JBF on the Air: Dave Arnold

Mixologist Dave Arnold on Taste Matters with Mitchell Davis

 

On this week's episode of Taste Matters, Dave Arnold, who presides over the forward-thinking mixology program at New York City's Booker and Dax, joined Mitchell Davis to discuss the true meaning of being a chef, mixologist, and food enthusiast. From finding inspiration in local ingredients to using high-tech equipment, chefs are inventing new dishes, techniques, and crafts to keep up with the rapidly expanding industry. Dave also explains how home cooks are evolving, as well—with the vast amount of information available online, people are learning to cook and bake through experimentation at home rather than from first-hand instruction. Listen below to learn more:

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Bar Wisdom: Beverage Classes Around the Country

James Beard Foundation senior editor Anna Mowry reports on beverage classes around the country

 

Bars have always been dependable places to unwind, enjoy a drink, and get some therapy (or even plot a revolution). But lately some watering holes, including the below semifinalists for our new Outstanding Bar Program award, are also offering their customers an education. Here's what you can learn at the following spots.

 

Anvil Bar & Refuge, Houston (anvilhouston.com)
Located in a remodeled, half-century-old tire store, this establishment is owned and operated by a trio of professed “cocktail freaks.” You can sense their enthusiasm through the generous offerings at the bar’s monthly classes: guests typically get to taste up to eight spirits and three cocktails per session.

 

Rivera, Los Angeles (riverarestaurant.com)... Read more >

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