JBF on the Air: Taste Matters


Have you heard our executive vice president, Mitchell Davis, on the airwaves? Each week on Heritage Radio Network, he hosts Taste Matters, an exciting program dedicated to taste: as a sense, cultural construct, and culinary phenomenon. However much we talk about where our food comes from, how it’s produced, who prepares it, or what sorts of socio-cultural-political implications our food choices and eating behaviors have, taste is fundamental. 

 

In one of our favorite episodes, Mitchell talks with Francis Lam (food writer, Top Chef Masters judge, and editor-at-large at Clarkson Potter Publishers) about culture and authenticity as it relates to food. Why do American chefs cooking immigrant cuisines tend to be more celebrated than actual immigrants cooking... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Introducing the 2013 America's Classics

The James Beard Foundation's 2013 America's Classics

 

There's a lot to to be excited about during JBF Awards season, but we're always especially pleased to announce our newest batch of America's Classics. This award is given to regional establishments, often family-owned, that are treasured for their quality food, local character, and lasting appeal. Without further ado, meet the 2013 inductees.

 

(Read the full press release here.)

 

 

C.F. Folks, Washington, D.C. (Owner: Art Carlson)

 

Art Carlson's weekday-only lunch haunt on Dupont Circle, open since 1981, is a 600-square-foot temple of honest cooking and good will. (The name combines the initials of Carlson and his business partner, Peggy Fredricksen.) The vibe is is loud and scrappy, and the food is delicious. Art Carlson, the ever-present host, is one of the... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Changes to Restaurant Design Awards

 

The Restaurant Design categories of the James Beard Foundation Awards recognize design as an integral and essential element of the dining experience. During the last 15 years, a number of trend-setting and now iconic restaurants have received the Beard Foundation’s Restaurant Design Award, ranging from the highest fine-dining establishments to more casual spaces. Consistent among both winners and finalists is the mission of fully integrating design and cuisine. In recognition of the growing diversity of restaurant types, this year the Foundation will now name two winners for restaurant design: one for restaurants with 75 seats or under, and one for those with 76 or more seats.

 

“The Restaurant Design Award acknowledges the growing importance of good design in all types of dining establishments,” said Brooke Hodge, director of exhibitions and publications at Los Angeles’s Hammer Museum and chair of the James Beard Foundation’s Restaurant Design Committee. “These two new awards will allow us to recognize and reward a broader range of design talent.” Architecture, interior design, graphic design,... Read more >

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Recipe: Guava and Cream Cheese Turnovers

Jose Garces's recipe for Guava and Cream Cheese Turnovers

 

JBF Award winner Jose Garces's latest cookbook, The Latin Road Hometouches down in the numerous Spanish-speaking countries that have shaped his career. The menu at his upcoming Beard House event will reflect the book's theme, with each course rooted in the cuisine of a different nation. For dessert, Garces will serve these buttery, Cuban turnovers, or pasteles, made by enveloping guava paste and cream cheese in puff pastry. Using store-bought pastry, you can enjoy them at home, too. 

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On the Menu: Week of February 24

Upcoming events at the James Beard House

 

Check out next week's events at the Beard House and beyond:

 

Sunday, February 24, 6:00 P.M.

Friends of James Beard Benefit: Tampa, FL

Join host chef Chad Johnson and a carefully culled group of his esteemed colleagues for a taste of Florida's finest talent at this special Friends of James Beard Benefit, where a delectable menu of seasonal, ingredient-driven New American cuisine will be served.

 

Monday, February 25, 7:00 P.M.

Treasures of Abruzzo

A charming, medieval city in Italy’s Abruzzo region, L’Aquila is known for a vibrant, rich cuisine crafted from humble ingredients. Joe Cicala, the executive chef at Le Virtù in Philadelphia and an alum of Del Posto and Roberto Donna’s Galileo, will showcase L’Aquila’s bold culinary tradition at this... Read more >

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