Interview with Gavin Kaysen of Spoon and Stable, Nominated for Best New Restaurant

Photo c/o Spoon and Stable

 

After JBF Award winner Gavin Kaysen left his post at Café Boulud to return to his roots in Minneapolis, the long-missed-local received a hero’s welcome, and Twin Cities residents are now flocking to Kayen's Spoon and Stable, a 2015 Best New Restaurant nominee. We spoke with him about his homecoming, his penchant for pilfering flatware, and his vision of Heartland cuisine.

 

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JBF: Your restaurant is called Spoon and Stable. What’s the story behind the name?

 

Gavin Kaysen: The building we took over was a horse stable that was built in 1906, so the stable part comes from that. The spoon part comes from something I’ve been doing for years, which is "collecting" spoons from places all over the world. They come from places that have inspired me, perhaps while eating dinner, or working there. We now sell spoons at th... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of May 4

 

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

 

Monday, May 4, 6:00 P.M.
The 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards: Chicago
It’s an exciting year for the James Beard Awards: we’re celebrating this prestigious program’s 25th anniversary, and, for the first time ever, the Awards gala will take place in the city of Chicago. For our gala reception, we’ve invited a talented group of chefs from around the country, many of whom are recent JBF Award winners, to create a dish that expresses their signature style.

 

Wednesday, May 6, 7:00 P.M.
Grace Bay Beach Chic 
From a hit restaurant in Chile to his stint at Ferran Adrià’s El Bulli, Cristian Rebolledo brings a world of experience to the restaurants he helms at three boutique resorts in the picturesque Turks and Cai... Read more >

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Sponsored Post: Let Enjoy Illinois Be Your Chicago Concierge

The dining room of Best New Restaurant nominee Parachute

 

If you're visiting Chicago and love food, you know the city's Beard Award winners and latest crop of nominees are sure bets for top-notch dining. But the offerings don't end there.

 

The official Enjoy Illinois blog, published by the Illinois Office of Tourism, is a one-stop guide to restaurants, museums, historical sites, and more in Chicago. Head over there now for a roundup of where to eat during JBFA weekend. We also love their inspired Instagram Challenges, with themes like "... Read more >

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Video: How to Make Jamie Bissonnette's Easiest Chicken Liver Mousse

 

We're excited to announce our partnership 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 share 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.

 

The culinary industry's biggest night is just a few days away, and we're providing you with... Read more >

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Sponsored Happy Hour: The BACARDÍ Gran Reserva Old Cuban

BACARDÍ Brand Ambassador Juan Coronado

 

The Italian tradition of serving a pre-dinner cocktail, or aperitif, dates back to ancient Rome. But like many imbibers, I want that experience to last longer.

 

Thanks to the care and pride that restaurants are putting into their beverage programs, we can now enjoy cocktails throughout an entire meal. When made correctly, cocktails can be extremely food-friendly, and can pair with any style of cuisine. However, some spirits are more versatile than others.

 

Mixologists prize rum for its incredible flexibility. The spirit ranges from light and dry to rich and aged, and can be flavored or spiced. This diversity allows for a broader spectrum of cocktails that can be mixed with infinite ingredients to fully complement a culinary experience.

 

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Interview with Markus Glocker of Bâtard, Nominated for Best New Restaurant

Photo c/o Bâtard

 

Using what New York Times food critic Pete Wells called "a sniper's accuracy at the stove," Austrian-born chef Markus Glocker crafts show-stopping prix fixe menus for a range of budgets at Tribeca’s elegant Bâtard. To learn more about the white-hot nominee for Best New Restaurant, we spoke with Glocker about his European pedigree, culinary style, and ultimate springtime dessert.

 

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JBF: How would you describe your culinary style?

 

MG: I’d describe my culinary style as simplicity refined. I try and send a clear, focused message through flavor.

 

JBF: How has your background influenced your food at Bâtard?

 

MG: When you work for influential chefs like Charlie Trotter, you can’t deny the influence that they have on your cooking. That being said, after learning these techniques from great chefs before m... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: May 1, 2015

 

Pepsi may be ditching the aspartame in its diet soda, but simply swapping one artificial sweetener for another doesn’t address larger health concerns. [Mother Jones

 

A Maryland fast casual chain is proving that kids and parents will choose healthy options if they’re easy to order. [NPR

 

This California chef is dealing with the drought by cleaning his dishes with compressed air. [CBS

 

Pharmaceutical companies are looking... Read more >

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Tune into the Beard Awards Gala on Monday, May 4

Lyric Opera of Chicago

 

Time to unroll the red carpet and polish the Champagne flutes: next Monday is the culinary industry's biggest night. What's more, it's the 25th anniversary of the Beards, and, for the first time ever, we're bringing the show to the great city of Chicago.

 

Not joining us at Lyric Opera of Chicago? That's okay—It's easy to follow along at home. And why not invite a few friends over for a JBF Award viewing party? Just tune into our live broadcast at jamesbeard.org/awards. The ceremony begins at 6:00 P.M. Central. We'll also be covering the chef-studded red carpet on our Periscope account (username "Beard Foundation") starting at 5:00 P.M. Central. As always, we'll be live-tweeting the ceremony @beardfoundation and, here on our blog, posting videos from the show, winner recaps, and great reads about the America's Clas... Read more >

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Sponsored Post: HMSHost's Innovative Dining at O'Hare

Chef Susumu Shibata in the O’Hare Urban Garden

 

When the best of America’s culinary industry descends on Chicago for the James Beard Awards Gala next week, they’ll touch down at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, one of the busiest aviation hubs in the country.

 

The 80 million travelers who traverse O’Hare’s terminals daily are no strangers to culinary excellence, thanks to the abundant dining options provided by HMSHost. One of the world’s largest restaurateurs, HMSHost has developed an innovative dining program that’s in step with current food trends, including restaurants that source from local farmers and use fresh herbs from O’Hare Urban Garden, located in Terminal 3.

 

Like the James Beard Awards, HMSHost is invested in nurturing culinary talent. The company’s recent “... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Italian Roots at the James Beard Awards

Photo by Kent Miller Studios

 

With a scant four days before the 25th Annual James Beard Awards in Chicago, we’re busy packing our bags, prepping our hair and makeup, and prognosticating about which nominees will grab the coveted medallions. The Awards are always full of surprises and singular moments, so for this week’s TBT we’re looking back at an unlikely pairing of pasta and percussion from last year’s ceremony. This dynamic duo of drumstick wielders is the kind of flavor combination you’ll only find at the Beard Awards. Tune in to our livestream Monday night to see what’s on the menu for this year.

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