Throwback Thursday: America's Classic Olneyville New York System

 

As we soak up the last few days of summer, we can't help but reminisce on all the great meals we've been able to indulge in these past few months—juicy burgers, smoky ribs, crisp vegetables, and the many hot dogs we swaddled in Martin's Potato Rolls. So on this TBT, while we look back on our summer eating, it only makes sense to revisit an old friend, the 2014 JBF America's Classic winner famously known for their hot wieners (the hot dog's beloved cousin), Olneyville New York System

 

Despite its name, this bastion of meat serves food that is distinctive to Rhode Island. Long ropes of wieners (a mixture of beef, pork, and veal) are slathered with mustard, topped with meat sauce, sprinkled with celery salt and onions, and served in a steamed bun. To round out an Olneyville signature meal, salt-and-vinegar French fries are a must, along with their famous coffee milk, another Rhode Island classic where milk is flavored with a sweetened coffee concentrate... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: America's Classic Sokolowski's University Inn

 

This Throwback Thursday we’re indulging our taste buds with a look at one of the 2014 JBF America’s Classics Award winners, Sokolowski’s University Inn. As Cleveland’s oldest landmark restaurant, Sokolowski’s is family-run, and spoons out generous portions of “stick to your ribs” Polish-American comfort food to eager diners from across the country. From stuffed cabbage to their renowned Salisbury steak, the hardworking sibling team of Mary, Bernie, and Mike proudly serve customers all the pierogies they can handle. At this American classic you’re guaranteed good company, polka music, and a satisfying food coma. Fortunately, the official James Beard Foundation’s America’s Classics cookbook will be published by Rizzoli in February 2016, so you’ll soon be able to get a taste of Sokolowski’s without hopping on a plane to Ohio. If you’re craving Polish food, Sokolowski’s is the real deal, and with a roster of celebrity patrons including Jimmy Fallon, the president of Poland, and Bill... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Remembering James Beard

 

 

August is coming to an end, and the first day of school is right around the corner, but we still have one last outdoor holiday to look forward to. Labor Day usually means one final hurrah with the family: backyard barbecues, picnics, beach trips, and grilling—lots of grilling. This Throwback Thursday we’re sharing some of our favorite James Beard quotes that demonstrate our namesake’s love for summer foods, the great outdoors, and the art of entertaining in any environment. 


“I love a casual picnic just as much as, or even more than, an elaborate gastronomic delight.” (Beard on Food, p.264)

 

“Arrangement is one of the secrets of a perfect composed salad. There should be a blend of colors, tastes, and textures. The ingredients should be attractively cut and the salad beautifully arranged on a large platter or in a bowl so that it becomes almost a centerpiece for the table.” (Beard on Bread, p.332)

 

“In recent years all America... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Wylie Dufresne, the Culinary Magician

 

This Throwback Thursday, we celebrate a fearless pioneer of molecular gastronomy, JBF Award winner and 2015 Who’s Who inductee Wylie Dufresne. Each year, the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America honors a diverse group of 20 individuals across all areas of the culinary world, each of whom has been identified by his or her peers for contributions to America’s evolving edible identity.

 

Following his education at the French Culinary Institute, Dufresne began his career under JBF Award winner Jean-Georges Vongerichten at JoJo, became a sous chef at Jean-Georges, and was promoted to chef de cuisine at Vongerichten’s Prime. He continued his gastronomic trailblazing as the first chef at 71 Clinton Fresh Food, which lead to his next adventure opening wd~50 in 2003. Dufresne remained unstoppable, receiving three stars from the ... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: All-Star Chefs Inspire through JBF Taste America

 

 

The James Beard Foundation’s annual Taste America tour assembles an all-star panel of celebrity chefs to travel cross-country for unique dining events, cooking demonstrations, and artisanal tastings. This week’s Throwback Thursday highlights a video from JBF Taste America 2013, where some of the nation’s top toques collaborated on exclusive, one-night-only tasting menus, bringing their passions and talents to eager epicureans across the country. This year’s celebration will take place September 18 through November 7 with an inspiring all-star roster of gifted chefs, including JBF Award winners Art Smith in Charleston, April Bloomfield in New Orleans, Tony Mantuano in San Francisco, Hugh Acheson in Los Angeles, and more. Click here for more event information or to reserve tickets for Taste America 2015. As Emmy Award winner Carla Hall put it: “When I think of Taste America, I think of getting to know people through their food”—don... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Julia Child and James Beard

 

For this TBT, we're honoring one of the greatest culinary friendships of all time: the dynamic duo of Julia Child and James Beard. The video above, produced in 1994, features an exclusive interview with Child, as she speaks fondly about her friendship with “Jim,” his tremendous influence on the culinary world, and the creation of the James Beard Foundation. The pair met in 1961, around the time of the publication of Child's first cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Her admiration for Beard was transparent: “People just adored him. He was so jolly, so nice, and so generous.” After working with many French chefs, Child saw him as a breath of fresh air, and viewed him as the focal point of American gastronomy: “He was so open, he had such a general love of food, and I think he encouraged everybody.” She believed it was Beard who truly made the culinary profession a respectable one.

 

After Beard's passing, it was Child who pushed they keep his house and start a foundation. She felt strongly that there... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Martha and Marcus at Chefs & Champagne

Photo by Kent Miller

 

As we gear up this weekend to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Chefs & Champagne, our annual tasting party in the Hamptons, we can't help but be nostalgic for years past. This TBT, we look back at JBF Award winners Marcus Samuelsson and Martha Stewart sampling dishes under the C&C tent. Stewart, a Chefs & Champagne regular, was our honoree at the 2010 fête, and this year we continue the tradition of honoring women in our industry by toasting Daytime Emmy Award–winning chef and cookbook author, Carla Hall. Check out this year's menu, featuring dishes from over 40 chefs, including a number of JBF winners and nominees. There are still a few tickets left, so make sure to get yours now! We look forward to sharing some bubbly with you.

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Throwback Thursday: Ice Cream Infatuation

Photo by Tom Kirkman

 

This Throwback Thursday, our National Ice Cream Month festivities continue with this glimpse back at the unusual, yet decadent chocolate pound cake with toasted bread crumb ice cream, served at the Pioneers and Legends dinner at the Beard House, earlier this year. This dinner welcomed award-winning chef and president of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, Elizabeth Falkner, alongside a group of influential female toques from some of the country’s leading restaurants. 

 

Creamy and frosty scoops of ice cream, whether they’re served in a cup with hot fudge, piled high in a crunchy waffle cone, nestled between two cookies, or served atop a piece of chocolate cake, have been the ultimate comfort food for generations, satisfying sweet tooths of all ages. While National Ice Cream Day is officially July 19, it’s only fitting that we honor such... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Foie Gras for French Independence Day

Photo by Eileen Miller

 

This Throwback Thursday, feast your eyes on this photo taken by Eileen Miller at the Beard House during last year’s Bastille Day Elegance dinner. In the spirit of the French national holiday, ambitious Detroit chef David Gilbert prepared foie gras with boudin blanc, black truffle–potato purée, onion marmalade, and caramelized anjou pear. Bastille Day, or La Fête Nationale, falls on July 14, and commemorates the turning point of the French Revolution, and the subsequent French independence from the monarchy. This year we're marking the holiday with a Gallic feast from chef Frédéric Robert of Brooklyn's L’Antagoniste. Among the decadent courses will be a classic French delicacy with a fruity twist: foie gras mousse with passion fruit–... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Surprising Scoops at the Beard House

 

From sour cream sorbet to toasted sassafras ice cream, unusual frozen treats are all the rage at upcoming Beard House events. In his Spring 1996 Beard House Magazine article, “I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for… Crab Ice Cream?”, former JBF associate editor Adam Rapoport, whom we all now know as Bon Appétit's editor-in-chief, reported on a similar phenomena. Check out some of the funky flavors that appeared at Beard House dinners in 1996, then continue reading for a preview of the innovative ice creams at our upcoming events.

 

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Survey the variety of ice creams recently served at the Beard House, and the notion of 31 Flavors seems quaint. Filling in for strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla have been tempting tastes like saffron, cardamom, and Amarene sherry. At his Discovery Series dinner on January 31, Bruce Cooper of Jake’s in... Read more >

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