Expo Milano: Welcome to American Food 2.0

 

 

Already an unrivaled culinary destination, Italy will become an even greater attraction for food lovers starting in May of next year, when, for the first time in the history of world's fairs, Expo Milano 2015 will launch with the theme, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” The James Beard Foundation and the International Culinary Center have partnered to form Friends of the USA Pavilion Milano 2015, which will conceive, design, fundraise for, and produce the USA Pavilion and programs at Expo Milano 2015. For a preview of the pavilion and its theme, "American Food 2.0," check out the above video.

 

For more information about USA Pavilion, visit USAPavilion2015.net and follow @USAexpo2015 on Twitter. To learn more about Expo Milan, visit ... Read more >

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On The Menu: Week of July 28

The James Beard House

 

Tuesday, July 29, 7:00 P.M 
Pushing the Frontier of Flavor 
Named after the Italian word for “rebel,” Ribelle lives up to its moniker with food that’s “startling, inventive, and smart,” as Devra First wrote in her rave four-star Boston Globereview. The eclectic, skillfully composed menu is overseen by Tim Maslow, a Momofuku Ssäm Bar alum and a 2014 Rising Star award semifinalist.

 

Wednesday, July 30, 7:00 P.M 
Tour of Eastern Provinces 
Long before loonies and Mounties were even a twinkle in Canada’s eye, the majestic nation boasted a rich culinary history rooted in bountiful natural resources. Join us at the Beard House when this talented group of Canadian chefs shows us how they do it up north.

 

 

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Expo Milano: Remarks from Secretary of State John Kerry

 

Last week, at a groundbreaking ceremony at the U.S. Department of State, Secretary of State John Kerry delivered remarks about the USA Pavilion at next year's Expo Milano. (The James Beard Foundation, along with the International Culinary Center, is producing the pavilion.) Kerry spoke about the history of innovation at world's fairs (electrical outlets, videoconferencing, and the ice cream cone all debuted at such expositions), and how the American pavilion will engage Expo Milan's theme, "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life." Watch the full address below:

 

 

 

For more information about USA Pavilion, visit USAPavilion2015.net and follow @USAexpo2015 on Twitter. To learn more about Expo Milan, visit expo2015.org/en and... Read more >

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On The Menu: Week of July 21

In the Beard House Kitchen

 

Monday, July 21, 7:00 P.M 
New England Summer 
Though they were pitted against each other as semifinalists for the 2014 JBF Best Chef: Northeast award, Tyler Anderson and Joel Viehland will be putting their friendly competition aside to collaborate on this elegant Beard House dinner. The chefs, who share a commitment to sustainability and impeccable ingredients, will prepare a lovely New England–inspired seasonal menu

 

Tuesday, July 22, 7:00 P.M 
Allure of Southeast Asia
Leah Cohen gained fame as a Top Chef contestant, but she proved her culinary chops with the opening of the New York Times two-starred Pig and Khao, where she serves creative contemporary iterations of foods from her mother’s native Philippines. For this dinner, Cohen has designed a menu to showcase the cuisines of... Read more >

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USA Pavilion for Expo 2015 Breaks Ground in Milan

USA Pavilion for Expo 2015 Breaks Ground in Milan

 

Today, simultaneous receptions took place in Washington, D.C. and Milan to mark the groundbreaking of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milan, which will run from May 1 to October 31 next year. With more than 20 million people expected to visit the assemblage of 140-plus countries, Expo Milan will engage the theme "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life." It will be the world’s largest stage to foster dialogue, aggregate ideas, and showcase innovations in food, sustainability, science, industry, economics, entrepreneurship and other elements at the core of American culture.

 

Plans for the site include a large video installation, a vertical... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of July 14

The James Beard House

 

Here's what’s happening at the James Beard House next week: 

 

Monday, July 14, 7:00 P.M  
Bastille Day Elegance 
David Gilbert is revolutionizing fine dining in Detroit with the recent opening of Marais, hailed as “Restaurant of the Year” by Hour Detroit, which described a meal there as “simply extraordinary.” Stints working for Thomas Keller and Michel Bras are obvious influences: Gilbert’s extremely ambitious, elegant menu is executed with aplomb.

 

Tuesday, July 15, 6:30 P.M 
Summer Wine Dinner at Cookbuzz Wine Studio 
Join the James Beard Foundation Greens (foodies under 40) as we celebrate summer at the acclaimed Corkbuzz. The chefs at Corkbuzz will prepare a delicious multi-course menu highlighting... Read more >

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Expo Milano: The Food World Is Coming to Italy Next Year

Expo Milano: The Food World Is Coming to Italy Next Year

 

“I’m proud to announce today that the United States will participate in the Expo. And together with our partners, we’re going to put together an outstanding USA pavilion that showcases American innovation to improve agriculture and nutrition and the health of people around the globe.”
—President Barack Obama, March 27, 2014, Rome

 

Fifty years ago this April, the 1964 New York World’s Fair opened in Flushing, Queens. Visitors were given a vision of the future (picture phones, computer modems, a space-age kitchen) and a taste of the exotic (America’s first Belgian waffle). Many people’s knowledge of world’s fairs began and ended in Flushing. But the tradition of these global events, which originated in London in 1851, continues to this day. Four years ago, 75 million people visited the Shanghai Expo. And next year the party moves to Europe for Expo Milano 2015. 

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On the Menu: Week of July 7

A cocktail at the James Beard House

 

Tuesday, July 8, 7:00 P.M 
The Starr of Philadelphia 
Heralded by critic Craig LaBan as “one of the most thrilling culinary minds to land in Philly in years,” Peter Serpico put himself on the map with the opening of his eponymous hot spot, a collaboration with restaurateur Stephen Starr. Serpico’s creative, assured viewpoint—honed at the Momofuku empire—comes through in every dish on his meticulously curated menu.

 

Wednesday, July 9, 6:30 P.M to 8:30 P.M 
Cocktails Through the Ages 
Swizzles, sours, and punches—oh my! Join us for a festive walk-around cocktail party featuring an inspired group of mixologists from New York City’s most sought-after bars and lounges. The spirited evening will feature decadent canapés and seminal libations that reflect historic eras of cocktail... Read more >

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JBF in the News: James Beard Foundation Taste America® in Food Arts

James Beard Foundation's Taste America

 

Over at Food Arts, executive editor Beverly Stephen has written a recap of the James Beard Foundation Taste America® launch party, which took place at the Beard House last month. The piece highlights the event menu (bagels and lox in canapé form), captures our All-Star chefs' excitement about traveling to new cities (Barbara Lynch: "Hotlanta! I've never been there!"), and introduces the newest member of the JBF family, our miniature James Beard cutout, shown above with JBF president Susan Ungaro and Taste America All-Star Daniel Boulud.

 

Tickets for James Beard Foundation's Taste America are now on sale. Purchase them and get more details about the ten-city culinary tour here.

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On the Menu: Week of June 30

Clipping Microgreens at the Beard House

 

Here is what's happening at the Beard House: 

 

Monday, June 30, 7:00 P.M
Savoring Sicily and Apulia 
The Momofuku Group’s Jordan Frosolone assembled a team of renowned chefs—who have mentored him on his way to becoming the corporate chef for one of the country’s most innovative and successful restaurant empires—for this unique Italian-inspired dinner.

 

Tuesday, July 1, 7:00 P.M 
Boston Softshell Crab Blowout
For our annual softshell crab dinner, we’ve enlisted some of Boston’s brightest stars to pay homage to the crave-worthy crustacean, which is available only a few months a year. Join us for this scrumptious Beard House feast, which will feature the fleeting delicacy in each savory course.

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