Throwback Thursday: JBF Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Cecilia Chiang

JBF Award Winner Cecilia Chiang (photo by Kent Miller)

 

Earlier this week, we announced our 2015 Lifetime Achievement and Humanitarian of the Year honorees. Today's TBT is a shoutout to restaurateur and Lifetime Achievement award winner Cecilia Chiang, shown here accepting the honor in 2013. Often referred to as the “Julia Child of Chinese food,” Chiang moved from Shanghai to San Francisco in 1960 at the age of 20, and brought with her a fiery passion for good food and good company. Hospitality has always been at the forefront of her efforts, as she explained in her acceptance speech: "You need to care about people and the heart of what I want to do is make my guests happy." Since her earliest days on our shores, Chiang has worked to introduce the American palate to Northern Chinese cuisine, and disprove the notion that... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Remembering James Beard

 

Yesterday, January 21, 2015, marked the thirtieth anniversary of James Beard's death. In honor of the culinary icon, this TBT we’re sharing some of our favorite quotes, from a man who was as prolific with the pencil as he was with the spatula:

 

“There is absolutely no substitute for the best. Good food cannot be made of inferior ingredients masked with high flavor.” (The Fireside Cookbook, p. 13)

 

“Grilling, broiling, barbecuing—whatever you want to call it—is an art, not just a matter of building a pyre and throwing on a piece of meat as a sacrifice to the gods of the stomach.” (Beard on Food, p. 20)

 

“The roe of the Russian mother sturgeon has probably been present at more important international affairs than have all... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Highlights from the 2014 James Beard Awards

Roll out the red carpet: with the announcement of Oscar nominations today, it’s officially awards season. This year’s Restaurant and Chef award semifinalists will be announced February 18, 2015. To make sure you get your JBFA fix until then, we’re looking back at last year’s bash, full of stars, songs, sips, snacks, and lots of celebration. Check out the video below for highlights of the 2014 Beard Awards, and start dusting those mothballs off your gowns and tuxedos.

 

 

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Throwback Thursday: Beard House Food Pyramid

 

James Beard once said, "It is true thrift to use the best ingredients available and to waste nothing." Ed Kim, cartoonist for Beard House Magazine and other JBF publications, illustrated his rankings of said best ingredients in the October 2000 cover of the JBF Calendar & Newsletter in a comic called “Beard House Food Pyramid." (Click here for full-sized artwork.) Viewed alongside retrospectives of last year’s culinary trends and prognostications of what awaits in 2015, Kim’s vision of the food pyramid à la Beard is remarkably resonant. Hudson Valley foie gras and truffles on the daily; oysters a few times a week; morels, chanterelles and porcini when in season. Fifteen years later, it seems almost nothing has changed. Take a glimpse at a menu for any dinner or event this year at the Beard House and see for yourself.

 

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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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