What We're Reading: October 6, 2015


You’re only ten minutes away from amazing strawberry shortcake. [Serious Eats


Students in Winnipeg have revived an ancient squash varietal by using 800-year-old seeds. [Mother Nature Network


Hot dogs with peanut butter, and other “weird but good” food pairings. [Food52


In NYC, health inspection consulting is an industry unto itself. [... Read more >

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Share Your Favorite Fall Dishes and Win Dinner at the Beard House


Although we have mixed feelings about the darker, colder days that autumn brings, we feel unanimously ecstatic about what it means for our cooking repertoire. During our strolls through early fall farmers' markets, we've spotted heartwarming produce like pumpkins, butternut squash, leeks, fennel, chicory, baby Brussels sprouts, and much more. It's time to crank up the oven and lean in to the urge to hibernate with good food and strong drinks. And if you're anything like us, you'll be 'gramming the fruits of your labor—so why not parlay those photos into a dinner on us?


Share your favorite fall dishes with us, and you could win dinner for two at the Beard House! Here's how:

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Mary Sue Milliken: A Multi-Faceted Fighter for Change

c/o Border Grill


It’s hard to imagine when JBF Award winner Mary Sue Milliken has time to sleep. When she’s not overseeing the kitchens of her highly successful Border Grill restaurants (co-owned with JBF Award winner Susan Feniger), Milliken devotes herself to a myriad of causes, from fighting hunger with Share Our Strength, to advocating for sustainable seafood with Monterey Aquarium’s Seafood Watch. Milliken is also a founding member of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, a member of the State Department’s American Chef Corps, and serves on the board of the James Beard Foundation. On top of all that, she has now attended two of our JBF Chefs Boot C... Read more >

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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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