Stalk to Stem: Cooking with the Whole Vegetable

 

With "nose-to-tail" flying around the culinary scene like a swarm of bees, it was only a matter of time until the ethos of full, purposeful utilization made its way into the world of vegetable scraps. In this series, Tasting Table talks to food experts who are treating former cast-offs like broccoli stems, potato peels, or cabbage cores as ingredients to be cherished.

 

Carol Blymire, the blogger behind French Laundry at Home and Alinea at Home and co-author of Mike Isabella's Crazy Good Italian, loves chard stems. Cooking her way through two of the most revered cookbooks of our time has given her an attention to detail... Read more >

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Expo Milano: Mentor Minds

 

Part of the USA Pavilion's Feeding the Accelerator, an innovation-focused mentorship program that nurtures promising food-sector entrepreneurs, the new Mentor Minds series is a collection of shorts featuring interviews with some of the leading thinkers in food, art, business, and other industries. One of the first installments stars JBF executive vice president Mitchell Davis, who, as chief creative officer of the USA Pavilion, oversees all programming, design, and content for the gathering's six-month run in Milan. Watch the video above to hear Mitchell's thoughts on food's potential to spur innovation, his advice to entrepreneurs, and more. Watch the complete Mentor Minds series here... Read more >

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Expo Milano: Edward Lee, Low-Cost Stoves, and More

The USA Pavilion at Expo Milano

 

Expo Milano, the first-ever food-focused world's fair that's now open in Milan, is one of the planet's hottest tickets this year. At the USA Pavilion, which was produced by the James Beard Foundation and the International Culinary Center, award-winning chefs, top policy makers, and influential thought leaders swing through on a daily basis to present dining events and thought-provoking panels and demos. (Nancy Pelosi was one of the more recent bigwigs to visit the state-of-the-art site.) ... Read more >

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Food Waste: By the Numbers

 

A recent report highlighted a staggering statistic: 40% of food in America is discarded. All of this uneaten food ends up rotting in landfills and increasing greenhouses gases. Our friends at Sustainable America created this infographic that demonstrates the magnitude of food waste in the United States. 

 

For more information, visit sustainableamerica.org.

 

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We're focusing on solutions to fight food waste all month long! Get the full coverage here​​

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Announcing Our 2015 JBF Food Conference: Rethinking the Future of Food

 

JBF will host the sixth annual James Beard Foundation Food Conference at the Convene Conference Center (730 Third Avenue) on October 19 and 20. This year’s theme, Rethinking the Future of Food, will bring together a diverse group of thought leaders and provocateurs including chefs, scientists, journalists, activists, investors, and more. Building on last year’s theme of prescriptions for a healthier America, the conference will look at what lies ahead in three compelling areas: the future of health, the future of the kitchen, and the future of the farm.

 

Over the course of two days, speakers and panelists will explore how a deeper understanding of changes in science, technology, and investment strategies empowers us all to make choices today that will lead to a healthier and more equitable tomorrow.

 

The agenda will consist of three categories: The Future of Health: Food, Flavor, and... Read more >

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Expo Milano: Edward Lee, Low-Cost Stoves, and More

The USA Pavilion at Expo Milano

 

On any given day at Expo Milano, the first-ever food-focused world's fair that's now open in Milan, visitors can experience a veritable buffet of international cuisine, state-of-the-art tech and design, and food-themed programming. Here's a sampling of what's happening now at the USA Pavilion, which was produced by JBF and the International Culinary Center:

 

Terrace Talks: held on the roof of the pavilion, Terrace Talks hosts speakers and panels on a variety of food topics. NASA scientist Gerald Bawden will drop by this weekend to discuss how the program measures water resources from space. Next week the UN's Sharon Ketchum will discuss how low-cost stoves can improve quality of life in the developing world.

 

James Beard American Restaurant: modeled after our own James Beard House in New York City, the USA Pavilion–affiliated... Read more >

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Jonathon Sawyer, Part Two: Tuna and Trash Fish

Photo by Billy Delfs

 

In part two of our interview with Jonathon Sawyer (read part one here), the tireless activist and JBF Award winner explains why nobody should be eating bluefin tuna, how people can eat more sustainable seafood, and why trash fish is delicious.

 

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JBF: You recently wrote a piece for Esquire where you state that you’ve given up tuna. Do you still cook with it for your restaurants or any other events?

 

Jonathon Sawyer: No, we would never do that. I can say this with a fair amount of confidence, there’s really only ever been tuna in our restaurants once, and it was maybe about three-and-a-half years ago, at Noodle Cat. A chef that was new to the company did a special with some tuna. I think that’s literally the only time it’s ever been in the... Read more >

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Expo Milano: Cesare Casella, Corby Kummer

The USA Pavilion at Expo Milano

 

On any given day at Expo Milano, the first-ever food-focused world's fair that's now open in Milan, visitors can experience a veritable buffet of international cuisine, state-of-the-art tech and design, and food-themed programming. Here's a sampling of what's happening at the USA Pavilion, which was produced by JBF and the International Culinary Center:

 

Terrace Talks: held on the roof of the pavilion, Terrace Talks hosts speakers and panels on a variety of food topics. The Atlantic's Corby Kummer visits tomorrow for a discussion on how people, companies, and countries use sustainability to define their identities. 

 

James Beard American Restaurant: modeled after our own James Beard House in New York City, the USA Pavilion–affiliated... Read more >

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Expo Milano: Chief Creative Officer Mitchell Davis in the Globe and Mail

 

What does it take to execute what's possibly the biggest culinary event in modern history? At Expo Milano, the first-ever world's fair that's all about food, on view since May 1 and through October 31, JBF executive vice president Mitchell Davis serves as chief creative officer of the USA Pavilion, a showcase of American culinary innovation and potential policy solutions to feeding the global population. (There are more than 140 countries participating in the expo, whose theme is "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.") A Toronto native, Davis recently appeared in the Globe and Mail, where he describes his myriad duties throughout this ambitious project, and offers glimpses into his daily life alla Milanese.... Read more >

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Expo Milano: Join the Great American Chefs Rally

The USA Pavilion at Expo Milano

 

Calling all chefs: are you interested in participating in the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, the largest global gathering about food in history? The pavilion's theme is American Food 2.0, and since chefs have had a large part in shaping the (r)evolution of food in America, we're giving them a special place in the festivities.

 

If you're a chef who would like to join us for this once-in-a-lifetime occasion, be sure to mark your calendars for the Great American Chef Rally at the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano on July 21 and 22. We're inviting chefs from across the country to meet us in Milan for a special day to celebrate their role in influencing American cuisine. The USA Pavilion teamed has programmed some exclusive events just for these attendees, such as:

 

• A private tour of the... Read more >

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