Ask a Chef: Make or Buy Charcuterie?

While it may seem that the scale has tipped toward housemade ​everything, even top toques will admit that the best option sometimes lies outside the restaurant kitchen. We asked chefs from around the country to spill about what they source in and out of house. Today we hear their stances on charcuterie.

 

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JBF Award Winner John Besh, Besh Restaurant Group: 

“We started raising hogs, and even went to the extent of buying a slaughterhouse, so that we would have access to the best pork to use for the sausage we make in our restaurants. “

 

 

JBF Award Winner Ashley Christensen, Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, Chuck’s, Fox Liquor Bar, and Poole’s Downtown Diner, Raleigh, North Carolina:

“We make all of our fresh sausages in-house. It’s a really neat means of harnessing specific flavors and bringing out unique characteristics in the various meats by way of ingredients, grinds, textures, and fat content. And,... Read more >

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What We're Reading: March 04, 2015

 

French vintners are torn over the topic of pesticide use. [NYT

 

Beyond roasting: chefs offer alternative takes on winter squash. [Serious Eats

 

Save yourself the stomach trouble by keeping an eye out for these most common sources of food poising. [The Atlantic

 

Have you heard of Baijiu? It’s the world’s most consumed liquor, and it’s finally making its way to the U.S. [Eater

 

Impress your Anglophilic friends with this recipe for classic British tea cakes. [... Read more >

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Expo Milano: Donut Casino Flashback

 

Don't you wish you could travel back in time and visit Doughnut Corporation of America's "Donut Casino" at the 1939 World's Fair? We sure do.

 

Here the next best thing: the next world's fair, also known as Expo Milano 2015, is coming to Milan this May. It's a safe bet that there will be plenty of food-themed marvels to explore.

 

As we’ve been reporting for several weeks now, we’re leading the conception and buildout of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, the first world’s fair to focus exclusively on food. Construction of the pavilion is humming along, and we've booked a numbe... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: Make or Buy Pickles?

 

While it may seem that the scale has tipped toward housemade ​everything, even top toques will admit that the best option sometimes lies outside the restaurant kitchen. We asked chefs from around the country to spill about what they source in and out of house. In our first installment, the pros dish on their pickling preferences.

 

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JBF Award Winner Ashley Christensen, Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, Chuck’s, Fox Liquor Bar, and Poole’s Downtown Diner, Raleigh, North Carolina: 

“We make all kinds of pickles in-house. At Chuck's, we do dill cucumber burger pickles, at Beasley's we pickle green tomatoes for the fried chicken thigh biscuits, and at Poole's we have our pickled spring ramps and the fermented beet tops that we use to spike relishes and mayos. With all of the bounty of North Carolina, it’s not a question of to pickle or not, it’s what to pickle next.”

 

 

JBF Award Winner Maria Hines... Read more >

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What We're Reading: March 03, 2015

 

Embrace your inner Pooh bear and discover the wide world of raw honey. [Serious Eats

 

The brave souls at Food 52 try unlikely peanut butter food combinations so you don’t have to. [Food 52

 

The simplest method for baking chicken. [The Kitchn

 

Baskin Robbins has debuted a new ice cream inspired by the SyFy Sharknado franchise. [Impulsive Buy] ... Read more >

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JBF Hosts Sixth Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change

Partiicpants at the James Beard Foundation's Chefs Boot Camp in Bentonville, Arkansas

 

More than a dozen chefs from around the country will convene for the sixth Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change on Avery Island, Louisiana, home of the world-famous Tabasco Sauce. The three-day, multi-faceted program, taking place March 15–17, will provide chefs with the policy and advocacy skills they need to be effective champions for their chosen food-system causes. The chefs will participate in an intensive series of workshops programmed in partnership with the Chef Action Network (CAN), and made possible with support from the Osprey Foundation, the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation and Eric Kessler, JBF Board Member and Managing Director of Arabella Advisors.

 

The upcoming Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change will immerse... Read more >

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Giveaway: Win Two Tickets to the NJ Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting

The Grand Tasting at NJ Wine & Food Festival

 

JBF is giving away two tickets to the Grand Tasting at the NJ Wine & Food Festival! Taking place on Saturday, March 21, this event brings together an exclusive group of more than 30 chefs from top restaurants in New York and New Jersey, along with a selection from premier wineries and distilleries from across the globe. Featuring bites from hot spots like Elements, Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen, Osteria Morini, Ryland Inn, Strip House, and more, diners will sample the cream of the regional crop all in one evening. The NJ Wine & Food Festival benefits the James Beard Foundation.

 

Here's how you can enter to win:

 

1. Make sure you’re following @beardfoundation on Twitter if you’re not already.

 

2. Tweet the bolded text from your Twitter account: I'm tweeting for a chance to go to t... Read more >

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Soup Weather

 

When the temperature is in the negative digits and the snowfall is downright apocalyptic (we're looking at you, Boston), the only thing to do is stay home and make soup. It's a cliché for a reason: nobody's craving a smoothie this time of year. We want warm, comforting bowls of clam chowder or lentils, spicy chicken broth or bourbon-laced onion soup. Make these dishes now—it's going to be a while before those snowbanks melt.

 

Thomas Keller's Clam Chowder with Bacon

Lentil Soup with Chard and Lemon

Sopa Azteca (Tortilla Soup) from Rick Bayless

French Onion and Mushroom Soup with Bourbon and Swiss Cheese

 

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What We're Reading: March 02, 2015

 

Banana bread in a pinch: ripen green and hard bananas in just 5 minutes. [Yahoo! Food

 

A flowchart that will help your office eliminate food thieves once and for all. [HuffPo

 

There's no need to throw out those wilted greens and wrinkled red peppers in your fridge. [NYT

 

No longer a cherry on top: police bust Dell’s Maraschino Cherries for drug-trafficking. [Food Beast

 

How to choose the right cut at the butcher’s. [... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of March 2

 

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

 

Monday, March 2, 6:30 P.M.
Beard Burger 'Bun' Anza 
Burger lovers, this one’s for you: top toques from the New York City area will join forces to create their most indulgent, mouthwatering renditions of the quintessential American dish. A selection of cocktails, wines, and beers will also be served at this crowd-pleasing tasting party.

 

Tuesday, March 3, 7:00 P.M. 
Bern's at the Beard House: Bern’s, Rare and Well Done
For years epicureans across the country have known and loved Bern’s Steak House, home to the world’s largest wine collection and top-notch steak. Now they’re getting to know the team’s fleet of new concepts, which include a wine bar, a pastry shop, and a... Read more >

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