Throwback Thursday: Beard House Entertaining Issues

 

It seems these days that the minute Halloween is crossed off our calendar, the whole world springs into holiday party mode. With that tsunami of soirées in mind, we've reached into the archives for some lighthearted tips and tricks for surviving the holiday season. And for those adamant that Halloween be given its due, we’ll concede these are some truly terrifying party scenarios.

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Throwback Thursday: Camera-Ready Award Winners

James Beard Award Winners Danny Bowien and Jamie Bissonette

 

Yesterday, after we announced that we're now accepting entries for the 2015 James Beard Awards, we spent a few minutes flipping through the photo archives from this year's ceremony at Lincoln Center in New York City. For today's TBT, here's a capture of Jamie Bissonnette, who took home the award for Best Chef: Northeast that evening, snapping a selfie with the 2013 Rising Star winner Danny Bowien.

 

Jamie will be showing off his skills during his upcoming weekend at the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® events in Boston, taking place October 24–25. For tickets and more information, visit... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Hot Doug's

 

Last week, hundreds of eager customers stood anxiously in line for hours, desperate to get into one storefront in Chicago. New iPhone launching? Hardly. This was the line to get the last batch of hot dogs from legendary "sausage superstore" Hot Doug's, which served its last link and final batch of duck fat fries last Friday, October 3. This TBT, we're mourning the end of an era by sharing an essay on this Illinois icon from 2009, written by Jamie Feldmar, now senior editor at Tasting Table.

 

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Worth Waiting For: Hot Doug’s, Chicago

 

by Jamie Feldmar

 

Chicago is a sausage kind of town. Ever since the city’s 19th-century meatpacking heyday, we Chicagoans... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Holy Molé!

 

From tantalizing tacos al pastor to artisanal masa makeovers, a new wave of Mexican restaurants is hitting the dining landscape this fall. The trend has us thinking back to our Holy Molé event from the 2010 New York Food & Wine Festival dinner series at the Beard House. James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® All-Star and JBF Award winner Aarón Sánchez was one of several chefs on hand that night, treating diners to his signature style and seen here flipping some hominy for his pozole-calabaza picadillo.

 

Check out Aarón in action during his upcoming Taste America weekend in Los Angeles, taking place October 10–11. For tickets and more information, visit jbftasteamerica.org.

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Throwback Thursday: Jack Daniel's Birthday at the Beard House

 

It’s officially fall. It’s the end of bikini season, it’s time to go apple-picking, and you can’t go two feet without stumbling over a pumpkin-spiced something.

 

In a nod to the season of spiked cider and hot toddies, here's a look back at Hill Country Barbecue’s 2009 Beard House dinner celebrating the birthday of Jasper Newton "Jack" Daniel, known by some as the founder of the Jack Daniel's distillery. Duff Goldman of Ace of Cakes was on hand for a very special dessert: a 60-pound cake in the shape of the birthday boy, complete with a whiskey barrel and a bottle of the eponymous liquor. In perfect fall form, the food was decadent, the cocktails flowed, and the cake’s flavor? Pumpkin, of course.

 

Take a peek at the video below to watch Duff ceremoniously cutting the cake:

 

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Throwback Thursday: State Bird Provisions at Taste America SF

 

James Beard Foundation's Taste America®

 

A sweet treat for today's TBT: the lemon–poppy seed ice cream sandwich prepared by the State Bird Provisions team at last year's Taste America San Francisco. (Those are hazelnuts and honey on top.) You can see the complete set of photos from that event here.

 

This year's Taste America tour heads to Seattle and Dallas next weekend. Check out the full ten-city schedule... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Richard Blais at Taste America Chicago

Richard Blais at James Beard Foundation's® Taste America in 2013

 

For today's Throwback Thursday, here's a snapshot of our cooking demos at last year's Taste America Chicago, where Richard Blais showed us how he makes a margarita. Naturally, his technique involves a hulking tank of liquid nitrogen.

 

The 2014 reboot of James Beard Foundation's® Taste America kicks off this weekend in Atlanta and Phoenix! Head over to jbftasteamerica.org to see what's in store for this year's ten-city tour.

 

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Throwback Thursday: In the Classroom with James Beard

James Beard at CIA

 

With school back in session, it seems only fitting that we turn to our favorite teacher, James Beard. From television shows to women’s clubs to cooking schools across the country, when he wasn’t writing cookbooks, James Beard was in the kitchen, guiding everyone from the humble home cook to the nation’s top toques. For this week’s #TBT, we look back at the 1998 Summer/Fall issue of Beard House Magazine, where Maria Rabat delves into Beard’s role as an educator in her article Beard at the Head of the Class

 

Rabat points out that despite an early yearning for “stardom and all that went with it,” Beard's turn to culinary education ultimately brought him far more acclaim that his stage career. Beard was a natural teacher, his culinary curiosity and vast knowledge of cooking history and technique combining with endless enthusiasm and patience. Above all, he strove to “‘make people realize that cooking is primarily fun, and the more they know about what they are doing,... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Marc Vetri, Pasta Machine

Marc Vetri at the 2014 James Beard Awards

 

At this past spring's James Beard Awards Gala, Marc Vetri worked up a flour and egg–induced sweat while feeding fresh pasta to the hungry masses, and we mean fresh: the Philadelphia restaurateur, who was also an Outstanding Chef nominee that night, rolled pasta dough by hand during the entire post-show reception. Read our pre-Awards interview with Vetri here, and keep an eye out for his seventh concept, Lo Spiedo, this fall.

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Throwback Thursday: François Payard on Desserts

Payard

 

In "Wild at Tart," an article from the Winter 1996 issue of Beard House magazine, Erica Cantley interviewed François Payard, the winner of the 1995 James Beard Pastry Chef of the Year award. In their interview they discussed Payard's career in America and his desire to break the proverbial French pastry mold. "Receiving this uniquely American (James Beard) award is an affirmation that I have done the right thing—taken the risks to live in a different way, in a different country, making pastry much different from what I knew growing up," Payard explained. Banana Tart with Passion Fruit Crème Anglaise and Chocolate Tart with Spicy Chocolate Milkshake are just two of the desserts that clinched the Le Bernardin and Daniel pastry chef's elite status.

 

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