Daily Digest: February 13, 2014

Vineyards

 

Due to climate change, many European wine regions will not be suitable for winemaking by 2050. [Science News]

 

Low-income students often go hungry on snow days. [NPR]

 

Pizza Hut has made an OKCupid profile and promises a lifetime supply of pizza for the perfect suitor. [Time]

 

Chick-fil-A says it will switch to antibiotic-free chicken in five years. [LAT]

 

In England, a pizza so spicy it made someone's tongue bleed. [... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Stan Sagner

Taste Matters

 

On yesterday's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis invited writer, consultant, and New York Daily News restaurant critic Stan Sagner into Heritage Radio Network's Brooklyn studios. Sagner discussed the life of an anonymous restaurant critic, the impact his opinions have on restaurants, and why he thinks goat will usurp kale as the next "it" food. Click here to listen to the full episode.

 

Taste Matters is a radio program dedicated to taste: as a sense, cultural construct, and culinary phenomenon. However much we talk about where our food comes from, how it’s produced, who prepares it, or what sorts of socio-cultural-political implications o... Read more >

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Valentine's Day Desserts

Meringues

 

This Valentine's Day, why not skip the meal and just get to what we all really want: dessert. (As in, actual dessert.) Here's a round-up of sweet treats we'd love to be treated to: 

 

Drunken S'more Cake 

Isn't getting a little drunk and a little messy the recipe for a perfect Valentine's Day? This playful riff on the campfire classic will definitely get you into the spirit. 

 

Chocolate Budino with Candied Hazelnuts and Grapefruit 

This elegant, rich pudding is extra-decadent topped with Campari-scented grapefruit peel and toasted, sugar-slicked hazelnuts. 

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Daily Digest: February 12, 2014

fortune cookie

A new restaurant in Shanghai caters to American expatriates by offering American-style Chinese food. [NPR]

 

Russ Parsons tastes and ranks packaged sardines. [LAT]

 

While Barilla considers 3D-printing elaborate pasta shapes, let's travel back to the Architects' Macaroni Exhibition, where Japanese architects showcased their ideas for futuristic noodles. [Smithsonian]

 

Whether you're a pastry pro or a baking newbie, there's a Valentine's Day cake recipe for you. [... Read more >

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Valentine's Day Recipe: Chocolate Budino with Candied Hazelnuts and Grapefruit

Recipe for Chocolate Budino with Candied Hazelnuts and Grapefruit, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

Not a fan of cramped tables and half-baked prix fixe menus on Valentine's Day? We don't blame you, especially if you're game to make this elegant Italian pudding from Bob Truitt, who oversees the dessert program at Marea and other restaurants in Michael White's Altamarea Group. The budino alone is wonderful, but accessorizing it with the Campari-scented grapefruit peel and toasted, sugar-slicked hazelnuts makes it worthy of a white tablecloth.

 

Get the recipe here.

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Daily Digest: February 11, 2014

coffee

 

American teenagers are increasingly hopped up on caffeine. [NPR]

 

Chart: people who actually like white chocolate and where they live. [Quartz]

 

Canadian athletes can swipe their passports to get a free beer a the Olympics. [USA Today]

 

How to make khinkali and khachapuri, two of Sochi's signature dishes. [Smithsonian]

 

The latest in freaky Doritos spawn: "Doritos Loaded," inspired by mo... Read more >

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The Bookshelf: The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook

Michael Anthony

 

Every year brings a fresh crop of dazzling, restaurant-driven cookbooks that renew our resolve to soar toward new technical heights in our home kitchens. But whether we actually reach those summits of thermal circulators and immaculate brunoise… well, that’s another story. This year’s batch included the eponymous title from New York City’s Gramercy Tavern, a restaurant anchored by a kitchen that’s never short on solid technique. But lightning-fast knife skills aside, JBF Award winner Michael Anthony says that The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook can actually make the leap from coffee table to kitchen counter. Intertwining two decades of the iconic restaurant's history with 125 seasonally inspired, contemporary American recipes, Anthony has crafted an invaluable resource for... Read more >

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The JBF Greens Launch Party

In case you missed the news, we’ve launched a new membership category for all of the young food lovers out there. If you’re under 40 and fancy yourself some fine food and drink, then a JBF Greens membership has your name on it.  

 

Last week we officially inaugurated the JBF Greens at a launch party at Bar 75 at the Andaz Wall Street hotel. Attended by nearly 100 freshly minted Greens members and other special guests, this kick-off event featured savory and sweet bites by Andaz chef Victor Cruz, as well as charcuterie, local cheeses, and freshly shucked oysters. Guests also enjoyed Punzoné Vodka and Arvero Limoncello cocktails, Stella Artois beers, Vias Imports wines, and music courtesy of El Media Group. A selection of photos from the party are below.

 

For our next JBF Greens event, we’re teaming up with Jazz at Lincoln Center’s own under-40 group, Hang Set, for a spectacular evening of delicious food, stunning views, and great music. Get more details and purchase tickets... Read more >

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Daily Digest: February 10, 2014

Pizza

 

It was National Pizza Day yesterday, but it's not too late to celebrate with the perfect pie. Try making one using this DIY brick oven for less than $40. [LAT]

 

Is it possible to die from drinking too much soda? [Time]

 

Dumb Starbucks Coffee, an imitation of the famous franchise, opened in L.A. this weekend. [WSJ]

 

Occasional heartburn is normal, but if it occurs more than twice a week, you may have GERD. [USA Today]

 

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of ... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: GritWork's Monica Gelinas

Monica Gelinas on Taste Matters

 

On the latest episode of Taste Matters, food systems consultant and Karp Resources founder Karen Karp appears as guest host, interviewing Monica Gelinas from GritWork. As GritWork's principal and founder, Monica works to transform high-growth natural food concepts into soulful operations through strategic integrity sourcing and sustainable supply chain frameworks. The two reflect on their collaborative experience bringing England's Pret A Manger to the U.S. in 1999, and Monica talks about some of the biggest challenges in both industrial food production and providing year-round fresh, seasonal produce in New York City. Click here to listen to the full episode. ... Read more >

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