James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Los Angeles Recap

James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Los Angeles


In addition to New York City, our fourth weekend of James Beard Foundation's Taste America® made a stop in the dynamic city of Los Angeles. On Friday we enjoyed a spectacular meal prepared by local James Beard Award winners and Taste America All-Star Rick Bayless. We spent the next day at Sur La Table, watching cooking demonstrations by Bayless and Top Chef's Fabio Viviani and tasting samples from Bling Bling Dumpling, Coffee Commissary, Nary Dairy, and Mills + Company. 


We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all our LA participants! And stay tuned: the Taste America tour has one weekend left!



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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® New York City Recap

James Beard Foundation's Taste America® New York City


The fourth weekend of James Beard Foundation's Taste America® is a wrap! Last Friday our team headed to New York City, where we enjoyed a spectacular meal prepared by local James Beard Award winners and Taste America All-Star Daniel Patterson. On Saturday we went to Sur La Table to watch cooking demonstrations by Patterson and James Beard Award winner Maricel Presilla. You can view images from the weekend's events here


We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all our New York City participants! And don't forget: Taste America is making its final stops in Boston and Phoenix... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of October 20


Here's what the James Beard Foundation is up to next week:


Monday, October 21, and Tuesday, October 22

2013 JBF Food Conference: The Paradox of Appetite: Hungering for Change

As America's fascination with food grows, the issues that surround our food system have taken on tremendous national importance. The James Beard Foundation's fourth annual Food Conference hosts innovative speakers and recognizes individuals who are working towards a more healthful, sustainable future.


Monday, October 21, 6:00 P.M.

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JBF on the Air: Kevin West


On this week’s episode of Taste Matters, JBF’s Mitchell Davis invited author Kevin West on the air to discuss his new book, Saving the Season. In his comprehensive guide to at-home canning, pickling, and preserving, West offers poignant stories, thoughtful guidance, and 220 recipes for jams, pickles, cordials, cocktails, candies, and more. From Scotch marmalade to green tomato chutney to pickled asparagus with tarragon and green garlic, Saving the Season is the ultimate resource for novices and professionals alike. Listen below to learn more:


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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Phoenix

James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Phoenix


It's time for a look at this weekend's other James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® city: Phoenix!


On Friday, October 18, we're heading to the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa for "Best Chefs: Southwest", a multi-course dinner prepared by local James Beard Award winners and Taste America All-Star Suzanne Goin (full lineup is here). This very special evening will also include a silent auction and the announcement of the winners of the Sous Chef for a Day competition 


On Saturday, we'll be at the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall location of Sur La Table for a day of free cooking demos and local product tastings. Chef Goin will lead off with a... Read more >

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Wine Wisdom: Sustainable Winemaking with Merry Edwards

Merry Edwards on sustainable winemaking


2013 JBF Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional Award winner Merry Edwards is a longtime champion of sustainable winemaking. We caught up with Edwards (who is also curating the wine pairings for our gala this fall) to discuss her pioneering work at her eponymous Russian River Valley property.




JBF: Can you give us a specific example of how a sustainable practice in your vineyards ultimately affects the quality of your wine?


ME: We use organic mushroom compost, a by-product from our neighbor, Gourmet Mushroom, as a supplement. In some vineyards, we apply the material on a vine-by-vine basis. It evens out the vines’ growth, giving us consistent vine size and ripening. Much of our farming energy is focused on this end result.


JBF: What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced when implementing green practices at the winery?


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Consuming Appetites

The 2013 JBF Food Conference will explore the role appetite plays in sustainability and public health


Hunger is not a feeling I know. But appetite consumes me.


Despite an occasional pang here and there, I have never been hungry, because I have access to more than enough food to sustain me. For the most part that food is of the highest quality, grown in accordance with the most sustainable practices, and prepared to exacting standards.


I am not hungry, but I have a near insatiable appetite. I want to try this new restaurant. I want to taste that heirloom tomato. I want to finish the entire pot. Far from needing to find what to eat, my personal struggle is to find how to stop. This is a battle I often lose. Still, I am lucky.


Appetite is desire.


We eat and shop and strive to attain the things we want for reasons beyond need. Sociologists, psychologists, philosophers, even... Read more >

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Taste America Local Dish Challenge: Current Standings

James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Local Dish Challenge

It's time for another Local Dish standings update! Chicago is still in the lead, but Santa Barbara has continued to make impressive gains. It's still anyone's game, folks. 


A Local Dish refresher: order a "Taste America Local Dish" at one of the contest's participating restaurants, snap it on your phone and upload it to Instagram, tagging your image with #JBFTasteAmerica and the suggested hashtag for your city. After the promotion ends on October 31, the city with the most uploads will receive $10,000 or 10 percent of funds raised nationally, whichever amount is higher, in the form of a donation to a local food charity.


We'll continue posting updated standings every week until the fundraiser ends.


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JBF Kitchen Cam