Q & A with JBF Award Nominee Ken Forkish

Elena North-Kelly interviews Ken Forkish of Ken's Artisan Bakery in Portland

 

Most Pacific Northwest epicureans are familiar with the creative, crave-worthy baked goods at Ken's Artisan Bakery in Portland. They may not, however, know that the bakery’s owner (and 2013 Outstanding Pastry Chef award nominee), Ken Forkish, had a twenty-year career in the tech industry before trading in his suit and tie for an apron. Read on to learn about his JBF Award–nominated cookbook, favorite local eateries, and his early-onset obsession with doughnuts.

 

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JBF Trip Planner: Portland, Maine

The oyster menu at Eventide in Portland, Maine

 

If you’re anything like us, the first thing you do when planning a trip—perhaps even before booking a plane ticket—is figure out where you’re going to eat while you’re there. Museums, sightseeing, and shopping are all well and good, but food is often the main attraction. To make trip planning a little easier, we’re compiling lists of our can’t-miss pit stops in some of our favorite places. JBF Award winners, hole-in-the-wall favorites, America’s Classics, and one-hit wonders—we’ll give you a quick rundown of our absolute must-eats in each featured location.

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Low-key Portland, Maine, has quietly become a culinary powerhouse, with Japanese noodle joints, cheeky oyster bars, and artisanal gelato shops headlining the small city's impressive array of edible... Read more >

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On the Menu: Portland Panache

Chris Carriker While the Gilt Club brings a rare touch of glamour to the famously laid-back city of Portland, its food hits all the right notes for the community’s discerning locavores. Chef Chris Carriker will make his James Beard House debut this Saturday and there are still seats for the taking. Take a look at his menu of French-inflected Northwest cuisine below, then click here to make your reservation. Hors d’Oeuvre Foie Gras Terrine with Shortbread, Quince, and Sauternes Gelée Pheasant Boudin Blanc with Housemade Prune–Port Mustard Spring Chinook Salmon with Housemade Lardo and Smoked Salmon Caviar Oregon Elk Tartare and Quail Egg Toasts with Crispy Shallots and Shaved Black Truffles Pairing: Firesteed Riesling 2008 Dinner Housemade Charcuterie

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Awards Watch: Final Nominees Announced

medallion After Sunday night's fantastic Beard in Oregon tasting event and rockin' afterparties at Clyde Common and the Ace Hotel, the James Beard Award nominees were finally unveiled yesterday at the Oregon Culinary Institute. In case you weren't parked in front of our busy Twitter page, you can get the full list of finalists at jbfawards.com. Next stop: Lincoln Center!

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On the Menu: August 29 through September 4

Guests enjoy dinner at the Beard House. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Tuesday, August 31, 7:00 P.M. Mediterranean Reflection The carefully curated menu at Adrian Richardson’s La Luna Bistro in Melbourne, Australia, reflects the chef’s Mediterranean heritage as well as his restraint and precision. Though his popular cooking show has made him a national celebrity, Richardson says he’s still most comfortable in the kitchen. September–October 2010 Greenhouse Gallery: Mushrooms Gloria Cunnick’s “Mushrooms” series evokes the mysterious and magical nature of fungi. With a BFA from Long Island University, Cunnick has shown her work in local, national, and international settings, and has been mentioned in the New York Times,

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On the Menu: August 15 through August 21

Guests enjoy dinner in the Beard House dining room. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, August 16, 7:00 P.M. American Artisan Dinner At their beloved cheese shop and bistro in Providence, Matt and Kate Jennings serve diligently sourced, honest, handmade food inspired by the seasons and their New England setting. The talented chefs conceived this exquisite dinner as an ode to American artisanal dairy products, which will be featured in each course. Tuesday, August 17, 7:00 P.M. Italian Gem Though some New Yorkers have a policy against eating anywhere north of 23rd Street, the Upper East Side’s Spigolo, which received two stars from Times critic Frank Bruni, has convinced many a

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Food Matters: How Beard Put Oregon on the Map

James BeardProduced by Oregon Public Broadcasting, A Cuisine of Our Own examines the life of James Beard and his impact on cooking in his native Portland, Oregon, and the rest of America. Championing fresh, quality ingredients in the heyday of TV dinners, Beard laid the foundations for today's farm-to-table movement. Featuring interviews with Pacific Northwest–based historians, food writers, and chefs, this documentary proves that the spirit of the dean of American cookery is alive and well in Portland, where the community continues to embrace his approach to local, seasonal cuisine. Watch the full video online here.

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Happy Birthday, Mr. Beard

Beard at his desk If alive today, Jim Beard would be celebrating his 106th birthday. We’re more than happy to carry on the celebration, and the excitement of the annual Beard Awards makes for a pretty great birthday party. As a child Beard would always celebrate his special day with an enormous picnic at the Oaks, a Portland amusement park. There were tongue and ham sandwiches, salads, and relishes, and a giant coconut cake. In Beard’s memoir he proclaimed these outings “the most successful birthday party of the whole year, because of the good food and the excitement of the park.” Our friends at Culinate.com have written a lovely piece in honor of Beard’s birthday filled with remembrances from a number of Portlanders. Happy Birthday, Mr. Beard Portlanders celebrate James Beard By Kim Carlson May 5, 2009

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