The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Rolls into Phoenix


This weekend the James Beard Foundation’s annual Taste America tour made a stop in Phoenix. For the third year running, JBF is traveling to ten cities from coast to coast to host exclusive fundraising dinners created by a visiting All-Star chef and a Local Star chef, along with cooking demos, artisanal tastings, and book signings.


The Phoenix festivities took place at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa, in the shadow of the breathtaking Camelback Mountain. The evening kicked off with a walk-around tasting reception featuring top chefs from the area, including Kevin Binkley (Binkley’s Restaurant Group); Matt Carter (Zinc Bistro); Rochelle... Read more >

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Eye Candy: Short Rib with Yukon Gold Potatoes, Glazed Cipollini Onions, Foie Gras, Quail Egg, and Figs

Photo by Tom Kirkman


From scoop to slice and growler to glass, the Upward Projects restaurants seem to have an answer for Phoenix diners’ every hunger pang. Recently, they quelled diners’ cravings for a sampling of the Southwest when they brought their talents to the Beard House this summer. With a menu full of drool-worthy dishes like ’nduja with burrata and fava beans to corn risotto with Andouille sausage, peas, and some of the largest, sweetest shrimp we’ve ever tasted, we were primed and ready to sample their culinary cornucopia.


One true highlight of the evening was their tender Arizona short rib with creamy Yukon gold potatoes, glazed cipollini onions, and decadent foie gras, all finished with a local quail egg and sweet figs. Nearly as gorgeous as it tasted, the dish was deeply satisfying, luxurious, and had us wondering what desires they’d conquer next... Read more >

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Q&A with JBF Taste America All-Star Michel Nischan


It’s hard to find a more passionate advocate for American cooking than JBF Award winner Michel Nischan. From his own career as a chef to the expansive efforts of his nonprofit Wholesome Wave, Nischan has worked tirelessly to increase access to fresh fruit and vegetables for Americans across the country. The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®, our ten-city epicurean tour, is stopping off in Phoenix this weekend, where Nischan will promote his ethos of local and regional agricultural appreciation with like minded fellow Beard Award winner Chris Bianco, as well as the cream of the crop of the Phoenix restaurant scene. Read on to discover Nischan’s tips on starting your own vegetable garden, his view on our growing Chefs Boot Camps for Policy and... Read more >

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Beard House Highlight: Whitefish Crudo with Citrus, Mango, Purslane, Pickled Fresno Chiles, and Chile Oil


Whitefish Crudo with Citrus, Mango, Purslane, Pickled Fresno Chiles, and Chile Oil / Phoenix Chowdown


Usually, when I hear that a dish contains whitefish, I immediately think of the creamy, smoky, fishy salad that my grandmother and mother love to schmear on a bagel—a spread that I've never embraced and have actively tried to avoid. But at Upward Projects's Beard House dinner last month, all thoughts of the intensely pungent Jewish staple of my childhood have been all but erased. Chris Newstrom, the talented chef at the helm of this Phoenix-based restaurant group, opened my eyes and my palate to the wonderful world of whitefish—this time reimagined as a late-summer crudo. Incredibly fresh and light, the... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Phoenix


The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national epicurean tour continues this weekend with three days of star-studded events in Phoenix, featuring Taste America All-Star and JBF Award-winner Michel Nischan and Local Star Chris Bianco. The celebrations begin on Thursday night with a Taste of Fox Restaurants Reception at Tempe hotspot Culinary Dropout. Friday night kicks off with a tasting reception from some of Phoenix's finest chefs, followed by an exclusive four-course dinner prepared by Nischan and Bianco. On Saturday the action moves to Sur La Table for cooking demos and book signings from Nischan and lauded chef and cookbook author ... Read more >

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Ask the Chefs: Chris Newstrom and Brent Karlicek of Phoenix's Upward Projects


From scoop to slice and growler to glass, the Upward Projects restaurants seem to have an answer for Phoenix diners’ every hunger pang. On August 20, chef Chris Newstrom and beverage director Brent Karlicek will bring their culinary cornucopia to the Beard House for a sampling of the Southwest. Read on to hear how Ben Franklin fits into their equation and why embracing local food has become a fixture in their restaurants.




Who’s been your biggest inspiration?

CN: I've had too many inspirations throughout my career to pick just one. I would say that always pushing yourself and being surrounded by great people is the key to being inspired.


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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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