Awards Watch: Sirio Maccioni to Receive 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award

Sirio Maccioni, one of New York City's most iconic restaurateurs, will receive the 2014 James Beard Award for Lifetime Achievement.

 

The James Beard Foundation is pleased to announce that Sirio Maccioni, one of New York City's most iconic restaurateurs, will receive the 2014 James Beard Award for Lifetime Achievement. Owner of the legendary Le Cirque, Maccioni has been a fixture of Manhattan fine dining for nearly 50 years, setting enduring benchmarks for hospitality and launching the careers of some of the city's most celebrated chefs. He will be honored at this year’s James Beard Foundation Awards on Monday, May 5 at New York's Lincoln Center.

 

Read the full press release here.

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Daily Digest: January 13, 2014

Charlie Trotter

 

Charlie Trotter's widow wants to honor her late husband with a library and a school. [Crain's Chicago Business]

 

California chefs aren't happy about the new state law that requires cooks to wear gloves while handling "ready-to-eat" food. [LAT]

 

Prison gardens give inmates outdoor work, job training, and nutritious meals. [NPR]

 

America's first Trappist brewery is up and running in a small Massachusetts town. [... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Liz Neumark

Liz Neumark on Taste Matters with Mitchell Davis

 

On the first Taste Matters episode of 2014, JBF’s Mitchell Davis talked with CEO and author Liz Neumark of catering company Great Performances and the year-round, organic Katchkie Farm. With its commitment to innovative cuisine and sourcing local ingredients, Great Performances is one of the most popular catering companies in New York City. The pair discussed the challenges of using seasonal ingredients with planned catering menus, the importance of cooking skills for young people, how thoughtful food preparation can eliminate diet-related disease, and crucial labor issues in the food industry. Click here to listen to the full episode. ... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: January 10, 2014

oats

 

There are no GMO oats, and that's unlikely to change. It all comes down to money. [Modern Farmer]

 

Japanese rice farmers are beginning to question protectionist policies. [NYT]

 

Gatorade to kids: "Avoid water". Sports drink game app tells children that water is detrimental to sports performance. [Civil Eats]

 

Large food companies are cutting calories: 6.4 trillion, to be exact. [NPR]

 

New and improved Cheerios, now GMO free. New formula to include non-GM corn and sugar. [... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of January 12

Upcoming events at the James Beard Foundation

 

Here's what's on the Beard House calendar next week:

 

Monday, January 13, 7:00 P.M.

New York Hot Spot

Can't get into Charlie Bird? We've got you covered. Beard House diners will be treated to a taste of chef Ryan Hardy's intensely sought-after market-driven cuisine, along with exceptional pairings from wine director Robert Bohr (formerly of Cru), at this can't-miss dinner.

 

Tuesday, January 14, 7:00 P.M.

Winter Fancy

“Creative plates, flawless execution, and virtually telepathic service” are just a few of the many charms of Lacroix at the Rittenhouse, as noted by Philadelphia magazine. Join executive chef Jon Cichon of the AAA Five-Diamond Award–winning hotel for an evening of his stunning contemporary cuisine.... Read more >

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Daily Digest: January 9, 2014

sugar

 

Having trouble sticking to your New Year diet? A sugar addiction could be to blame. [NPR]

 

Countertops that "share" and "favorite." Bluetooth-enabled refrigerators. These and more prototypes for the kitchens of the future. [LAT]

 

Study: food companies have eliminated more than six trillion calories from their products. [USA Today]

 

A sushi mosaic, assembled from more 20,000 tuna and salmon nigiri, has set a new Guinness World Record. [... Read more >

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Recipe: Le Père-Bis Cocktail

Jim Meehan's hot toddy: Le Père-Bis

 

In search of a unique hot toddy recipe, we turned to Jim Meehan, who can be found stirring and shaking cocktails at New York City’s PDT, winner of the JBF Award for Outstanding Bar Program in 2012. He shared his favorite take on this wintertime pick-me-up: Le Père-Bis. “A few years ago, Rob Cooper asked me to create a winter warmer with what was then was his new spirit, St-Germain,” Meehan told us. “I mixed it with one of Islay’s legendary peat monsters, Ardbeg 10 Year, and found that the elderflower balanced the Scotch gracefully.”

 

Get the recipe here.

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Daily Digest: January 8, 2014

rotisserie chicken

 

There's no shame in cooking with store-bought rotisserie chicken. [LAT]

 

It was only a matter of time: Colorado's new marijuana-and-food pairing menu. [Time]

 

In Japan, a foodborne-illness outbreak appears to be linked to a pesticide. [LAT]

 

Looking for a beer that tastes like, well, beer? Helles lager, or golden lager, may be just the ticket. [WP... Read more >

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Letter from the President: The Quotable James Beard

James Beard

 

James Beard may be known most famously for saying, “Food is our common ground,” but his two dozen cookbooks are peppered with wonderful one-liners that illustrate his wit and underscore his love of food. You could call these Beard quotes “words to live by” for the coming year. We thought we’d share our favorites, one for each month of 2014!

 

January

“Don’t be the type of host who has to be put to bed by the guests.”

 

February

“With all of my restaurant experience I have come to learn one thing... There are great restaurants, good restaurants, and poor restaurants, but no restaurant is better than the performance you can exact from it by knowing the chef.”

 

March

“Good bread and good butter go together. They are one of the perfect marriages in gastronomy, and they never fail to cheer me.”

 

April

“How much more sa... Read more >

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