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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Throwback Thursday: David Burke's Edible Legacy

 

This Throwback Thursday, we’re indulging our nostalgic side with a photo of a young David Burke flaunting a whimsically designed plate of hors d’oeuvre in the Beard House kitchen. Over the years the JBF Award winner and world-renowned chef and restaurateur has made a name for himself through his creativity and culinary innovations with dishes like "pastrami salmon" and "cheesecake lollipops."  That zeal for experimentation forms the base for the David Burke Group, and has inspired members of Burke's team, such as pastry chef Zac Young, who will be participating in our upcoming Chefs & Champagne fête in the Hamptons. Young will be plying guests with monkey bread with peach caramel and whipped crème fraiche. Following in Burke’s footsteps, Young also has a... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Forgione Father's Day

Photo by Jane Miller

 

JBF Award winner and “Godfather of American Cuisine” Larry Forgione probably wakes up to quite the Father’s Day breakfast in bed, thanks to his son, Iron Chef Marc Forgione. This TBT, we’re looking back at this dining dynastic duo’s 1998 trip to the Beard House kitchen, where they celebrated the holiday by preparing (along with Larry’s own dad, Michael Forgione) a luxurious lunch fit for all varieties of patriarchal palates.

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Throwback Thursday: JBF Award Winner Patrick O'Connell

 

If anyone can pull off the overall–chef jacket combo, it’s JBF Award winner Patrick O’Connell. In fact, his sartorial style just might be the perfect metaphor for the celebrated chef’s intermingling of regional traditions with elevated techniques. This TBT, we’re looking back at O’Connell’s 1993 visit to the Beard House kitchen, but if you’re looking for a taste of his influential cuisine, give his recipe for truffled popcorn a whirl. O’Connell’s contributions to American cooking will also be highlighted at an upcoming Beard House dinner, where chef Robert J. Ciborowski will pay homage to gastronomic giants.

 

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Throwback Thursday: April Bloomfield's British Empire

Photo by Kent Miller Studios

 

JBF Award winner April Bloomfield has won our hearts through our eyes, ears, and of course, our stomachs. The queen of nose-to-tail cuisine has now conquered seed-to-stalk with her new bestselling cookbook A Girl and Her Greens, revealing a wide-ranging appeal as rare as her famous Spotted Pig burger. This TBT, we’re sharing a candid moment of revelry from last year’s Taste America NYC event, where Bloomfield and fellow JBF Award winner Daniel Boulud let off some steam backstage at Boulud’s flagship restaurant. JBF's Taste America national tour returns this fall, so stay tuned for more information.

 

Try Bloomfield’s take on a snap pea salad here.

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Throwback Thursday: Martha and Emeril at Chefs & Champagne

Photo by Mark Von Holden

 

With Memorial Day behind us, we’ve got beach weekends and summer Fridays on the brain. Thankfully, Chefs & Champagne, our annual Hamptons tasting party is only a few weeks away! This TBT, we’re looking back at our 2011 fête, where JBF Award winners and food television titans Martha Stewart and Emeril Lagasse broke out the bubbly with JBF president Susan Ungaro. Ready for this year's bash? Check out the chef lineup and other details for this year’s Chefs & Champagne

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Throwback Thursday: James Beard Takes It Outside

Photo by Ron Callvert

 

Pull out your grills and dust off your wicker baskets: it's almost Memorial Day. Here at JBF, we're always looking for an excuse to escape the confines of the kitchen and cook delicious food outside. For this TBT, we're honoring James Beard's own appetite for al fresco fare. Whether gallivanting off to a picnic or hosting an outdoor soirée, Mr. Beard was always game for a thermos of Bloody Mary, delicately charred scallops, or barbecued steak. With the grilling season upon us, we're taking his expert advice to heart:


"The delicate turning of a pit over, or in front of, a fire is certainly a most delectable way to roast a prime joint or a tender bird. The resulting crispness of skin and juiciness of flesh is inviting to the eye, tantalizing to the nose, and an unbounded joy to the palate."—James Beard's Treasury of Outdoor Cooking (Gallery Press, 1960)

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Throwback Thursday: Chefs & Champagne®, Then and Now

Photo by Tom Kirkman

 

Recognize this fresh face behind the focaccia? It's none other than James Beard Award winner Mario Batali, prepping for our annual summer shindig Chefs & Champagne® way back in 1996. Back then, the tasting party and auction took place in August at the Ladies Village Improvement Society in East Hampton, NY. While the date and the venue may have changed, one thing about Chefs & Champagne® has remained constant: a knockout lineup of chefs serving up some of the best of America's culinary offerings. See what's in store for our 2015 fête, honoring Daytime Emmy Award–winning chef and cookbook author Carla Hall.

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Throwback Thursday: Mr. Beard's Mother

 

With Mother's Day just around the corner, it seems only fitting to honor one of the most vivacious women in the eyes of James Beard, his own mother, Elizabeth. As Beard's trusted cooking confidante, Elizabeth was an adventurous soul with a passion for food and travel that she passed on to her son. The Beard kitchen was always abundantly stocked, whether with his mother's canned white asparagus or succulent Dungeness crabs fresh from the Oregon Coast. This TBT, we're dipping into Beard's memoir, Delights and Prejudices (Atheneum, 1964), to share some of his cherished memories of a woman whose appetite was easily comparable to his own:

 

"Mother had an uncanny sense of food and the talent to show others how to prepare it. She loved to cook, eat, and talk food more than almost anyone else I have known. At the turn of the century she had an international approach to food that would have been considered revolutionary in the last ten years. She was ahead of her... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Italian Roots at the James Beard Awards

Photo by Kent Miller Studios

 

With a scant four days before the 25th Annual James Beard Awards in Chicago, we’re busy packing our bags, prepping our hair and makeup, and prognosticating about which nominees will grab the coveted medallions. The Awards are always full of surprises and singular moments, so for this week’s TBT we’re looking back at an unlikely pairing of pasta and percussion from last year’s ceremony. This dynamic duo of drumstick wielders is the kind of flavor combination you’ll only find at the Beard Awards. Tune in to our livestream Monday night to see what’s on the menu for this year.

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