What We're Reading: October 21, 2014

 

Discover the history of the doughnut in honor of National Doughnut Month. [Zester Daily]

 

A guide to fall's most grill-worthy vegetables. [Serious Eats

 

You’ll never guess the secret ingredient behind perfectly chewy chocolate chip cookies. [WaPo

 

The green tomato gets a culinary makeover: new recipes and ideas on how to use this underrated ingredient. [NYT

 

Skip the candy aisle and make these DIY Halloween treats. [... Read more >

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Ask the Chefs: Healthy Eats

 

For kitchen pros, it can’t be all foie and filet mignon all the time. Below, attendees at our recent Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change share their favorite healthy eats. 

 

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What’s your favorite healthy snack?

 

Anthony Lamas,  Seviche Restaurant, Louisville, KY
“I love to make a Mexican fruit salad of watermelon, jicama, and pineapple seasoned with a squeeze of lime, chile powder, and salt."

 

Jordan Lloyd, Bartlett Pear Inn, Easton, MD
“Anything fresh from the garden or sliced charcuterie—I feel that feeding the soul is a healthy decision.”
 

Ana Sortun, Oleana, Boston
“My favorite organic, sugar-free chocolate bar with a spoonful of sunflower butter, or a frozen banana and almond milk in the blender to make a quick soft-serve.”

 

 

When you give in to an indu... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Boston

 

We’re closing out this year’s James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® with a stop in Boston. This weekend is packed with food-filled exclusive events featuring Taste America All-Star Ludo Lefebvre and local star and James Beard Award winner Jamie Bissonnette. Friday night gets things started with a tasting reception from some of Boston’s finest, followed by a special collaborative dinner cooked up by Lefebvre and Bissonnette. On Saturday, Sur La Table hosts a day of free culinary events, with cooking demos and book signings from our star duo, along with tastings from local vendors TAZA Chocolate and Vermont Creamery.

 

For tickets and more information about the chefs and vendors appearing, check out ... Read more >

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What We're Reading: October 20, 2014

 

A handy visual guide to fall apples for your ciders, sauces, and pies. [HuffPo

 

The “Hey Chef” series proves that curry powder isn’t just for vindaloo. [Serious Eats

 

There may be something besides pumpkin in that can of purée. [The Kitchn

 

Small batch, artisanal producers are changing the way we think about fake meat. [... Read more >

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Our Favorite Beard House Dishes in September

Chris Jaeckle at the Beard House

 

At the Beard House last month, we watched summer recede and the flavors of fall advance. Below, our editors' favorite dishes from September.

 

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Cresta de Gallo Pasta with Hen of the Woods Mushrooms, Roasted Yeast, and Parmesan at the Beard House

 

Cresta de Gallo Pasta with Hen of the Woods Mushrooms, Roasted Yeast, and Parmesan / Chef Collaboration

 

"I was especially taken with by this dinner’s pasta course. The pasta, molded in the shape of a rooster’s crest, had a dense enough texture to stand out amongst the robust mushrooms, while the yeast and Parmesan foam hit some soulful and satisfying umami notes. The dish is straight... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of October 20

 

Here's what's coming up at the James Beard House and around the country:

 

Monday, October 20, 7:00 P.M 
Urban Mediterranean 
At Pittsburgh’s Cure, James Beard Award nominee Justin Severino has been garnering acclaim for his innovative approach to charcuterie and Italian–American cooking. Discover the restaurant’s signature “urban Mediterranean” cuisine at this Beard House dinner, as Severino takes a seasonal approach to nose-to-tail dining.

 

Tuesday, October 21, 7:00 P.M.
Maine Marvel 
“This is Portland dining at its finest,” wrote Katie Chang in Food Republic of David’s Opus Ten, adding that the restaurant-within-a-restaurant’s food is “understated, quietly confident, and unquestionably delicious.” Helmed by veteran chef David Turin, the dining destination is an intimate, 18-seat space that offers... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: October 17, 2014

 

Whole Foods has launched a rating program for fruits, vegetables, and flowers to measure the quality of farming practice. [Grist]

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a new generation of GMO corn and soybeans, angering environmentalists. [NPR]

 

Disease and Nutrition: JBF Leadership Award winner Marion Nestle’s thoughts on the food politics of Ebola. [Food Politics]

 

McDonald’s announces a new campaign that aims for greater transparency and engagement with the public. [Civil E... Read more >

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Reel Food: Behind the Scenes at the Beard House with Pearl & Ash's Richard Kuo and Patrick Cappiello

 

What do you get when you put a wd~50 kitchen alum and former Gilt wine director together? The highly-praised Pearl & Ash. Chef Richard Kuo and wine director Patrick Cappiello showed off the eclectic and exciting fare that's garnered them so much buzz at their recent Beard House dinner, which featured a reception with passed canapés followed by a five-course tasting menu—with a whopping three wine pairings for each course! Watch the video above to go behind the scenes at their dinner, discover the origin of their dynamic partnership, and see how they infused the Beard House with a little renegade style for one epic night.

 

To learn more about upcoming events, view our full calendar. For LIVE behind-the-scenes action from the Beard House, watch our JBF Kitchen Cam at jbfkitchencam.org... Read more >

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JBF Award Winner Marion Nestle on Food and Health in America

 

The 2014 JBF Food Conference, taking place October 27–28 in New York City, will explore the intersection of food and health. Our speakers and panelists will discuss the myriad ways in which food supports personal and public health; fails to deliver on the promise of better health; and both drives and responds to other cultural forces in America today. 

 

In anticipation of this two-day event, we're holding ... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Camera-Ready Award Winners

James Beard Award Winners Danny Bowien and Jamie Bissonette

 

Yesterday, after we announced that we're now accepting entries for the 2015 James Beard Awards, we spent a few minutes flipping through the photo archives from this year's ceremony at Lincoln Center in New York City. For today's TBT, here's a capture of Jamie Bissonnette, who took home the award for Best Chef: Northeast that evening, snapping a selfie with the 2013 Rising Star winner Danny Bowien.

 

Jamie will be showing off his skills during his upcoming weekend at the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® events in Boston, taking place October 24–25. For tickets and more information, visit... Read more >

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