JBF Trip Planner: Milan

 

If you’re anything like us, the first thing you do when planning a trip—perhaps even before booking a plane ticket—is figure out where you’re going to eat while you’re there. Museums, sightseeing, and shopping are all well and good, but food is often the main attraction. To make trip planning a little easier, we’re compiling lists of our can’t-miss pit stops in some of our favorite places. Below, our executive vice president (and resident globe-trotting gourmand) Mitchell Davis shares his absolute must-eats in Milan for this special international installment.

 

Just because Expo Milano 2015 is over doesn’t mean you should take Milan off your list of places to visit. In the wake of last year’s World's Fair, the design capital of Europe has been reinvigorated with new contemporary art museums (Fondazione... Read more >

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Beard House Recipe: Oyster Crudo with Prosecco Mignonette

 

Oyster Crudo with Prosecco Mignonette / La Dolce Vita

 

Emmy Award–winning chef Giada De Laurentiis is known for many things: her celebrated Food Network shows, elegant California-inflected Italian cooking, and contagious smile, among them. Now with an eponymous Las Vegas restaurant under her belt, the petite powerhouse’s brand continues to grow ever more fierce—and New York City diners were treated to an evening of Sin City decadence when the celebrity chef brought her iconic fare to the Beard House at the end of November. The evening was a culinary slam-dunk from start to finish, from her delicate lemon–crab arancini to her hearty ... Read more >

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Beard House Recipe: Giada's Rigatoni with Vegetable Bolognese

 

Rigatoni with Vegetable Bolognese / La Dolce Vita

 

Emmy Award–winning chef Giada De Laurentiis is known for many things: her celebrated Food Network shows, elegant California-inflected Italian cooking, and contagious smile, among them. Now with an eponymous Las Vegas restaurant under her belt, the petite powerhouse’s brand continues to grow ever more fierce—and New York City diners were treated to an evening of Sin City decadence when the celebrity chef brought her iconic fare to the Beard House at the end of last month. 

 

 

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Video: JBF Award Winner Mark Ladner's Appetizing Advice

 

Hot off his win for Best Chef: New York City at last year’s Beard Awards, Del Posto's Mark Ladner made a triumphant return to Chicago earlier this fall as one of our JBF Taste America All-Stars. After leaving guests swooning the night before with a one-of-a-kind collaborative dinner, Ladner appeared at Sur La Table to prove that his lauded Italian fare can be translated to the home kitchen. Demonstrating two Italian-inspired canapés, lobster and mayonnaise tramezzini (classic Venetian tea sandwiches) and chickpea fritters with truffles and fontina cheese, Ladner advocated for the innate power of a gooey, molten cheese center, and advised starting all your parties as he does—with sparkling wine... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: Italian Cooking with Gabriella Ganugi

Maritozzo, a sweet, yeasted roll filled with fresh whipped cream.

 

An authority on the rich history of Tuscan cuisine, Gabriella Ganugi is no stranger to sharing her knowledge of Italian fare with Beard House guests. After all, she has been making an annual sojourn to Mr. Beard’s storied New York townhouse for over a decade. Later this month, Ganugi returns, along with a talented team from Florence's Apicius International School of Hospitality for an autumnal ode to Tuscan flavors, highlighting the incredible quality of the region’s salumi, olive oil, produce, and other singular ingredients. In anticipation of perennially popular homage to her culinary heritage, we chatted with la regina della cucina italiana (or, the queen of Italian cooking) to find out which dish she’s most excited to share with guests, her ultimate guilty-pleasure food, and the best spot to eat like a local when in Florence, Italy.

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What We're Reading: August 6, 2015

 

Europeans are cozying up to our American ways by ordering staggering amounts of Italian takeout. [MUNCHIES]

 

Leave the kids at home: an Australian restaurant banned children and now business is booming. [Grub Street]

 

Host an intellectual dinner party, inspired by these legendary ladies of literature. [Food52]

 

Spicy food addicts might outlive us all. [NYT]

 

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JBF on the Air: Maureen B. Fant

Maureen B. Fant on Taste Matters with Mitchell Davis

 

On last week’s episode of Taste Matters, JBF’s Mitchell Davis talked pasta with Maureen B. Fant, who co-authored Sauces & Shapes: Pasta the Italian Way. Maureen discussed how her classical studies brought her to Rome and transformed her into a pasta expert, why certain pasta shapes are served with particular sauces, how she worked with co-author Oretta Zanini De Vita to transmit her encyclopedic knowledge of Italian cuisine and history, and how Italian food traditions keep the family together. To learn more, listen here

 

Taste Matters is a radio program dedicated to taste: as a sense, cultural construct, and culinary... Read more >

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