James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: New Orleans


The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national epicurean tour continues this weekend with two days of star-studded events in New Orleans, featuring Taste America All-Star and JBF Award winner April Bloomfield and Local Star Donald Link. Friday night kicks off with a tasting reception from some of New Orleans's finest, followed by an exclusive four-course dinner prepared by Bloomfield and Link. On Saturday the action moves to Sur La Table for cooking demos and book signings from Bloomfield and lauded cookbook author and photographer, Kit Wohl.


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What We're Reading: October 5, 2015


We’ve all been there before… Here are some gourmet tips to dress up your boxed mac and cheese. [Huffington Post]


The 2016 Michelin ratings are out: cue emotional breakdowns across New York City. [Eater]


For those who think Chipotle is the best Mexican food, we’d like to introduce you to Deborah Holtz and Juan Carlos Mena’s new book, Tacopedia. [NPR]


Can mushrooms really power our future? Find out how researchers in California are using portabellas to develop biodegradable batteries. [... Read more >

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Sponsored Post: Five JBF Rising Star Chef Award Semifinalists Selected for Taste of Waldorf Astoria


The James Beard Foundation is excited to announce that it has partnered with Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts for a second year on​ Taste of Waldorf Astoria, a global culinary program that pairs JBF Rising Star Chef Awards semifinalists with Waldorf Astoria master chefs for an exciting week of collaboration. The search for Waldorf Astoria’s next iconic dish continues with a fresh group of five hand-selected JBF Rising Star Semi-Finalist chefs dispatching to five new participating Waldorf Astoria destinations around the globe, including Amsterdam, New Orleans, Beijing, Jerusalem, and Orlando.


Taste of Waldorf Astoria will host five chef experiences at the following properties:


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Q&A with Taste America All-Star Traci Des Jardins


As we travel across the country for Taste America, our national epicurean tour, it’s easy to see the vast variety of cultural culinary ingredients that are thrown into the melting pot of American cuisine. At times, these myriad heritages can even be brought together in one chef, as in the case of Taste America All-Star Traci Des Jardins. Through her empire of San Francisco hot spots, Des Jardins crisscrosses the globe, infusing French, Spanish, Mexican, and more into the vibrant raw ingredients of her home state of California. Des Jardins will bring her internationally flavored cuisine to the East Coast for Taste America: Boston, where she'll team up with Local Star Matt Jennings for a weekend of exciting events. Read on for Des Jardins’s take on food trends that have overstayed their welcome, changes that are needed in the restaurant industry, and what food mecca she wa... Read more >

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A powerhouse with medicinal properties, ginger has a warming effect on the body, stimulates circulation, reduces inflammation, and inhibits viruses and bacteria—all of which makes it the perfect antidote to the impending cold season. We toss it into soups and sautés, steep our favorite teas with it, and even better, mix it into our cocktails. Here, Pegu Club mixologist extraordinaire Audrey Saunders shares her recipe for homemade ginger beer. We love using it in a Moscow Mule, Dark & Stormy, or just about any cocktail to add soothing hints of warmth and spice. Get the recipe here.


Elena North-Kelly is senior editor at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Twitter and ... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of October 5


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


Monday, October 5, 7:00 P.M.

Boston Buzz

Last year perennial JBF Award nominee Matt Jennings made headlines and broke hearts in Providence when he decamped for Boston to open Townsman, one of the most hotly anticipated restaurant openings of 2015. Don’t miss this chance to see why he’s earned a cult-like following throughout New England and beyond.


Tuesday, October 6, 5:00 P.M.

Enlightened Eaters

The grand dame of food politics is back, and this time she’s taking on the soda industry. In her new book, Soda Politics, JBF Award winner and renowned public health advocate Marion Nestle tackles the kings of carbonation, detailing the myriad ways the s... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: October 2, 2015


A new study suggests that drinking milk won’t save you from bone fractures. [MUNCHIES


Facing consumer backlash, Whole Foods has promised to stop selling foods produced through prison labor. [NPR


Federal agencies met this week to discuss means of collecting better data on the impact of antibiotic use on livestock. [Food Safety News


Researchers have found that the key to getting kids to eat more vegetables may lie in what else is on the plate. [... Read more >

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Art Smith, Mike Lata, and Charleston’s Best Chefs Cook Up a Southern Feast


The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Hits Charleston


“I think the two of us can really make something delicious,” predicted chef Art Smith back in August of his upcoming dinner with James Beard Award–winning chef Mike Lata in Lata’s hometown of Charleston. This past weekend, the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America tour touched down in the Holy City and several hundred Charlestonian diners gathered at the Cedar Room at the newly renovated Cigar Factory to find out just how delicious a dinner by these two Southern chefs could be. 


The event was part of Taste America, which for the third year running, brings the James Be... Read more >

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Eye Candy: Sous Vide Egg Yolks with Yukon Gold Purée and Bowfin Caviar


Chef Bill Glover channels Ohio’s rich agricultural and artisanal heritage at the hip environs of Gallerie Bar & Bistro, located in downtown Columbus. And at his recent Beard House debut, it was easy to see why Columbus is one of America’s on-the-rise culinary destinations. Glover’s expert presentation coupled with elegant combinations of texture and taste made for a stunning, elevated display that highlighted both ingredient and technique.


A true standout of the evening was chef Glover's Gallerie Egg canapé—a dish so simple in presentation but so telling of the finesse and precision behind it. These perfectly hollowed, delicate egg shells were filled with a luscious sous vide yolk, creamy Yukon gold potato purée, Bowfin caviar, and topped off with a dollop of tangy tarragon crème fraîche. Served on a p... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Cooking School Memories


In honor of a wildly successful weekend at the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America in Phoenix, this TBT we’re looking back at a special moment event planner Robyn Lee and her mother shared with our namesake while attending one of his cooking classes. Robyn has continued her connection with Beard through her role as event planner for the weekend of Taste America events in Phoenix, where guests enjoyed an exclusive collaborative dinner by JBF Award winners Michel Nischan  and Chris Bianco, along with chef demos and tastings. While the chance to learn from the "Dean of American Cookery" is no longer possible, the next best way to get your fix is to visit the Beard House right here in New York City. Check out our calendar of events and plan your next visit.

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JBF Kitchen Cam