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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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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