Expo Milano at South by Southwest Interactive

 

As we've reported earlier, the James Beard Foundation is leading the conception and buildout of the USA Pavilion at next year's world expo in Milan, which, for the first time in world-fair history, will focus exclusively on food.

 

Expo Milano opens next May, but we'll be previewing the pavilion and its theme, "American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet," during our Expo-themed panel at next year's South by Southwest Interactive. Chosen from more than 80 food-related panels that were submitted for consideration, our conversation is slated for the festival's new SouthBites umbrella, where culinary innovations... Read more >

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Reel Food: Summer’s End in the Berkshires

A regular visitor to the Beard House kitchen, the Red Lion Inn's Brian Alberg is a champion of the Berkshires and its community of farmers and artisans. His latest House event highlighted this region's culinary charms and also paid tribute some of his most memorable meals around the country. Watch the video below for a glimpse of his late-summer dinner.

 

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On the Menu: Week of September 29

 

Here's what's coming up at the James Beard House and around the country:

 

Monday, September 29, 7:00 P.M 
California Wine Country Excursion 
Winemaking and culinary creation go hand-in-hand with this award-winning team from Wente Vineyards. Priding themselves on a strong family legacy and sustainable, local ingredients, chef Matt Greco and fourth-generation winegrower Carolyn Wente will showcase all that the Livermore Valley has to offer.

 

Tuesday, September 30, 7:00 P.M 
Four Seasons Finesse
From cosmopolitan chic to resort retreat, the Four Seasons brand defines luxury. Leave your suitcase behind and join us for a chance to savor the myriad cuisines available at Four Seasons properties around the U.S.—you’ll have a five-star vacation without leaving your seat.... Read more >

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Expo News: Culinary Director and Exhibition Designer Named, Pavilion Concrete Poured!

 

Construction of the 26,000-square-foot American Pavilion at next year's Expo Milano is underway, as evidenced by the above shot of concrete being poured for the structure's foundations.

 

In other Expo news, Friends of the USA Pavilion Milano 2015 has named Thinc Design as the pavilion's exhibition designer. A renowned exhibit-design firm, Thinc will highlight America’s unique role in the future of food around the world through interactive exhibits about food security and policy, international relations, science and technology, nutrition and health, and culinary culture.​ 

 

Pavilion planners have also appointed Grant MacPherson as culinary director. Chef MacPherson, whose resume spans five continents, will oversee all meals prepared and served at the American... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Seattle

Marc Murphy and Tom Douglas

 

We’re headed to the Pacific Northwest for our next stop on James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® tour! This weekend we’re staking out Seattle for two days of culinary celebrations featuring Taste America All-Star and James Beard Award winner Marc Murphy, as well as local star and James Beard Award winner Tom Douglas. Join us Friday night for a reception with dishes from some of the city’s hottest chefs, followed by a unique four-course menu prepared by Murphy and Douglas. On Saturday Murphy will show off his skills with a cooking demo at Sur La Table, where you’ll also be able to sample local fare with free tastings from artisan vendors La Panzanella, Theo Chocolate, and Mt. Townsend Creamery.

 

For information about the chefs and vendors appearing in Seattle, check out... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Dallas

Patrick O'Connell and Stephan Pyles

 

We’re now in full swing with our national epicurean tour, James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®! This weekend the action moves to Dallas for two days of food-filled exclusive events featuring Taste America All-Star and James Beard Award winner Patrick O’Connell, as well as local star and James Beard Award winner Stephan Pyles. Friday night gets things started with a tasting reception from some of Dallas’s finest, followed by a special collaborative dinner cooked up by O’Connell and Pyles. On Saturday, Sur La Table hosts a day of free culinary events, with a cooking demo from O’Connell, and free tastings from local vendors Paula Lambert Cheese and Kate Weiser Chocolates.

 

For information about the chefs and vendors appearing in Dallas, check out... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of September 21

A Reception at the James Beard House

 

Here's what's coming up at the James Beard House and around the country:

 

Monday, September 22, 6:00 P.M
Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner: Chicago 
If you’re interested in hosting a benefit or would like to learn more, please contact Diane Harris Brown at dhbrown@jamesbeard.org or 212.627.1128. Proceeds support the Foundation’s scholarships and culinary programs.

 

Monday, September 22, 7:00 P.M 
Modern Venetian 
After collecting résumé bullets from Eleven Madison Park, Morimoto, and Ai Fiori, to name a few, Chris Jaeckle teamed up with restaurateur Chris Cannon to open All’onda, a modern, Venetian-inspired hot spot with a bill of fare praised as “elegant” in a rave from the New York Times.

 

Tuesday, September 23, 7:00 P.M 
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JBF in the News: James Beard Stamps and First-Day-of-Issue Ceremony

The official James Beard stamp

 

As reported earlier this month, our patron saint now appears in the new Celebrity Chefs set of commemorative stamps from the United States Postal Service. Along with author and television personality Julia Child, Southern-food champion Edna Lewis, Chinese-food expert Joyce Chen, and South American chef Felipe Rojas-Lombardi, James Beard was chosen for inclusion in the limited-edition series because he "revolutionized our understanding of food."

 

Next week, in Chicago, a first-day-of-issue ceremony will take place at Millennium Park's Park Grill restaurant... Read more >

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Food History: The 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago

 

 

 

Throughout its long history, the World’s Fair has always been a showcase for innovation and progress. Alexander Graham Bell debuted the telephone at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, and color photography had its first public display at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. But the cutting edge wasn’t restricted to technology: many of today’s most iconic foods first reached a mass audience at the fairgrounds. In honor of our role in Expo Milano 2015, we’re taking a look back at the history of food at world’s fairs.

 

Our first stop is the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, where attendees sampled several products that are still on the shelves today, including Cracker Jack, Juicy Fruit gum, Cream of Wheat, and Aunt Jemima's Pancake Flour. For Aunt Jemima's Exposition debut, Nancy Green, a former slave and... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of September 15

Beard House

 

Here's what's on our calendars next week:

 

Monday, September 15, 7:00 P.M 
South by Northeast: A Civil Creation 
Barry Maiden has been steadily gathering accolades for his Boston-area eatery, Hungry Mother—the 2009 Food & Wine Best New Chef was also a JBF Award nominee for Best Chef: Northeast in 2013 and 2014. Join us at the Beard House for a taste of Maiden’s signature Southern fare made with local New England ingredients.

 

Tuesday, September 16, 7:00 P.M 
Denver Women Chefs Rule 
Our annual Denver Five dinner returns with an all-star, all-female lineup. This powerhouse group will take you on a culinary tour of Colorado’s fertile fields, showcasing local ingredients from Kokanee salmon to Palisade peaches, and crafting a menu that proves these Mile High City... Read more >

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