James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Phoenix Recap

James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Phoenix

 

In addition to Boston, our final weekend of James Beard Foundation's Taste America® was spent in Phoenix. On Friday we enjoyed a spectacular meal prepared by local James Beard Award winners and Taste America All-Star Suzanne Goin. We spent the next day at Sur La Table, watching cooking demonstrations by Goin and Check, Please! Arizona's Robert McGrath, and also tasted samples from local artisans Steve's Wonder Mustard, Laura Gourmet, Tracy Dempsey Originals, and the Mix Up Bar. You can view images from the weekend's event here.

 

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all our Phoenix participants! And even more thanks to folks who... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Phoenix

James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Phoenix

 

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

 

On Friday, October 18, we're heading to the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa for "Best Chefs: Southwest", a multi-course dinner prepared by local James Beard Award winners and Taste America All-Star Suzanne Goin (full lineup is here). This very special evening will also include a silent auction and the announcement of the winners of the Sous Chef for a Day competition 

 

On Saturday, we'll be at the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall location of Sur La Table for a day of free cooking demos and local product tastings. Chef Goin will lead off with a... 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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On the Menu: October 10 through October 16

Guests enjoy dinner at the Beard House. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, October 10, 7:00 P.M. Sunday Supper Every Italian knows that there is no meal more special than the Sunday supper. For this familial feast, Food Network star Anne Burrell and Mark Ladner of NYC’s Del Posto will join forces with Cesare Casella of New York’s Salumeria Rosi to create an Italian feast that’s sure to rival grandma’s. Tuesday, October 12, 7:00 P.M. Artisanal Wine Dinner In a city known for culinary innovation, creative chef Shin Thompson does more than hold his own at Bonsoirée. Heralded as a “genius” in a recent three-star rave from the Chicago Tribune, Thompson is returning to the Beard House with another thrilling menu of

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Eye Candy: Salame

Assorted salame A stack of housemade salame sits in the Beard House kitchen during the reception before Gregory LaPrad and Anthony Andiario's Beard House dinner in early July. LaPrad and Andiario have received rave reviews for their cooking at Quiessence, a temple to seasonal and local cuisine in the Arizona desert. See more photos of the event here.

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On the Menu: July 4 through July 10

Guests mingle in the Beard House. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Wednesday. July 7, 7:00 P.M. Handcrafted American Unilaterally declared “the best restaurant in Phoenix” by Elan Head of Phoenix magazine, Quiessence has come into its own under the direction of chef Gregory LaPrad, who rewrites the farm-inspired menu daily to highlight local ingredients. This dinner will also feature a selection of wines from the chef’s favorite Arizona winemakers. Thursday, July 8, 7:00 P.M. Waterside Italian For some teams, a winning streak lasts a couple of months; the lucky ones hang on for a few seasons. But the partnership between Andy Nusser, Mario Batali, and Joe Bastianich—of Babbo and Casa Mono fame—has been going strong for

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Worth Waiting For: Pizzeria Bianco

Pizzeria Bianco

To the despair of pizza lovers in Phoenix and beyond, Pizzeria Bianco's Chris Bianco recently revealed that he has stepped away from his flour and ovens due to health concerns. While the Neapolitan-style pies at his legendary restaurant may no longer bear his own touch, the JBF Award winner is staying active in the front of the house, ensuring that every pizza meets his exacting standards. If they're even half as magical as what JBF vice president Mitchell Davis waited three hours to taste in 2008, we know we can rest easy.

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Recipe: Chocolate–Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Ganache

Chocolate–Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Ganache When we shared a lovely photo of a savory pumpkin soufflé yesterday, you guys went gaga over it, so we're delivering even more of what you crave with this warm, soulful cake recipe from Kaushik Chowdury of the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix. We're certain that you'll find it irresistible. Just make sure you use pumpkin purée instead of sweetened pumpkin pie filling—otherwise you'll have a cloying cake on your hands.

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