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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Throwback Thursday: Richard Blais at Taste America Chicago

Richard Blais at James Beard Foundation's® Taste America in 2013

 

For today's Throwback Thursday, here's a snapshot of our cooking demos at last year's Taste America Chicago, where Richard Blais showed us how he makes a margarita. Naturally, his technique involves a hulking tank of liquid nitrogen.

 

The 2014 reboot of James Beard Foundation's® Taste America kicks off this weekend in Atlanta and Phoenix! Head over to jbftasteamerica.org to see what's in store for this year's ten-city tour.

 

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Greenhouse Gallery: "America’s First Foodie" Exhibit

 

America's First Foodie

 

Now on display in the Beard House's Greenhouse Gallery, "America's First Foodie" is a companion exhibit to the upcoming film of the same name, which celebrates James Beard and his influence on the farm-to-table movement. Featuring iconic portraits and vintage cooking paraphernalia, the show proves that Beard was indeed the father of American cuisine.

 

Get more details about the current Greenhouse Gallery show here. Watch a trailer for the film below:

 

 

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Atlanta

 

We’re off to the races this weekend with the first stops on the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national food festival! The epicurean tour kicks off with two days in Atlanta, where James Beard Award Winner and Taste America All-Star Barbara Lynch will team up with James Beard Award–winning local chef Anne Quatrano. Join us Friday for a reception featuring dishes from some of the city’s hottest chefs, followed by a special dinner prepared by Lynch and Quatrano, who are joining forces on this unique menu for one night only. On Saturday the duo will take their skills to Sur La Table for cooking demos and book signings, where you’ll also have the chance to mix the national with the local with free tastings from local vendors High Road Craft Ice Cream & Sorbet and Spotter Trotter Charcuterie.

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Phoenix

Sherry Yard and Kevin Binkley

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national epicurean tour begins this weekend with two days of star-studded events in Phoenix, featuring Taste America All-Star and JBF Award-winning Pastry Chef Sherry Yard, and local star Kevin Binkley. Friday night kicks off with a tasting reception from some of Phoenix’s finest, followed by an exclusive four course dinner prepared by Yard and Binkley. Saturday the action moves to Sur La Table, for cooking demos and book signings from Yard and James Beard Award Winner Chris Bianco, along with free tastings from local vendors Essence Bakery Café and Sphinx Date Co. Palm & Pantry.

 

For tickets and more information about the chefs and vendors appearing, check out jbftasteamerica.org... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of September 8

Wine Glasses

 

Here's what's coming up in the JBF universe:

 

Monday, September 8, 7:00 P.M 
Chef Collaboration 
Close friends and culinary kindred spirits Jesse Schenker, of the Gander and acclaimed West Village restaurant Recette, and Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan, of the Pass and Provisions in Houston, are combining their cross-country talents to create one incredible, collaborative meal.

 

Tuesday, September 9, 7:00 P.M
Virginia Rising Stars 
Experience Virginia’s dining renaissance at the Beard House when we host the state’s rising culinary stars for a spectacular collaborative meal. The night’s menu will feature the chefs’ favorite local ingredients, Virginia-sourced wine pairings, and stellar cocktails from formidable mixologist and restaurant owner Stefan Trummer.... Read more >

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