The Southern Food New York Needs, According to Chef Matthew Bell


Southern-inspired fare is all the rage in New York City these days, but Matthew Bell, the chef at South on Main in Little Rock, Arkansas, will bring his interpretation to a special dinner at the James Beard House tonightWe caught up with the chef to learn where he eats on every visit to the big Apple, who he wants to grab dinner with while he's in town, and what Southern food he thinks NYC needs.


What is your favorite place to eat in New York, and what do you order there?
Matthew Bell: I only get to New York every so often from Little Rock so I always like to try new places—or classics I have never been to. The one place that seems to get me every time I am in town is... Read more >

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What We're Reading: September 8, 2014


Not into your beer? You may be using the wrong glass. [Edible Manhattan


The story behind a Southern staple: the history of pimento cheese. [Serious Eats


Widespread changes are on the menu at NYC’s first vegetarian elementary school. [Food Network


Leading food advocates weigh in on the low-carb vs. low-fat debate. [... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Southern Flavors & Foodways


On yesterday's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis hosted a variety of Southern food experts: Todd L. Richards, executive chef at the Shed at Glenwood in Atlanta; Katie Button, chef/owner at Cúrate in Asheville, NC; and the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival's COO Elizabeth Feichter and CEO Dominique Love. Learn about how diners define Southern fare, race and gender in the Southern food scene, and common misconceptions about Southern cuisine below:


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On the Menu: June 13 through June 19

Beard House Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Monday, June 14, 7:00 P.M. Willamette Wine Country Dinner Inspired by the restored Victorian home in which it is housed, the Painted Lady restaurant seamlessly melds timeless techniques with stunning modern flourishes. Join chef and co-owner Allen Routt and vintner Josh Bergström of Bergström Wines for an inspired menu showcasing the food and wines of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Tuesday, June 15, 7:00 P.M. Seasoned in the South Described as “sacred ground for Southern foodies” by Bryan Miller in the New York Times, Crook’s Corner is a Chapel Hill institution known as the place

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The Bookshelf: The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern: Knockout Dishes with Down-Home Flavor

Simple Fresh Southern After winning the 2007 JBF Award for Cookbook of the Year for the Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook, Matt and Ted Lee have returned with Simple, Fresh, Southern: Knockout Dishes with Down-Home Flavor, a compilation of unfussy recipes for the busy cook. We invited the Lee Brothers to discuss their new title and Southern cuisine at last week's Beard on Books. When developing recipes for Simple, Fresh Southern, Matt and Ted found inspiration in their sprawling cookbook collection. Certain concepts emerged from serious meditation on a single ingredient, like buttermilk; others, like pimento cheese potato gratin and mint julep panna cotta, “hit like a thundercloud." Simple, Fresh Southern finds its balance between Southern food homage and the Lee brothers

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JBF Kitchen Cam