Coming Soon: "America's First Foodie"

 

Dean of American Cookery. Father of American Cuisine. James Beard collected many nicknames as he paved the way for this country's modern culinary movement. Thanks to a forthcoming feature-length documentary about his extraordinary life and legacy, he's acquired yet another: America's First Foodie.

 

Featuring interviews with Judith Jones, Ruth Reichl, Jonathan Waxman, and other luminaries, America's First Foodie chronicles Beard's life and enduring influence, from his upbringing in Portland, Oregon, to the chefs whose work embodies the ideals that he pioneered until his death in 1985. Here's a great trailer for the film:

 

 

America's First Foodie is relying on donations to finance production, marketing, and other costs. You can give the film your support... Read more >

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Food in Film: Gourmets

From food fights to fava beans and a nice Chianti, here are some more memorable food scenes.

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Food in Film: Passion

Take a look at some steamy love scenes starring food.

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Food in Film: Family

Some of our favorite moments in food and film happen around the family table.

 

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A Chef, an Actor, a Restaurant Critic, a Food Stylist, and a Professor Walk into the Beard House: A Roundtable Discussion on Food and Film

 

The making of the timpano in Big Night. The edge-of-your-seat ending of Kings of Pastry. The food-as-foreplay scene in Tom Jones. As a prop, a plot device, and, more recently, the main subject, food has long played a pivotal role in some of our favorite cinematic experiences (not all of them appetizing: La Grande Bouffe, anyone?).

 

To gain insight into this cultural intersection in anticipation of the film-focused 2013 Beard Awards, our own Mitchell Davis moderated a lively roundtable discussion in the Beard House boardroom between actor and JBF Awards host Oliver Platt, New York magazine restaurant critic (and Oliver’s brother) Adam Platt, chef and film buff Paul Liebrandt, film food stylist and former Martha Stewart Living food editorial director Susan Spungen, and New School food studies professor Fabio Parasecoli.

 

Over the course of several hours—and an excellent dinner prepared by Philly-based chef Joe Cicala—the group discussed... Read more >

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Food in Film: Opening Video

Welcome to the 2013 Beard Awards! This year's theme is Lights! Camera! Taste!: Spotlight on Food & Film. Here are some of our favorite cinematic food moments.

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Ask a Chef: Movie Munchies

 

We asked some of our past JBF Rising Star Chef award winners and nominees what they like to snack on when they’re at the movies. While many stick to the classic buttery, salty popcorn, here are some other options to try if you want to mix it up next time you hit the theater—or curl up on the couch.

 

Marcus Samuelsson
Red Rooster, NYC

“I love a good salty snack when I’m watching movies. Either plain salted peanuts or there’s also a mix of Ethiopian peanuts and barley that is especially satisfying."

 

Gabriel Rucker
Le Pigeon, Portland, OR

“Sour Patch Kids.”

 

Allison Vines-Rusing
MiLa, New Orleans

“Truffled popcorn.”

 

Todd English
Olives, NYC

“Peanut M&Ms.”

 

Michael Mina
Michael Mina, San Francisco

“I love roasted cashews, almonds, and peanuts. And a bowl of salted-caramel popcorn always goes perfectly with a movie!”... Read more >

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Q & A with Beasts of the Southern Wild Producer Josh Penn

Producer Josh Penn explains the use of food sysmbolism in his film, Beasts of the Southern Wild

 

It doesn’t have its own category on the awards circuit, but food often plays a prominent role in the layers of a film. We talked with Josh Penn, a producer of the 2013 Oscar-nominated indie film Beasts of the Southern Wild, to learn more about how food can be a defining instrument on the silver screen.

 

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JBF: Food is often woven throughout the stories we see on the screen. Why do you think it’s such a successful symbolic device in film?

 

Josh Penn: Food carries a lot of cultural and societal indications; it’s at the forefront of most cultures, in general, so you can demonstrate a lot about people and their backgrounds by showing what they eat and how they eat it. It can mark an individual’s place in society, socioeconomic status, and... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Theme and Hosts Announced

The 2013 James Beard Awards

 

The Awards news just keeps on coming. Today we're excited to announce the theme of the 2013 Beard Awards: Lights! Camera! Taste! Spotlight on Food & Film. In homage to the role that food has played on the silver screen, we'll be highlighting iconic culinary scenes in cinema throughout our Awards festivities. We've also asked the chefs who are cooking at this year's reception to create dishes inspired by a favorite food moment in a movie.  

 

In hosting news, we've tapped Ted Allen to emcee the Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Dinner on Friday, May 3; award–winning actor Stanley Tucci will assume hosting duties at our Lincoln Center gala on Monday, May 6.

 

Read the full press release.

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