James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: San Francisco


We’re down to the final stops of our national epicurean tour, James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®. This weekend we visit San Francisco for two days of star-studded events featuring Taste America All-Star and James Beard Award winner Paul Qui and local star and James Beard Award winner Michael Mina. Join us Friday night for a reception with dishes from some of the city’s hottest chefs, followed by a unique four-course menu prepared by Qui and Mina. On Saturday Qui will show off his technique with a cooking demo at Sur La Table, where you’ll also be able to sample local fare with a cooking demo and book signing from Lissa Doumani and Hiro Sone of Urchin Bistrot, and free tastings from artisan vendors Awesome Bars and Dandelion Chocolate.... Read more >

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Gala Chef Q & A: JBF Award Winner Michael Mina

JBF Award winner Michael Mina


JBF Award Winner Michael Mina, Michael Mina, San Francisco


What’s your go-to guilty-pleasure food?

My family and I are always making pizzas in our wood-fire oven. We add some fresh vegetables from our garden to make it a little less of a “guilty” food.


What’s your favorite movie, and why?

Forrest Gump. It’s a classic and the story is great!


Describe the last great meal you ate.

Mourad Lahlou from Aziza always does it right! His food is bold and balanced and the flavors are out of this world.


What’s the dish you’re most proud of?

My caviar parfait is something that is really special for me. I first made it for my wife, Diane, on our honeymoon and she loved it! It has since made its way into almost all of my restaurants.


What’s your favorite healthy food?

Nothing beats a bowl of greens... Read more >

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