Tony Mantuano and Michael Tusk Team Up for an Italian Feast at the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® in San Francisco

JBF Award–winning chefs join forces with local top toques for an indulgent weekend of Italian-inspired fare. 


“If these old-school kitchens had a voice, wouldn’t it be fascinating to hear what they had to say?”—JBF Award winner Shelley Lindgren


This weekend the James Beard Foundation brought its annual Taste America culinary tour to the vibrant city of San Francisco. For the third year in a row, the Foundation is traveling to ten cities across the country to host one-of-kind fundraising dinners highlighting local cuisine and headlined by a visiting All-Star chef and a Local Star chef, as well as cooking demos, artisanal tastings, and book signings.


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Q&A with JBF Taste America All-Star Tony Mantuano


JBF Award winner Tony Mantuano is the king of the Italian dining scene in Chicago. His flagship Spiaggia has drawn Windy City locals, celebrities, musicians, and politicians alike for over 30 years for its innovative yet reverent take on Italian cuisine. On October 23 and 24, Mantuano is bringing his Midwestern mastery to the Bay Area for our Taste America: San Francisco weekend of culinary events, including a collaborative dinner with fellow JBF Award winner and Local Star Michael Tusk. We spoke with Mantuano before his trip west about the food trends he’s sick of, how his sourcing has changed over the years, and why we should all reconsider British cuisine.... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: San Francisco


The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national epicurean tour continues this weekend with two days of star-studded events in San Francisco, featuring Taste America All-Star and JBF Award winner Tony Mantuano and Local Star Michael Tusk. Friday night kicks off with a tasting reception from some of San Francisco's finest, followed by an exclusive four-course dinner prepared by Mantuano and Tusk. On Saturday the action moves to Sur La Table for cooking demos and book signings from Mantuano and lauded chef Rocky Maselli.


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Throwback Thursday: Bitty Beard on the Move


We’re on the road again! Last week we kicked off the 2015 James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® tour, our national epicurean excursion to ten cities across the U.S. This Throwback Thursday, we’re placing a spotlight on our favorite travel companion, Bitty Beard, the pint-sized homage to our namesake with a full-sized globe-trotting addiction. Check him out on the shores of the San Francisco bay last year, and see where he’s off to in 2015 on Twitter through our #JBFTasteAmerica and #BittyBeard hashtags.


Want to meet Bitty Beard in person? Get tickets and more information here.

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Interview with Stuart Brioza of the Progress, Nominated for Best New Restaurant


San Francisco power duo Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski are no stranger to the James Beard Awards: in 2013, the pair took home our Best New Restaurant medallion for State Bird Provisions, and now, just two years later, they’re nominated in the same category for their newest concept, the Progress, located just next door. Read on for Stuart Brioza's insights on the restaurant's unique shared-plates format, its organic environs, and where he plans to chow down in Chicago.


JBF: We’ve been asking all of the chefs behind our Best New Restaurant nominees to tell us the stories behind the restaurants’ names. Can you share yours?


Stuart Brioza: ​The Progress was actually the name of the theater that our restaurant’s building was originally built as in 1911.

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: San Francisco


We’re down to the final stops of our national epicurean tour, James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®. This weekend we visit San Francisco for two days of star-studded events featuring Taste America All-Star and James Beard Award winner Paul Qui and local star and James Beard Award winner Michael Mina. Join us Friday night for a reception with dishes from some of the city’s hottest chefs, followed by a unique four-course menu prepared by Qui and Mina. On Saturday Qui will show off his technique with a cooking demo at Sur La Table, where you’ll also be able to sample local fare with a cooking demo and book signing from Lissa Doumani and Hiro Sone of Urchin Bistrot, and free tastings from artisan vendors Awesome Bars and Dandelion Chocolate.... Read more >

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What We're Reading: September 11, 2014


A far cry from Mister Softee: the acrobatics of Turkish ice cream. [MUNCHIES


NYC specialty food stores worth a visit. [USA Today


How Red Delicious claimed the top spot on produce shelves across the nation. [... Read more >

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Interview with Eric Johnson of Bar Agricole

Anna Mowry interviews Eric Johnson of Bar Agricole, a nominee for the 2014 James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program


At San Francisco’s Bar Agricole, ingredients are only used at peak condition and spirit producers are closely vetted. Even the bitters in the bar’s version of an Old Fashioned had to earn the team’s stamp of intensely discerning approval. We talked with Eric Johnson, bar manager and co-owner of this Outstanding Bar Program nominee, about his new spinoff, favorite watering holes, and more.  




JBF: How would you sum up Bar Agricole's approach to making drinks to someone who has never had one there? 


EJ: We are an ingredient-driven bar that uses traditional recipes as our inspiration. We look for spirits that have a sense of place and tradition in how they are made, without added flavors or colors to make them more appealing to the heavily commercial spirits market. A... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® San Francisco Recap

James Beard Foundation's Taste America® San Francisco


The third weekend of James Beard Foundation's Taste America® is a wrap! Last Friday our team headed to San Francisco, where we enjoyed a spectacular meal prepared by local James Beard Award winners and other top chefs from the Bay Area. On Saturday we went to Sur La Table to watch cooking demonstrations by Taste America All-Star Wylie Dufresne and JBF board chair and seasoned pastry chef Emily Luchetti. You can view images from Friday's spectacular dinner here


We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all our San Francisco participants! And don't forget: Taste America is still making stops in other... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® San Francisco

James Beard Foundation's Taste America®


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


On Friday, October 4, Taste America All-Star Wylie Dufresne will join an unrivaled crew of San Francisco chef talent, including a number of Beard Award winners (full lineup here), at the St. Regis Hotel. The team will collaborate on a menu of dishes inspired by a favorite James Beard story, inspiration, or dish. After dinner, guests will get to celebrate with the night's chefs at Sweet & Savory Indulgences: The After-Party, featuring bites from Outstanding Pastry Award winner Nicole Plue, Boulevard's Lisa Lu, and host chef Paul Piscopo.

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