James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Chicago

 

This weekend James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®, our national epicurean tour, stops in Chicago, the future home of the 2015 James Beard Awards. We’ve got two days of food-filled exclusive events featuring Taste America All-Star and James Beard Award Winner Grant Achatz, and local star and James Beard Award Winner Sean Brock. Friday night kicks off with a tasting reception from a stunning lineup of JBF Award winners from the Windy City, followed by an exclusive dinner prepared by Achatz and Brock. Saturday the action moves to Sur La Table, for cooking demos and book signings from Achatz and JBF Award Winner Tony Mantuano and Cathy Mantuano, and free tastings from local vendors Publican Quality Meats and Little... Read more >

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Interview with Outstanding Chef Award Nominee Sean Brock

Sean Brock is a nominee for the 2014 James Beard Award for Oustanding Chef

 

For the second year in a row, the well-rounded Sean Brock, whose obsessions stretch from fine-tuning burgers and fried chicken to resurrecting heirloom seeds and studying Senegalese cookery, is nominated for the JBF Award for Outstanding Chef. Below, Brock tells us about his sprawling cookbook, an upcoming Charleston concept, and much more.

 

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JBF: Let's start with a subject that's near and dear to your heart: burgers. You do such an admired one at Husk. What are some other chef-driven burgers that have you have tried and really loved?

 

SB: For me, burgers are an enormous passion. But anything that's an icon like that is going to result in some really bad versions of it. For every ten bad ones, there's a half-good one. People try to do too much to it. You have to keep it simple. So, my favorite burgers? The one at... Read more >

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Sponsored Post: Fly Delta Innovation Class with JBF Award Winner Sean Brock

Delta Innovation Class

 

When you fly Delta, the official airline of the James Beard Awards, you can count on world-class service, a wide spectrum of in-flight entertainment, and so much more. But what about a smart and engaging seatmate? Turns out you can have that, too.

 

Introducing Delta Innovation Class, a mentoring program at 35,000 feet. For this one-of-a-kind experience, the airline is flying forward-thinking leaders to events around the world. They’re also giving you a chance to tag along. 

 

What does this have to do with JBF? One of the Delta Innovation Class destinations is the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards on Monday, May 5, in New York City. The passenger flying there? 2014 ... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Las Vegas Recap

James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Las Vegas

 

Our second weekend of James Beard Foundation's Taste America® also made a stop in Las Vegas. On Saturday we went to Sur la Table to see cooking demonstrations by Taste America All-Star Masaharu Morimoto (who also showed off his vocal talent) and JBF Award–winning pastry chef François Payard. Later that night we headed to the main pool at the Mirage for a walk-around tasting of food and drink prepared by local James Beard Award winners and other Sin City talent. Check out photos from the evening here.

 

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all our Las Vegas participants! And don't forget: Taste America is stopping in... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Washington, D.C. Recap

James Beard Foundation's Taste America®

 

The second weekend of James Beard Foundation's Taste America® is in the books! Last Friday our team headed to our nation's capital, where we enjoyed a spectacular meal prepared by local James Beard Award winners and other top D.C.-area chefs. On Saturday we went to Sur la Table to see cooking demonstrations by Taste America All-Star Sean Brock and dumpling maker extraordinaire Scott Drewno of the Source.

 

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all our Washington, D.C. participants! And don't forget: Taste America is stopping in plenty of other cities soon.

 

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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Washington, D.C.

James Beard Foundation's Taste America®

 

Now in full swing, James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® continues its cross-country tour this coming weekend. Here's a preview of what’s happening in Washington, D.C., one of the two cities that are on deck.

 

On Friday, September 27, Taste America All-Star and JBF Award winner Sean Brock is joining some of the capital’s best chefs for a fabulous night of food at the Italian Embassy. This very special evening will include live and silent auctions and will honor Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, former United States Chief of Protocol, for her leadership of the Culinary Diplomacy Program. Veteran political strategist, author, educator, and syndicated newspaper columnist Donna Brazile will emcee the festivities.

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Food Trends to Watch for in 2012

Andy Ricker and Sean Brock


Predicting food trends is an inexact science (though some people are actually paid to do it). At any rate, here’s our stab at what we suspect will be crossing our plates in 2012.

Locavorism, Redefined
Taking his lead from the Cook it Raw crew, Charleston’s Sean Brock is striving to revive the cooking of the South's antebellum period, teaming up with foragers and historians to rescue heirlooms from obscurity or extinction. We’re hopeful... Read more >

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