JBF Announces 2015 Leadership Award Recipients


Today JBF is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards. Now in its fifth year, the JBF Leadership Awards, co-hosted by Good Housekeeping and with founding support from the GRACE Communications Foundation, recognize specific outstanding initiatives as well as bodies of work and lifetime achievement. Criteria used to select this year’s honorees include excellence of work, innovation in approach, and scale of impact either within a community or across the nation.


The 2015 Leadership Award recipients will be honored on October 19 at a dinner ceremony co-hosted by Good Housekeeping and emceed by Andrea Reusing, chef and owner of Lantern Restaurant. Dinner will be prepared by JBF Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change alumni Duskie Estes and pastry chef Erika Davis with hors d’oeuvre prepared by the Natural Gourmet Institute. The awards presentation will be part of the... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 9, 2015


It's a soup! No, it's a popsicle! Actually, if you're in Shanghai, it's both. [Food52


The Jersey Sloppy Joe trades ground beef and a bun for coleslaw and rye. [Serious Eats


International working conditions and supply chain standards are on the docket for this week's G-7 summit. [NYT


Edible fruit and vegetable sprays could help prolong produce shelf-life, and cut down on food waste. [MUNCHIES


From harissa salt–rimmed margaritas... Read more >

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Beard House Dishes: May Highlights

Photo: Geoff Mottram


Asking us to pick our favorite dishes at the Beard House is a little like asking a mother to pick her favorite child, but to give you a taste, here are a few highlights served up during the month of May. These spectacular dishes, while making great use of springtime bounty, were also decidedly soothing—and we're not complaining.




Photo: Elena North-Kelly


Sea Urchin Risotto with Poached Wild Sea Bass, Smoked Oyster, and Maitake Mushroom Dashi / Japanese Comfort for the Soul


At his Berkeley hot spot Iyasare, Shotaro Kamio crafts show-stopping plates o... Read more >

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Eye Candy: Daniel Humm's Milk & Honey at Expo Milano


On any given day at Expo Milano, the first-ever food-focused world's fair that's now open in Milan, visitors can experience a veritable buffet of international cuisine, state-of-the-art technology and design, and delectable food-themed programming. Modeled after our own James Beard House in New York City, the USA Pavilion–affiliated James Beard American Restaurant pop-up at Expo Milano features different award-winning guest chefs every week.


A few weeks ago, diners were treated to world-renowned cuisine from JBF Award–winning chef Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park and... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 8, 2015


The unlikely rise of Jello shots from frat house favorite to mixology must-have. [Eater


San Francisco lawmakers are considering adding added sugar warning labels to soda ads. [Mother Jones


The power of nostalgia: one writer’s struggle to recreate Gushers at home. [Food52


Slow down on the Muscle Milk: you may actually be getting more protein than you... Read more >

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Video: How to Make the Violet Hour's Hush and Wonder

Photo: Cassandra Stadnicki


We've partnered with Simmer, a new app that allows you to generate step-by-step recipe videos that you can create, watch, and share from your very own kitchen. In the coming weeks and months, we'll continue sharing instructional videos that will teach you how to create tantalizing dishes from JBF Award winners, Beard House chefs, and even Beard himself, all prepared in James Beard's historic New York City kitchen.


At the Violet... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of June 8


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


Monday, June 8, 7:00 P.M.
Denver Farm Feast 
At the cozy Beast + Bottle, chef Paul C. Reilly oversees a tightly curated menu of rustic American cuisine that reflects a reverence for ingredients. His sister and co-owner, Aileen Reilly, runs the front of the house at the intimate restaurant, which also boasts an in-house butchery program and an acclaimed wine selection.


Tuesday, June 9, 7:00 P.M.
The Pubbelly Boys 
After launching Pubbelly, their first Miami gastropub, to critical acclaim, José Mendín, Sergio Navarro, and Andreas Schreiner went on to open a string of white-hot eateries that consistently rank high with diners and critics alike. Experience the buzz when the Pubbelly Boys, as they are fondly known, bring their signature... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: June 5, 2015


Doctors across the nation are increasingly enrolling their patients in fruit and vegetable prescription programs to combat obesity. [Modern Farmer


Wikileaks is offering a bounty for a copy of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. [Food Politics


A new report suggests that in this year alone, California’s drought will cost  farmers $2.7 billion and more than 18,000 jobs. [NPR


Congress is reconsidering allowing egg imports from the Netherlands,... Read more >

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Recipe: Port-Poached Rhubarb with Ricotta and Walnut Crumble

Port-Poached Rhubarb with Ricotta and Walnut Crumble


Cooking with rhubarb can involve more than just hitting the stalks with a blizzard of sugar. For this simple dessert, rhubarb gets to hang with port, vanilla beans, and peppercorns, too, then joins some homemade ricotta and walnut crumble in the bowl. Get the recipe.



Anna Mowry is special projects manager at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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Throwback Thursday: April Bloomfield's British Empire

Photo by Kent Miller Studios


JBF Award winner April Bloomfield has won our hearts through our eyes, ears, and of course, our stomachs. The queen of nose-to-tail cuisine has now conquered seed-to-stalk with her new bestselling cookbook A Girl and Her Greens, revealing a wide-ranging appeal as rare as her famous Spotted Pig burger. This TBT, we’re sharing a candid moment of revelry from last year’s Taste America NYC event, where Bloomfield and fellow JBF Award winner Daniel Boulud let off some steam backstage at Boulud’s flagship restaurant. JBF's Taste America national tour returns this fall, so stay tuned for more information.


Try Bloomfield’s take on a snap pea salad here.

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