On Monday, the Empire State Building Will Glow Orange and Yellow for JBF

The Empire State Building shining orange and yellow for the James Beard Foundation

 

All those flashing camera bulbs on the red carpet won’t be the only things lighting up for this year’s Beard Awards.

 

On Monday, the day of the Awards gala, the iconic Empire State Building will beam orange and yellow, two colors that have special meaning for JBF. The walls of the Beard House were painted orange when James Beard resided there ("It's like living in a bowl of tomato soup," he would say), while yellow represents the pineapple, a symbol of hospitality and a motif in the Beard House décor during the Foundation’s early years. A framed piece of the old pineapple wallpaper now hangs in the Beard House vestibule, welcoming all guests.

 

Alton Brown, who is hosting Monday’s festivities at Lincoln Center, will flip the ceremonial switch for our Empire State Building illumination. If you’re in New York City on Monday evening, be sure to look up!

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Recipes from the Best of Best: Rick Bayless's Margaritas

Rick Bayless's recipe for margaritas

 

For Cinco de Mayo's indispensable boozy accessory, we're turning to margarita authority Rick Bayless, who won our Outstanding Chef award in 1995. When he's shaking up a round of his classic margaritas, Bayless favors the crystalline silver variety of tequila, which has a distinct but clean flavor that shines in mixed drinks. Get the recipe here. 

 

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JBF has recently released The James Beard Foundation’s Best of the Best: A 25th Anniversary Celebration of America’s Outstanding Chefs. This must-have book features delicious, signature recipes from every winner of the Foundation’s Outstanding Chef Award. When we went to press, space required that we omit some surplus essays and... Read more >

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Q & A with Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese Food

Anna Mowry interviews chef Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese Food

 

Now that the original Mission Chinese Food seems destined to endure as one of San Francisco's most popular spots, its chef and Rising Star award nominee, Danny Bowien, is about to introduce New Yorkers to his progressive Chinese-American cooking at a soon-to-open Lower East Side outpost. We phoned Bowien to talk about what he's putting on his new menu, his favorite Chinese restaurants in the city, and more.

 

JBF: We read the recent Bon Appétit piece about your trip to Chengdu, in China’s Sichuan province. Did you find any dishes there that you’re now adapting for your menu?

 

DB: There will be six or seven new dishes on our New York menu, and those things are definitely based on a lot of the flavor profiles that we... Read more >

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Recipe: Sage Custard with Coffee Caramel and Plum Sauce

Andrea Lekberg's recipe for sage custard with coffee caramel and plum sauce, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

Often relegated to a supporting role in a roast or soup, earthy sage is front and center in this creamy custard from New Jersey-based pastry chef Andrea Lekberg. A strong coffee-spiked caramel keeps the dessert's richness in check, while a simple sauce made from plum jam adds a crowning touch of sweetness. Get the recipe here.

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