Interview with Jen Hidinger and Ryan Smith of Atlanta's JBF Award–Nominated Staplehouse

 

One of Atlanta’s hottest seats to snag is at Staplehouse, a neighborhood restaurant known for its warm hospitality, locally sourced ingredients, and thoughtful menus. In addition to their expertly crafted fare, another standout feature of the 2016 Best New Restaurant nominee is the fact that it contributes 100 percent of its post-tax profits to the Giving Kitchen, a nonprofit that provides emergency assistance grants to metro Atlanta restaurant workers facing unanticipated hardship. We spoke with business manager Jen Hidinger and head chef Ryan Smith about Staplehouse’s history, their favorite places to eat out, and why their goal is to make memorable food.

 

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Beard House Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Pancetta

 

We think it's safe to say that cauliflower is having its moment. From crispy fritters to a silky puréed base for seafood to a stand-alone vegetarian entrée, we're devouring the cruciferous edible in a myriad of delicious ways. One of our favorite recent encounters with the trendy vegetable went down at the Beard House, when the culinary team from Atlanta's Cooks & Soldiers created a spirited Basque holiday feast. Rich, creamy, and full of flavor... Read more >

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Eye Candy: Beef Short Rib with Ramen, Smoked Ham Broth, and Farm Egg

 

Now based in Atlanta, Texas-raised chefs Jonathan Fox and Justin Fox missed their hometown barbecue so much they started their own joint, Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q. At their Beard House dinner earlier this month, the duo returned with another mouthwatering meat-filled fête, delighting diners with the sweetness of the south and some infamous Texas heat. A standout of the night was this smoked beef short rib with chewy ramen noodles and smoked ham broth, all topped with a sinfully oozy farm egg. We've been drooling over this photo since it landed in our inboxes, making this dinner another culinary ‘cue fest we'll certainly remember.

 

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Atlanta

 

We’re off to the races this weekend with the first stops on the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national food festival! The epicurean tour kicks off with two days in Atlanta, where James Beard Award Winner and Taste America All-Star Barbara Lynch will team up with James Beard Award–winning local chef Anne Quatrano. Join us Friday for a reception featuring dishes from some of the city’s hottest chefs, followed by a special dinner prepared by Lynch and Quatrano, who are joining forces on this unique menu for one night only. On Saturday the duo will take their skills to Sur La Table for cooking demos and book signings, where you’ll also have the chance to mix the national with the local with free tastings from local vendors High Road Craft Ice Cream & Sorbet and Spotter Trotter Charcuterie.

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Phoenix

Sherry Yard and Kevin Binkley

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national epicurean tour begins this weekend with two days of star-studded events in Phoenix, featuring Taste America All-Star and JBF Award-winning Pastry Chef Sherry Yard, and local star Kevin Binkley. Friday night kicks off with a tasting reception from some of Phoenix’s finest, followed by an exclusive four course dinner prepared by Yard and Binkley. Saturday the action moves to Sur La Table, for cooking demos and book signings from Yard and James Beard Award Winner Chris Bianco, along with free tastings from local vendors Essence Bakery Café and Sphinx Date Co. Palm & Pantry.

 

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JBF on the Air: Southern Flavors & Foodways

 

On yesterday's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis hosted a variety of Southern food experts: Todd L. Richards, executive chef at the Shed at Glenwood in Atlanta; Katie Button, chef/owner at Cúrate in Asheville, NC; and the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival's COO Elizabeth Feichter and CEO Dominique Love. Learn about how diners define Southern fare, race and gender in the Southern food scene, and common misconceptions about Southern cuisine below:

 

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On the Menu: October 31 through November 6

Beard House Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week:

Sunday, October 31, 5:00 P.M. Friends of James Beard Benefit: Sunday Supper South This fall our perennially popular Sunday Supper benefit is heading south to Atlanta’s trendy Westside neighborhood. Hosted by JBF Award winners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison, who will be joined by their talented team, this family-style feast will be prepared by a group of the region’s best and brightest chefs. Monday, November 1, 10:00 A.M. Chefs and Artisans Darryl Estrine’s photographs are iconic, bold, and aggressive. His Chefs and Artisans show reflects the strong bond between the art of chefs and the craft of their

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On the Menu: September 19 through September 25

Beard House Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, September 20, 7:00 P.M. Artisanal Wine Celebration Husband-and-wife team Gabe and Katherine Thompson, along with business partner Joe Campanale, have hit three home runs with their unassuming trattorias and wine bars in the West Village. Former disciples of Batali and Bastianich, this talented trio has wowed trendy downtowners and critics alike with their carefully selected wine lists and delicious Italian fare. Tuesday, September 21, 7:00 P.M. California Dreams At the Desert Springs Resort & Spa, a luxurious oasis in the Coachella Valley, the hotel’s culinary program highlights the produce of this prolific agricultural region. The resort’s

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On the Menu: June 27 through July 3


Walking up the Beard House back stairs Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, June 28, 7:00 P.M. Atlanta’s Rising Star A 2010 JBF Rising Star award semifinalist, Kevin Gillespie gave the Voltaggio brothers a run for their sous vide machines during last year’s Top Chef. The executive chef and co-owner of Woodfire Grill, Gillespie wowed the show’s judges with the same unpretentious, seasonally inspired cuisine with which he regularly impresses Atlanta diners. Tuesday, June 29, 7:00 P.M. Softshell Crab Extravaganza To help us celebrate one of the most precious moments of the culinary calendar year, David C. Felton, pastry chef Jessica Knik, and sommelier Brooke Sabel, of New Jersey’s much-buzzed-about Ninety Acres at Sir Richard

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