In Memoriam: Matt Haley

Matt Haley


The James Beard Foundation is deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic death of Delaware restaurateur and philanthropist Matt Haley, who passed away last night at the age of 53, after suffering injuries in an accident while on a humanitarian trip. Haley, who was honored with the 2014 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year award, was a selfless advocate for underprivileged youth in America and abroad, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities and nonprofits.

 

"Our Foundation honored Matt this year not only for his compassion and commitment to helping disadvantaged children and families locally in Delaware, but also for dedicating his time and resources to help people around the world," said JBF president Susan Ungaro. "We are shocked and saddened by the news of his death. He was on his way to Nepal to do the relief work for which he was so beloved. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends in the restaurant community of Delaware and to the thousands of people... Read more >

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Recipe: BBQ Tofu Sandwich

BBQ Tofu Sandwich

One of our favorite traits about sandwiches are their versatility. Able vehicles for omelets, French fries, and everything in between, sandwiches can hold it all. Case in point: this vegetarian barbecue sandwich from our 2011 "Healthy Focus" Book Award winner, The Simple Art of EatingWell, featuring a slab of tofu that's perfectly browned and topped with an entire cast of condiments. 

 

Get the recipe.

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Video: JBF Award Winner Daniel Boulud's Favorite Sandwich

 

JBF Award winner Daniel Boulud is very particular when it comes to his favorite sandwich. Watch the video above for his thorough answer from bread to filling, and stay tuned for more sandwich-related video content, as we continue to tap renowned chefs for their favorites during National Sandwich Month.

 

Boulud is also the honorary All-Star for this year's James Beard Foundation's Taste America®, our ten-city epicurean tour of exclusive dining events, cooking demos, artisanal tastings, and more. He'll be showcasing his skills with JBF Award Winner April Bloomfield in New York City, October 10-11. Get details about Taste America and buy tickets here. Follow the fes... Read more >

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What We're Reading: August 20, 2014

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The new Whole Foods in Evanston wants to let customers "sip and shop." [Evanston Patch

 

Short Stacks is the new hybrid cookbook-magazine that is all about the recipes. [NYT

 

The exclusive, highly priced, and thankfully nonfunctioning chocolate bathroom. [ABC

 

Facts about the dreaded "freshman fifteen," and how to avoid it. [... Read more >

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JBF in the News: The JBF Food Conference in National Geographic

The 2014 JBF Food Conference

 

Well-rounded food person Mary Beth Albright (she's a former restaurant critic, food attorney, and competitor on The Next Food Network Star) previews our fall conference on "The Plate," the food blog over at NationalGeographic.com. With appreciative memories of "epiphany moments" at last year's gathering, Albright is looking forward to our upcoming discussion of food and its impact (or lack thereof) on health, particularly our scheduled conversation with Mark Bittman.

 

Read Albright's full piece here. Learn more about this year's JBF Food Conference.

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What We're Reading: August 19, 2014

Hazelnut Spread

 

As confectioners scramble for hazelnuts, Nutella-maker the Ferrero Group sits pretty on its stash. [Business Week

 

Move over New York: Restaurant titans like David Chang and Daniel Boulud are flocking to our nation's capital. [Eater]  

 

If you're trying to add more protein to your diet, consider cricket flour. [NPR

 

Show your sushi love with this collection of roll-inspired socks... Read more >

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The American Sandwich Landscape

The American Sandwich Landscape

From sea to shining sea, the U.S. is a country of sandwich lovers. Take a peek at the map below for a guide to some of the sandwiches known as beloved hometown favorites. Whether those picks are niche or known across the States, it’s safe to say we are citizens of one nation, under bread.

 

1.    Alaska > Reindeer sausage sandwich

Fresh reindeer sausage with caramelized onions, peppers, spinach, sharp cheddar, and Dijonnaise sauce on a hamburger bun

 

2.    Arizona > Indian (Navajo) taco

Distinct for its base of the Navajo frybread sopaipilla

 

3.    Arkansas > Fried bologna sandwich

“The sandwich of the South,” made on grilled white bread with bologna and cheddar cheese

 

4.    California (L.A.) > French dip

Shaved roast beef on French bread, served au jus

 

5.    Colorado > Denver sandwic... Read more >

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Video: Ludo Lefebvre's Favorite Sandwich

 

He may be the "King of Pop-Ups" on American turf, but Taste America All-Star Chef Ludo Lefebvre stayed true to his French roots, picking a quintessentially Gallic dish, when we asked about his favorite sandwich. Watch the video above for his answer, and stay tuned for more sandwich-related video content, as we continue to tap renowned chefs for their favorites during National Sandwich Month.

 

Lefebvre is also traveling to Boston in October for the final weekend of James Beard Foundation's Taste America®, our ten-city epicurean tour of exclusive dining events, cooking demos, artisanal tastings, and more. Get details about Taste America and buy... Read more >

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Eat This Word: Succotash

Succotash

 

WHAT? Indians introduced colonists to this mix of beans and corn (the Indian version sometimes included bear meat) and gave the dish its name, which derives from msickquatash, Narraganset for boiled kernels of corn. In A Tramp Abroad, Mark Twain listed succotash (along with possom, coon, and cobblers) among the food from home that he most craved while he was travelling. Ronald Reagan once used the word as a substitute for "Podunk" to mean a backwater place; in so doing, he incensed the 600 residents of Succotash Point, Rhode Island. Sadly, so many Americans were raised on loathsome frozen succotash vegetable mix, they've written off what food writer John Thorne has described as "a quintessential summer dish... with a wonderfully delicate flavor." ​

 

WHERE? Memphis Style 

 

WHEN? August 20, 2014 

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What We're Reading: August 18, 2014

 

A glimpse behind the scenes of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheesemaking. [First We Feast

 

Do you know how your groceries vote? [HuffPo

 

Your bottled water may come from areas of drought. [Mother Jones

 

Leave the oven off and give these stir-fried sweets a go. [Chicago Tribune

 

Roses in your Reese’s? The growing trend of edible flowers in desserts. [NPR... Read more >

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