Ask the Chefs: Finger Lakes Toques on Top Wine Region Eats

 

New York State’s picturesque Finger Lakes region beckons travelers and oenophiles with its extraordinary beauty and award-winning wineries. For an upcoming Beard House dinner, a group of local and Big Apple chefs will collaborate on a stunning late-spring menu paired with critically acclaimed wines from Bloomer Creek Vineyard. In anticipation of this dinner, we caught up with winemakers Debra Bermingham and Kim Engle, the proprietors of Bloomer Creek Vineyard; along with chefs Shaina Loew of New York City hot spot Prune; and Justin Paterson of Hazelnut Kitchen in Trumansburg, New York. Read on to see what they have to say abo... Read more >

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Interview with Ravi Kapur from San Francisco’s JBF Award–Nominated Liholiho Yacht Club

 

With appearances on best-of lists from Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Eater, and the San Francisco Chronicle, Liholiho Yacht Club has taken the Golden Gate City by storm. Lauded for its heritage-driven, Hawaiian-inspired fare, the menu also pulls from Northern Californian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Indian culinary traditions with inventive dishes like pork belly with pineapple and Thai basil; and beef tongue steam buns with kimchi. We spoke with chef Ravi Kapur about the inspiration behind the restaurant’s concept, where to get the best noodle soup in the Bay Area, and how spam has been woven into Hawaii’s culinary fabric.

 

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JBF: How would you describe Liholiho Yacht Club’s culinary style? What do you hope to share with your diners?

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On the Menu: Thursday, April 28, 2016

 

Here’s a taste of what’s on tap today at the Beard House and around the country.


 
 
Celebrity Chef Tour / Nashville, 6:00 P.M.
Host Chef Jacob Strang / JBF Award Winner Justin Aprahamian, Sanford Restaurant, Milwaukee / Steve Phelps, Indigenous, Sarasota, FL / Hosea Rosenberg, Blackbelly Market, Boulder, CO / JBF Award Winner Jason Stanhope, FIG, Charleston, SC 
 

Our national Celebrity Chef Tour dinner series is coming to the Music City for a night of tempting bites from top-notch toques like JBF Award winners Justin Aprahamian and Jason Stanhope, and Top Chef’s Hosea Rosenberg. 
 
Check out the event listing for more information.
 

 

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Ask a Chef: Matthew Dolan on Sustainable Seafood and San Francisco Eats

 

At his pair of superb San Francisco eateries, Twenty Five Lusk and Tap [415], chef and co-owner Matthew Dolan combines his classic European technique with Northern California ingredients and sensibilities. For his Beard House reprise, Dolan will delight seafood lovers with a decadent and sustainability-minded feast, proving just how delicious conscious consumption can be. In anticipation of his dinner, we spoke to the industry vet about perfecting his octopus preparation, some of his favorite places to dine in the Bay Area, and why he'll eat any and all types of pizza. ... Read more >

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Overheard at the 2016 JBF Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards

JBF Award winners Steven Cook and Michael Solomonov

 

Put a bunch of writers, producers, journalists, and media hosts in a room together, and you’re bound to get a few worthy bon mots. Here are some of our favorite quotable lines from last night’s Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards, which capped a celebratory evening with hilarious and inspiring sentiments.

 

“I thought you had to grow a beard for this event.”—Steven Cook, International Award and Cookbook of the Year Award winner with Michael Solomonov for Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking

 

“A toast to my wife, who as a female computer scientist faces some of the same struggles as female chefs, and to all the... Read more >

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Eat This Word: Madeleines

 

WHAT? Sweet seashells. These delicate, scallop-shaped cookies have a history that long predates Proust's memory stimulant. Culinaria France recounts what sounds like a legend to us, that the cookies first became popular back in the 18th-century, when the Duke of Lorraine, a consummate party host, found himself short a pastry chef while entertaining one night. With no time to spare, the Duke was forced to turn to his chambermaid Madeleine to create sweets for his guests. She whipped up her grandmother's airy, bite-sized cakes and, thus, the madeleine was born. Chances are her grandmother, if she existed, came from Commercy, the town whose bakers have been known for centuries throughout France for their delicate, hump-back madeleines. The batter is a simple mixture of eggs, sugar, and flour; it is a molded... Read more >

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Interview with JBF Award Nominee Angela Dimayuga of Mission Chinese Food

Angela Dimayuga of Mission Chinese Food in New York City

 

At Danny Bowien's second incarnation of Mission Chinese Food, executive chef Angela Dimayuga presides over one of New York City's most ambitious and idiosyncratic menus. (Where else can you find both caviar service and "hot cheese pizza" on offer?) But the 2016 Rising Star Chef nominee and her team's throw-it-at-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks approach goes beyond the kitchen: Dimayuga is also an advocate for work-life balance and effective management, and she's willing to think creatively in her pursuit for a better workplace culture. Below, find her tips for fostering a healthy and productive kitchen staff, her recommendations for ordering off the current MCF menu, and her highlights from a recent trip to South Korea. 

 

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The 2016 Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards: Complete Winner Recap

 

Thanks for joining us for the 2016 Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards! Here's the full list of tonight's winners. Congratulations to all! 

 

2016 Book, Broadcast & Journalism Award Winners

 

The JBF Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards are presented with leading support from Breville®, Goose Island Beer Co. and Lenox Tableware and Gifts. 
 

Book Awards   

 
American Cooking 
 
The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook
Chris Fischer with Catherine Young
(Little, Brown and Company)
 
 
Baking and Dessert  
 

Sourdough: Recipes for Rustic Fermented Breads, Sweets, Savories, and More
Sarah Owens
(Roost Books)
 
 
Beverage  
 
The Oxford Companion to Wine 
Jancis Robinson and Julia Harding
(Oxford University Press)
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The 2016 JBF Publication of the Year: Lucky Peach

The rapid flowering of food writing over the last couple of decades presents a cultural moment: why food, and why now? We know why we want to eat it: we’re hungry, and it tastes good. But why do we want to complicate matters and tell stories about it? When so much writing about the cultural products we consume—film, music, the fine arts—has begun to contract and wither, why has food writing flourished to an unprecedented degree?

 

It’s more than just the food. Sure, we’re obsessed with food and restaurants and cooking and ingredients and sourcing—each of these obsessions spawning its own set of political obsessions in turn. But we’re also language-obsessed. We tell stories about food because food gives us the opportunity to tell stories we haven’t told about ourselves, in a language that’s as elemental as anything on our plates.

 

And that’s where Lucky Peach comes in. Since 2011, when David Chang, Peter Meehan, and Chris Ying... Read more >

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2016 JBF Cookbook Hall of Fame: Deborah Madison

 

This award is given to a cookbook or body of work that has had a significant and enduring impact on the way we cook and understand food.

 

In an age when cookbook buyers shop with their eye trained on pretty pictures, it is a testament to Deborah Madison’s evocative writing that her most vaunted cookbook, the encyclopedic Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone (1997), has very few. The revised edition, The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone (2014), has no photographs at all. 

 

Madison is exacting in her scholarship and generous in her wisdom, a kitchen guide whose intention is to impart the knowledge that sets home cooks free from written recipes and instills the confidence to improvise according to the seasons or what’s at hand. Over the years, hundreds of readers have emailed her to extol the virtues of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, and she has seen “utterly destroyed copies in restaurants and monasteries, books with stai

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