Ask a Chef: Where to Eat in San Sebastián, Spain

For our travel issue of JBF Notes, we asked top toques about their favorite international locales for culinary inspiration. Below, chef Bryce Shuman and GM Eamon Rockey of the 2014 JBF Award–nominated Betony share their picks for San Sebastián, Spain:


Bar Zeruko (photo by Anders Lanzen)


San Sebastián’s gastronomic community resonates with a strong sense of pride in regional Basque culinary tradition, from their pintxo bars to some of the world’s most famous food destinations. Don’t miss:


Bar Zeruko for the amazing array of highly progressive tapas.


The market under the Plaza de la Brecha for the city’s finest selection of produce and seafood.


Gran Paladar for the best olives and cured meat in the city. (The family who owns it is the archetype for the city: passionate, kind, hospitable, and warm!)

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What We're Reading: July 9, 2014


Crumbs Cupcakes shutters all of its stores as the company teeters on the edge of bankruptcy. [HuffPo]


Could a little-known Moroccan fig liquor be the next Smirnoff? [NPR


New studies call the supposed benefits of fish oil into question. [Live Science


Louisiana spent nearly $1.3 million on food stamps for deceased individuals. [The Times-Picayune

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Wine Wisdom: Add These Regions Less Traveled to Your Bucket List


Fresh off the Barn at Blackberry Farm’s win of the 2014 JBF Award for Outstanding Wine Program, Andy Chabot, the restaurant’s food and beverage director, tells us about his favorite less-traveled wine regions. 


Paso Robles, California
I imagine that Paso Robles is what Napa was like in the ’70s: farm country, plenty of incredible wines, and friendly winemakers who open their doors to visitors. A nice bonus is that local restaurants sell many of the area’s hard-to-find wines.


Chablis, France 
A quick trip from Paris, this is a fantastic region for white-wine lovers. It’s not overly touristy, and there are some very fun restaurants and hotels with great wines. All seven of the Grand Cru vineyards of Chablis sit together in a bowl like an amphitheater. 


Tokaj, Hungary
The traditional Aszu Tokaji wines from this region in northeastern 
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JBF in the News: Kris Moon Talks Chefs & Champagne®

Chefs & Champagne


Over the long weekend, JBF's Kris Moon appeared on Fresh 102.7 to discuss Chefs & Champagne®, our upcoming fundraiser in the Hamptons featuring guest of honor Bobby Flay. Kris also touched upon the JBF Scholarship Program, the 2014 JBF Food Conference, James Beard Foundation's Taste America®, and more. Listen to the full interview here.

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Ask a Chef: Where to Eat in Lima, Peru

For our travel issue of JBF Notes, we asked top toques about their favorite international locales for culinary inspiration. Below, JBF Award winner Rick Bayless shares his picks for Lima, Peru:




“Lima has all the right components to be a world-class food city: a rich history, incredible ingredients, and ambitious chefs.”


Malabar is a great example of modern Peruvian cooking—if you plunked this place down in New York, it’d be the most popular restaurant in town.


El Chinito and La Lucha are two great spots for one of Peru’s quintessential eats: the pork sandguches (sandwiches).


If you can get there during Mistura, the huge food festival, you’re in for a fine time. When I was there I fell in love with the chancho en palo (boned-out pigs roasted over huge fires), the sparkling ceviches,... Read more >

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What We're Reading: July 8, 2014



Chefs weigh in on the difference between cherry and grape tomatoes. [Food Republic


The growing market for raw milk leads producers to seek regulations. [NPR


Forget kugels and knishes: Syrian Jewish cooking isn't something you'll find in a New York Deli. [PRI


Chaos surrounds India's "water ATMs," as a drought worsens in New Delhi. [CNN


Not just the perfect picnic food: watermelon has great health benefits. [... Read more >

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Eye Candy: White Chocolate Mousse with Geranium Ice Cream and Huckleberries


Even if you make it out to the Bay Area this year, chances are you’d have to pull a few strings to get into Sons & Daughters, the Michelin-starred, constantly evolving, 28-seat hot spot helmed by chef Teague Moriarty. Luckily, last month Beard House guests were able to reserve seats for a taste of his team’s modern New American cuisine. For dessert, the innovative chefs served this stunning white chocolate mousse with geranium ice cream and huckleberries—and from the oohs and ahs in the dining room, its virtues weren't solely aesthetic.  


View this event's menu and details here. For upcoming Beard House dinners, check out our events calendar. Photo by Tom Kirkman.

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Expo Milano: The Food World Is Coming to Italy Next Year

Expo Milano: The Food World Is Coming to Italy Next Year


“I’m proud to announce today that the United States will participate in the Expo. And together with our partners, we’re going to put together an outstanding USA pavilion that showcases American innovation to improve agriculture and nutrition and the health of people around the globe.”
—President Barack Obama, March 27, 2014, Rome


Fifty years ago this April, the 1964 New York World’s Fair opened in Flushing, Queens. Visitors were given a vision of the future (picture phones, computer modems, a space-age kitchen) and a taste of the exotic (America’s first Belgian waffle). Many people’s knowledge of world’s fairs began and ended in Flushing. But the tradition of these global events, which originated in London in 1851, continues to this day. Four years ago, 75 million people visited the Shanghai Expo. And next year the party moves to Europe for Expo Milano 2015. 

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A World of Possibilities

Allan Karl’s three-year tour of five continents led to some delicious discoveries


In 2005 Allan Karl began a solo journey around the world by motorcycle. He left behind a successful career in marketing, sold nearly everything he owned (including a wine collection rich in Screaming Eagles, Shaffers, and Harlans), and packed what remained in twin panniers affixed to his bike. As he planned the trip, friends and family tried to dissuade him, fearing for his safety, but he persisted with a smile.


“It’s my nature to be open and curious and happy to meet people, and I worked from the perspective of  a goodwill ambassador,” says Karl. “I believed then, and I still believe, that the world is a safe place, full of curious people, open to learning and sharing with each other.” 


He left Newport, California, on Independence Day, and came home three years later, having traversed 35 countries on five continents, covering 62,000 miles in total. Drawing on his extensive notes and ph... Read more >

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What We're Reading: July 7, 2014

Dark Chocolate


A new study shows that dark chocolate can really get your blood flowing. [NPR


Brew-specific glassware could improve the taste of your pint. [Popular Science


These days Americans expect more from their fast food. [CNN


Do you know the difference between a buckle and a betty? [Serious Eats


Brazilian hot dog makers transform your favorite team into a tasty dog. [... Read more >

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