JBF in the News: Izabela Wojcik on WABC-TV New York

 

On Sunday our own Izabela Wojcik appeared on WABC-TV's Eyewitness News Sunday to talk about the Beard House and our guest chef dinner series. Wojcik, who has served as JBF's director of House programming since 2002, was joined by chef Josh Boeckelman, who represented his New Orleans–based restaurant, Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar, at the House last Friday. The guests and anchor Rob Nelson discussed a few of the dishes from Boeckelman's Beard House menu, including smoked trout rillettes, red snapper crudo, and a deconstructed crawfish boil.

 

More than 250 dining events are held at the James Beard House each year, with dinners taking place almost every night of the week. See our complete Beard House events calendar

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JBF in the News: Scholarship Winner Advances to Super Bowl Competition

 

Here's a nice dispatch from a JBF Scholarship recipient: Matthew F. Johnson, currently enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, is a finalist in PepsiCo's "Game Day Grub Match" competition in Arizona. The assignment? Develop and execute the ultimate Super Bowl recipe using the company's line of products. Johnson and his teammate will travel to Phoenix to present their entry to a panel of judges at an NFL event; the winning team will attend the Super Bowl and receive a $5,000 scholarship.

 

Johnson received the James Beard Foundation's Elkes Family Scholarship in 2013 and the Andrew Zimmern Second Chances Scholarship, sponsored by Eyebobs, in 2014.

 

Read more about Matthew and the competition over at USA Today.

 

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JBF in the News: The Good Food Org Guide

 

Last month the James Beard Foundation and its friends at Food Tank published the first annual Good Food Org Guide, a comprehensive directory of state-and national-level nonprofits that are working toward a better food system. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we'd like to thank those who brought exposure to this important resource covering nutrition, food justice, sustainability, and other policy-related organizations. If you know of a nonprofit that should be included in future editions, please ... Read more >

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JBF in the News: The New York Times Profiles Karen Washington

JBF Leadership Award honoree Karen Washington

 

Over the weekend, in its Real Estate section, the New York Times reported on JBF Leadership Award honoree Karen Washington and her "Garden of Happiness," the 36-plot community garden that she has maintained in a formerly vacant lot across from her Bronx rowhouse since 1988. Now home to several vegetable crops, chickens, and a bee hive, the garden has received support from Bronx Green-Up, the community outreach program of the New York Botanical Garden. Washington, who recently retired from her career as a physical therapist, is a board member of the New York City Community Garden Coalition, and also co-founded the... Read more >

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JBF in the News: Expo Milano in National Geographic

The future American Pavilion at Expo Milano

 

No one's ever been hungry at a world's fair: ice cream cones, waffles, and popcorn are just some of the formerly underexposed foods that broke into the mainstream thanks to the exhibitions, while foreign countries have used the gatherings to share their cuisines on a global stage.

 

Yesterday, on NationalGeographic.com, Mary Beth Albright looked ahead to Expo Milano 2015, the first world's fair to focus exclusively on food. She also previews the USA Pavilion, highlighting its ambitious design elements, such as a functioning vertical garden, and its planned exhibits on obesity, GMOs, and other hot food-system topics. The James Beard Foundation and the International Culinary Center are leading the American pavilion's conception and buildout. More on that ... Read more >

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JBF in the News: The JBF Food Conference in National Geographic

The 2014 JBF Food Conference

 

Well-rounded food person Mary Beth Albright (she's a former restaurant critic, food attorney, and competitor on The Next Food Network Star) previews our fall conference on "The Plate," the food blog over at NationalGeographic.com. With appreciative memories of "epiphany moments" at last year's gathering, Albright is looking forward to our upcoming discussion of food and its impact (or lack thereof) on health, particularly our scheduled conversation with Mark Bittman.

 

Read Albright's full piece here. Learn more about this year's JBF Food Conference.

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JBF in the News: Mitchell Davis on NYC Chef Departures

Mitchell Davis

 

In today's New York Times Dining section, JBF's Mitchell Davis discusses chef migration in an article called "Chefs Move Beyond New York." Throughout the story, Mitchell discusses why Big Apple chefs are increasingly leaving the city to set up shop in smaller markets, and what the trend says about America's evolving food culture. Read the full article here.

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JBF in the News: Maria Taylor Previews Chefs & Champagne® with Bryce Shuman

 

While most of us have to wait until the weekend to sample the spread at this Saturday's Chefs & Champagne, Maria Taylor of What's New in New York got a sneak peek of the gooseberry, tomato, and tarragon dish that Betony's Bryce Shuman is preparing for the event. Watch the demo below, and be sure to check out What's New in New York—Maria will also be visiting Chefs & Champagne participants John Mooney of Bell Book & Candle and Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth of Root & Bone.

 

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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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JBF in the News: Expo Milano Previews

 

In 2015, for the first time in the history of world's fairs, Expo Milano will focus exclusively on food. As one of the leading organizers of America's participation, the James Beard Foundation will engage the expo's theme, "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life," by creating an ambitious, interactive pavilion that will showcase the diversity and deliciousness of American food today, as well as our country’s leading role in feeding the planet in the future.

 

We'll be sharing more news about the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano this Wednesday, when simultaneous groundbreaking ceremonies will take place at the Expo site in Milan and at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. In the meantime, check out these two pieces of recent media coverage:

 

This video from Italian tourist station i-Italy features interviews with major event organizations, including the International Culinary Center's Dorothy Cann Hamilton, who is president of USA Pavilion... Read more >

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