Daily Digest: January 13, 2014

Charlie Trotter

 

Charlie Trotter's widow wants to honor her late husband with a library and a school. [Crain's Chicago Business]

 

California chefs aren't happy about the new state law that requires cooks to wear gloves while handling "ready-to-eat" food. [LAT]

 

Prison gardens give inmates outdoor work, job training, and nutritious meals. [NPR]

 

America's first Trappist brewery is up and running in a small Massachusetts town. [... Read more >

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In Memoriam: Charlie Trotter

Charlie Trotter at the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards

 

We are deeply saddened by the passing of renowned chef and restaurateur Charlie Trotter, who died today at the age of 54. Trotter was a pioneer in the food industry, forever changing American cuisine with his Chicago restaurant Charlie Trotter’s, which was an international culinary destination for 25 years before closing in 2012.

 

“Charlie Trotter was not only one of our country’s most influential chefs, he was a mentor, an innovator, and a great humanitarian,” said Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation. “He was also a friend and great supporter of our Foundation from its very beginning. He will be missed.”

 

Charlie Trotter was the recipient of nine James Beard Awards, including the 2012 Humanitarian of the Year award. He was also a frequent guest chef at the James Beard House and was the 2007 honoree at Chefs & Champagne. Read his profile in our 2012 JBF Awards program ... Read more >

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Humanitarian of the Year: Charlie Trotter

Since he established the Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation in 1999, Charlie Trotter has worked hard to encourage and support the pursuit of culinary education for students in the Chicago area. Watch a short video about his philanthropy below.

 

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Awards Watch: Charlie Trotter Named Humanitarian of the Year

Charlie Trotter

We are pleased to announce that Charlie Trotter, a legendary chef and generous philanthropist, will receive our 2012 Humanitarian of the Year award. Since he established the Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation in 1999, Trotter has worked hard to encourage and support the pursuit of culinary education among Chicago-area students. Read the full press release.

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On the Menu: March 6 through March 12

On the Menu Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Tuesday, March 8, 7:00 P.M. Mardi Gras Seafood Celebration Let the bons temps roll this Fat Tuesday when Tenney Flynn and the GW Fins team join us at the Beard House to celebrate Mardi Gras. The renowned restaurant has been serving its globally influenced seafood in the heart of New Orleans’s French Quarter for the past ten years. Wednesday, March 9, 12:00 P.M. Beard on Books: Grant Achatz's Life on the Line Join us in the dining room of the landmark James Beard House for the next installment of Beard on Books, a literary series featuring readings and discussions with some of the food world’s most celebrated authors. Wednesday, March 9, 7:00 P.M

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On the Menu: April 25 through May 1

Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Monday, April 26, 7:00 P.M. Sustainable Seafood Feast At the intimate Copper Beech Inn, acclaimed executive chef Tyler Anderson finds inspiration in the Connecticut River Valley, creating New England–inflected modern American dishes. An alum of Vermont’s Equinox and Colorado’s RockResorts, Anderson has designed a magnificent menu for this feast, pairing pristine local produce with the finest sustainable seafood. Tuesday, April 27, 7:00 P.M. Le Cirque Spectacular Though the recent multimillion-dollar reopening of Le Cirque marked a new era in the storied restaurant’s 30-

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On the Menu: JBF at the Bocuse d'Or USA Finals

Bocuse d'Or While most folks are counting down the days until the Vancouver Olympics, we're fired up for one of the most spectacular events in the wide world of food: the Bocuse d'Or USA Finals at the Culinary Institute of America. It all kicks off this morning with demonstrations, book signings, and panels on the school's Hyde Park campus. The official competition, where twelve finalists will cook and painstakingly plate several dishes for a chance to represent America at the 2011 Bocuse d'Or world competition in Lyon, starts at 8:00 A.M. on Saturday. JBF president Susan Ungaro will host demos by JBF Award winners Eric Ziebold and Charlie Trotter, and will also emcee tomorrow's main event. "I really think that this year's finalists represent the best of America's chefs," Ungaro says. "I'm very excited that JBF

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