Throwback Thursday: Chefs & Champagne 1998

Chefs & Champagne 1998

 

Chefs & Champagne, our annual summer tasting party in the Hamptons, is a longstanding tradition at the James Beard Foundation. It's an opportunity to gather with friends (and celebrities!) in a spectacular setting, sample food from some of the nation's finest chefs, and, of course, indulge in flowing bubbly. In 1998, our Chefs & Champagne event honored Florence Fabricant, celebrated cookbook author and New York Times columnist. The party's roster was stacked with the most talented chefs from across the country, including: Marcus Samuelsson of Aquavit, who would receive the James Beard Award for Rising Star Chef just a year later; Laurent Gras of the Waldorf Astoria's Peacock Alley; and Michael Lomonaco formerly of Windows on the World. This year's Chefs & Champagne will take place on Saturday, July 26, and the guest of honor is the inimitable Bobby Flay. 

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Recipe: Lime Flan Parfait with Blueberries and Watermelon Granita

Lime Flan Parfait with Blueberries and Watermelon Granita

 

Extra layers are usually the last thing we want during summer, but we can't get enough of this creative parfait, which features multi-textural strata of lime flan, lime curd, watermelon granita, and fresh blueberries. Heather Carlucci served this unique dessert at a recent Chefs & Champagne fête in the Hamptons. 

 

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What We're Reading: July 24, 2014

Honey Bee

 

The story of the honey bee and nature's only manufactured food. [Serious Eats

 

Food-focused films are starting to dominate the big screen. [The Guardian

 

Beautiful Frankensteins: A New York City artist plants "Trees of 40 Fruit". [Food Beast

 

10 facts about America's favorite pretzel. [ABC]

 

A new law in France requires restaurants to own up to packaged food use. [... Read more >

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Eye Candy: Shrimp Toasts with Black Pepper Caramel

Shrimp Toasts with Black Pepper Caramel

 

Each spring the people of Thailand mark the beginning of the New Year by celebrating Songkran, an elaborate tradition named for the Sanskrit word meaning “passing” or “approaching.” To fête the occasion at the Beard House this past April, we enlisted a dynamic group of Thai talent to collaborate on a festive menu, which was paired with modern cocktails. During the reception hour, chefs Pichet Ong, Jet Tila, and Hong Thaimee served these delicate shrimp toasts with black pepper caramel to our guests. The canapés went fast and whetted everyone's appetites for the elaborate Thai feast to come.

 

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What We're Reading: July 23, 2014

Sandwich

 

America’s favorite lunch item, the sandwich, was once considered unpatriotic. [History Channel

 

A mouthwatering tour of Brussels' chocolate scene. [USA Today

 

Americans are split over raw milk. [Huffington Post]

 

A Kentucky shoplifter orders pizza for cops, but still gets booked. [Food Beast

 

Rise 'n Shine: the best breakfast sandwiches across the country. [... Read more >

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Recipe: Food-Processor Sorbet

Recipe for Cantaloupe and Sun Tea Sorbet, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

A refreshing sorbet can be one of summer's greatest delights. Yanking the ice cream maker out of storage, playing freezer Tetris to make room for the bowl, and waiting hours for it to chill? Not so delightful. But it doesn't have to be that way. Thanks to a technique we've learned from Jeni Britton Bauer, frozen dessert whiz and founder of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, we can just reach for our food processors.

 

To make food-processor sorbet, start with granita: pour your base into a shallow baking dish and place it in the freezer. As the mixture crystallizes, rake with it a fork to break up the ice. (The pros call this still-freezing.) When it's completely frozen, transfer the granita to a food processor and blend until smooth. In the words of Bauer, "This will yield an exceptionally smooth sorbet."

 

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What We're Reading: July 22, 2014

Pie

 

Cake vs. Pie: Which is more American? [VOX

 

White House welcomes 54 kids to cook for the President and First Lady. [NPR

 

In New York, tea is the new coffee. [WSJ

 

A few tips on how to make bad wine taste better. [TIME

 

A new toaster provides edible selfies. [ABC

 

FDA warns that powdered caffeine is dangerous. [... Read more >

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JBF in the News: Maria Taylor Previews Chefs & Champagne® with Bryce Shuman

 

While most of us have to wait until the weekend to sample the spread at this Saturday's Chefs & Champagne, Maria Taylor of What's New in New York got a sneak peek of the gooseberry, tomato, and tarragon dish that Betony's Bryce Shuman is preparing for the event. Watch the demo below, and be sure to check out What's New in New York—Maria will also be visiting Chefs & Champagne participants John Mooney of Bell Book & Candle and Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth of Root & Bone.

 

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Expo Milano: Remarks from Secretary of State John Kerry

 

Last week, at a groundbreaking ceremony at the U.S. Department of State, Secretary of State John Kerry delivered remarks about the USA Pavilion at next year's Expo Milano. (The James Beard Foundation, along with the International Culinary Center, is producing the pavilion.) Kerry spoke about the history of innovation at world's fairs (electrical outlets, videoconferencing, and the ice cream cone all debuted at such expositions), and how the American pavilion will engage Expo Milan's theme, "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life." Watch the full address below:

 

 

 

For more information about USA Pavilion, visit USAPavilion2015.net and follow @USAexpo2015 on Twitter. To learn more about Expo Milan, visit expo2015.org/en and f... Read more >

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What We're Reading: July 21, 2014

Sausage

 

A 176-pound sausage goes missing in Austria. [NY Daily News

 

A brief tour of Europe's longest-standing pastry shops. [CNN

 

Why is the next big food trend always considered "the new cupcake?" [Slate

 

Krispy Kreme unleashes two new summer flavors that are perfect for your next picnic. [The Daily Meal

 

The Duchess of Cambridge is learning to cook. [... Read more >

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