Coming Soon: "America's First Foodie"

 

Dean of American Cookery. Father of American Cuisine. James Beard collected many nicknames as he paved the way for this country's modern culinary movement. Thanks to a forthcoming feature-length documentary about his extraordinary life and legacy, he's acquired yet another: America's First Foodie.

 

Featuring interviews with Judith Jones, Ruth Reichl, Jonathan Waxman, and other luminaries, America's First Foodie chronicles Beard's life and enduring influence, from his upbringing in Portland, Oregon, to the chefs whose work embodies the ideals that he pioneered until his death in 1985. Here's a great trailer for the film:

 

 

America's First Foodie is relying on donations to finance production, marketing, and other costs. You can give the film your support... Read more >

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2014 Who's Who Inductee: Writer Barry Estabrook

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America is a cadre of the most accomplished food and beverage professionals in the country. Though they represent a diverse cross-section of the food and beverage industry—from chefs to journalists to farmers to business executives to scholars—each has been identified by his or her peers as having displayed remarkable talent and achievement. Every member of the Who’s Who has contributed in some substantial way to America’s constantly evolving culinary scene.

 

One of our six 2014 Who's Who inductees, Barry Estabrook currently writes for The New York Times, The Washington Post, TheAtlantic.com, MarkBittman.com, Saveur, and Men’s Health. In 2011, Estabrook wrote the influential book, Tomatoland, which exposed how industrial agriculture has ruined the tomato in all ways—gastronomic, environmental, and in terms of labor abuse.

 

Watch the short video below, which celebrates Estabrook's important work and aired at the 2014 James Beard Awards. Stay tuned for videos about our other 2014 inductees.

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Hanging with Harris at the Beard House, Part 3

 

For the third installment of our "Hanging with Harris at the Beard House" series, Billy is in the dining room with William Grant’s Jamie Salas as he shakes up a Sanguniello Paloma, made with Milagro Tequila, to pair with chef Billy Oliva’s menu. Then it’s down to the kitchen where Oliva, chef of Delmonico’s, the country’s oldest restaurant, shows him his twist on the classic combination of scallops and bacon.

 

 

Check out our archives for Peter Chang's crispy pork belly and Akira Back's fluke crudo.

 

Tune in next week when Billy is in the kitchen with chef Bryce Sherman of New York City's Betony, one of the 2014 nominees for... Read more >

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Hanging with Harris at the Beard House

 

For the second installment of our Hanging with Harris at the Beard House series, Billy is in the dining room with William Grant’s Freddy May as he creates an innovative Triple Happiness cocktail to pair with Peter Chang’s Chinese New Year feast, and then it’s down to the kitchen where Chang shows him the secrets to preparing his Sichuan-style crispy pork belly. 

 

William Grant’s Freddy May with Billy Harris

 

Next week: Tune in to part three of our Hanging with Harris series when Billy is joined in the kitchen by chef Billy Oliva of New York City’s legendary Delmonico’s.

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Hanging with Harris at the Beard House

 

If you’ve attended the JBF Gala auction in November in the past few years, you have been entertained by Billy Harris, our annual auctioneer and the host of the web program Hanging with Harris, in which Harris travels around the country and into the kitchens, bars, and restaurants of some of the country’s most talked-about chefs, bartenders, and restaurateurs. In a recent five-part series, Harris dropped in at the Beard House to visit a few of our featured chefs as they prepared their one-night-only dinners, and also chatted with visiting William Grant & Sons mixologists, who created cocktails inspired by the chefs’ menus.

 

Charlotte Voisey and Billy Harris mixing up an Asian Pear Fizz

 

In his first episode, Harris joins William Grant’s Charlotte Voisey... Read more >

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The JBF Kitchen Cam Launches Today!

JBF Kitchen Cam

 

It's an exciting day at JBF! Today we're launching the JBF Kitchen Cam, a live, three-angle camera feed that captures the behind-the-scenes action and a glimpse of our visiting chefs at work. Tune in today at 5:30 P.M. to watch multiple JBF Award–winning chef Daniel Boulud and his team in the Beard House kitchen.

 

Tune into the JBF Kitchen Cam here and join the conversation by including #JBFKitchenCam in your tweets. 

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Announcing the JBF Kitchen Cam

Announcing the James Beard Foundation Kitchen Cam

 

Anyone who has ever dined at the Beard House knows that the experience includes an opportunity to pass through the townhouse's historic kitchen and see our visiting chefs at work. Starting next Monday, anyone with a computer or a mobile device will get to peep the action, too.

 

On March 31, we're launching the JBF Kitchen Cam, a live, three-angle camera feed that captures the excitement and atmosphere of the 200+ dining events that take place at the Beard House over the course of a year. The official launch coincides with a special dinner by JBF Award–winning chef Daniel Boulud, featuring a menu inspired by his latest cookbook and memoir, Daniel: My French Cuisine.

 

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Reel Food: The Berkshire Cure-All

 

Ever wondered what happens behind the scenes at a James Beard House dinner? When Brian Alberg and a team of chefs came to the House recently for their annual Berkshire Cure-All event, they showed us this video about their 2013 visit. Featuring interviews with the farmers who grew the food for their seven-course menu, behind-the-scenes looks at prep and service, and even some late-night trash-talking at Prune, it's a true taste of the Beard House experience.

 

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Video: Looking Back on James Beard Foundation's Taste America®

Want to relive the excitement of this year's Taste America? Check out this highlight reel, featuring our Taste America All-Star chefs and some behind-the-scenes looks at all the fun we had across the country this fall.

 

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Reel Food: Night Kitchen Bakery & Cafe at the James Beard House

 

If you've dined at the James Beard House, you know that the experience includes an opportunity to walk through its storied kitchen and observe the night's visiting chefs at work. It's an exciting bit of behind-the-scenes entrée that you won't find at most restaurants, but it's still just a glimpse of what it takes to pull off a dinner in this one-of-a-kind space. Preparation can involve months of planning and coordination—and sometimes even a rehearsal or two.

 

The JBF Award–winning team at Friday Arts has produced a video about Philadelphia's Night Kitchen Bakery & Cafe planning its first Beard House appearance. The video documents the team's initial menu design and tails them all the way to New York City for their event, which was held in April. The video also features insights from our director of house programming, Izabela Wojcik. Watch below:

 

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