Hit Me with Your Best Choc: JBF Award Winner Emily Luchetti's Chocolate Layer Cake

"You can have your molten lava cake; you can have your chocolate soufflé; just give me a classic, really, really delicious, moist, loaded-with-frosting chocolate layer cake, and that's all I need." Coming from a pastry guru like JBF Award winner Emily Luchetti, that's saying something. In her lauded career, Luchetti has worked at some of the most glitzy San Francisco restaurants (Farallon, Waterbar)—and she's now the chief pastry officer at the uber-popular Marlowe, ... Read more >

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The Mindy Project: JBF Award Winner Mindy Segal Riffs on PB&J


Irwin Segal was a jazz guy back in the day. He played the upright bass and the accordion, and he hung out at Rick's American Cafe in Chicago, sipping vodka on the rocks and soaking in Tito Puente's hip-swinging tunes. And he often brought along his daughter, James Beard Award–winning pastry chef and chef/owner of beloved Mindy's HotChocolate in Chicago, Mindy Segal. "With their riffs and scatting, these Latin jazz stars were the kings of improvisation," Segal recollects in her new cookbook, Cookie Love. "Their brains seemed to be wired the same way as mine." Take, for example, her twist on the classic sandwich straight out of your elementary school lunch box memories—the simple, squishy peanut butter and jelly we all know, and... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of April 13

Photo by Mitzi Morris


Here's what's happening on the Beard House calendar this week: 


Tuesday, April 15, 6:00 P.M. 
Second-Night Passover Seder
If last Passover you promised, “Next year at the Beard House,” here’s your chance to make good. We’ll be gathering for our now-annual second-night seder, hosted by the never-boring Billy Harris and the brightest stars of the new-Jewish food world, who have designed a meal that will give your Bubbie’s brisket a run for its money.


Wednesday, April 16, 7:00 P.M. 
Heading South
Now that a quality meal is within reach at many... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: The James Beard Awards

Emily Luchetti on Taste Matters


On yesterday's episode of Taste Matters, guest host and JBF's director of house programming Izabela Wojcik discussed desserts and the James Beard Awards with two-time JBF Award winner and our current Board of Trustees chair, Emily Luchetti. Listen below to learn about the road to prestige as a pastry chef, the JBF Awards process from the perspective of both a voter and winner, and how our dessert culture is evolving:



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Q & A with JBF Award Nominee Ken Forkish

Elena North-Kelly interviews Ken Forkish of Ken's Artisan Bakery in Portland


Most Pacific Northwest epicureans are familiar with the creative, crave-worthy baked goods at Ken's Artisan Bakery in Portland. They may not, however, know that the bakery’s owner (and 2013 Outstanding Pastry Chef award nominee), Ken Forkish, had a twenty-year career in the tech industry before trading in his suit and tie for an apron. Read on to learn about his JBF Award–nominated cookbook, favorite local eateries, and his early-onset obsession with doughnuts.




JBF: Before you opened your wildly popular bakery, you had a twenty-... Read more >

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On the Menu: June 27 through July 3

Walking up the Beard House back stairs Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, June 28, 7:00 P.M. Atlanta’s Rising Star A 2010 JBF Rising Star award semifinalist, Kevin Gillespie gave the Voltaggio brothers a run for their sous vide machines during last year’s Top Chef. The executive chef and co-owner of Woodfire Grill, Gillespie wowed the show’s judges with the same unpretentious, seasonally inspired cuisine with which he regularly impresses Atlanta diners. Tuesday, June 29, 7:00 P.M. Softshell Crab Extravaganza To help us celebrate one of the most precious moments of the culinary calendar year, David C. Felton, pastry chef Jessica Knik, and sommelier Brooke Sabel, of New Jersey’s much-buzzed-about Ninety Acres at Sir Richard

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