JBF on the Air: Joshua Skenes


On this week's episode of Taste Matters, host Mitchell Davis welcomed Joshua Skenes, executive chef and co-owner of San Francisco's Michelin-starred Saison. Skenes talked about his quest for finding inspiration in flavors and textures, his holistic approach to cooking, and how to tap into the origin of each ingredient in a dish. Known for his innovative culinary technique, Skenes has garnered widespread acclaim on a national level, and was named one of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs of 2011. Want to know more about Saison and the food scene in San Francisco? Listen below!


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Q & A with Evan and Sarah Rich of the JBF Award–Nominated Rich Table

Evan and Sarch Rich of San Francisco's Rich Table


When Evan and Sarah Rich opened the doors at San Francisco’s Rich Table, they presented a refined sensibility gleaned from combined backgrounds at high-end restaurants like Bouley, Quince, and Michael Mina with a convivial, relaxed environment. We caught up with the husband-and-wife team behind the Best New Restaurant nominee to learn about the inspiration behind their concept, their favorite cookbooks, and the unusual recipe that launched a culinary career.




JBF: What is your favorite item on the menu at Rich Table right now?


Evan Rich: Asparagus with pork belly and sorrel. I love this dish because it really represents what we do here. At first glance, it seems very simple but there's a lot of complexity of flavor and texture—and a great deal of work that goes into both the preparation and the pickup of the dish. It was inspired by sweet-and-sour... Read more >

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Q & A with JBF Award Nominee Thomas McNaughton

JBF senior editor Anna Mowry interviews JBF Award nominee Thomas McNaughton


Thomas McNaughton’s universe has expanded considerably since we last spoke with him: he and his team have added Central Kitchen and Salumeria to their San Francisco restaurant family, and he’s also started working on a cookbook that’s based on his first venture, flour + water. Below, the three-time finalist for our Rising Star Chef of the Year award brings us up to speed on the state of Central Kitchen, tells us what we can expect to see in his book, and shares his expert advice on making pasta at home. 




JBF: When we interviewed you last year,... 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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