Interview with April Bloomfield of the Spotted Pig, Nominated for Outstanding Restaurant

April Bloomfield

 

For ten years, the Spotted Pig has assuredly upheld an egalitarian ethos while also basking in enviable cultural cachet—no easy feat in one of the world’s most fickle and fastidious dining cities. Now that the restaurant has earned its first Outstanding Restaurant nomination, we discussed the Pig's enduring appeal, its under-the-radar best dishes, and more with executive chef April Bloomfield.

 

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JBF: Congrats on your nomination! All of our Outstanding Restaurant nominees have been operating for at least ten years. We’d love to hear your thoughts on why the Pig has been successful for an entire decade, and why New Yorkers continue to love to dine there.

 

AB: Thank you so much! We are thrilled to be nominated. It is such an honor to be recognized for this restaurant that means so much to me. I think people like the Pig because it offers a welcoming, comfy space where you can get delicious, consistent... Read more >

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What We're Reading: April 23, 2015

 

Are you making a huge mistake when baking chocolate chip cookies? [Huff Po

 

The mystery of the missing bourbon in Kentucky has been solved. [NPR

 

A 124-year-old cooking club out-cooks us all. [NYT

 

Spring's vibrant greens are pesto-perfect. [Bon Appétit​

 

In her new cookbook, JBF Award winner, April Bloomfield encourages you to shovel spoonfuls of vegetables into your mouth. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: April 9, 2015

 

Homemade pizza can be an easy weeknight dinner with this simple method. [NYT]  

 

Reinventing the cheese wheel: dairy-free cheeses are on the rise. [NPR

 

IKEA's famous meatballs go vegan. [Huff Po

 

Should we retire the term "Asian fusion?" [Food Republic

 

JBF Award winner April Bloomfield dishes on her favorite cookbooks. [... Read more >

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

 

James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® comes home to New York City this weekend with two food-filled exclusive events featuring Taste America Honorary All-Star Daniel Boulud and local star and James Beard Award Winner April Bloomfield. Friday night kicks off with a special four-course collaborative dinner cooked up by Boulud and Bloomfield. On Saturday Bloomfield will show off her technique with a cooking demo at Sur La Table, where you’ll also be able to sample local fare with free tastings from artisan vendors Tumbador Chocolate and Katchkie Farm. 

 

For more information about the chefs and vendors appearing, check out jbftasteamerica.org. Follow us on... Read more >

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What We're Reading: October 8, 2014

 

Put a Canadian spin on your Bloody Mary with Calgary’s “Caesar” cocktail. [MUNCHIES

 

Meet Vivino, an app for the aspiring oenophile. [The Kitchn

 

The best part of the Great American Beer Festival might be the crazy names of the entrants. [FWF

 

Can you make cookies out of cookie dough ice cream? [Thrillist

 

Eater explores the... Read more >

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Recipes: Flexitarian Favorites

April Bloomfield's acquacotta It's easy to cut down on meat consumption without following a strict vegetarian diet. All of the following veggie-packed recipes can easily be tailored to your personal culinary preferences. April Bloomfield's Acquacotta Acquacotta, a humble, traditional Tuscan soup, translates to "cooked water." For a vegetarian version of Bloomfield's dish, omit the clams and bacon and add a handful of diced Parmigiano-Reggiano rind. Walter Plendner's Wild Mushroom Goulash For best results, splurge on the mushrooms and serve this rich goulash over a fluffy mound of polenta. Eric Hara's Stewed Big

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Eye Candy: April Bloomfield's Beard House Dinner

pear and frangipane tart with prunt–armagnac ice cream When April Bloomfield presented her signature brand of rustic and bold European cuisine at the Beard House last month, her menu featured dishes like bacon-wrapped rabbit terrine, acquacotta (get the recipe!), and the above pear and frangipane tart, topped with a prune-armagnac ice cream. View more images from Bloomfield's event.

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Eat this Word: Bollito Misto

bollito mistoWHAT? Boiled dinner fit for a prince. This hearty mix of tender meats originated in northern Italy and is considered a menu mainstay of Piedmont, Lombardy, and Emilia. Though it varies slightly by region, the typical mix of seven meats includes beef, veal, chicken, capon, cotechino (a type of sausage), tongue, and traditionally, half of a calf's head. The boiled meats are served with a variety of condiments, but the only one required is bagnetto verde, a blend of parsley, garlic, and anchovy similar to salsa verde. The humble dish was a favorite of Crown Prince Vittorio Emanuele, who was rumored to steal away in the night with friends to the small town of Moncalvo outside Torino to savor the rich, brothy stew. Its time-consuming preparation has brought this modest meal out of the home and into fancy Italian restaurants, where the different meats are often served from specialized carts and carved tableside. WHERE?

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On the Menu: Boldly Rustic

April Bloomfield Gastropub pioneer April Bloomfield, a 2010 nominee for JBF Best Chef: NYC, is easily one of the most innovative chefs in town. Her rustic and seasonal cooking, infused with a European snout-to-tail mentality, has changed the way New Yorkers eat and continues to inspire an ardent following. She's taking charge of the Beard House kitchen on Thursday; here's what's on the menu: Hors d’Oeuvre Peekytoe Crab and Avocado Mousse Trifles Scotch Quail Eggs Chicken Liver on Pugliese Bread Vincent Carême Vouvray NV Dinner Bacon-Wrapped Rabbit Terrine with Tarragon, Shallot, and Cornichon Salad and Prune Vinaigrette Pairing: Stadlmann Mandel-Höh Zierfandler 2008 Roasted Pumpkin and Market Green Salad with Aged Pecorino and Balsamic Vinegar Pairing: Damijan Kaplja Bianco 2004 Clam, Tomato, and Vegetable Aquacotta Stew with Grilled Bread

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On the Menu: January 23 through January 29

Beard House Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, January 24, 7:00 P.M. Haute Charleston As chef and owner of one of Baltimore’s most lauded restaurants, two-time JBF Award nominee Cindy Wolf finds inspiration in the rich culinary heritage of Charleston, South Carolina. This dinner will highlight the chef’s refined, Huguenot-influenced cuisine along with impeccable wine pairings selected by wine director Tony Foreman. Tuesday, January 25, 7:00 P.M. Seasonal American The Mill at 2t, a charming restaurant in pastoral Connecticut, serves up outstanding locally sourced dishes in an intimate setting. The eatery’s chef, Ryan Jones, and his friend the Canadian locavore chef Christophe Ithurritze are bringing that casual elegance to the Beard

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