What We're Reading: March 23, 2015

 

Get your sandwiches now: we’re about to enter a period of pastrami inflation. [FWF

 

Silicon Valley start-ups view disrupting industrial agriculture as their next challenge. [Fast Company

 

The top ten kitchen tools you don’t have to shell out for. [The Kitchn

 

Mac 'n' steel: Kraft is recalling over 6 million boxes of macaroni and cheese across the nation. [... Read more >

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Beard on Books: Dana Cowin

Dana Cowin

 

Dana Cowin stopped by the Beard House this week to discuss her new book for the latest installment of Beard on Books. The 20-year editor-in-chief of Food & Wine charmed the standing-room-only crowd with excerpts and stories from Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen, which combines recipes and tales of cooking mishaps with tips and tricks.

 

Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation, introduced Cowin with high praise of the chefs’ helpful tips included in the book, specifically when it came to Thomas Keller’s secret to roast chicken: “I’ve read his version of his recipe, but I didn’t understand it until I read her version.”

 

After a slight microphone glitch (“The kitchen here is the place f... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Less-Traveled Wine Regions for Your Bucket List

 

Indulge your Friday afternoon wanderlust with these oenophile-centric travel tips from Andy Chabot, food and beverage director at the Barn at Blackberry Farm, which took home our 2014 JBF Award for Outstanding Wine Program. Here, Chabot shares his favorite less-traveled wine regions for incredible tasting journeys without the pesky crowds.

 

 

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 overl... Read more >

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JBF Announces 2015 Culinary Scholarships and Grants

 

Beginning on Wednesday, April 1, aspiring students and chefs alike will be able to apply for the James Beard Foundation's 2015 scholarship program, with over $500,000 in scholarships and grants available. We'll post a full list of available scholarships, application materials, and details about eligibility to our scholarships page on that day. Here's a snapshot of what we'll be offering:

 

  • Charlie Trotter Memorial Scholarship: In memory of the late Charlie Trotter, American chef/restaurateur and beloved friend to the James Beard Foundation, up to four scholarships of $15,000 each will be granted to culinary professionals who plan to further their education by attending an accredited culinary school.
  • Taste America Scholarships: Sponsored by the James Beard Foundation, up to 10 scholarships in the amount of $2,500 will be granted to students residing or attending schoo

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On the Menu: Week of March 23

 

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

 

Monday, March 23, 7:00 P.M. 
Louisville Young Guns and Bourbon 
The rising stars of the Louisville food scene are collaborating on an epic ode to their mentors, who will be dining with us that evening. The menu will showcase the best of the Bluegrass State, including, of course, bourbon, which will be incorporated into many of the dishes and also served as a pairing with each course.

 

Tuesday, March 24, 7:00 P.M.
Taste of Nantucket 
With its renowned beaches, historic homes, and succulent seafood, Nantucket isn’t just a tourist destination—it’s a way of life. We’ve gathered the cream of its culinary crop for a celebration of the island’s bounty, guaranteed to have you planning your summer getaway before dessert is... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: March 20, 2015

 

Dietitians are up in arms about the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’s recent endorsement of Kraft cheese singles. [Food Politics

 

Millennials are preparing more meals at home than ever before, driving sales of small kitchen appliances. [Progressive Grocer

 

How cereal became America’s breakfast of choice. [Serious Eats... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: JBF Award Winner Sherry Yard's Crowning Achievement

 

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but after more than 20 years of Beard Awards ceremonies, some photos are just begging for a caption. This TBT we’re highlighting a snap of JBF Award winner Sherry Yard that has captured our collective imagination. Fortunately, at our recent Chefs Boot Camp on Avery Island, Yard spilled the beans on her regal attire and gave us a little insight into the inner monologue of a winner on awards’ night:

 

 

I had been nominated a bunch of times and I always brought my mom and dad with me. I was sitting in general admission with them instead of in the nominee seat the company had gotten me, so we were in the second to last row, all the way in the corner. Gale Gand had won the Outstanding Pastry Chef award the year before so she was presenting, and I hear her call my name. I was making my way through the row of seats and it was taking forever. I hear Gale say, "I'm not sure Sher... Read more >

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Recipe: Pimento Cheese Fritters with Green Tomato Jam

Daniel Doyle's recipe for Pimento Cheese Fritters with Green Tomato Jam, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

We used to think that plastering pimento cheese over the nooks and crannies of a cracker was as good as it gets. But Daniel Doyle of Charleston's Poogan's Porch has given this beloved Southern condiment a greater purpose, packaging it inside addictive, gumball-sized fritters. “Pimento cheese is inherently Southern, so why not make it the focus of a dish?” he says. “Why not a fritter?”

 

Who are we to argue? Get the recipe here.

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What We're Reading: March 19, 2015

Gnocchi

 

Impress dinner guests with homemade four-hour baguettes. [Food52]

 

As California's drought drags on, the state water board now forbids restaurants from automatically serving water. [Grub Street

 

Vote for the best Southern barbecue in this March Madness-inspired bracket. [Garden & Gun

 

Five tips for climbing out of a homecooked dinner rut. [The Kitchn]

 

Read this history of gnocchi… [... Read more >

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Expo Milano: Vertical Farm Installation

The vertical farm at the USA Pavilion

 

Over in Milan, the future USA Pavilion is inching closer and closer to completion. Our construction team recently installed the internal frame for the structure's state-of-the-art vertical farm, which will serve as an homage to America's farming history and to Expo Milano's commitment to a sustainable future. A variety of crops will grow on panels that rotate for maximum sunlight exposure and will be harvested for on-site dining events throughout Expo's six-month run. A rendering of the completed design feature is below.

 

 

The vertical farm at the USA Pavilion

 

As we’ve been reporting for several weeks now, we’re... Read more >

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