Interview with JBF Award Nominee Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

 

 

Craft beers have never been hotter, but despite all the up-and-coming brewing bon vivants, the veteran Dogfish Head Craft Brewery continues to draw in hopheads with its quirky and innovative small-batch beers. This is due in no small part to the drive and creativity of Sam Calagione, founder and president of Dogfish Head and two-time nominee for JBF's Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional award. We sat down with Calagione to pick his brain on the latest trends in the brewing scene, his recommendations for Chicago suds, and more.

 

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JBF: When you were first nominated, you named Sixty-One as your favorite of Dogfish Head’s beers. Does it still hold that title, or do you have a new favorite?

 

Sam Calagione: I am still enjoying the heck out of Sixty-One, our Syrah grape–infused IPA, but now that the weather is warming up, I’m having a lot more of Namaste, which is our wheat beer brewed... Read more >

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Interview with Enrique Olvera of Best New Restaurant Nominee Cosme

Chef Chef Enrique Olvera of Cosme

 

At Cosme, located in New York City's Flatiron neighborhood, chef Enrique Olvera fuses Mexican and local ingredients, creating dishes that feel at once credible and novel. We spoke with Olvera about the past, present, and future of this Best New Restaurant nominee.

 

JBF: It’s been a huge year for Cosme. What’s your vision for the restaurant in the coming year?

 

EO: We are trying to get better every day and make customers and our staff happy. We want to earn the trust of our community and be active in our role.

  

JBF: Cosme is named after a Mexico City market you went with your grandfather. Why did you name the restaurant after that market? What was so memorable about those trips?

 

EO: I’ve always liked the name, so much that I even (unsuccessfully) tried to name one of my sons after it. At San Cosme I had some of my first... Read more >

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Ask the Chefs: How Did You Celebrate Your Beard Award Win?

David Chang

 

The hushed silence, the acceptance speeches clutched tightly in sweaty palms, the bright lights and cheers as the names are announced and the winners bound onstage: receiving a Beard Award is a dream come true for most chefs. So, what happens after the last medal is handed out? We asked some of the gala chefs for the 2015 JBF Awards how they celebrated their wins (hint: it involved a lot of bubbly).

 

Justin Aprahamian / Sanford, Milwaukee
With a big hug to my parents and wife, and a glass of Champagne.

 

Dave Beran / Next, Chicago
I went to Pouring Ribbons with a bunch of friends and sabered Champagne with my award.

 

Ashley Christensen / Poole’s Diner, Raleigh, NC
We ordered 36 Shake Shack... Read more >

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Enter Our #JBFSNACKS Contest to Win Dinner at the Beard House

 

We’ll be live-streaming the 2015 James Beard Awards on May 4. What will you be snacking on while you watch? Share your favorite party snacks with us between now and May 5, and you could win dinner for two at the Beard House! Here's how:

 

1. Follow @beardfoundation on Instagram

 

2. Post a photo of your favorite viewing-party snack and tag it with #jbfsnacks

 

3. You’ll be entered to win a FREE dinner for two at the Beard House in NYC​​

 

Happy snacking! 

 

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JBF Awards to Be Celebrated in Chicago for 3 Years

 

The James Beard Foundation, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Choose Chicago, and the Illinois Restaurant Association announced today that the JBF Awards, which will take place in Chicago this year for the first time, will be returning to the city in 2016 and 2017. “We received a groundswell of enthusiastic support from chefs, restaurateurs, and sponsors all across the country when we announced that the silver anniversary of the Awards would take place in Chicago," said JBF president Susan Ungaro. "We are so proud to be welcoming this most prestigious of events for two more years,” added Mayor Emanuel. 
 
The 2015 JBF Awards will take place at Lyric Opera of Chicago on May 4, 2015, and will be live streamed at jamesbeard.org/awards. As previously announced, on Friday, April 24, 2015, the James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards Dinner, an exclusive event honoring the nation’s top cookbook authors... Read more >

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Interview with Dan Barber of Oustanding Restaurant Nominee Blue Hill at Stone Barns

 

Located just 30 miles north of New York City, Blue Hill at Stone Barns feels worlds away, sourcing its ingredients from the vast surrounding landscape and spinning them into dishes served in an idyllic, rustic-chic setting. Beyond the acclaimed cuisine, this Outstanding Restaurant nominee is also a staunch advocate for better food-system choices. We recently caught up with co-owner and executive chef Dan Barber for a look at what’s happening at the restaurant this season, his team’s experimental pop-up featuring food waste, and how we should rethink farm-to-table fare.

 

JBF: Can you tell us about a dish or two currently on your menu at Blue Hill at Stone Barns that really speaks to the restaurant’s perspective or philosophy?

 

Dan Barber: The farm director at Stone Barns Center, Jack... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Individual Food Blog Journalism Award Nominees

 

We’re proud to highlight an all-female lineup of nominees for this year’s James Beard Journalism Award for Individual Food Blog. These powerhouses embody the idea of the multi-hyphenate: they are the writers, photographers, editors, designers, illustrators, and marketers of their creations, each one inviting readers to view the world through a new, unique lens.

 

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Orangette
Molly Wizenberg

Seattle-based restaurateur, author, and podcast host Molly Wizenberg can trace her success back to Orangette, the blog she created in 2004 as a way to break into food writing, and which is as fantastic as ever. [Shown above]

 

 

 

 

Poor Man’s... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Group Food Blog Journalism Nominees

 

It’s 2015, which means that if you work at an office, you’ve probably spent some time perusing these blogs while on a conference call. 

 

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First We Feast
The winner of our 2014 Group Food Blog award is nominated again for its wry perspective on how food fits in to every aspect of our lives, from dining to travel to music to pop culture and more. [Image shown above]

 

 

 

Food52 
Food52 is based around creating a community of curious and adventurous home cooks, offering recipes and tips from essential go-to dishes to ambitious weekend projects to wet their readers’ literal and metaphorical appetites.

 

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Throwback Thursday: What We Ate at the First Annual JBF Awards

It's hard to believe that the 25th annual James Beard Awards are less than a month away, but we're already starting to pack our bags for the celebrations in Chicago. In honor of our anniversary theme of a quarter century of culinary excellence, we’re looking back at the very first Awards reception menu from 1991. Take a peek and you might spot some familiar names, along with a few ingredients that continue to capture dining culture to this day. What really drew us in, however, were the dishes just a little outside the ordinary, such as JBF Award winner Charlie Trotter’s "Smoked Eel Beggar’s Purse," and JBF Award–winning pastry chef Jacques Torres's “Mini Manhattan Buildings," which has us wondering what kind of culinary flights of fancy we'll find at this year's festivities.

 

Check out the full menu below, and read all our 2015 Beard Awards coverage... Read more >

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Sponsored Post: Meet the New Taste of Waldorf

 

Even if you’re unfamiliar with the culinary legacy of the Waldorf Astoria, you've surely tasted it. Many iconic dishes were invented at this legendary New York City hotel, with the very first eggs benedict, red velvet cakes, and Waldorf salads emerging from its kitchens.

 

Soon guests at Waldorf properties around the world will enjoy what's sure to become a new classic: Celery Risotto alla Waldorf, created for the Taste of Waldorf competition by 2013 and 2014 JBF Rising Star Chef of the Year semifinalist David Posey and Waldorf Astoria Master Chef Heinz Beck. The elegant "risotto"—celery root finely chopped to resemble rice, cooked in a creamy rice stock, and served with Granny Smith apple gelée and shaved truffle—was conceived and fine-tuned at the Rome Cavalieri... Read more >

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