On the Menu: Week of November 30


Here’s what’s coming up at the James Beard House and around the country:


Tuesday, December 1, 7:00 P.M.

Basque Holiday

Atlanta hot spot Cooks & Soldiers draws its name from the annual Tamborrada festival in San Sebastián, where costumed locals march to the beat of drums and feast on Basque cuisine. Join us at the Beard House as Landon Thompson and John Castellucci transport guests to Spain for a sumptuous dinner sure to get your toes tapping.


Wednesday, December 2, 7:00 P.M.

East Meets West

After working his way through several high-end restaurants along the Pacific, chef Tin Vuong set his sights on BlackHouse Hospitality, where he now oversees the group’s ultra-hip cuisine. Join us for a taste of Little Sister’s European-inflected... Read more >

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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.


The main event, which took place at the... Read more >

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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.


For tickets and more information about the chefs and vendors appearing, check out jbftasteamerica.org.... Read more >

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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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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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Eye Candy: Tony Mantuano and Friends

Tony Mantuano and his Spiaggia crew pose for a photo with student volunteers from the French Culinary Institute and the Institute of Culinary Education in the Beard House kitchen. The chef, who will compete in the champions round of Top Chef Masters next month, prepared a dinner to celebrate Spiaggia's 26th year in the business. To see more photos from Mantuano's event, click here. Want to rub elbows with the best and brightest of the culinary world? Click here to find our student volunteer application.

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On the Menu: April 11 through April 17

Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Tuesday, April 13, 6:00 P.M. Friends of James Beard Benefit At Deseo, JBF Award winner Douglas Rodriguez has created a hybrid cuisine that combines Southwestern style with bold Latino flavors. For this year’s iteration of the Kierland Resort’s annual benefit, Rodriguez and his co-hosts have planned an incredible Italian-inspired dinner in support of the Beard Foundation. Tuesday, April 13, 7:00 P.M. Spiaggia’s 26th Anniversary Longevity is rare in the restaurant industry; lasting relevance, even rarer. But 26 years after Spiaggia redefined Italian

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On the Menu: Next Year in Food

Next Year in FoodTwo weeks ago we gave you our dining predictions for 2010—now it's time to hear from the real experts. We contacted chefs and restaurateurs like Drew Nieporent, Nancy Silverton, and Tony Mantuano to hear what they think is in store for the industry next year. Click here to find out what they told us.

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JBF Kitchen Cam