On This Day in JBF History: JBF Award Winner Maricel Presilla's Caribbean Christmas

 

Over its nearly three decades of existence, the James Beard Foundation has charted the ever-evolving progress of American cooking through the chefs it has welcomed to the Beard House kitchen and our national events. Menus and themes reveal the trends of yesteryear, the hot-button items (lava cake, endless truffles, fusion cuisine) that provide culinary carbon-dating. In our ongoing series, “On this Day in JBF History,” we fire up the DeLorean and spin the clock back to platings past, to note the tired tropes and the dishes we still find ourselves hungry for.

 

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On December 15, 1994, JBF Award winner Maricel Presilla presented a special Caribbean Christmas dinner to Beard House diners. The multiple nominee wouldn't claim her first medallion until 18 years later, but even in 1994 Presilla was an accomplished author, academic, television host, and chef. Now overseeing restaurants Cucharamama, Ultramarinos, and... Read more >

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Unique Gift Ideas for Food Lovers

 

Happy holidays from the James Beard Foundation! If you still have some fellow food lovers on your holiday shopping list, look no further: below is a one-stop shop of unique culinary gifts.

 

 

JBF GIFT CERTIFICATES

 

Give extraordinary dining experiences to your friends and family with James Beard House gift certificates. Dining certificates are available at any value for use toward all one-of-a-kind James Beard House events throughout the year. Purchase JBF gift certificates online or call 212.675.4984.

 

 

JBF GIFT MEMBERSHIPS

 

JBF memberships are available at all levels for the food enthusiasts on... Read more >

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Thanksgiving Recipe: Concord Grape Pie

 

Instead of the ubiquitous apple and pumpkin varieties, give this delicious Concord grape pie a whirl this year. This effortless recipe comes from James Beard himself: “In earlier times slip-skin grapes were commonly baked in pies like any other fruit,” he wrote in American Cookery. “Many people like to serve this pie with cheese—aged cheddar or a less flavorful cheese, such as cream cheese, Monterey jack, or one of the milder imported cheeses.” Defying tradition can be hard, but we feel strongly this one's worth it. Get the recipe.

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Happy Hour: Holiday Dessert Pairings (Part III)

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For those who are looking to make the holidays even merrier, we asked Bernie Sun, corporate beverage director of JBF Award winner Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurants, to suggest affordable wine pairings for the season’s classic desserts.

 

For our third installment, we asked Sun to recommend the perfect pairing for bread pudding​​​. His pick? Domaine de Durban... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Holiday Dessert Pairings (Part II)

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For those who are looking to make the holidays even merrier, we asked Bernie Sun, corporate beverage director of JBF Award winner Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurants, to suggest affordable wine pairings for the season’s classic desserts.

 

For our second installment, we asked Sun to recommend the perfect pairing for gingerbread cake or cookies​. His pick? Disznókó Tokaji Late Harvest 2011 ($22/500ml). "This special Hungarian sweet wine, made from botrytised Furmint... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Holiday Dessert Pairings (Part I)

red wine

 

For those who are looking to make the holidays even merrier, we asked Bernie Sun, corporate beverage director of JBF Award winner Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurants, to suggest affordable wine pairings for the season’s classic desserts. To start, we asked Sun to recommend the perfect pairing for a chocolate–peppermint ganache tart. His pick? Justin Obtuse Dessert Wine 2011 ($15). "Chocolate and mint are prized Cabernet flavors, and this late-harvest blend from California’s Central... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: The Beard House Latke Cookoff

 

The star is on the tree at Rockefeller Center, Salvation Army bells jingle on every corner, and the scent of pine needles permeates the streets of New York. But while everyone else is trimming their trees and decking their halls, the shorter days and yuletide decorations make us think of an old Beard House tradition—the Latke Cookoff. This annual event of amateurs and professionals ran from 1996 to 2001, and our own executive vice president Mitchell Davis won the inaugural potato playoffs. For this TBT, we’re featuring an artist’s rendering of Mitchell in his moment of victory, along with his winning recipe, which can also be found in his cookbook, The Mensch Chef. The secret to his spuds? His mother Sonny’s ratio of one onion for every two potatoes. And as everyone knows, you don’t argue with a Jewish mother. Check out the recipe here... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: November 28, 2014

 

Looking for way to cut down on your holiday food waste? Here are some tips on planning, preserving, and getting creative with your leftovers. [Ecocentric]

 

Native American food companies work to preserve the land and build business. [Civil Eats]

 

The U.K.’s “Bio-Bus”, which uses sewage and food waste as fuel, is taking to the streets. [Treehugger]

 

Chinese authorities have stopped accepting corn exports that contain a specific genetic modification. Now experts are questioning if the move is to protect consumers or to protect the market. [... Read more >

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Thanksgiving Recipe: Concord Grape Pie

Concord Grape Pie

 

As our favorite food holiday swiftly approaches (and unavoidable procrastination persists), we find ourselves constantly reaching into our recipe collection for inspiration. Looking for something new to whip up this year? Whether it's new twists on old favorites or quintessential classics, we've got all your Thanksgiving needs covered. From now until the big T-day, stay tuned for great dishes to wow your guests with this holiday—we'll be posting every day!

 

Instead of the ubiquitous apple and pumpkin varieties, give this delicious Concord grape pie a whirl this year. This effortless recipe comes from James Beard himself: “In earlier times slip-skin grapes were commonly baked in pies like any other fruit,” he wrote in American Cookery. “Many people like to serve this pie with cheese—aged cheddar or a less flavorful cheese, such as cream cheese, Monterey jack, or one of the milder imported cheeses.” Defying tradition can be hard, but we feel... Read more >

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