Sponsored Post: Announcing the 2016 Blended Burger Project™

Announcing the 2016 Blended Burger Project™

 

There’s ‘shroom for improvement in your favorite burger.

 

This summer, chefs nationwide will be re-imagining the classic American burger when they take part in our Blended Burger Project™, a competition challenging chefs to blend mushrooms with meat to create a more delicious, nutritious and sustainable burger.

 

Starting Memorial Day weekend, expect to see blended burgers on menus from the following chefs:

 

  • Hugh Acheson (5&10, The National, The Florence and Empire State South, all in Georgia)
  • Jenn Louis (Lincoln and Sunshine Tavern, Portland, OR)
  • Jehangir Mehta (Graffiti, Me and You and Mehtaphor, NYC)
  • Mike Rakun (Marin, Minneapolis)
  • Maria Hines (Tilth, Seattle)
  • Alex Seidel (Fruition, Denver)
  • Tim Byres (SMOKE, Dallas)
  • Bernie Kantak (The Gladly, Phoenix)

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Sponsored Post: Sail with JBF-Recognized Chefs Aboard Windstar Cruises

Sail with JBF-Recognized Chefs Aboard Windstar Cruises

 

You’ve never seen cruise food like this before.

 

We are proud to announce our new partnership with Windstar Cruises, whose fleet of small luxury ships are known for their unique voyages and intimate experiences. Together we’ve created the new James Beard Collection, a series of food-themed itineraries hosted by James Bead Foundation-recognized chefs (we’re talking Michel Nischan, Maria Hines, and Matt and Kate Jennings), with destinations in Spain, Morocco, and France.

 

Set to sail this spring and summer, the voyages in the James Beard Collection will feature nightly dishes contributed by the headlining chef, who will also be performing chef demos, interacting with guests, and leading off-... Read more >

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Sponsored: Channel Your Inner Chef to Win a Trip to the Beard Awards from HMSHost

Channel Your Inner Chef to Win a Trip to the Beard Awards from HMSHost

 

Do you love to cook? Do you dream of rubbing elbows with your favorite food TV stars on the red carpet at the James Beard Awards? 2016 JBF Awards sponsor HMSHost invites you to channel your inner chef and enter to win VIP tickets for two to this year's Awards ceremony in Chicago. 

 

Here's how to enter: 

Contestants are asked to shoot a five-minute video of themselves preparing their favorite original recipe while showing off their personal style. Contestants then submit the video by February 28, 2016, at ChannelYourInnerChef.com. A panel will then select five finalists to compete in a cook-off to be performed in front of a live audience and judges at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on March 22. 

 

HMSHost will reveal a winner following a live, 30-minute cook-off by the five finalists. The winner is presented with prizes... Read more >

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Sponsored Post: Meet the Next Generation of New Orleans’s Culinary Protégés

Emeril Lagasse

 

In 2011 JBF Award winner Emeril Lagasse and the Emeril Lagasse Foundation donated $1.5 million for the opening of a culinary arts program in New Orleans. The program aimed to provide young aspiring chefs from all backgrounds and neighborhoods with the opportunity to train with industry professionals, gaining unparalleled experience and exposure at the high school level. 

 

Four years later, the NOCCA Culinary Arts program is changing the traditional learning environment, pulling kids out of standard classrooms and inspiring them to create the culinary delicacies that New Orleans is so famous for. The program is one of many special tracks at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). Any student in the city can audition, which requires testing in weights and measures, basic knowledge of leading or mother sauces, stock making, and other fundamentals. Accepted candidates attend the school tuition-free, training with New Orleans’ leading master... Read more >

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Sponsored Meatless Monday Recipe: April Bloomfield's Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto and Burrata

April Bloomfield's Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto and Burrata

 

Even though temperatures have dropped and the sun sets a lot earlier these days, farmers are still yielding delicious and bountiful produce that are a welcome reprieve from the rich, hearty meat-heavy meals that winter brings. A recent survey by Meatless Monday revealed that diners rank seasonal dishes showcasing produce at their peak of freshness as the top trend when it comes to meatless restaurant menus. Based on the preference of diners, we’re confident that this root-to-tip recipe of roasted carrots with carrot top pesto and burrata from JBF Award winner April Bloomfield will be a hit for those who strive for meat-free meals.

 

“I’m known for all things porcine, but I really... Read more >

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Sponsored Recipe: Braised Pork Belly with Kohlrabi Slaw and Lifeway Kefir

 

With the holiday season right around the corner, we’re gearing up for a few weeks of decadent dining—balanced with some healthy flourishes, of course.

 

At our recent Taste America cooking demos in Chicago, we found exactly that, courtesy of Boarding House chef Tanya Baker. The 2015 Rising Star nominee treated guests to a succulent dish of cured and braised pork belly, served with a light kohlrabi and apple slaw. Baker dispensed some great cooking tips along the way, explaining that toasting the spices and herbs for the pork cure draws out the aromatics’ natural oils. She also shared her preference for storing prepped apples in salted water instead of lemon water. “Salted water seasons the fruit,” Baker said. “I find that lemon water breaks down the texture of the apples and makes them a little mushy."

 

Another secret to Baker’s dish?... Read more >

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Sponsored Post: Donnie Madia, Restaurateur, JBF Award Winner, and Mariano’s Tastemaker

 

When Donnie Madia took to the podium to accept the 2015 James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurateur, he spoke of 1999, when he was about to open Blackbird and was one of four young guys who just wanted to “open 67 seats and do something special in Chicago.”

 

Many years later, Madia now oversees the eight concepts (including a James Beard Award–winning cocktail bar) that comprise One Off Hospitality. Even with all of that growth and success, we have a hunch that Donnie still knows the exact number of seats he’s managing.

 

Donnie’s leadership skills, eye for style, and instincts for Chicagoans’ tastes have helped him clinch his status as one of the most respected restaurateurs in the country. He also gets an assist from... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Los Angeles

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national epicurean tour concludes this weekend with two days of star-studded events in Los Angeles, featuring Taste America All-Star and JBF Award winner Hugh Acheson and Local Stars Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo. Friday night kicks off with a tasting reception from some of Los Angeles's finest, followed by an exclusive four-course dinner prepared by Acheson, Shook, and Dotolo. On Saturday the action moves to Sur La Table for cooking demos and book signings from Acheson and lauded chef Michael Hung, along with free tastings from local vendor Lemon Bird Preserves.

 

For tickets and more information about the chefs and vendors appearing, check out ... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: San Francisco

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national epicurean tour continues this weekend with two days of star-studded events in San Francisco, featuring Taste America All-Star and JBF Award winner Tony Mantuano and Local Star Michael Tusk. Friday night kicks off with a tasting reception from some of San Francisco's finest, followed by an exclusive four-course dinner prepared by Mantuano and Tusk. On Saturday the action moves to Sur La Table for cooking demos and book signings from Mantuano and lauded chef Rocky Maselli.

 

For tickets and more information about the chefs and vendors appearing, check out jbftasteamerica.org.... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Chicago

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national epicurean tour continues this weekend with two days of star-studded events in Chicago, featuring Taste America All-Star and JBF Award winner Mark Ladner and Local Stars Johnny Clark and Beverly Kim. Friday night kicks off with a tasting reception from some of Chicago's finest, followed by an exclusive four-course dinner prepared by Ladner, Clark, and Kim. On Saturday the action moves to Sur La Table for cooking demos and book signings from Ladner and lauded chef Tanya Baker.

 

For tickets and more information about the chefs and vendors appearing, check out jbftasteamerica.org.... Read more >

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