Art Smith, Mike Lata, and Charleston’s Best Chefs Cook Up a Southern Feast

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Hits Charleston

 

“I think the two of us can really make something delicious,” predicted chef Art Smith back in August of his upcoming dinner with James Beard Award–winning chef Mike Lata in Lata’s hometown of Charleston. This past weekend, the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America tour touched down in the Holy City and several hundred Charlestonian diners gathered at the Cedar Room at the newly renovated Cigar Factory to find out just how delicious a dinner by these two Southern chefs could be. 

 

The event was part of Taste America, which for the third year running, brings the James... Read more >

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Video: JBF Award Winner Art Smith on Charleston


James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® is stopping off next weekend in Charleston, SC! This national, ten-city epicurean tour celebrates the diverse and delicious spectrum of American cooking. Case in point: the nuances of Southern cooking as described by Taste America All-Star and JBF Award winner Art Smith in the video above. 

 

Get details about Taste America and buy tickets here. Follow the festivities on Twitter with #JBFTasteAmerica. You can also follow the adventures of #bittybeard, our portable homage to James Beard, as he travels around the country.

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Charleston

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national epicurean tour continues this weekend with two days of events in Charleston, featuring Taste America All-Star and JBF Award winner Art Smith and Local Star Mike Lata. Friday night kicks off with a tasting reception by some of Charleston's finest chefs, followed by an exclusive four-course dinner prepared by Smith and Lata. On Saturday the action moves to Le Creuset for cooking demos and book signings from Smith, along with free tastings from local vendor the Cocktail Club.

 

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

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Q&A with JBF Taste America All-Star Art Smith

 

We’re about to kick off the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®​ national tour, traveling from coast to coast to savor and sample the best of the country’s cuisine. It seems only fitting that JBF Award winner Art Smith is one of this year’s All-Star chefs, as his restaurants encompass various aspects of American cooking from the California-infused LYFE Kitchens to the down-home comfort fare of Table Fifty-Two. Smith will whip up a feast at our Taste America: Charleston stop alongside fellow Beard Award winner Mike Lata and a roster of other local talent. In anticipation of his dinner we caught up with the culinary icon to find out his recommendations for his hometown of Chicago, what he’s dying to eat in Charleston, and where the globe-trotting... Read more >

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Reel Food: Behind the Scenes at the Beard House with Charleston’s Nate Whiting

 

An equal-opportunity dining city, Charleston has everything from authentic Lowcountry fare to avant-garde tasting menus. Nate Whiting’s acclaimed cooking encompasses it all, offering creative, Southern-rooted dishes that “take diners on a delicious romp through modern cuisine,” as per the Charleston City Paper. At his recent Beard House dinner, Whiting did just that, serving an innovative tribute to Lowcountry flavors while incorporating whimsical and modern techniques. He riffed on fried chicken with buttermilk powder–dusted squab, and put his own spin on chicken and waffles with a poussin liver parfait served in miniature pizzelles. Watch the video above to go behind the scenes at his dinner, discover how he first became enamored with the culinary world, and learn about how his cooking philosophy has evolved along the way. 

 

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Eye Candy: Chilled Heirloom Tomato–Berry Soup with White Chocolate Parfait, African Blue Basil, and Red Ribbon Sorrel

 

An equal-opportunity dining city, Charleston has everything from authentic Lowcountry fare to avant-garde tasting menus. At Tristan, Nate Whiting’s acclaimed cooking encompasses it all, offering creative, Southern-rooted dishes that “take diners on a delicious romp through modern cuisine,” as per the Charleston City Paper. At his recent Beard House dinner, chef Whiting served this vibrant chilled heirloom tomato–berry soup with white chocolate parfait, African blue basil, and red ribbon sorrel as the first course. Staying in step with the color palette, the delightful soup was paired with a crisp, salmon-hued rosé. 

 

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Photos: Friends of James Beard Benefit in Charleston

 

By now you've probably heard all about last week's JBF Award nominee announcement in Charleston, South Carolina. But the excitement didn't stop there: after the reading of the names, we headed over to the historic Fort Moultrie for a Friends of James Beard Benefit, which was hosted by our partners at the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Patrick Properties, and the BB&T Charleston Wine & Food Festival. Sean Brock, Mike Lata, Robert Stehling, Craig Deihl, and other local powerhouses collaborated on a multi-course menu that paid tribute to Lowcountry cuisine. You can see more photos from this lovely event... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Next Week's Nominee Announcement

 

Let’s see: we’ve revealed the 2013 semifinalists, shared our latest batch of America’s Classics, and announced who’s hosting the ceremonies at Lincoln Center and Gotham Hall. What could be left to tell about this year’s James Beard Awards? Ah, yes: the final nominees!

 

To continue our annual tradition of unveiling the nominees in a vibrant food city, we’re bringing the Beard Awards show to Charleston on Monday, March 18. The announcement will take place at Lowndes Grove Plantation, and will begin at 11:30 AM... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Date and City Set for 2013 Nominee Announcement

 

Before everyone scurries off for summer's last hurrah, we have a bit of news: the 2013 James Beard Awards nominee announcement has been scheduled for March 13 in the great city of Charleston! What's more, our friends at the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival® and the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau will be hosting a Friends of James Beard Benefit fundraiser at Fort Moultrie in nearby Sullivan's Island, and you can bet that many of Charleston's finest chefs will be there. The announcement of nominees will also be streamed live exclusively at Eater.com. Read the full press release about the 2013 nominee announcement and the fundraiser here.

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