James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Boston

 

We’re closing out this year’s James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® with a stop in Boston. This weekend is packed with food-filled exclusive events featuring Taste America All-Star Ludo Lefebvre and local star and James Beard Award winner Jamie Bissonnette. Friday night gets things started with a tasting reception from some of Boston’s finest, followed by a special collaborative dinner cooked up by Lefebvre and Bissonnette. On Saturday, Sur La Table hosts a day of free culinary events, with cooking demos and book signings from our star duo, along with tastings from local vendors TAZA Chocolate and Vermont Creamery.

 

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Eye Candy: Bittersweet Chocolate Terrine with Hazelnut Crema

Bittersweet Chocolate Terrine with Hazelnut Crema  

 

E. Michael Pagliarini, who has family ties to Umbria and trained under Grant Achatz and Heston Blumenthal, displays serious cooking chops and a profound understanding of classic Italian cuisine at Giulia, which earned an enthusiastic three-star review from the Boston Globe last year. At his recent Beard House dinner, the Boston-based chef served a decadent Bittersweet Chocolate Terrine with Hazelnut Crema and Baci di Dama Cookies. Luxurious and sophisticated, this eye-catching dessert was a hit with Beard House dinners. 

 

View this event's menu and details here. For upcoming Beard House dinners, check out our events calendar. Photo by ... Read more >

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Interview with 2014 JBF Award Winner Barbara Lynch

Interview with 2014 JBF Award Winner Barbara Lynch by Anna Mowry

 

The winner of this year’s Outstanding Restaurateur award, Barbara Lynch has forged one of the country’s most acclaimed restaurant groups, Barbara Lynch Gruppo, which includes fine dining and casual concepts, a butcher shop, and a demonstration kitchen. The Boston native also runs a nonprofit, the Barbara Lynch Foundation, and has cultivated young chef talent like Kristin Kish and Colin Lynch (no relation).

 

Now that the JBFA dust has settled, we got in touch with Lynch to talk about her empire’s coming attractions, the cookbook that clicked her cooking philosophy into place, and where she ate during Beard Awards weekend.

 

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On the Menu: Week of April 27

Photo by Philip Gross

 

Here's what's happening at the Beard House this week: 

 

Monday, April 28, 7:00 P.M. 
Garden Spring Fling 
Tucked away on a quaint cobblestone street lies Harvest, a storied Harvard Square restaurant famous for its locally sourced, progressive New England fare and succession of renowned Boston-area chefs at the helm. For this Beard House dinner, chefs Mary Dumont and Brian Mercury have crafted a spectacular feast that highlights the luscious flavors of spring.

 

Tuesday, April 29, 7:00 P.M. 
Coastal Kitchen
Mid-Atlantic beachgoers revere the Delaware coast for its relaxed vibe, beautiful surf, and fresh seafood—perhaps... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of April 20

 

Here's what's happening at the Beard House this week: 

 

Monday, April 21, 7:00 P.M.

Modern Japanese Izakaya

The brainchild of Japanese chef Ken Tominaga and JBF Award winner Michael Mina, PABU has introduced Baltimore to Japan’s version of the gastropub, or izakaya, where soulful small plates are the name of the game. Join us when executive chef Jonah Kim shares his take on this unique dining tradition.

 

Tuesday, April 22, 7:00 P.M.

Made in Memphis

This spirited collaboration of Tennessee’s culinary titans is music to our ears and palates. Join us as the talented group pays homage to their hometown with a spectacular menu of Southern-inspired, Memphis-made fare.

 

Wednesday, April 23, 12:00, noon... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of April 13

Photo by Mitzi Morris

 

Here's what's happening on the Beard House calendar this week: 

 

Tuesday, April 15, 6:00 P.M. 
Second-Night Passover Seder
If last Passover you promised, “Next year at the Beard House,” here’s your chance to make good. We’ll be gathering for our now-annual second-night seder, hosted by the never-boring Billy Harris and the brightest stars of the new-Jewish food world, who have designed a meal that will give your Bubbie’s brisket a run for its money.

 

Wednesday, April 16, 7:00 P.M. 
Heading South
Now that a quality meal is within reach at many... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of April 6

Photo by Ken Goodman

 

Here's what's on the Beard House calendar this week:

 

Monday, April 7, 7:00 P.M. 

The Art of American Omakase

​At Scottsdale’s celebrated Posh restaurant, chef Joshua Hebert creates improvisational tasting menus inspired by the tradition of the Japanese omakase. In a collaborative dialogue with his diners, he riffs off a list of their personal culinary tastes to craft an exquisite, individually tailored, and spontaneous selection of modern American dishes.

 

Tuesday, April 8, 7:00 P.M. 

Spring Seafood and White Wine Celebration

Boston-area epicureans flock to Zebra’s Bistro and Wine Bar for its house-grown produce and artisanal ingredients from local farmers and fishermen. Join us in tasting chef Brendan Pelley’s stunning spring... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Boston Recap

James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Boston

 

The fifth and final weekend of James Beard Foundation's Taste America® is in the can! Last Friday our team headed to Boston, where we enjoyed a spectacular meal prepared by local James Beard Award winners and Taste America All-Star Michael Voltaggio. On Saturday we went to Sur La Table to watch cooking demonstrations by Voltaggio and James Beard Award–nominated pastry chef Joanne Chang. You can view images from the weekend's events here

 

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all our Boston participants!

 

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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Boston

The James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Boston

 

We're approaching the final weekend of James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®! Here's a preview of what we'll be up to in Boston, one of the tour's last stops.

 

On Friday, October 18, we're kicking off the festivities at the Boston Center for the Arts with "The Chefs Table", a multi-course meal that showcases Boston's top culinary talent, who will be joined by special guest and Taste America All-Star Michael Voltaggio.

 

On Saturday, we'll be at the Copley Place location of Sur La Table for a day of free cooking demos and local product tastings. Chef Voltaggio will lead off with a demonstration and book signing in Sur La Table’s kitchen, with a demo and signing by JBF Award–nominated pastry chef Joanne Chang to follow... Read more >

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