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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Eat This Word: Hush Puppies

Hush Puppies

 

WHAT? Though just lumps of deep-fried cornmeal batter, this Southern classic can inspire reveries from people below the Mason-Dixon line, where an abiding nostalgia for fish fries and pig pickin's (pork barbecues) requires a steady supply of hush puppies. "A plate of fried fish seems mighty lonely without them," Angela Shelf Medearis wrote in The African American Kitchen, and Southern cooking maven Nathalie Dupree served fried catfish with hush puppies at her wedding. The unusual name is usually attributed to people trying to quiet dogs by throwing them bits of fried treats. Who those people were depends on which story you believe--plantation servants carrying food to the dining room, Southerners hiding from Yankees during the Civil War; Reconstructionists pitying dogs left starving due to food shortages, or hunters rewarding hungry hounds after day-long excursions. Regardless, when hush puppies are made well, there's nothing like 'em. Chow down.

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On the Menu: Week of September 8

Wine Glasses

 

Here's what's coming up in the JBF universe:

 

Monday, September 8, 7:00 P.M 
Chef Collaboration 
Close friends and culinary kindred spirits Jesse Schenker, of the Gander and acclaimed West Village restaurant Recette, and Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan, of the Pass and Provisions in Houston, are combining their cross-country talents to create one incredible, collaborative meal.

 

Tuesday, September 9, 7:00 P.M
Virginia Rising Stars 
Experience Virginia’s dining renaissance at the Beard House when we host the state’s rising culinary stars for a spectacular collaborative meal. The night’s menu will feature the chefs’ favorite local ingredients, Virginia-sourced wine pairings, and stellar cocktails from formidable mixologist and restaurant owner Stefan Trummer.... Read more >

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Eat This Word: Romesco

Romesco

 

WHAT? This classic sauce is a specialty of the Tarragona province in the Catalonia region of northeastern Spain. The only essential ingredient that chefs agree on is the special red pepper that gives the sauce its name. Some contend the formula should be nothing more than a simple mixture of olive oil, red pepper, and bread, while others liven it up with flavorful ingredients, such as garlic, wine, chili powder, paprika, almonds or hazelnuts, and vinegar to the blend. Regardless of the recipe, the final product is usually a smooth paste, typically served with grilled poultry or fish. Each spring, there is a competition among fishermen in the Serrallo district of the province to produce the best romesco. Before thousands of spectators, the romesco-masters—who only pass their secret recipes on to their sons—set to work with their mortars and pestles to compete for the championship title.

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On the Menu: Week of September 1

Herbs

 

Here is what's happening at the James Beard House. 

 

Wednesday, September 3, 12:00 P.M 
Enlightened Eaters 
Choosing broccoli and brown rice over pizza and ice cream can be a struggle. In The 3-Day Reset, Pooja Mottl shows you ten simple ways to revamp your cravings and start eating whole, healthy, and delicious foods in just three days at a time. Packed with delicious recipes and nutritional information to support why you should choose whole over processed foods, The 3-Day Reset will set you on the path to healthy eating. 

 

Friday, September 5, 7:00 P.M 
Summer’s End in the Berkshires 
Inspired by meals he’s eaten at restaurants around the country, esteemed Red Lion Inn chef Brian Alberg has designed a menu that will offer his Berkshires-inflected interpretations of dishes he just... Read more >

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Eat This Word: Yuzu


Yuzu

 

WHAT? Thought to be a hybrid of the sour mandarin and the Ichang lemon, yuzu is a golf ball-sized fruit with a thick bumpy rind that ranges from green to vibrant yellow depending on its ripeness. Although the fruit originated in China, the Japanese adopted this ambrosial gem as part of their traditional winter solstice yuzu-yu, a bath in which whole yuzu are wrapped in cheesecloth and floated in the hot water so the fruit's intoxicating aroma—with notes of lime, lemon, and grapefruit—rises to meet the bather. The ultra-tart yuzu is not usually eaten whole but is used as an accent in many traditional Asian dishes.

 

WHERE? The Art of Modern Japanese 

 

WHEN? August 21, 2014 

 

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Eat This Word: Succotash

Succotash

 

WHAT? Indians introduced colonists to this mix of beans and corn (the Indian version sometimes included bear meat) and gave the dish its name, which derives from msickquatash, Narraganset for boiled kernels of corn. In A Tramp Abroad, Mark Twain listed succotash (along with possom, coon, and cobblers) among the food from home that he most craved while he was travelling. Ronald Reagan once used the word as a substitute for "Podunk" to mean a backwater place; in so doing, he incensed the 600 residents of Succotash Point, Rhode Island. Sadly, so many Americans were raised on loathsome frozen succotash vegetable mix, they've written off what food writer John Thorne has described as "a quintessential summer dish... with a wonderfully delicate flavor." ​

 

WHERE? Memphis Style 

 

WHEN? August 20, 2014 

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On the Menu: Week of August 18

A cocktail at the James Beard House

 

Monday, August 18, 7:00 P.M 
Along the 38th Parallel 
From Napa Valley to Calabria, the Ionian Islands to Alicante, some of the world’s most renowned destinations for exceptional food and wine are situated upon the 38th parallel. Celebrating its own spot on the latitude, Parallel 38 in Charlottesville, Virginia, features topflight Mediterranean plates and an ambitious wine program. 

 

Tuesday, August 19, 7:00 P.M 
Renegade Wine Dinner 
What do you get when you put a wd~50 kitchen alum and former Gilt wine director together? The highly-praised Pearl & Ash. Throw in a Tuesday Renegade Wine Dinner Series, a limited-access email list, an abundance of wine, and you’ve got the makings of an epic night. Get on our list before this dinner is sold out!

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Eat This Word: Hoecake

Hoe Cakes

Johnnycakes, ashcakes, battercakes, corn cakes, cornpone, jurney cakes, jonakin, jonikins, Shawnee cakes, and hoecakes (or hoe cakes) are all regional variations of flatbreads made with cornmeal, water, and salt. Since Native Americans showed the Pilgrims how to cook with corn, they are also most likely to have taught them how to make these precursors of our modern-day pancake. Hoe cakes were, as Culinaria United States notes, “supposedly created by slaves who cooked ‘journey’ cake batter on their hoes under the hot sun while working in the fields.” The original three-ingredient recipe has evolved during the last 400 years, and eggs, oil, butter, and even baking powder are now standard in most recipes. You can of course opt for a mix, but Aunt Jemima prefers wheat to cornmeal. Whichever recipe you use, the frying pan has become the cooking utensil of preference.

 

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