Throwback Thursday: The Future of Food

Illustration by Eugenio

 

From cars that run on electricity, to computers that live in our pockets, to Back to the Future–style hoverboards, you could make the case that we’re already living in the age of the Jetsons. But aside from the market availability of the powdered meal replacement, Soylent, it seems there’s still a lot of room for growth in the way we grow, cook, and eat our food. With the new year swiftly approaching, we’re using this TBT to look back at a look forward: our Spring 1999 Beard House Magazine article “Seratonin-Laced Truffle Inhalers and Other Tales from the Future,” which assembled a motley crew of professionals and intellectuals to predict the food landscape of 2050. Here are a few choice quotes, some remarkably relevant to today, while others seem still a few decades off:

 

“Because the perishable food ingredients will be pasteurized with electron beams, concern about food-borne diseases spreading from continent to continent will be a

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Throwback Thursday: The Salad Days of NYC Greenmarkets

 

 

Locavores and foodies alike love the hub of New York City's Greenmarkets. With winter on the way, we are lucky to say we can still get local produce all over the city, all year round. About two decades ago, however, this was hardly the case.

 

A look back to our 1995 July/August issue of Beard House Magazine proves so, with what was, at the time, an impressive list during the peak season of summer. Brooklynites, prideful of their pioneering as a food center today, may be shocked to discover that their borough used to be home to only three markets! And in Queens? Forget about it! There were zilch during that time. Today, NYC boasts about four times as many greenmarkets. During the summers you’ll find 20 markets in Brooklyn alone, which is more than in Manhattan and Brooklyn combined in the summer of ’95!

 

So, although these upcoming days may be cold and grey, at least we can easily get some greens.

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Throwback Thursday: The Beard House Latke Cookoff

 

The star is on the tree at Rockefeller Center, Salvation Army bells jingle on every corner, and the scent of pine needles permeates the streets of New York. But while everyone else is trimming their trees and decking their halls, the shorter days and yuletide decorations make us think of an old Beard House tradition—the Latke Cookoff. This annual event of amateurs and professionals ran from 1996 to 2001, and our own executive vice president Mitchell Davis won the inaugural potato playoffs. For this TBT, we’re featuring an artist’s rendering of Mitchell in his moment of victory, along with his winning recipe, which can also be found in his cookbook, The Mensch Chef. The secret to his spuds? His mother Sonny’s ratio of one onion for every two potatoes. And as everyone knows, you don’t argue with a Jewish mother. Check out the recipe here... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Thanksgiving with a Southern Twist

 

Turducken may be old hat at this point, but only at the Beard House could you taste a Turduckgras meatball—that’s turkey, duck, and foie gras. This TBT, we’re looking back at these unusual bird balls that were served as part of our 2012 Thanksgiving with a Southern Twist dinner, where Scott Varnedoe of Baton Rouge’s Stroubes showed us how they properly celebrate below the Mason Dixon. With a menu ranging from Roasted Butternut Squash–Louisiana Jumbo Lump Crab Cappuccino with Red and Green Chili Oil, Allspice Whipped Cream, and Toasted Chestnut Dust to Individual Apple–Pecan Pies with Buttermilk–Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Calvados Caramel, and Dehydrated Apple Baklava Sticks, Beard House diners were treated to a Southern feast that left them with nary a thought of Mom’s candied yams.

 

Check out this year’s Thanksgiving menu.... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: JBF Award Winners Charlie Trotter and Norman Van Aken

JBF Award Winners Charlie Trotter and Norman Van Aken

 

This year, our annual gala, taking place tomorrow at the Four Seasons, will honor the life and work of JBF Award winner Charlie Trotter. Our TBT for this week captures a moment between Trotter and JBF Award winner Norman Van Aken, who is leading our celebration of Trotter’s legacy. Aken, along with a roster of Trotter’s friends and protégés, has crafted a menu in tribute to the late chef’s substantial influence on American cuisine.​

 

For more event information and the gala's menu, click here.​

 

 

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Throwback Thursday: Women in Whites

JBF Gala Women in Whites Participants

 

November means JBF Gala time, and for this TBT we’re looking back at last year’s fête, which celebrated the accomplishments of women in the food industry and featured an all-female lineup. As seen in the photo above, the star power that evening was undeniable. We were honored to be joined by, from left to right: JBF Award winner Sherry Yard, JBF Award winner Merry Edwards, JBF Award winner Barbara Lynch, JBF Award winner Melissa Kelly, Gail Simmons, JBF Award winner Martha Stewart, Tyra Banks, JBF president Susan Ungaro, Kristin Kish, Dominique Crenn, and Audrey Saunders.

 

Next Friday, the James Beard Foundation Gala will celebrate the life and career of the... Read more >

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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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