In Memoriam: Paul Prudhomme

 

The James Beard Foundation was saddened to hear that Paul Prudhomme, who many say was the first celebrity restaurant chef, has passed away at the age of 75. Prudhomme was the first American-born executive chef at Commander's Palace in New Orleans, and shot to further culinary fame when he opened K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen in 1980. "As our Foundation is about to celebrate the many great chefs and cuisine of New Orleans this weekend, we will miss and mourn the passing of  the great Paul Prudomme," said JBF president Susan Ungaro. "He was one of our country's first, best-loved celebrity chefs and had a huge influence on America's love for his home city and its exceptional food scene. New Orleans's loss is also America's."

 

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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® 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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In Memoriam: Willie Mae Seaton

 

The James Beard Foundation was saddened to hear the news that Willie Mae Seaton, owner of Willie Mae's Scotch House in New Orleans, passed away on Friday, September 18, at the age of 99. In 2005, the James Beard Foundation named Willie Mae's Scotch House an America's Classic, and Willie Mae Seaton traveled to New York City to accept the restaurant's honor at that year's James Beard Awards. Later that year, Hurricane Katrina destroyed the restaurant, and it was rebuilt and reopened in 2007. "Hurricane Katrina may have put Willie Mae in the national news, but she was considered a culinary icon of New Orleans long before," said JBF president Susan Ungaro. "Her fried chicken was legendary but her incredible warmth and hospitality made her a treasure to us all. We were lucky to have her as a friend into her 99th year."

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Ask the Chefs: Brennan's Team on New Orleans Cuisine

 

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, we are honored to celebrate the city’s resilience with the fabled Brennan family at an exclusive dinner later this month at the Beard House. With a menu devoted to the renowned seafood of the South, host Ralph Brennan and his team of world-class chefs will bring their crave-worthy combination of historic opulence and modern techniques up North to the Big Apple. As our excitement builds for their Creole cooking, we spoke to the chefs about their inspiration behind this dinner, their guilty-pleasure foods (think sweets), and their top places to chow down in the Crescent City. 

 

Slade Rushing, Brennan's 
Austin Kirzner, Red Fish Grill
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Interview with Wendell Pierce, Part Three: Solutions, Local and Beyond (and Zimbabwe)

 

The 2014 JBF Food Conference, taking place October 27–28 in New York City, will explore the intersection of food and health. Our speakers and panelists will discuss the myriad ways in which food supports personal and public health; fails to deliver on the promise of better health; and both drives and responds to other cultural forces in America today.

 

In anticipation of this two-day event, we're holding ... Read more >

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What We're Reading: October 14, 2014

 

The roller coaster of emotion that comes with eating gummy bears. [NYT

 

The new documentary America’s First Foodie aims to raise awareness about James Beard. [Food Politic

 

Chipotle partners with Slow Food USA to build gardens in schools across the U.S. [Fast Company

 

Americans really love sandwiches: a new study reveals that nearly half of the population eats a sammy on any given day. [... Read more >

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Interview with Wendell Pierce, Part Two: Treme, New Orleans, and Chef Culture

 

 

The 2014 JBF Food Conference, taking place October 27–28 in New York City, will explore the intersection of food and health. Our speakers and panelists will discuss the myriad ways in which food supports personal and public health; fails to deliver on the promise of better health; and both drives and responds to other cultural forces in America today.

 

In anticipation of this two-day event, we're holding Health Month here on the JBF blog. In the post below, we continue our extended interview series with actor and activist... Read more >

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Interview with Wendell Pierce, Part One: Why Food Deserts?

 

Although he’s best known for roles on hit television shows like The Wire and Treme, actor Wendell Pierce is also a dedicated food and community advocate in his hometown of New Orleans. Ponchartrain Park was designated one of the fastest growing neighborhoods post-Hurricane Katrina, thanks in no small part to Pierce’s nonprofit organization, and his grocery business, Sterling Farms, has expanded across the South to provide fresh food to underserved areas. In the first part of our extended interview, Pierce shares his motivation for taking on the difficult issue of food access.

 

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JBF: You started off with a focus on rebuilding your neighborhood of Ponchartrain Park after Katrina. Were you thinking about food access then? Or did it come later?

 

WP: Absolutely not. Wasn’t thinking about it at all, wasn’t conscious of it to any degree... Read more >

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Interview with Donald Link of Pêche

Donald Link

 

The winner of this year's Best New Restaurant award, Pêche is the latest project from New Orleans–based chef Donald Link, who also runs the acclaimed Cochon, Cochon Butcher, and Herbsaint. On top of his culinary talent and business acumen, Link is a passionate champion of Gulf Coast and Southern foodways. Below, Link discusses his ties to local producers, the current state of New Orleans dining, and what's next for Pêche. 

 

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JBF: It's obviously been a big year for Pêche. What's your vision for the restaurant in its second year?

 

DL: We plan on continuing in the same style as before: to keep searching out the best seafood the Gulf Coast has to offer. A lot of doors have opened up in the world... Read more >

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