memory?
Some of my earliest food memories are Sunday dinners at my grandparents' house. Papa Jim and Nana Shirley always had a feast, whether it was Papa's baked clams or Nana's sauce. I was always around great fresh food that was cooked with love. My grandfather was the only man I knew who would be outside roasti... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award Journalism Nominees

eater

 

Prolific author M.F.K. Fisher set the standard for food writing, blending memoir, travel, and culinary musings to capture audiences over the course of 27 books. The nominees for the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award continue her legacy by employing food as a narrative guide to communicate the important stories of their lives.

 

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John DeVore
Eater
Life in Chains: Finding Home at Taco Bell

For John DeVore, Taco Bell means far more than chalupas and chimichangas. In his passionate ode for Eater, DeVore reveals how the fast food giant came to embody his childhood, his family, and his heritage. [Image shown above]

 

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Adam Gollner
Lucky Peach
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Enter Our #JBFSNACKS Contest to Win Dinner at the Beard House

 

We’ll be live-streaming the 2015 James Beard Awards on May 4. What will you be snacking on while you watch? Share your favorite party snacks with us between now and May 5, and you could win dinner for two at the Beard House! Here's how:

 

1. Follow @beardfoundation on Instagram

 

2. Post a photo of your favorite viewing-party snack and tag it with #jbfsnacks

 

3. You’ll be entered to win a FREE dinner for two at the Beard House in NYC​​

 

Happy snacking! 

 

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Throwback Thursday: Clothes Make the Chef

 

Before his days as editor-in-chief at Bon Appétit, Adam Rapoport reported to the publications department at the James Beard Foundation. Back in our 1997 Winter issue of Beard House Magazine, he detailed James Beard's glamorous style. Beard topped off his large, patterned suits with his most beloved accessory: the bow tie. Whether Beard was hitting the town or cooking in his kitchen, his appearance was always a sight to feast your eyes on. This year, a fancy pop-out paper bow tie adorned the James Beard Awards invite to honor Beard's signature style. For this week's Throwback Thursday, we're sharing some of our favorite quotes from Rapoport's article on a man who's imaginative style made just as big of an impression as his culinary vision:

 

"He didn't dress like anyone, period. But he did have a certain style."

 

"'My first time with James was, as for so many others, really quite memorable,' writes restaurant consultant Clark Wolf in Barbara's Kafka'... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award Journalism Nominees

Portland Monthly

 

When Craig Claiborne became the food editor at the New York Times, the food world was small and food writing essentially limited to home economics columns. Claiborne’s efforts combined food writing, journalism, and criticism to elevate the entire genre. Despite the industry’s rapid expansion in the ensuing half century, the nominees for the Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award have left their mark through their thoughtfully considered takes on their local restaurant scenes. 

 

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Karen Brooks
Portland Monthly

Karen Brooks, the current food critic for Portland Monthly, has covered the city’s food scene for three decades, tackling trends and tastes as the community of Portland has evolved. [Image above]

 

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