On the Menu: Week of October 12


Here’s what’s coming up at the James Beard House and around the country:


Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 P.M.

Bay Area Darlings

When JBF Board Chair (and acclaimed pastry chef) Emily Luchetti visits the Beard House, it’s usually for an important meeting. But this time, the multiple JBF Award winner is bringing along chef Jennifer Puccio and their talented colleagues from Big Night Restaurant Group to cook up a fantastic Beard House feast. Save room for dessert!


Thursday, October 15, 7:00 P.M.

Georgia Grown

True to its name, the Peach State has long been known for its agricultural bounty, from stone fruit to pecans. For this exclusive Beard House dinner, we’ve assembled a team of Georgia stars to highlight the best the state has to offer with a fall-inspired meal... Read more >

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Hit Me with Your Best Choc: JBF Award Winner Emily Luchetti's Chocolate Layer Cake

"You can have your molten lava cake; you can have your chocolate soufflé; just give me a classic, really, really delicious, moist, loaded-with-frosting chocolate layer cake, and that's all I need." Coming from a pastry guru like JBF Award winner Emily Luchetti, that's saying something. In her lauded career, Luchetti has worked at some of the most glitzy San Francisco restaurants (Farallon, Waterbar)—and she's now the chief pastry officer at the uber-popular Marlowe, ... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: The James Beard Awards

Emily Luchetti on Taste Matters


On yesterday's episode of Taste Matters, guest host and JBF's director of house programming Izabela Wojcik discussed desserts and the James Beard Awards with two-time JBF Award winner and our current Board of Trustees chair, Emily Luchetti. Listen below to learn about the road to prestige as a pastry chef, the JBF Awards process from the perspective of both a voter and winner, and how our dessert culture is evolving:



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Emily Luchetti Named Chair of JBF Board

Emily Luchetti


Emily Luchetti, two-time James Beard Award–winning executive pastry chef and multiple cookbook author, has been elected chair of the board of trustees of the James Beard Foundation. While she's based in San Francisco (she's the pastry chef of Farallon and Waterbar), Luchetti has already served as a board member for six years. You can read the official press release here.

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On the Menu: JBF Celebrates Gay Pride on Both Coasts

gay pride flag

Each June, revelers across the country and the world celebrate Gay Pride with parades, pageantry, and parties. The James Beard House is no exception, and this month we're planning two fantastic events to honor the gay community. First there's the San Francisco Pride Soirée at 12 Gallagher Lane, where Gary Danko, Emily Luchetti, and other JBF Award–winning Bay Area stars will present a delicious walk-around tasting and cocktail party. (See the menu here.) The next night we're holding the Second Annual Gay Soirée at the historic Beard House in New York's West Village, featuring chefs from 10 Downing, the Meatball Shop,

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Awards Watch: Media & Book Awards, in Photos

While we wait for things to get going at Lincoln Center, here are some photos from last night's Media & Book Awards at Espace: (Photos by Kent Miller)

JBF President Susan Ungaro poses for a photo with Kelly Choi, Andrew Zimmern, and friends

A row of reception cocktails

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JBF Kitchen Cam