Ask a Chef: Andrea Reusing, Where Should We Eat Around Chapel Hill, NC?

 

We asked 2011 JBF Award winner Andrea Reusing of Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s Lantern and author of Cooking in the Moment: A Year of Seasonal Recipes for her top restaurant picks.

 

Quintessential Carolina cooking
Scratch
Durham, NC

 

“Phoebe Lawless’s pieshop is also an evolving homage to seasonal Southern flavors. North Carolina apples and peanuts are stacked for sale alongside a bakery counter that dispenses fried baloney sandwiches, spicy collard slaw, and sugar pie.”

 

Special occasion
Poole’s Diner

Raleigh, NC


 

“Ashley Christensen designed Poole’s Diner with a cook’s night off in mind: cozy room, exciting cocktails, kind staff, and wonderful food that you wish you’d thought of.”

 

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Ask a Chef: Tyson Cole, Where Should We Eat in Austin?

JBF Award winner Tyson Cole tells us where to eat in Austin.

The 2011 JBF Award-winning chef of Austin’s Uchi and Uchiko gives us his favorite local restaurant picks.

Late-Night Dining
East Side King
“The East Side King trailer at Liberty Bar has amazing buns and Southeast Asian karaage.”

Quintessential Austin Cooking
East Side Café Vespaio Enoteca Asti
“East Side Cafe for farm-to-table food from their garden; Vespaio Enoteca for the amazing pastas and charcuterie; and Asti for the breadsticks and affogato.”

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Ask the Winners: How Do You Celebrate?

Now that our 25th anniversary has arrived, we're in a celebratory mood, so we got in touch with some of last year's JBF Award winners to find out how they like to celebrate special occasions.

“Dan Barber catered our wedding, so my husband and I like to celebrate our anniversary at Blue Hill—and sometimes Dan will serve us a dish or two from the wedding menu. It’s always amazing how flavors can bring back memories so crisply.”
Amanda Hesser, author of the 2011 JBF Award–winning book The Essential New York Times Cookbook

“How do I celebrate? With dessert of course! No major occasion, holiday, or milestone is complete without it. The pleasure of cutting into a beautiful cake or taking a sweet-smelling pie out of the oven for friends and family always makes the moment feel festive and special.”
Gail Simmons, Judge on the 2011 JBF Award–winning show Top Chef; and host of Top Chef: Just Desserts

“For about a month I celebrated the Beard win with Champagne toasts, home-cooked meals, and

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Ask a Chef: Andy Ricker, Where Should We Eat in Portland, Oregon?

James Beard Award winner Andy Ricker tells us where to eat in Portland, Oregon

2011 JBF Award winner Andy Ricker of Portland’s celebrated Pok Pok shares his picks for great PDX eats.

Late-Night Dining
Victory Bar 
(503.236.8755
3652 SE Division Street)
“It’s just up the street from Pok Pok so I go here after work. It’s a cool neighborhood bar with a tiny kitchen, but chef/co-owner Eric, who trained in Switzerland, is putting out food that is very high quality, albeit simple.”

Quintessential Portland Cooking
Laurelhurst Market (503.206.3099, 3155 East Burnside Street)
“This is one of my go-to’s as its dishes embody a lot of what makes Portland

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Patricia Wells, Where Should We Eat in Paris?

Patricia Wells

The JBF Award winner and author of the most authoritative guides for food lovers traveling to Paris tells us the can’t-miss places to eat—and shop—in the City of Light.

L’Astrance (4, rue Beethoven, Paris 16, +33 1 40 50 84 40; Métro: Passy)
“Pascal Barbot is in top form, offering food that is light and laced with herbs, spices, and an avalanche of varied citrus flavors.”

La Table d’Eugène (18, rue Eugène Sue, Paris 18, +33 1 42 55 61 64; Métro: Marcadet-Poissoneries and Jules Joffrin)
“Chef-owner Geoffroy Maillard has his finger on it all: a lovely varied menu that makes you want to try everything.”

Toyo (17, rue Jules Chaplain, Paris 6, +33 1 43 54 28 03; Métro: Vavin)
“Chef Toyomitsu Nakayama is there in the open kitchen, cooking on

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Ask a Chef: JBF Award Winner Emeril Lagasse

 

Traveling around the country this summer? Let Emeril Lagasse help plan your culinary itinerary. On the Cooking Channel’s new series The Originals, the 2011 Chefs & Champagne® honoree hits the road to pay tribute to the iconic food establishments that have helped shape America’s culinary landscape. Here, he shares a few of his favorites among the places he visited while filming the show.

 

1.  The Berghoff Restaurant / Chicago
“This German restaurant is home to the best corned beef Reuben and apple strudel in Chicago—and amazing schnitzel, too!”

 

2.  The Apple Pan / Los Angeles
“This L.A. hamburger joint is known for its tasty hickoryburger and steakburger.”

 

3.  Busy Bee Cafe / Atlanta
“Oh baby, the Southern and soul food favorites at Busy Bee Cafe will make anyone want more. From meat loaf... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: Rob Evans, Where Should We Eat in Portland, Maine?

Rob Evans

Though it is said that Maine is the way life should be, it can't hurt to know where to find the state's best eats. We asked 2009 JBF Award winner Rob Evans of Hugo's to tell us about the best restaurants in the budding culinary mecca of Portland.

Late-Night
Boda (207.347.7557, 671 Congress Street)
“They have one of the best late-night snack menus in town, serving food until 1:00 a.m. They serve Thai tapas and even have an industry discount night.”

Quintessential Maine
Fore Street (207.775.2717, 288 Fore Street)
“The cornerstone of Portland restaurants. Fore Street always serves fresh local farm ingredients in an atmosphere that is

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Ask a Chef: Alexander Roberts

Alexander Roberts

Winner of the 2010 JBF Best Chef: Midwest award, Alexander Roberts of Restaurant Alma in Minneapolis told us about his favorite hometown eateries.

1. Late-Night Dining
Bar La Grassa
612.333.3837
800 North Washington Avenue
“Isaac Becker’s new Italian bar/restaurant is the perfect late-night stop. Big menu, a great variety of flavors, and set up for easy sharing. Truly in a league of its own.”

2. Quintessential Minneapolis Cooking
Piccolo
612.827.8111

4300 Bryant Ave S.
“Doug Flicker’s new restaurant combines the best local ingredients and an understanding of contemporary cuisine while uniquely showcasing the cooking style he developed during stints in Minneapolis kitchens for more than 20 years.”

3. Special Occasion
La Belle Vie
612.874.6440
510 Groveland Avenue
“The dining room and cooking

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Ask a Chef: Quickfire Questions for David Kinch

James Beard Award winner David Kinch

Winner of the 2010 JBF Best Chef: Pacific award, David Kinch has garnered national attention for his singular, terroir-focused American cuisine at Manresa. Deeply committed to sustainable agriculture, Kinch exclusively sources the restaurant’s vegetables from a biodynamic farm in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains.


1. Organic or biodynamic?
Biodynamic. A lot of people make fun of the hocus-pocus and cosmic elements of biodynamic, but you know, God is in the details. Biodynamic farming forces you to pay attention in much greater detail, and how can you not benefit from that in the long run?

2. Japan or France?
Japan. I think the way France was 20 years ago and Spain was 10 years ago and the Nordic countries are now, Japan is going to be the future. It was a closed door, but people

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Ask a Chef: Sean Brock, Where Should We Eat in Charleston?

Sean Brock
We asked 2010 JBF Best Chef: Southeast award winner Sean Brock of McCrady’s in Charleston to tell us the best places to eat in his hometown.

1. Late-Night Dining
Tattooed Moose
843.277.2990
1137 Morrison Drive
“This place is a favorite of all the employees at McCrady’s for after-work snacks. They use duck fat in their fryers!”

2. Quintessential Charleston Cooking
Hominy Grill
843.937.0930
207 Rutledge Avenue
“Chef Stehling is using great products to replicate the iconic dishes of the Low Country. One of our favorite places to take out-of-town guests.”

3. Family Dinner
Monza
843.720.8787
451 King Street
“It’s always a lot of fun to relax with a bunch of different pizzas and pitchers of beer at this great little spot. I love the smell of the woodburning oven.”

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