April Bloomfield and Donald Link Team Up for the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® in New Orleans

 

“The amount of hospitality in New Orleans is just phenomenal,” observed JBF Award winner April Bloomfield. “It really blew me away.”

 

This weekend the James Beard Foundation brought its annual Taste America culinary tour to the vibrant city of New Orleans. For the third year in a row, the Foundation is traveling to ten cities across the country to host one-of-kind fundraising dinners highlighting local cuisine and headlined by a visiting All-Star chef and a Local Star chef, as well as cooking demos, artisanal tastings, and book signings.

 

The main event, which took place at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, began with a walk-around tasting reception featuring a... Read more >

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Traci Des Jardins and Matt Jennings Team Up for Taste America® Boston

Matt Jennings's Vegetables and Fruits with Coppa, Smoked Pork Fat and Malt Vinegar Emulsion

 

“I started baking when I was three years old—it just grabbed me. Cooking has always been my thing,” said JBF Award winner and Taste America All-Star Traci Des Jardins during the Boston leg of our ten-city tour. The lavish two-day event included a collaborative cocktail reception and dinner, as well as cooking demos and artisanal tastings.

 

The jam-packed affair was one of Boston’s hottest events this Columbus Day Weekend. Guests gathered at the lovely Langham hotel, where many of the city’s top culinary talent showcased their skills and local ingredients. The evening kicked off with a tasting reception featuring bites from JBF Award winners Tim Cushman of o ya, Tony Maws of Craigie on Main, and Ana Sortun of... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: A Night in Seattle's Chihuly Garden

 

Most of our focus during JBF Taste America events is on the delicious dishes being served during our superstar collaborative dinners, but it’s also worth a glance up from our plates to admire the setting. This TBT, we’re looking back to last weekend’s Taste America dinner in Seattle, where guests were treated to bites from some of the city’s top toques, first high above ground in the Space Needle, then beneath the awe-inspiring chandeliers in Chihuly Gardens and Glass. The photo above was taken from a table during the dinner, and serves as a reminder that sometimes we need to put our forks down and lift our faces up to appreciate these once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

 

There are still a few more stops in our Taste America tour. Get tickets... Read more >

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Q&A with JBF Taste America All-Star April Bloomfield

 

From burgers and broccoli to pigs’ heads and potatoes, JBF Award winner April Bloomfield has made an indelible mark through her attentive and soulful interpretations of myriad cuisines. After a career garnering accolades for her nose-to-tail and root-to-stalk cooking at her restaurants in New York City and San Francisco, Bloomfield has now turned her eyes to a real piece of Americana: burgers. Fortunately, there’s no Brit we’d trust with our buns more. Bloomfield is helping us celebrate the diversity of American cuisine as an All-Star on our Taste America national epicurean tour, where she’ll collaborate with JBF Award winner Donald Link on an exclusive dinner in New Orleans. We chatted with the iconic chef before her trip down to the Big Easy about her latest culinary obsession, where she dines out in the Big Apple, and what's drawing her attention to Paris.... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Climbs to the Top of the Space Needle in Seattle

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This past weekend, Taste America, the James Beard Foundation’s annual ten-city epicurean tour, landed in the Pacific Northwest for a weekend of exclusive culinary events including a collaborative fundraising dinner, cooking demos, artisanal tastings, and book signings.

 

Several hundred Seattleites gathered at the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass, where some of the city’s top culinary talent showcased their skills against the backdrop of Elliot Bay. The evening began with an elevated tasting reception high up in the Skyline level of the Space Needle, where guests enjoyed bites from Zoi Antonitsas (Westward), Thomas Kollasch (Chihuly Garden and Glass / Collections Café), Jay Blackinton (... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Boston

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national epicurean tour continues this weekend with two days of star-studded events in Boston, featuring Taste America All-Star and JBF Award winner Traci Des Jardins and Local Star Matt Jennings. Friday night kicks off with a tasting reception from some of Boston's finest, followed by an exclusive four-course dinner prepared by Des Jardins and Jennings. On Saturday the action moves to Sur La Table for cooking demos and book signings from Des Jardins and lauded chef and fellow JBF Award winner Tony Maws, along with free tastings from local vendor Victoria Gourmet.

 

For tickets and more information about the chefs and vendors appearing, check out ... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: New Orleans

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national epicurean tour continues this weekend with two days of star-studded events in New Orleans, featuring Taste America All-Star and JBF Award winner April Bloomfield and Local Star Donald Link. Friday night kicks off with a tasting reception from some of New Orleans's finest, followed by an exclusive four-course dinner prepared by Bloomfield and Link. On Saturday the action moves to Sur La Table for cooking demos and book signings from Bloomfield and lauded cookbook author and photographer, Kit Wohl.

 

For tickets and more information about the chefs and vendors appearing, check out ... Read more >

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Q&A with Taste America All-Star Traci Des Jardins

 

As we travel across the country for Taste America, our national epicurean tour, it’s easy to see the vast variety of cultural culinary ingredients that are thrown into the melting pot of American cuisine. At times, these myriad heritages can even be brought together in one chef, as in the case of Taste America All-Star Traci Des Jardins. Through her empire of San Francisco hot spots, Des Jardins crisscrosses the globe, infusing French, Spanish, Mexican, and more into the vibrant raw ingredients of her home state of California. Des Jardins will bring her internationally flavored cuisine to the East Coast for Taste America: Boston, where she'll team up with Local Star Matt Jennings for a weekend of exciting events. Read on for Des Jardins’s take on food trends that have overstayed their welcome, changes that are needed in the restaurant industry, and what food mecca she... Read more >

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Art Smith, Mike Lata, and Charleston’s Best Chefs Cook Up a Southern Feast

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Hits Charleston

 

“I think the two of us can really make something delicious,” predicted chef Art Smith back in August of his upcoming dinner with James Beard Award–winning chef Mike Lata in Lata’s hometown of Charleston. This past weekend, the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America tour touched down in the Holy City and several hundred Charlestonian diners gathered at the Cedar Room at the newly renovated Cigar Factory to find out just how delicious a dinner by these two Southern chefs could be. 

 

The event was part of Taste America, which for the third year running, brings the James... Read more >

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Q&A with JBF Taste America All-Star Tyler Florence

 

A veteran of the food industry for over 20 years, Tyler Florence is one of the most well-recognized and trusted chefs in the country. With over a dozen cookbooks to his name and numerous seasons of Food Network cooking shows, Florence has helped introduce elevated cuisine that’s easy to prepare, presents beautifully, and is, above all, incredibly delicious and nurturing to enjoy. This weekend, the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® cross-country culinary tour is stopping off in Seattle where Florence will promote his appreciation for local bounty with like-minded James Beard Award winner Thierry Rautureau, as well as the cream of the crop of the Seattle restaurant scene. Read on to discover where his love for wine started, why vegetables should take center stage, and how he’s working to make a difference in children’s lives.

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