Into the Fire: Giada De Laurentiis on Her Las Vegas Gamble and How She Came Out Smokin'


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 will be treated to an evening of Sin City decadence when the celebrity chef brings her iconic fare to the Beard House at the end of this month. In anticipation, senior editor Elena North-Kelly caught up with De Laurentiis about her favorite recipes, biggest on-screen disasters, how she overcame her greatest personal and professional hurdles, and more.


JBF: What inspired the menu for your upcoming Beard House dinner? Are there any particular dishes that you’re most... Read more >

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In Memoriam: Kerry Simon


We are deeply saddened by the news that Kerry Simon, chef of several acclaimed restaurants including Carson Kitchen in Las Vegas and others across the country, passed away at the age of 60. Simon had long been suffering from MSA (multiple system atrophy), a severe and rare form of Parkinson's disease. “Kerry Simon was an exciting and inspiring chef, and we were honored to know him and have him as a friend and supporter of our Foundation,” said JBF president Susan Ungaro. “While our community has suffered a great loss, we know that his legacy will leave a lasting mark on the culinary landscape.” Famously dubbed the “Rock ‘n’ Roll Chef” by Rolling Stone magazine, Simon was still actively working on new projects, including a new gastropub in Nevada, despite being confined to a wheelchair. During his lauded career, Simon opened restaurants all over the world for industry icon Jean-Georges Vongerichten, catered tours for Led Zeppelin and other rock stars, won the... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Las Vegas Recap

James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Las Vegas


Our second weekend of James Beard Foundation's Taste America® also made a stop in Las Vegas. On Saturday we went to Sur la Table to see cooking demonstrations by Taste America All-Star Masaharu Morimoto (who also showed off his vocal talent) and JBF Award–winning pastry chef François Payard. Later that night we headed to the main pool at the Mirage for a walk-around tasting of food and drink prepared by local James Beard Award winners and other Sin City talent. Check out photos from the evening here.


We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all our Las Vegas participants! And don't forget: Taste America is stopping in... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Las Vegas

James Beard Foundation's Taste America®


It's time for a look at this weekend's other James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® city: Las Vegas!


On Saturday, September 28, Taste America All-Star Masaharu Morimoto will join a lineup of top Sin City chef talent, including a number of Beard Award winners, at the Mirage hotel's stunning main pool. The walk-around tasting will highlight the city's most tempting food and drink.


Earlier that same day, join us at Sur La Table at Fashion Show Mall for a day of free cooking demos, product tastings, and more. Legendary French pastry chef François Payard will lead off with a demonstration in Sur La Table’s demo kitchen, with chef Morimoto to follow. Both chefs will also be signing copies of their books for fans.... Read more >

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On the Menu: November 14 through November 20

Walking up the Beard House back stairs Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, November 14, 6:00 P.M. Friends of James Beard Benefit: Pismo Beach, CA Enjoy breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean while feasting on chef Evan Treadwell’s California coastal cuisine. Treadwell takes seasonal and local cooking seriously, changing the menu with each solstice and equinox and airing his regionally sourced creations with exciting and often little known Central Coast wines. Monday, November 15, 7:00 P.M. Taste of the NFL An all-star group of Texas and New York chefs is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Taste of the NFL, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting hunger whose founder, Wayne Kostroski, won our 2010 Humanitarian of the Year

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Eye Candy: Attack of the Macaron

Citrus Macaron with Citrus Slices, Lime–Vanilla Sorbet, Lemon Curd Cream, and Blood Orange Sauce At a celebration of Steve Wynn's Las Vegas empire, Encore pastry chef Frédéric Robert Citrus served citrus macarons with citrus slices, lime–vanilla sorbet, lemon curd cream, and blood orange sauce. Check out more photos of the stunning Beard House meal.

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On the Menu: October 17 through October 23

Guests mingle before dinner at the Beard House. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, October 17, 5:30 P.M. Friends of James Beard Benefit Jean-Louis Palladin Dinner The incredibly talented chefs collaborating on this innovative dinner are at the forefront of the new, high-voltage Vegas cuisine, serving modern, inspired, sophisticated, and luxurious food to discerning Sin City diners. Join them for a spectacular dinner benefitting the Jean-Louis Palladin Professional Work/Study Grant and honoring the late, great Jean-Louis Palladin. Monday, October 18, 7:00 P.M. Le Bec-Fin Alum For the past three years, we’ve recognized Charles Roman, an alum of Philadelphia’s Le Bec-Fin and Vetri, as a JBF

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On the Menu: September 26 through October 2

Beard House dining room Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, September 26, 6:00 P.M. JBF Greens: Brooklyn Cooks For one night only we’re bring the best of Brooklyn to the Beard House. Join us for a special multi-course menu prepared by the chefs, wine experts, butchers, ice cream makers, and bakers that make Brooklyn the city’s most creative food borough. Tuesday, September 28, 7:00 P.M. Las Vegas Luxury Known for setting new standards for luxury in Las Vegas, Steve Wynn has outdone himself with his latest property, Encore. Join the talented chefs from Wynn’s empire for a meal that will span the culinary stratosphere, from innovative pan-Asian to Sinatra-inspired modern Italian. Tuesday, September 28, 7:00 P.M.

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On the Menu: Modern Japanese

Akira Back A professional snowboarder in an earlier life, Akira Back cooks with an adventurous spirit at the swanky Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant in Las Vegas. (His training with Nobu Matsuhisa and Masaharu Morimoto gives him a pretty serious edge, too.) Chef Back will be in the Beard House kitchen this Saturday, where he will serve a dinner of traditional ingredients fused with inventive technique. Check out the menu below: Whitefish Carpaccio with Micro-Cilantro, Lime Air, and Kochujang Smoked Octopus with Edamame Coulis and White Truffle–Sesame Oil Sonoma Valley Foie Gras with Kumamoto Oyster and Korean Pear–Acacia Honey Broiled Miso Atlantic Cod with Pickled Shimeji Mushrooms, Soybean Sprouts, and Yuzu–Sake Foam Braised Kobe Beef Short Ribs with Fingerling Potatoes, Baby Carrots, and Quail Egg Green Tea Heaven > Green Tea Sponge Cake with Green Tea

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