Chris Hastings: What is New York Cuisine?

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For the New York issue of our member newsletter, JBF Notes, we asked past Best Chef award winners from regions around the country to tell us what cuisine in the Big Apple means to them, and, of course, for their must-visit spots when they're in town. We'll be posting their responses throughout the week. Next up: Chris Hastings, winner of the 2012 Best Chef: South award and chef of Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, Alabama.

 

What is New York cuisine?

 

For me, New York City is a place I go to experience the best food this country has to offer on all levels, from small hole-in-the-wall neighborhood spots that have been around for years to the finest restaurants in the country and everything in between. I usually go for work with a side of enjoyment, but my visits are guaranteed to refresh ideas and ignite inspiration.

 

Favorite restaurants?

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Andy Ricker: What is New York Cuisine?

 

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For the New York issue of our member newsletter, JBF Notes, we asked past Best Chef award winners from regions around the country to tell us what cuisine in the Big Apple means to them, and, of course, for their must-visit spots when they're in town. We'll be posting their responses throughout the week. First up: Andy Ricker, winner of the 2011 Best Chef: Northwest award and chef of Pok Pok in Brooklyn and Portland, Oregon. 

 

What is New York cuisine?

 

In a city like New York, I think it's difficult to say what defines the cuisine. There is so much going on: populations shifting and mingling, trends coming and going, fortunes ebbing and flowing. I could point to certain places that I think only really exist here in their archetypical forms: Defonte's sandwich shop in Red Hook, Katz's deli,... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: Movie Munchies

 

We asked some of our past JBF Rising Star Chef award winners and nominees what they like to snack on when they’re at the movies. While many stick to the classic buttery, salty popcorn, here are some other options to try if you want to mix it up next time you hit the theater—or curl up on the couch.

 

Marcus Samuelsson
Red Rooster, NYC

“I love a good salty snack when I’m watching movies. Either plain salted peanuts or there’s also a mix of Ethiopian peanuts and barley that is especially satisfying."

 

Gabriel Rucker
Le Pigeon, Portland, OR

“Sour Patch Kids.”

 

Allison Vines-Rusing
MiLa, New Orleans

“Truffled popcorn.”

 

Todd English
Olives, NYC

“Peanut M&Ms.”

 

Michael Mina
Michael Mina, San Francisco

“I love roasted cashews, almonds, and peanuts. And a bowl of salted-caramel popcorn always goes perfectly with a movie!”... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: Chris Hastings, Where Should We Eat in Birmingham, Alabama?

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When Chris Hastings isn't serving up his brand of refined farm-to-table cuisine at the acclaimed Hot and Hot Fish Club, the 2012 JBF Award winner can be found checking out his local dining scene. “Birmingham is a small city bursting at the seams with authentic, locally-owned restaurants,” he says. Here are a few of his favorite spots.

 

Late Night Dining

Cantina on Wheels

“Birmingham’s first and only authentic Mexican food truck also serves the best garlic cheese fries and rice and beans. They can be caught late night in the Lakeview area.”

 

Quintessential Alabama Cooking

Saw’s BBQ

“We love this place for quintessential Alabama barbecue. Lots of awesome go-to comfort food. They're known for their signature sauces, and my... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: Tory Miller, Where Should We Eat in the Madison Area?

 

We asked 2012 Best Chef: Midwest winner Tory Miller of L’Etoile in Madison, Wisconsin, for his top restaurant picks in the Badger State's food hub.

 

Late-Night Dining

Natt Spil

“No sign on the door, local DJs every night, wood-fired pizzas, and great bartenders—everything you need after a long shift.”

 

Quintessential Wisconsin Cooking

Culver’s

“Go for the frozen custard, cheese curds, and butter burgers. When you say Culver’s, you’ve said it all.”

 

Family Dinner

Ha Long Bay

“Every Monday I go here with my son, Remy, for a taste of Vietnamese, Lao, and Thai cuisines. My order goes like this: AP10, PH8, LS7.”

 

Date Night

Tornado Club

“An old-school steakhouse with delicious food and classic... Read more >

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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

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“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.”

 

Quick snack
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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.”

Quick Snack

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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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