Dining + Design: A Conversation with Blue Hill about Narrative and Managing Expectations

Dan Barber, Mitchell Davis, Laureen Barber, Susan Ungaro, Peter Guzy, and Fabio Parasecoli (Photo by Clay Williams)

 

 

JBF Award winning chef Dan Barber, his sister-in-law and Blue Hill creative director, Laureen Barber, and JBF Award–nominated architect Peter Guzy gathered at the New School on April 22 for a conversation about the relationship between dining and design. Moderated by myself, the conversation was the first installment of Dining + Design, a joint series between the James Beard Foundation and the New School. (You can watch the panel on the New School's food site, Inquisitive Eater.) Guzy, who designed both the diminutive original Blue Hill on Washington Place in Manhattan and the stately Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Westchester County's Pocantico Hills, explained how the successful... Read more >

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Test Your Eat-Q: Restaurant Design

 

Design often plays a subtle role in the dining experience, but sometimes a physical feature of a restaurant can be even more memorable than your meal. Test your knowledge of unusual restaurant design by taking our latest Eat-Q test.

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Dining by Design: Exploring an Often Unsung Ingredient in a Memorable Meal

San Francisco's Bar Agricole, designed by Joshua Aidlin and David Darling

For more information on the James Beard Foundation's Dining+Design series of conversations between chefs and architects at The New School and a complete schedule, click here.

 

Edison lightbulbs. Communal tables. Open kitchens. Restaurant design trends come and go, but in the 15 years since the James Beard Foundation began recognizing outstanding restaurant design, ambience has become an essential element of the dining experience.

 

Reflect upon your favorite meal of the past year: whether it involved impeccable flatware, plush upholstery, perfectly balanced acoustics, or regional authenticity, the design and overall ambience are likely to have played a starring, albeit subtle, role in the memory.

 

The heightened role of design within... Read more >

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