Interview with Maxwell Britten of Maison Premiere

Maxwell Britten of Maison Premiere

 

With its rigorous cocktail program, romantic environs, and dapper staff, Outstanding Bar Award nominee Maison Premiere is an oasis of Old World style in Brooklyn’s Pabst Blue Ribbon country. Below, beverage director Maxwell Britten tells us about his favorite drink on the current menu, the first recipe he mastered as a young barkeep, and how to make a great mint julep for your Kentucky Derby bash.   

 

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JBF: How would you sum up the Maison Premiere philosophy?

 

MB: I think the overall goal is to have a transporting experience for our guests. We try to do this through both visuals and the menu. As you walk in the door, the first thing you see is the horseshoe bar. You see the absinthe fountain made of green marble, and the pristinely dressed bartenders with suspenders and slicked-back hair. And then there's the menu, which is like an archive... Read more >

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Letter from the President: If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On!

David H. Kock Theater, home to the 2014 James Beard Awards

 

Shakespeare had it right! For centuries the musical arts and the culinary arts have been linked. And a great chef, like a talented musician, plays all the right notes.

 

Long before he became television’s first foodie, James Beard pursued a career in music. After studying opera in London, he came to New York with the dream of making it at the Metropolitan Opera or on Broadway. But like many struggling actors, he ended up paying the rent through a career in food. And aren’t we all better for it?

 

Many of the chefs we know and love had earlier careers as musicians, or have been influenced by music in some way. Our dining experiences are enhanced by custom-made playlists, and chefs have achieved what many have called “rock star” status. This year the James Beard Awards theme is “Sounds of the City,” and it celebrates this enduring relationship between music and food. After the medals are handed out, the gala reception at Lincoln Center’s... Read more >

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Awards Watch: 2014 Journalism Nominees

The 2014 James Beard Foundation Journalism Nominees

 

Want to check out our 2014 Journalism Award nominees, but don't know where to start? We've done the hard work for you and compiled links to all of the stories that are up for medals. Now have at it!

 

The 2014 James Beard Awards will be held in New York City in May. The Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards ceremony will take place at Gotham Hall on Friday, May 2, with the James Beard Awards Gala to follow on Monday, May 5, at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater. Tickets to the main gala are now on sale, while the Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards ceremony is by invitation only.

 

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Cooking, Recipes, or Instruction

 

Scott Mowbray and Ann Taylor Pittman
Cooking Light
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Awards Watch: 2014 Broadcast & New Media Nominees

The 2014 James Beard Foundation Broadcast & New Media Nominees

 

If it's true that you eat with your eyes (and, uh, ears?), then there's a huge feast for you below. We've gathered links to all of our Broadcast & New Media Award nominees, a compelling bounty of food-related television, webcasts, and radio. Please note that some of this content is password-protected, but we've provided all of the necessary credentials.

 

The 2014 James Beard Awards will be held in New York City in May. The Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards ceremony will take place at Gotham Hall on Friday, May 2, with the James Beard Awards Gala to follow on Monday, May 5, at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater. Tickets to the main gala on now on sale, while the Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards ceremony is by invitation only.

 

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Buy 2014 Book Award Nominees in the JBF Amazon Store

The James Beard Foundation Amazon Store

 

Isn't it funny how your shelves always seem to have room for just one more cookbook? Good thing we just added this year's batch of JBF Book Award–nominated titles to our Amazon store. Go buy one—or anything else, for that matter—and the James Beard Foundation will get a cut of the purchase. Go on, you know you want to.

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On the Menu: Maison Premiere

Brooklyn's Maison Premiere is coming to the James Beard House

 

A Brooklyn destination and a 2014 nominee for our Outstanding Bar Program award, Maison Premiere is visiting the James Beard House tomorrow. Daniel and Blue Hill alum Lisa Giffen and head bartender Maxwell Britten will give diners a taste of the saloon's seafood-driven menu and serious cocktail list. See the menu here.

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The Complete 2014 JBF Award Nominees

The 2014 James Beard Award nominees

 

Didn't catch today's nominee announcement in Chicago? Don't fret: we've posted the entire list below. 

 

The 2014 James Beard Awards will be held in New York City in May. The Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards ceremony will take place at Gotham Hall on Friday, May 2, with the James Beard Awards Gala to follow on Monday, May 5, at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater. Tickets to the main gala go on sale today, while the Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards ceremony is by invitation only.

 

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2014 James Beard Foundation Broadcast and New Media Awards

Presented by Lenox Tableware and Gifts

 

 

Radio Show/Audio Webcast

 

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The 2014 JBF Award Nominee Announcement: What You Need to Know

The Publican in Chicago

 

Let’s see: we’ve revealed the 2014 Restaurant and Chef semifinalists, shared our latest America’s Classics and Who's Who inductees, and announced who’s headlining the festivities at Lincoln Center and Gotham Hall this year. Have we missed anything? Ah, yes: the nominee announcement!

 

As per our tradition of... Read more >

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Awards Watch: The 2014 Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America

James Beard Award Medallion

 

The James Beard Foundation is proud to announce the six 2014 inductees to the Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America. This prestigious award is given to renowned culinary professionals who have made a significant and unique contribution to the American food and beverage industry. We'll be honoring the new class at our Awards ceremony at Lincoln Center in May.

 

The 2014 Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America inductees are:

 

Food Writer Edward Behr
Edward Behr is the editor and publisher of the quarterly food magazine, The Art of Eating. First published as an eight-page newsletter in 1986, it has grown to become one of the most respected magazines about food and wine.

 

Chef and Restaurateur John Besh
John Besh is a chef and native son dedicated to the culinary riches of southern Louisiana. Besh has nine restaurants including his flagship restaurant, August, which merges... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Meet the 2014 America's Classics

Meet the James Beard Foundation's 2014 America's Classics

 

Today we're excited to announce the recipients of one of our most popular awards: the America's Classics! This honor is given to regional establishments, often family-owned, that are treasured for their quality food, local character, and lasting appeal. Read on to learn more about our 2014 America's Classics. (Read the full press release here.)

 

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Hansen’s Sno Bliz, New Orleans (Owner: Ashley Hansen)

 

Meet the James Beard Foundation's 2014 America's Classics

 

The snow-ball, one of the city’s iconic desserts was practically invented at Hansen’s. Made of shaved-to-order ice, a Hansen’s snow-ball -- which... Read more >

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