America's Classics: April Bloomfield on the Grand Central Oyster Bar

 

The Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant
NYC

 

When I first moved to New York I wanted to check out the iconic places that make the city so special, so I went to the Grand Central Oyster Bar. I remember sitting at the bar and just watching all the guys shuck oysters—those guys are the fastest shuckers in the world. And to go and see them make this really amazing dish that they do there—the oyster pan roast—is pretty special. They have these things called steam kettles; they look like a big bowl and they produce steam, which gently warms heavy cream-based soups so they don’t burn, but it allows the soup to boil really fast. So what they do is they dump in a load of cream with some seasoning and some Worcestershire sauce, and I think there might be some ketchup in there too [editor’s note: it’s tomato-chili sauce]. And then they throw in the oysters and the little scallops and whatever else you want in your... Read more >

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Sponsored Meatless Monday Recipe: April Bloomfield's Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto and Burrata

April Bloomfield's Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto and Burrata

 

Even though temperatures have dropped and the sun sets a lot earlier these days, farmers are still yielding delicious and bountiful produce that are a welcome reprieve from the rich, hearty meat-heavy meals that winter brings. A recent survey by Meatless Monday revealed that diners rank seasonal dishes showcasing produce at their peak of freshness as the top trend when it comes to meatless restaurant menus. Based on the preference of diners, we’re confident that this root-to-tip recipe of roasted carrots with carrot top pesto and burrata from JBF Award winner April Bloomfield will be a hit for those who strive for meat-free meals.

 

“I’m known for all things porcine, but I really... Read more >

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Recipe: April Bloomfield's Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto and Burrata

 

“I’m known for all things porcine, but I really love my vegetables," says JBF Award winner April Bloomfield. "They are so beautiful and versatile.” During her JBF Taste America cooking demo in New Orleans, she proved her claim by whipping up a stunning and delicious dish of roasted carrots with carrot top pesto and burrata. “Always taste your vegetables first,” cautioned Bloomfield. “If they aren’t perfect, use whatever’s in season. This salad would also work really well with lovely roasted beets and beet greens, or sweet fennel with fennel fronds.” Known for her nose-to-tail approach to pork, Bloomfield applies the same principles to vegetables. “I love to use the whole thing, without... Read more >

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Video: JBF Taste America® All-Stars on Road Food

 

Luggage fees, security lines, pat downs—all of these pale in comparison to the real bane of travel: finding reasonable food in the barren wasteland of the airport terminal. Fortunately, our 2015 JBF Taste America All-Stars have some advice on how to stay well-traveled and well-fed. Watch the video above for tips on avoiding adding a rumbling stomach to your itinerary.

 

Get details about Taste America and buy tickets here. Follow the festivities on Twitter with #JBFTasteAmerica. You can also follow the adventures of #bittybeard, our portable homage to James Beard, as he travels around the country. 

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April Bloomfield and Donald Link Team Up for the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® in New Orleans

 

“The amount of hospitality in New Orleans is just phenomenal,” observed JBF Award winner April Bloomfield. “It really blew me away.”

 

This weekend the James Beard Foundation brought its annual Taste America culinary tour to the vibrant city of New Orleans. For the third year in a row, the Foundation is traveling to ten cities across the country to host one-of-kind fundraising dinners highlighting local cuisine and headlined by a visiting All-Star chef and a Local Star chef, as well as cooking demos, artisanal tastings, and book signings.

 

The main event, which took place at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, began with a walk-around tasting reception featuring a... Read more >

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Q&A with JBF Taste America All-Star April Bloomfield

 

From burgers and broccoli to pigs’ heads and potatoes, JBF Award winner April Bloomfield has made an indelible mark through her attentive and soulful interpretations of myriad cuisines. After a career garnering accolades for her nose-to-tail and root-to-stalk cooking at her restaurants in New York City and San Francisco, Bloomfield has now turned her eyes to a real piece of Americana: burgers. Fortunately, there’s no Brit we’d trust with our buns more. Bloomfield is helping us celebrate the diversity of American cuisine as an All-Star on our Taste America national epicurean tour, where she’ll collaborate with JBF Award winner Donald Link on an exclusive dinner in New Orleans. We chatted with the iconic chef before her trip down to the Big Easy about her latest culinary obsession, where she dines out in the Big Apple, and what's drawing her attention to Paris.... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: New Orleans

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national epicurean tour continues this weekend with two days of star-studded events in New Orleans, featuring Taste America All-Star and JBF Award winner April Bloomfield and Local Star Donald Link. Friday night kicks off with a tasting reception from some of New Orleans's finest, followed by an exclusive four-course dinner prepared by Bloomfield and Link. On Saturday the action moves to Sur La Table for cooking demos and book signings from Bloomfield and lauded cookbook author and photographer, Kit Wohl.

 

For tickets and more information about the chefs and vendors appearing, check out ... Read more >

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Video: JBF Taste America® All-Stars on Tackling Food Waste

 

We’re only a few days away from the start of the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®, which kicks off on September 18 in Miami. To celebrate the launch our ten-city epicurean tour, we asked some of this year’s All-Stars how they fight food waste in their restaurants and at home—and learned that these chefs are highly skilled at cutting down on waste and saving their scraps, no matter what their background. Watch the video above to get inspiration for tackling excess food waste in your own kitchen! 


Get details about Taste America and buy tickets here. Follow the festivities on Twitter with #JBFTasteAmerica. You can also follow the adventures of... 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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Sustainability Matters: July 10, 2015

 

 

Increased desire to buy locally produced food brings growth to the "slow money" movement. [Epoch Times]

 

Chefs across California are developing new cooking methods to cope with the severe drought. [NYT]

 

This summer, New York City teachers can take a sustainability class and receive credit. [Edible Manhattan]

 

Try out Andrew Zimmern’s recipe for a nutty miso kale salad. [... Read more >

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