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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The 2014 Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists

The 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists
 

They're here! This morning we announced the semifinalists for our 2014 Restaurant and Chef Award categories, from Outstanding Restaurant to Rising Star Chef of the Year. Our announcement took place in Orlando, one of Florida's burgeoning culinary hubs. We'd like to thank Visit Orlando for making the event possible.

 

Scroll down to see if your favorite restaurant or chef is in the running. (For a refresher on how these names were selected, read this.) And don't forget: we'll announce the final Restaurant and Chef Award nominations, as well as the nominations for our Book, Journalism, Broadcast, and Restaurant Design Awards, at the Publican in Chicago on Tuesday, March 18.

 

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Live from Orlando: The 2014 JBF Award Semifinalists

The 2014 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists will be announced on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

 

 

James Beard Award season is upon us, and with it a highly anticipated milestone: the big reveal of our Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists. And, for the very first time, we’re taking this announcement on the road.

 

On February 19 (that’s this Wednesday!), we’re heading down to Orlando for our first-ever live semifinalist announcement. When planning this inaugural event, we wanted to spotlight a city with an on-the-rise culinary profile, and Orlando fits that bill beautifully. We would like to thank Visit Orlando for hosting our ceremony in this exciting Central Florida food hub.

 

The semifinalist event, taking place at Orlando’s East End Market and starting... Read more >

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JBF Partners with the Clinton Foundation to Launch America Cooks with Chefs: The 800 Calorie Challenge

 

We're excited to announce our new partnership with the Clinton Foundation to launch America Cooks with Chefs: The 800 Calorie Challenge, a cooking competition that will pair six lucky home cooks with six celebrity chef “trainers,” including JBF Award winner Tony Mantuano and Mary Sue Milliken, to create healthy, approachable meals. An online video series will feature an episode with each duo as they take part in an intense, one-day “cooking well kitchen camp” at the chefs’ restaurants, working together to redesign a recipe around healthy nutritional guidelines without sacrificing taste or presentation. The contestants will then attend the 2015 Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) conference in La Quinta, California, where they will bring their new skills to a live cooking challenge at the conference, where a panel of celebrity judges will select a winner.

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The Food Lover's Gift Card from CourseHorse

 

 

 

Are you resolving to hone your culinary chops in 2014? Our friends at CourseHorse can help. Just in time for the holidays, we're partnering with this educationally-minded search engine that connects you with the best food classes in New York City. Their brand new, almighty Food Lover's Gift Card can be applied to thousands of courses at local schools and venues, including the Institute of Culinary Education, Eataly, the Brooklyn Kitchen, and many more. Available in any value and free of expiration dates, these cards also tap into the charitable spirit of the season: a portion of proceeds will be donated to the James Beard Foundation.

 

Learn more and purchase a Food Lover's Gift Card here. CourseHorse services all educational interests, so be sure to check out their... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Phoenix Recap

James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Phoenix

 

In addition to Boston, our final weekend of James Beard Foundation's Taste America® was spent in Phoenix. On Friday we enjoyed a spectacular meal prepared by local James Beard Award winners and Taste America All-Star Suzanne Goin. We spent the next day at Sur La Table, watching cooking demonstrations by Goin and Check, Please! Arizona's Robert McGrath, and also tasted samples from local artisans Steve's Wonder Mustard, Laura Gourmet, Tracy Dempsey Originals, and the Mix Up Bar. You can view images from the weekend's event here.

 

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all our Phoenix participants! And even more thanks to folks who... Read more >

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