James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Atlanta

 

We’re off to the races this weekend with the first stops on the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national food festival! The epicurean tour kicks off with two days in Atlanta, where James Beard Award Winner and Taste America All-Star Barbara Lynch will team up with James Beard Award–winning local chef Anne Quatrano. Join us Friday for a reception featuring dishes from some of the city’s hottest chefs, followed by a special dinner prepared by Lynch and Quatrano, who are joining forces on this unique menu for one night only. On Saturday the duo will take their skills to Sur La Table for cooking demos and book signings, where you’ll also have the chance to mix the national with the local with free tastings from local vendors High Road Craft Ice Cream & Sorbet and Spotter Trotter Charcuterie.

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Eye Candy: Bittersweet Chocolate Terrine with Hazelnut Crema

Bittersweet Chocolate Terrine with Hazelnut Crema  

 

E. Michael Pagliarini, who has family ties to Umbria and trained under Grant Achatz and Heston Blumenthal, displays serious cooking chops and a profound understanding of classic Italian cuisine at Giulia, which earned an enthusiastic three-star review from the Boston Globe last year. At his recent Beard House dinner, the Boston-based chef served a decadent Bittersweet Chocolate Terrine with Hazelnut Crema and Baci di Dama Cookies. Luxurious and sophisticated, this eye-catching dessert was a hit with Beard House dinners. 

 

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What We're Reading: September 10, 2014

 

The case for refrigerating tomatoes. [Serious Eats

 

Take a peek at the new PBS show, Food Forward. [Civil Eats

 

The man who brought cotton candy to the masses was … a dentist? [Priceonomics

 

Before it gets too cold outside, try a Champagne popsicle. [FoodBeast

 

From chicken tikka to General Tso’s, “ethnic” dishe... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Phoenix

Sherry Yard and Kevin Binkley

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national epicurean tour begins this weekend with two days of star-studded events in Phoenix, featuring Taste America All-Star and JBF Award-winning Pastry Chef Sherry Yard, and local star Kevin Binkley. Friday night kicks off with a tasting reception from some of Phoenix’s finest, followed by an exclusive four course dinner prepared by Yard and Binkley. Saturday the action moves to Sur La Table, for cooking demos and book signings from Yard and James Beard Award Winner Chris Bianco, along with free tastings from local vendors Essence Bakery Café and Sphinx Date Co. Palm & Pantry.

 

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

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Eat This Word: Hush Puppies

Hush Puppies

 

WHAT? Though just lumps of deep-fried cornmeal batter, this Southern classic can inspire reveries from people below the Mason-Dixon line, where an abiding nostalgia for fish fries and pig pickin's (pork barbecues) requires a steady supply of hush puppies. "A plate of fried fish seems mighty lonely without them," Angela Shelf Medearis wrote in The African American Kitchen, and Southern cooking maven Nathalie Dupree served fried catfish with hush puppies at her wedding. The unusual name is usually attributed to people trying to quiet dogs by throwing them bits of fried treats. Who those people were depends on which story you believe--plantation servants carrying food to the dining room, Southerners hiding from Yankees during the Civil War; Reconstructionists pitying dogs left starving due to food shortages, or hunters rewarding hungry hounds after day-long excursions. Regardless, when hush puppies are made well, there's nothing like 'em. Chow down.

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What We're Reading: September 9, 2014

 

America runs on Twinings: the U.S. market for tea is growing. [WaPo

 

Would you eat vegan cheese if it came from human DNA? [MUNCHIES

 

There’s a restaurant in China where robots will cook and serve you dinner. [MUNCHIES

 

Agricultural sin? A farmer fesses up to selling non-local produce at a farmers market. [... Read more >

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Introducing Our Inaugural App: JBF Vegetables

The first-ever JBF app: James Beard Foundation Vegetables

 

Presenting the first-ever JBF app: James Beard Foundation Vegetables, a collection of innovative vegetable recipes conceived by Outstanding Chef award winners (including Daniel Boulud, Alice Waters, Thomas Keller, and many others), and based on the Foundation's Best of the Best cookbook. This stunner includes sharp high-definition videos, some of the most gorgeous and intuitive step-by-step photographs we've ever seen, shopping sections tailored to each dish, and other great features. It's available now in the Apple App store—and absolutely free for JBF members.

 

Learn more at jamesbeard.org/app. Read the full press release... Read more >

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What We're Reading: September 8, 2014

 

Not into your beer? You may be using the wrong glass. [Edible Manhattan

 

The story behind a Southern staple: the history of pimento cheese. [Serious Eats

 

Widespread changes are on the menu at NYC’s first vegetarian elementary school. [Food Network

 

Leading food advocates weigh in on the low-carb vs. low-fat debate. [... Read more >

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Letter from the President: A Recipe for a Delicious Weekend

James Beard Foundation's Taste America®

 

What’s even better than dinner prepared by a nationally recognized, critically acclaimed chef? Dinner prepared by multiple chefs of that caliber, of course!

 

As I write this, we are gearing up to take the James Beard Foundation on the road for our second annual national epicurean tour, Taste America® presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred® Visa Signature. This year, we’re making stops in ten cities, where we’ll be joined by our Taste America All-Stars, a select group of some of the country’s most talked about
chefs, led by this year’s honorary All-Star Chef, Daniel Boulud. (See below for cities, dates, and All-Stars).

 

What makes this year’s Taste America so special is that we are pairing these All-Stars with local award-winning chefs from each city to create unique one-night-only dinners that people will be talking abou... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of September 8

Wine Glasses

 

Here's what's coming up in the JBF universe:

 

Monday, September 8, 7:00 P.M 
Chef Collaboration 
Close friends and culinary kindred spirits Jesse Schenker, of the Gander and acclaimed West Village restaurant Recette, and Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan, of the Pass and Provisions in Houston, are combining their cross-country talents to create one incredible, collaborative meal.

 

Tuesday, September 9, 7:00 P.M
Virginia Rising Stars 
Experience Virginia’s dining renaissance at the Beard House when we host the state’s rising culinary stars for a spectacular collaborative meal. The night’s menu will feature the chefs’ favorite local ingredients, Virginia-sourced wine pairings, and stellar cocktails from formidable mixologist and restaurant owner Stefan Trummer.

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