Interview with Maxwell Britten of Maison Premiere

Maxwell Britten of Maison Premiere

 

With its rigorous cocktail program, romantic environs, and dapper staff, Outstanding Bar Award nominee Maison Premiere is an oasis of Old World style in Brooklyn’s Pabst Blue Ribbon country. Below, beverage director Maxwell Britten tells us about his favorite drink on the current menu, the first recipe he mastered as a young barkeep, and how to make a great mint julep for your Kentucky Derby bash.   

 

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JBF: How would you sum up the Maison Premiere philosophy?

 

MB: I think the overall goal is to have a transporting experience for our guests. We try to do this through both visuals and the menu. As you walk in the door, the first thing you see is the horseshoe bar. You see the absinthe fountain made of green marble, and the pristinely dressed bartenders with suspenders and slicked-back hair. And then there's the menu, which is like an archive:... Read more >

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Daily Digest: April 14, 2014

buffet

 

​Should men have to shell out more cash at an all-you-can-eat buffet? [The Atlantic

 

What really causes skunky beer, and how you can steer clear of those unappealing flavors. [LAT]

 

Matzo may fall short on flavor, but it packs a hugely satisfying crunch. [NPR]

 

Coming to a supermarket near you: coffee flour, the latest in alternative baking products. [Discover Magazine]

 

What does our garbage say ab... Read more >

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The Architecture of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano

The Architecture of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano

 

How does architecture represent a country? Can a single building embody diverse American values? Is it possible to move 1,200 people an hour through a space not much wider than the Beard House and still give them something to think about? Can such a limited space be outfitted with enough equipment and storage to feed 7 million people top-quality food that represents the breadth and diversity of American cuisine? Is it possible to accomplish all of this and more in a semi-permanent structure that meets the highest standards of sustainability?

 

These are the sorts of questions that face James Biber, the architect designing the USA Pavilion at the next world’s fair, Expo Milano 2015. The theme of Expo Milano is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” and every one of the 147 participating countries is creating an experienc... 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 maj... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Coffee with Dan Shafer

Dan Shafer of Crop to Cup on Taste Matters

 

On this week's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis perked things up with a show devoted to coffee, featuring Crop to Cup's Dan Shafer. As the company's director of operations, Dan sources high-quality, sustainable coffees for buyers who value authentic connections to the farm. To learn more about growing communities, direct trade models, how terroir affects flavor, and tips for buying, storing, grinding, and even roasting your own beans, listen to the full episode.

 

Taste Matters is a radio program dedicated to taste: as a sense, cultural construct, and culinary phenomenon. Ho... Read more >

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Daily Digest: April 10, 2014

General Tsos Chicken

 

There's a new documentary about the history of General Tso's Chicken. Check out where it's debuting. [Food Republic

 

With food allergies on the rise, restaurants are taking notes and being more accommodating than ever. [Boston Globe 

 

Could taking pictures of your dinner shrink your waistline? A new app tracks calories by scanning your food photos. [Time]

 

Here's a new remote control for ordering grocery, brought to you by Amazon. [... Read more >

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Letter from the President: If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On!

David H. Kock Theater, home to the 2014 James Beard Awards

 

Shakespeare had it right! For centuries the musical arts and the culinary arts have been linked. And a great chef, like a talented musician, plays all the right notes.

 

Long before he became television’s first foodie, James Beard pursued a career in music. After studying opera in London, he came to New York with the dream of making it at the Metropolitan Opera or on Broadway. But like many struggling actors, he ended up paying the rent through a career in food. And aren’t we all better for it?

 

Many of the chefs we know and love had earlier careers as musicians, or have been influenced by music in some way. Our dining experiences are enhanced by custom-made playlists, and chefs have achieved what many have called “rock star” status. This year the James Beard Awards theme is “Sounds of the City,” and it celebrates this enduring relationship between music and food. After the medals are handed out, the gala reception at Lincoln Center’s D... Read more >

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Daily Digest: April 8, 2014

chocolate

How to lose weight and avoid type 2 diabetes: eat more chocolate! [LA Weekly]
 

The future of large-scale aquaculture: clean, green—and indoors?  [NPR]
 

Get in line! Today is Ben and Jerry's 35th annual Free Cone Day. [LAT]
 

In homage to yesterday's National Beer Day, here's a look at how American beers influence the craft of brewing around the world. [Denver Post]

 

Milwaukee's verdict on its pilot cheese-brine program for icy roads: "... Read more >

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Sponsored Post: The Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival on May 3

jamon

 

Make the most of your JBF Awards weekend and enjoy the wines of Spain’s most prominent wine region while you’re in NYC! The Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival is on Saturday, May 3, at Weylin B. Seymour’s in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Experience more than 200 vibrant Rioja wines from 60+ wineries, meet top Rioja winemakers, attend expert-led seminars, and taste delicious tapas from 25 nationally-renowned chefs. Rioja is famous for producing an incredible variety of the world’s finest and most food-friendly wines at incredible values, so while you are sipping away, stop off at the Jamón Bar or the Paella Garden. 

 

Start planning your weekend now and make sure to get your tickets for one of the best gastronomic parties of the year! Tickets are $55 and proceeds of the Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival will benefit culinary scholarships the James Beard Foundation. This event is expected to sell out, so... Read more >

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Daily Digest: April 7, 2014

wine

 

Beyond Chardonnay: the surprising top-selling wines on Amazon. [LAT]

 

Taking a swing at artisanal food: the evolution of ballpark grub. [Food Republic]

 

Tomorrow is Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day—look for locations near you. [HuffPo]

 

In a rice-centric country like Vietnam, farm-to-table pizza is making its mark. [NYT]

 

For all newbie urban gardeners: be aware of your soil's dirty history. [... Read more >

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