'Gram Worthy: Roast Chicken with Egg, Thyme​, and Crispy Chicken Skin

 

If you love to see what happens behind the scenes in restaurants, drool over gorgeous food photography, and creep on your favorite chefs (we're majorly guilty of this!), then be sure to follow us on Instagram, where our editors deliver eye-catching dispatches from the Beard House and beyond. The photo above shows the clever, delicious, and artfully composed Roast Chicken with Egg, Thyme​, and Crispy Chicken Skin canapés served at the 2015 James Beard Awards by JBF Award–winning​ chef Dave Beran of Chicago's acclaimed Next. For more tasty snaps, come play with us on ... Read more >

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Overheard at the 2015 James Beard Awards

 

Last night's Beard Awards featured many memorable moments—Alton Brown's meat melody, Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller's improv bit, and Steve from Sex and the City's announcement that the winner of the Outstanding Wine Program award was the entire city of San Francisco—but the theme of the evening was definitely family: the ones at home as well as the families we create in the restaurant trenches. Here are some of the night's most quotable lines:

 

"Thank your wife. Thank your wife. Thank your wife."

–Gerard Craft of Niche, Best Chef: Midwest

 

"I'm sorry it took me so long, I'm not used to wearing a dress. That's why I became a chef."

–Jessica Largey of Manresa, Rising Star Chef of the Year

 

"Vegans try to tempt me with their pie. Well they can keep their seitan and tofu. Because I'll devour bacon till I'm blue. The meat goes on."

–Alton Brown, master of ceremonies

 

“My wish for all of you is…to... Read more >

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Sponsored Post: Let Enjoy Illinois Be Your Chicago Concierge

The dining room of Best New Restaurant nominee Parachute

 

If you're visiting Chicago and love food, you know the city's Beard Award winners and latest crop of nominees are sure bets for top-notch dining. But the offerings don't end there.

 

The official Enjoy Illinois blog, published by the Illinois Office of Tourism, is a one-stop guide to restaurants, museums, historical sites, and more in Chicago. Head over there now for a roundup of where to eat during JBFA weekend. We also love their inspired Instagram Challenges, with themes like "... Read more >

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Sponsored Post: HMSHost's Innovative Dining at O'Hare

Chef Susumu Shibata in the O’Hare Urban Garden

 

When the best of America’s culinary industry descends on Chicago for the James Beard Awards Gala next week, they’ll touch down at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, one of the busiest aviation hubs in the country.

 

The 80 million travelers who traverse O’Hare’s terminals daily are no strangers to culinary excellence, thanks to the abundant dining options provided by HMSHost. One of the world’s largest restaurateurs, HMSHost has developed an innovative dining program that’s in step with current food trends, including restaurants that source from local farmers and use fresh herbs from O’Hare Urban Garden, located in Terminal 3.

 

Like the James Beard Awards, HMSHost is invested in nurturing culinary talent. The company’s recent “... Read more >

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Interview with Beverly Kim and Jon Clark of Best New Restaurant Nominee Parachute

Beverly Kim and Jon Clark of Parachute

 

At Parachute, a 40 seater in Chicago's Avondale neighborhood, husband-and-wife team Jon Clark and Beverly Kim present a unique vision of Korean-American cuisine, borrowing flavors from France, China, Morocco, and elsewhere. Read on to learn more about the duo and their Best New Restaurant–nominated venture.

 

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JBF: Your website describes the cuisine as globally inspired Korean-American. What inspires you when you’re developing your dishes and menu?

 

JC + BK: There are several different inspirations to our dishes. The product themselves inspire us to create dishes that highlight the seasons. We're also inspired by our food memories.

 

JBF: What’s the story behind the restaurant’s name? 

 

JC + BK: To us, Parachute is a personal story of turning negatives to positives. It also represents having an open mind, being free flowing, and safety. ... Read more >

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JBF Awards to Be Celebrated in Chicago for 3 Years

 

The James Beard Foundation, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Choose Chicago, and the Illinois Restaurant Association announced today that the JBF Awards, which will take place in Chicago this year for the first time, will be returning to the city in 2016 and 2017. “We received a groundswell of enthusiastic support from chefs, restaurateurs, and sponsors all across the country when we announced that the silver anniversary of the Awards would take place in Chicago," said JBF president Susan Ungaro. "We are so proud to be welcoming this most prestigious of events for two more years,” added Mayor Emanuel. 
 
The 2015 JBF Awards will take place at Lyric Opera of Chicago on May 4, 2015, and will be live streamed at jamesbeard.org/awards. As previously announced, on Friday, April 24, 2015, the James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards Dinner, an exclusive event honoring the nation’s top cookbook authors... Read more >

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JBF in the News: Susan Ungaro on "Windy City Live"

 

The 2015 James Beard Awards are less than two months away, and the excitement is ramping up. Yesterday JBF president Susan Ungaro and Choose Chicago's Don Welsh stopped... Read more >

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Reel Food: Behind the Scenes at the Beard House with Chicago’s Jimmy Bannos Jr.

 

Fourth-generation chef and restaurateur Jimmy Bannos Jr. opened Chicago’s acclaimed wine-and-swine bar, the Purple Pig, to rave reviews at the tender age of 25. This winter, the 2014 JBF Rising Star Chef of the Year award winner satisfied eager Beard House diners with his luscious Mediterranean fare, which in his true nose-to-tail ethos, included everything from chicken feet to neck bone gravy. Watch the video above to go behind the scenes at his dinner, learn how growing up in a culinary family pushed him to succeed, and discover about how his cooking philosophy has evolved along the way.

 

To learn more about upcoming events, view our full calendar. For LIVE behind-the-scenes action from the Beard House, watch our JBF Kitchen Cam at ... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Chicago

 

This weekend James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®, our national epicurean tour, stops in Chicago, the future home of the 2015 James Beard Awards. We’ve got two days of food-filled exclusive events featuring Taste America All-Star and James Beard Award Winner Grant Achatz, and local star and James Beard Award Winner Sean Brock. Friday night kicks off with a tasting reception from a stunning lineup of JBF Award winners from the Windy City, followed by an exclusive dinner prepared by Achatz and Brock. Saturday the action moves to Sur La Table, for cooking demos and book signings from Achatz and JBF Award Winner Tony Mantuano and Cathy Mantuano, and free tastings from local vendors Publican Quality Meats and Little... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Hot Doug's

 

Last week, hundreds of eager customers stood anxiously in line for hours, desperate to get into one storefront in Chicago. New iPhone launching? Hardly. This was the line to get the last batch of hot dogs from legendary "sausage superstore" Hot Doug's, which served its last link and final batch of duck fat fries last Friday, October 3. This TBT, we're mourning the end of an era by sharing an essay on this Illinois icon from 2009, written by Jamie Feldmar, now senior editor at Tasting Table.

 

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Worth Waiting For: Hot Doug’s, Chicago

 

by Jamie Feldmar

 

Chicago is a sausage kind of town. Ever since the city’s 19th-century meatpacking heyday, we Chicagoans... Read more >

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