JBF on the Air: New York Restaurants, Now and Then

Paul Freedman

 

What was it like to be at a New York dinner party in 1870? To find out, JBF's Mitchell Davis took a historical culinary trip with Paul Freedman, history professor at Yale University, on yesterday's episode of Taste Matters. The two revisited old menus and dining trends in the context of class and cultural status, talked about our nation's first restaurants and current groundbreaking establishments, and considered the cultural and historical importance of dining out in America. Listen below to learn more:

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JBF on the Air: A Gastronomic Event


What does it mean for food to be art? On today's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis explored this topic with Robert Valgenti, associate professor of philosophy and director of the College Colloquium at Lebanon Valley College. Listen below as Mitchell and Robert discuss the nature of art, the human experience with food, and the intersections between the two—from our obsession with celebrity chef culture to our individual responsibility as part of the larger food system.
 

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JBF on the Air: Southern Flavors & Foodways

 

On yesterday's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis hosted a variety of Southern food experts: Todd L. Richards, executive chef at the Shed at Glenwood in Atlanta; Katie Button, chef/owner at Cúrate in Asheville, NC; and the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival's COO Elizabeth Feichter and CEO Dominique Love. Learn about how diners define Southern fare, race and gender in the Southern food scene, and common misconceptions about Southern cuisine below:

 

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The Women in Culinary Leadership Cookoff

Judges Aarón Sánchez and Rohini Dey evaluate a competitor's dish

 

Last week we headed up to Vermilion restaurant to judge the Women in Culinary Leadership Cookoff. Part of the Women in Culinary Leadership Program, which was launched by JBF and Vermilion restaurateur Rohini Dey last year, the competition was created to identify driven and aspiring female cooks and to help them develop leadership and culinary skills. Entrants had to submit a resume, essay, and recipe for one contemporary Indian–Latin dish. Eight finalists executed their recipes in the cookoff, which was judged by Ms. Dey, JBF president Susan Ungaro, chef Aáron Sanchez, and Dorothy Cann Hamilton of the French Culinary Institute.

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JBF on the Air: Taste Matters


Have you heard our executive vice president, Mitchell Davis, on the airwaves? Each week on Heritage Radio Network, he hosts Taste Matters, an exciting program dedicated to taste: as a sense, cultural construct, and culinary phenomenon. However much we talk about where our food comes from, how it’s produced, who prepares it, or what sorts of socio-cultural-political implications our food choices and eating behaviors have, taste is fundamental. 

 

In one of our favorite episodes, Mitchell talks with Francis Lam (food writer, Top Chef Masters judge, and editor-at-large at Clarkson Potter Publishers) about culture and authenticity as it relates to food. Why do American chefs cooking immigrant cuisines tend to be more celebrated than actual immigrants cooking... Read more >

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Join Sommeliers and Chefs in Hurricane Sandy Relief

 

Many of our friends and neighbors are still reeling from Hurricane Sandy. We've teamed up with some of America's top sommeliers and chefs to support the critical relief efforts. If you're looking for a way to help, you can donate directly to the Red Cross through this fundraiser. As a bonus, anyone who donates a minimum of $25 will automatically be entered to win a dinner for two at Michael Mina's renowned RN74 in San Francisco.

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JBF Leadership Award Winner Wendell Berry

 

To share some of last week's inspiring JBF Leadership Awards ceremony with you, we've been posting videos of all our 2012 honorees as they accept their awards, as well as their contributions to our third annual JBF Food Conference. Today we present Wendell Berry (farmer, poet, and author, 
Lanes Landing Farm), whose acceptance speech—and introductions by JBF board of trustees chair Emily Luchetti and White House chef and senior policy advisor Sam Kass—is shown in the video above. In the video below, you'll find his talk at the conference: "A Fifty-Year Farm Bill."

 

 

For more information about JBF Leadership Award winner Wendell Berry, read his full profile. For more... Read more >

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JBF Leadership Award Winner Tensie Whelan

 

To fill you in on last week's inspiring JBF Leadership Awards ceremony, we've been sharing videos of all our 2012 honorees as they accept their awards, as well as their contributions to our third annual JBF Food Conference. Today we have: Tensie Whelan (President, Rainforest Alliance) whose acceptance speech—and introduction by 2011 JBF Leadership Award winner Craig Watson—is shown in the video above. In the video below, you'll find her panel at the conference: "Certifying Trust."

 

 

For more information about JBF Leadership Award winner Tensie Whelan, check out her full profile. For more archived footage of the... Read more >

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Watch Adam Gopnik Speak at the JBF Food Conference

The first day of last week's conference concluded with a brilliant synthesis from Adam Gopnik, a staff writer at The New Yorker and author of The Table Comes First. Watch his presentation below:

 

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