James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Los Angeles

 

We’re starting the second month of our national epicurean tour, James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® with a great lineup of events on the West Coast. This weekend we’re setting up shop in Los Angeles for two days of star-studded events featuring Taste America All-Star James Beard Award Winner Aarón Sánchez, and local star and James Beard Award Winner Nancy Silverton. Join us Friday for a reception featuring dishes from some of the city’s hottest chefs, followed by an exclusive, one-night-only four course dinner prepared by Sánchez and Silverton. Saturday the action moves to Sur La Table, for cooking demos and book signings from Sánchez and free tastings from local vendors Fallen Fruit from Rising Women and Pernicious Pickling Co.


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On the Menu: Week of May 18

 

A reception at the James Beard House

 

Monday, May 19, 7:00pm
Exuberant Italian 
After summers spent off the coast of Naples, chef Christian Petroni has taken his Italian childhood food memories and adapted them to fit today’s palate at his Westchester eatery, Fortina. Petroni also runs a well-loved take-out shop, Cooked & Company, which reflects a similar ethos of rustic Italian farmhouse traditions with an exuberant, modern spin.

 

Wednesday, May 21, 7:00pm 
Los Angeles Hot Spot 
At the tender age of 25, chef Miles Thompson is already revolutionizing the Los Angeles dining scene with his intriguing spin on avant-garde comfort food. Originally a pop-up concept, Thompson’s build-your-own-tasting-menu experience has matured into a sought-after restaurant offering progressive haute cuisine.

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Interview with Outstanding Chef Award Nominee Nancy Silverton of Pizzeria Mozza

Elena North-Kelly interviews Nancy Silverton, a nominee for the James Beard Foundation's 2014 Outstanding Chef award

 

After proving her pastry chops at Campanile and La Brea and taking home the JBF Outstanding Pastry Chef award in 1991, Nancy Silverton set out to open her own restaurant in Los Angeles, which bloomed into a celebrated empire and a mecca for serious Italian food lovers. Here, the 2014 Outstanding Chef award nominee tell us about the most spectacular pizza crust she’s ever tasted, her favorite flavor combination, and the moment she knew she wanted to become a chef.

 

JBF: What item on the current Pizzeria Mozza menu are you most proud of?

 

NS: I’d have to say our pizza dough, the quality of the crust. It’s the heart and soul of our pizzeria, and what I believe sets us apart. There’s no secret ingredient, just the subtle nuances of the method that we use to achieve a crust that’s... Read more >

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Interview with Outstanding Chef Award Nominee Suzanne Goin

Anna Mowry interviews Suzanne Goin, a nominee for the James Beard Foundation's 2014 Outstanding award

 

On the family tree of California restaurant empires, Suzanne Goin’s branch is sturdy, and still forming rings. Over the past decade and a half, along with business partner and fellow Beard nominee, Caroline Styne, she has built one of the most respected and acclaimed restaurant groups in Los Angeles. She also authored Sunday Suppers at Lucques, an essential title for many home cooks, and, last year, The A.O.C. Cookbook. In the following interview, Goin gets us up to speed on her latest venture and her last great meal.

 

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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Los Angeles Recap

James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Los Angeles

 

In addition to New York City, our fourth weekend of James Beard Foundation's Taste America® made a stop in the dynamic city of Los Angeles. On Friday we enjoyed a spectacular meal prepared by local James Beard Award winners and Taste America All-Star Rick Bayless. We spent the next day at Sur La Table, watching cooking demonstrations by Bayless and Top Chef's Fabio Viviani and tasting samples from Bling Bling Dumpling, Coffee Commissary, Nary Dairy, and Mills + Company. 

 

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all our LA participants! And stay tuned: the Taste America tour has one weekend left!

 

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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Los Angeles

James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Los Angeles

 

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

 

On Friday, October 11, we're kicking off the festivities at Union Station with "Food Trucks with the Foundation", a showcase of LA's best authentic Mexican and gourmet trucks, with beers from local breweries to wash it all down. After the reception, Taste America All-Star Rick Bayless will join some of LA's most groundbreaking chefs (full lineup is here) for a five-course meal inside the station. 

 

On Saturday, we'll be at the Farmers Market location of Sur La Table for a day of free cooking demos and local product tastings... Read more >

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