JBF on the Air: Glorious Greek Food

Diane Kochilas  

Get a taste of the Mediterranean from yesterday's episode of Taste Matters, when JBF's Mitchell Davis was joined by Diane Kochilas, one of the world’s foremost experts on Greek cuisine. The internationally acclaimed cookbook author, chef, media consultant, and teacher has written 18 books on Greek and Mediterranean food, and is the consulting chef at New York City's Pylos and Boukiés restaurants. Listen below to learn all about Mediterranean diets, the true meaning of "Greek yogurt", and the plant-based cuisine of Greece:

 

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JBF on the Air: New York Restaurants, Now and Then

Paul Freedman

 

What was it like to be at a New York dinner party in 1870? To find out, JBF's Mitchell Davis took a historical culinary trip with Paul Freedman, history professor at Yale University, on yesterday's episode of Taste Matters. The two revisited old menus and dining trends in the context of class and cultural status, talked about our nation's first restaurants and current groundbreaking establishments, and considered the cultural and historical importance of dining out in America. Listen below to learn more:

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JBF on the Air: A Gastronomic Event


What does it mean for food to be art? On today's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis explored this topic with Robert Valgenti, associate professor of philosophy and director of the College Colloquium at Lebanon Valley College. Listen below as Mitchell and Robert discuss the nature of art, the human experience with food, and the intersections between the two—from our obsession with celebrity chef culture to our individual responsibility as part of the larger food system.
 

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JBF on the Air: Southern Flavors & Foodways

 

On yesterday's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis hosted a variety of Southern food experts: Todd L. Richards, executive chef at the Shed at Glenwood in Atlanta; Katie Button, chef/owner at Cúrate in Asheville, NC; and the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival's COO Elizabeth Feichter and CEO Dominique Love. Learn about how diners define Southern fare, race and gender in the Southern food scene, and common misconceptions about Southern cuisine below:

 

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JBF on the Air: Taste Matters


Have you heard our executive vice president, Mitchell Davis, on the airwaves? Each week on Heritage Radio Network, he hosts Taste Matters, an exciting program dedicated to taste: as a sense, cultural construct, and culinary phenomenon. However much we talk about where our food comes from, how it’s produced, who prepares it, or what sorts of socio-cultural-political implications our food choices and eating behaviors have, taste is fundamental. 

 

In one of our favorite episodes, Mitchell talks with Francis Lam (food writer, Top Chef Masters judge, and editor-at-large at Clarkson Potter Publishers) about culture and authenticity as it relates to food. Why do American chefs cooking immigrant cuisines tend to be more celebrated than actual immigrants cooking... Read more >

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Watch TEDxManhattan "Changing the Way We Eat" Talks

 

In January the Glynwood Institute for Sustainable Food and Farming sponsored a one-day TEDxManhattan event titled "Changing the Way We Eat." The event focused on food—and specifically how we can inspire change towards a more sustainable, local approach to producing and eating food. Earlier this week, the entire day of talks and presentations from leading innovators in the industry (including our own executive vice president, Mitchell Davis!) became available on DVD. The TEDxManhattan DVD is free for noncommercial, educational purposes and can be ordered by emailing TEDxManhattan@gmail.com. The individual talks can also be viewed online.     

 

The speakers and presenters for this inspiring TEDxManhattan event were:

 

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Reel Food: Mitchell Davis Talks Taste at TEDxManhattan

At last month's TEDxManhattan event, "Changing the Way We Eat," our very own Mitchell Davis gave a thought-provoking talk about the importance of taste and the role it should play in improving the American food system. A video of his speech is below; you can watch the other food-related talks that were given at the event here.

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Teach a Man To Fish: Group Presents Culinary Solution to Invasive Species Problem at Beard House Event

Invasive speciesKerry Heffernan in the James Beard House kitchen; the chef's Asian carp ceviche

Asian carp escabèche. Green crab bisque. Blue tilapia. Sounds like a simple seafood menu. Could it also be the answer to a looming environmental disaster? The Washington-based advocacy group Food & Water Watch brought chef Kerry Heffernan of South Gate to the Beard House to propose an unusual and delicious solution to the invasive species that are decimating America’s aquatic environments: eat them. As Heffernan demonstrated, in the hands of a talented chef, these invader fish can offer exciting new ingredients for the menu. Heffernan was impressed with the intense flavor of the green crabs, more intense than blue crabs, and the toothsome texture of blue tilapia, which he likened to monkfish, itself once an undesirable sea

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Having a Smoke: JBF Vice President Mitchell Davis to Judge Barbecue Contest on the Food Network

Best in Smoked JudgesThe Food Network's Best in Smoke judges (clockwise from top): chef and host Bryan Caswell, JBF vice president Mitchell Davis, author Amy Mills Tunnicliff, and chef Tim Love

Craving some ‘cue? Pining for some pulled pork? While the Big Apple may not be on par with Kansas City or Memphis…yet…over the last few years New York City developed quite a barbecue culture of its own. (Don’t miss the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party this year on June 11 and 12.) As luck would have it, the Beard Foundation has a barbecue aficionado in its midst. Who knew? Actually, everyone will know on May 8 at 10:00 P.M. EDT, when the Food Network’s new cooking competition series,

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A Discussion of Pellegrino Artusi at the New School

Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating WellMention Escoffier at a dinner party and most people, even those who don’t count themselves among the food-obsessed, will likely know you are referring to the great French chef who streamlined the professional kitchen and codified French cuisine. But bring up the name Artusi and you’ll get stares. And yet Pellegrino Artusi and his influential cookbook La Scienza in Cucina e L’Arte di Mangiar Bene (Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well) helped shape what has become the world’s favorite thing to eat: Italian food. Self-published in 1891, Artusi, as the book is commonly known, was groundbreaking in many ways. First, it was written in Italian, the newly official language of the new country that few Italians, except those in Tuscany whose dialect it was based on, spoke.

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