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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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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