James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Los Angeles Recap

James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Los Angeles

 

In addition to New York City, our fourth weekend of James Beard Foundation's Taste America® made a stop in the dynamic city of Los Angeles. On Friday we enjoyed a spectacular meal prepared by local James Beard Award winners and Taste America All-Star Rick Bayless. We spent the next day at Sur La Table, watching cooking demonstrations by Bayless and Top Chef's Fabio Viviani and tasting samples from Bling Bling Dumpling, Coffee Commissary, Nary Dairy, and Mills + Company. 

 

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all our LA participants! And stay tuned: the Taste America tour has one weekend left!

 

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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Los Angeles

James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Los Angeles

 

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

 

On Friday, October 11, we're kicking off the festivities at Union Station with "Food Trucks with the Foundation", a showcase of LA's best authentic Mexican and gourmet trucks, with beers from local breweries to wash it all down. After the reception, Taste America All-Star Rick Bayless will join some of LA's most groundbreaking chefs (full lineup is here) for a five-course meal inside the station. 

 

On Saturday, we'll be at the Farmers Market location of Sur La Table for a day of free cooking demos and local product tastings... Read more >

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Recipes from the Best of Best: Rick Bayless's Margaritas

Rick Bayless's recipe for margaritas

 

For Cinco de Mayo's indispensable boozy accessory, we're turning to margarita authority Rick Bayless, who won our Outstanding Chef award in 1995. When he's shaking up a round of his classic margaritas, Bayless favors the crystalline silver variety of tequila, which has a distinct but clean flavor that shines in mixed drinks. Get the recipe here. 

 

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JBF has recently released The James Beard Foundation’s Best of the Best: A 25th Anniversary Celebration of America’s Outstanding Chefs. This must-have book features delicious, signature recipes from every winner of the Foundation’s Outstanding Chef Award. When we went to press, space required that we omit some surplus essays and... Read more >

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Recipes from the Best of the Best: Rick Bayless's Tortilla Soup



Rick Bayless, who won our Outstanding Chef Award in 1995, uses the earthy, smoldering heat of the pasilla chilies to build the foundation of flavor in his take on Mexican tortilla soup. First the dried pepper is blended with tomatoes and sautéed onions and garlic; the resulting purée goes in a hot pan, where it cooks down to a concentrated, sweet paste. After the addition of two quarts of chicken broth and a quick simmer, the soup is done, ready to be piled high with shredded cheese, chunky avocado, and tortilla shards for a filling meal. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe: Grilled Rack of Lamb with Honey–Pasilla Glaze

Slender and dark, the mild pasilla chile is the dried descendent of the chilaca pepper. Mexican chefs treasure its earthy flavor and soft heat, sprinkling it in stews, moles, and sauces for meat dishes. For his delicious grilled rack of lamb, JBF Award winner Rick Bayless toasts and blends the chilies with honey and spices to produce a glossy and brightly flavored marinade.

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Apron Anxiety: Rick Bayless

Rick seems shy. He says he kind of misses "just working" rather than "the fame stuff" that came with winning Top Chef Masters. He also says that of all the Outstanding Chef nominees, José Andrés would be the most fun to sit and get drunk with. "Maybe too much fun."

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Shup Up, Foodies: Death by Rick Bayless

Rick Bayless is in the press room! Dying. -Meatball

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Q & A: Rick Bayless

Rick Bayless

Tonight we'll be tuning in to the premiere of Bravo's Top Chef Masters to root for all the contestants who are JBF Award winners or nominees. Among them is Rick Bayless, whose restaurant, Frontera Grill, won the medal for Outstanding Restaurant in 2007. He's competing for his charity, Frontera Farmer Foundation, which supports small Midwestern farms that practice sustainability. We caught up with the Chicago-based chef at last year's JBF Awards gala, when the event's theme was "Artisanal America."

James Beard Foundation: What would you eat for your last meal on earth? Rick Bayless: Something in a tortilla for sure. JBF: What’s your earliest food memory? RB: Peeling peaches with my grandmother. JBF: What’s your favorite regional ingredient? ... Read more >

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