Announcing the JBF Impact Programs

Photo: Jeff Gurwin


The James Beard Foundation is proud to announce the launch of the JBF Impact Programs, an initiative which will enhance JBF’s work to establish a more sustainable food system through education, advocacy, and thought leadership. JBF Impact Programs will bring together chefs, farmers, and other leaders in the culinary community to address the biggest food challenges facing our society—food waste, sustainable agriculture and seafood, and beyond.


JBF Impact Programs currently include the annual JBF Food Conference, the JBF Leadership Awards, the JBF Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change, and... Read more >

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2015 JBF Leadership Awards Honoree: Eliot Coleman



An authority on innovative farming techniques—especially the ability to grow affordable, local produce year-round—farmer, author, agricultural researcher, and educator Eliot Coleman was honored at JBF’s sixth annual Leadership Awards ceremony held on October 19 at the Hearst Tower in New York City. A proud Maine resident, he and his wife, Barbara Damrosch, operate Four Season Farm, an experimental market garden that’s become a national benchmark for sustainable small-scale agriculture. “The natural world is elegantly designed and doesn’t need to be replaced by human arrogance,” Coleman insists. Watch the video above to learn about his legacy and impact.


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2015 JBF Leadership Awards Honoree: Don Bustos


A revered sustainable and organic farmer in his native New Mexico, Don Bustos, the co-director of American Friends Service Committee was honored at JBF’s sixth annual Leadership Awards ceremony held on October 19 at the Hearst Tower in New York City. Bustos continues his family’s commitment to young farmers through a series of training programs and also strives to include farmers of color in the national food movement. Referring to his dedication to family-farming, Bustos says, “Make yourselves healthy, make your communities healthy, and other people will replicate it.” Watch the video above to learn about his legacy and impact.


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Recipe: Goat Osso Buco with Pole Beans and Charred Tomato Chermoula


The 2015 JBF Food Conference will explore the future of food, from farm to kitchen to table. Featuring experts and thought leaders from across the industry, we'll examine how the choices we make and the steps we take today will impact what we eat, drink, and grow. In anticipation, we're talking to some of the men and women on the cutting edge of our collective food culture.


This recipe looks ahead to the food world of tomorrow, but we're betting you'll want to make it right away. Our 2015 JBF Leadership Awards chefs and husband-and-wife team Duskie Estes and John Stewart provide an exceptional osso buco variation made with goat, an animal whose grazing habits are gentle on the land. Get... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Sam Kass and Michael Pollan Spar at the 2014 JBF Food Conference


When it comes to the areas of sustainability, nutrition, and food policy, it’s hard to find bigger names than Sam Kass and Michael Pollan. Kass will be honored at our upcoming 2015 JBF Leadership Awards for his work with the White House and Let’s Move, so for this TBT we’re looking back at a special meeting of the minds that took place during our Food Conference last year. In a discussion over the best means and methods for changing the American diet, Kass and Pollan debated the role of industry, government, and the individual in affecting change. Their back and forth emphasized the importance of constructive dialogue as we struggle to shift the priorities in our food system, and the rare opportunities to do so at events like our Food Conference. 

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What We're Reading: January 12, 2015


Knife, microplane, or press? The best way to mince garlic. [Serious Eats


A new federal grant program aims to increase Internet access for American farmers. [Civil Eats


A provocative video has sparked a debate over animal rights at certified humane and organic egg suppliers. [NYT


JBF Leadership Award winner Deb Eschmeyer has been announced as the new executive director of Let’s Move! and senior policy adviser for nutrition policy. [Politico] ... Read more >

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JBF Award Winner Marion Nestle on Food and Health in America


The 2014 JBF Food Conference, taking place October 27–28 in New York City, will explore the intersection of food and health. Our speakers and panelists will discuss the myriad ways in which food supports personal and public health; fails to deliver on the promise of better health; and both drives and responds to other cultural forces in America today. 


In anticipation of this two-day event, we're holding ... Read more >

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What We're Reading: October 1, 2014


A Belgian brewery wants to build a beer pipeline. [NPR


An interview with 2014 JBF Leadership Award recipient Mark Bittman. [Fork in the Road


Why are we grossed out by Burger King’s black burger buns? [The Atlantic


Chefs offer unexpected ways to use fish sauce. [Serious Eats


Double agent latte no whip: the CIA has its own “Stealthy Starbucks.” [... Read more >

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JBF Presents Health & Food: Is Better Food the Prescription for a Healthier America?



On October 27 and 28, the James Beard Foundation will host the fifth annual James Beard Foundation Food Conference at the Convene Conference Center (730 Third Avenue) in New York City. 


This year’s theme, Health & Food: Is Better Food the Prescription for a Healthier America?, will bring together thought leaders in agricultural technology, nutrition science, processing, manufacturing, policy, and public health to take a hard look at health and food, and what is and is not working to address the health impacts of the modern American diet. ​


The JBF Food Conference will also include the fourth annual James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards, held at Hearst Tower and co-hosted by Good Housekeeping with support from the GRACE Communications Foundation

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The 2013 JBF Leadership Awards Dinner: A Menu in Three Acts

James Beard Award–winning chef Maria Hines


Are you voting with your fork? We did last night! For our 2013 JBF Leadership Awards, which celebrate visionaries responsible for creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world, we asked JBF Award–winning chef Maria Hines to come to New York City and create a menu to honor these inspiring individuals. For the occasion, the esteemed chef of Seattle's Tilth and Golden Beetle created a menu in which each dish represents a different facet of food policy. Read on to see the menu and learn about chef Maria’s inspiration behind each course:


The 2013 JBF Leadership Awards Dinner: A Menu in Three Acts
Created by JBF Award winner Maria Hines


Inspiration: The annual JBF Food Conference has a sustainability focus. When they invited me to be the chef for the corresponding JBF Leadership Awards this year, I... Read more >

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JBF Kitchen Cam