JBF to Partner with Food+Tech Connect's Dining Hackathon

 

In the age of Uber and Taskrabbit, it’s only natural that the brains of Silicon Valley would want to tackle the larger issues of how and what we eat. After its wildly successful Hack//Meat events in California and New York, Food+Tech Connect is shifting its focus on innovation to the realm of the restaurant with Hack//Dining NYC.

 

The weekend hackathon, organized by Food+Tech Connect in collaboration with Applegate, Google, Chipotle, and Studio Industries, will take place June 27–29 at General Assembly in New York City. Over the course of three days, chefs, engineers, executives, designers and data scientists will develop and test open-source software and hardware to tackle industry-wide challenges in areas of Sustainable Sourcing, Wellness, Food Safety, and Operations. JBF’s executive vice president Mitchell Davis will return as an advisor to the hackathon teams, which will compete... Read more >

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James Beard Welcomes Dinova, A Deeper Connection to Corporate Dining

James Beard Welcomes Dinova, A Deeper Connection to Corporate Dining

Business diners often bring a unique perspective to the dinner table: some gatherings are set in the name of team building. Others are planned under the sales and account-management halo. Sometimes two colleagues dine together for a mix of business and personal conversation. Regardless of what inspires these guests to eat together, there’s no question that work and food share a fruitful relationship: a great meal can help to cement a new business deal, while business travelers and corporate events play a key role in the health of the restaurant industry.

 

Thanks to Dinova, a new James Beard Foundation partner, the intersection of dining and business is growing even more productive. Working directly with many of America’s largest corporate brands, Dinova steers professionals and business travelers to its growing nationwide network of restaurants. Dinova has more than 10,000 establishments on its roster... Read more >

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JBF Joins with Real Food Media Contest as Official Media Partner

 

From Vermont's new GMO-labeling mandate to documentaries about public health, it's clear that food-system concerns are gaining traction with American consumers. The Real Food Media Contest is giving a platform to these issues with its second annual competition of film shorts about sustainability, policy, and other food-system matters.

 

As one of the contest's official media partners, we're helping to spread the word about their open call for entries. JBF president Susan Ungaro is also serving as a judge along with Tom Colicchio, Michael Pollan, and other food-system advocates. From the RFMC website:

 

The 2015 Real Food Media Contest invites a new crop of digital submissions from 30-seconds to four minutes that tell unique food stories, with... Read more >

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James Beard House Hosts Guests of the International Visitor Leadership Program

The International Visitor Leadership Program at the James Beard House

 

America's soft power got a lot tastier when the Department of State launched its Diplomatic Culinary Partnership in 2012. Created through a collaboration with JBF, the initiative elevates the role of culinary engagement in America’s formal and public diplomacy efforts, and enlists chefs from across the country to serve as resources to the Department when engaging foreign audiences.

 

One of the many facets of our ongoing partnership with the State Department, the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is a professional exchange program that advances U.S. foreign policy goals by increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries. One of IVLP's current projects is an exchange with six participants from the Middle East and North Africa, who are exploring the impact of... Read more >

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Cook with a JBF Award Winner via IfOnly

 

For the novice chef who's looking to go pro, is there a better regimen than apprenticing with a Beard Award winner? Or, for the home entertainer who wants to go all in, is there anything more impressive than a winner cooking an extravagant meal for your friends? 

 

We think not. That's why we've partnered with IfOnly to bring you the food lover's dream shop, filled with experiences and autographed cookbooks from JBF Award nominees and winners from around the country. From a cooking class and dinner for 12 with our freshly minted Best Chef: NYC winner April Bloomfield to a Moveable Feast-inspired at-home dinner with the State Bird Provisions team, IfOnly can make your wishes come true. Even better, a portion of every sale is directed to JBF, which furthers our mission to celebrate and honor American cuisine. IfOnly is also graciously extending the opportunity to become a member and have access to their complete... Read more >

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JBF to Celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of Meatless Monday

Peggy Neu and Sid Lerner of the Monday Campaigns

 

When Meatless Monday launched ten years ago, the campaign had a modest goal: encourage Americans to eat slightly less meat. Based on the notion that people are more determined to reprogram their habits at the beginning of the week, the group has steadily racked up victories and adherents: the growing trendiness of plant-based diets, the support of celebrity chefs and other stars, and Sodexo, a major institutional food supplier, designing meat-free programs for its clients.

 

But even in this dawning era of the cauliflower steak, America’s meat-heavy diet... Read more >

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Sponsored Post: Win Tickets to the Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival on May 3

Take Home a Rioja Cellar Contest

 

We've already filled you in on the fabulous chefs, wines, and bites that will be on offer during the upcoming Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival, which is conveniently taking place in Brooklyn on May 3, the same weekend as our own Beard Awards hoopla. Now we're giving you a chance to attend for free, with VIP-status to boot.

 

Our friends at the Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival are generously giving away two VIP tickets to the event, along with six bottles of reserve wine. This privileged entrée will give you access to exclusive VIP areas, as well as the opportunity to sip more than 200 vibrant Rioja wines from 60+ wineries, meet top Rioja winemakers, attend expert-led seminars, and taste delicious tapas from 25 nationally-renowned chefs. What's more, the winner of this giveaway will automatically be... Read more >

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Sponsored Post: The Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival on May 3

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Make the most of your JBF Awards weekend and enjoy the wines of Spain’s most prominent wine region while you’re in NYC! The Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival is on Saturday, May 3, at Weylin B. Seymour’s in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Experience more than 200 vibrant Rioja wines from 60+ wineries, meet top Rioja winemakers, attend expert-led seminars, and taste delicious tapas from 25 nationally-renowned chefs. Rioja is famous for producing an incredible variety of the world’s finest and most food-friendly wines at incredible values, so while you are sipping away, stop off at the Jamón Bar or the Paella Garden. 

 

Start planning your weekend now and make sure to get your tickets for one of the best gastronomic parties of the year! Tickets are $55 and proceeds of the Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival will benefit culinary scholarships the James Beard Foundation. This event is expected to sell out, so... Read more >

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Sponsored Post: Fly Delta Innovation Class with JBF Award Winner Sean Brock

Delta Innovation Class

 

When you fly Delta, the official airline of the James Beard Awards, you can count on world-class service, a wide spectrum of in-flight entertainment, and so much more. But what about a smart and engaging seatmate? Turns out you can have that, too.

 

Introducing Delta Innovation Class, a mentoring program at 35,000 feet. For this one-of-a-kind experience, the airline is flying forward-thinking leaders to events around the world. They’re also giving you a chance to tag along. 

 

What does this have to do with JBF? One of the Delta Innovation Class destinations is the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards on Monday, May 5, in New York City. The passenger flying there? 2014 ... Read more >

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Join Us at the Kids Food Festival This Weekend!

 

Kids Food Festival

 

 

The James Beard Foundation is a proud partner of the Kids Food Festival, which takes place this Saturday and Sunday at New York City’s Bryant Park. Presented by the Creative Kitchen, the weekend will be full of delicious activities dedicated to educating families about making balanced food choices that foster lifelong wholesome eating. Little epicures and their parents can attend hands-on cooking classes in the James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion, where renowned chefs like Carla Hall, Jehangir Mehta, and Candice Kumai will share their recipes, skills, and love for all things culinary. Our own Izabela Wojcik and Victoria Jordan will host a class and demonstrate the recipe for James Beard’s Orange and Almond Cake Parfait.

 

The festival also includes free activities like the Balanced Plate Scavenger Hunt, where kids bounce between exhibitors and activities to... Read more >

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