Throwback Thursday: All-Star Chefs Inspire through JBF Taste America



The James Beard Foundation’s annual Taste America tour assembles an all-star panel of celebrity chefs to travel cross-country for unique dining events, cooking demonstrations, and artisanal tastings. This week’s Throwback Thursday highlights a video from JBF Taste America 2013, where some of the nation’s top toques collaborated on exclusive, one-night-only tasting menus, bringing their passions and talents to eager epicureans across the country. This year’s celebration will take place September 18 through November 7 with an inspiring all-star roster of gifted chefs, including JBF Award winners Art Smith in Charleston, April Bloomfield in New Orleans, Tony Mantuano in San Francisco, Hugh Acheson in Los Angeles, and more. Click here for more event information or to reserve tickets for Taste America 2015. As Emmy Award winner Carla Hall put it: “When I think of Taste America, I think of getting to know people through their food”—don... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Mr. Beard's Citrus Cooler

Mr. Beard's Citrus Cooler


It’s Friday afternoon, which means you officially made it through another week! Celebrate this weekend's Summer Solstice with our latest Happy Hour cocktail, Mr. Beard’s Citrus Cooler. This recipe comes care of Beard House staff member Victoria Jordan-Rodriguez, who has been making a version of the drink every summer for years. “The base is strong,” she explained, “but the Perrier really lightens it up. And if you don’t add the soda water, the base can be made in the morning and marinate until you want to drink it. Mr. Beard didn’t make this recipe, but I like to think that he would have enjoyed it!"


We sampled Victoria’s refreshing cocktail this past week at the launch party for JBF’s Taste America®, where it was a hit with the All-Star chefs and guests alike. It’s the perfect balance of acidity and sweetness, so mix up an entire pitcher’s worth. Tomorrow... Read more >

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Announcing the Taste America Local Dish Challenge

The James Beard Foundation's Taste America Local Dish Challenge


Earlier this summer, we announced our upcoming Taste America Local Dish promotion, a national fundraiser for our educational programming and initiatives. Getting involved is easy: just visit a participating restaurant and order its official Local Dish. A dollar from every dish sold will be donated to JBF's Taste America Education Drive. 


But it doesn't stop there. We decided that Local Dish needed a little competitive spirit, so today we're unveiling the Taste America Local Dish Challenge. How it works: when you order a Local Dish at a participating restaurant, snap it on your phone and upload it to Instagram, tagging your image with #JBFTasteAmerica and a hashtag for your city. At the end of the two-month-... Read more >

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Taste America Tickets on Sale Now!

The James Beard Foundation's Taste America


Tickets for James Beard Foundation's Taste America®, our cross-country food festival, are now on sale! Presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred® Visa Signature®, this ten-city tour will take place from September 20 through October 19, and will feature exclusive dining events headlined by our Taste America All-Stars and a team of local celebrated chefs, free cooking demonstrations at Sur La Table stores, and much more. Be sure to check out the festival's schedule of events to see what's happening in your area.




The James Beard Foundation would like to... Read more >

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Letter from the President: Taste America

James Beard Foundation's Taste America


James Beard was an educator, prolific cookbook author, pioneering television personality, and a promoter of American cuisine long before “farm-to-table” and “American regional cooking” were part of our culinary lexicon. He was a tireless traveler, bringing his endorsement of good food and recipes prepared with fresh, wholesome American ingredients, to a country just becoming aware of its own culinary heritage.


As a tribute to his legacy, this fall we are taking our Foundation on the road for a national culinary festival, Taste America. With the help of our presenting sponsor, Chase Sapphire Preferred® Visa Signature, we’ll be stopping in ten cities: Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.


Joining us will be a team of Taste America All-Stars led... Read more >

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