Sponsored Post: The Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival on May 3

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Make the most of your JBF Awards weekend and enjoy the wines of Spain’s most prominent wine region while you’re in NYC! The Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival is on Saturday, May 3, at Weylin B. Seymour’s in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Experience more than 200 vibrant Rioja wines from 60+ wineries, meet top Rioja winemakers, attend expert-led seminars, and taste delicious tapas from 25 nationally-renowned chefs. Rioja is famous for producing an incredible variety of the world’s finest and most food-friendly wines at incredible values, so while you are sipping away, stop off at the Jamón Bar or the Paella Garden. 

 

Start planning your weekend now and make sure to get your tickets for one of the best gastronomic parties of the year! Tickets are $55 and proceeds of the Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival will benefit culinary scholarships the James Beard Foundation. This event is expected to sell out, so... Read more >

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Daily Digest: April 7, 2014

wine

 

Beyond Chardonnay: the surprising top-selling wines on Amazon. [LAT]

 

Taking a swing at artisanal food: the evolution of ballpark grub. [Food Republic]

 

Tomorrow is Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day—look for locations near you. [HuffPo]

 

In a rice-centric country like Vietnam, farm-to-table pizza is making its mark. [NYT]

 

For all newbie urban gardeners: be aware of your soil's dirty history. [... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: April 4, 2014

 

Ocean acidification, “climate change’s evil twin," is the subject of increased research by global oceanographic institutes. [Grist]

 

Advances in “fake meat” alternatives may mean big business for food producers while benefiting the environment. [NY Times]

 

Got Milk? A bipartisan coalition of House members seek to end the ban on interstate marketing of raw milk. [Food Politics]

 

A Honduran Liberación farmer explains the benefits of Rainforest Alliance sustainable palm oil cooperative certification. [... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of April 6

Photo by Ken Goodman

 

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

 

Monday, April 7, 7:00 P.M. 

The Art of American Omakase

​At Scottsdale’s celebrated Posh restaurant, chef Joshua Hebert creates improvisational tasting menus inspired by the tradition of the Japanese omakase. In a collaborative dialogue with his diners, he riffs off a list of their personal culinary tastes to craft an exquisite, individually tailored, and spontaneous selection of modern American dishes.

 

Tuesday, April 8, 7:00 P.M. 

Spring Seafood and White Wine Celebration

Boston-area epicureans flock to Zebra’s Bistro and Wine Bar for its house-grown produce and artisanal ingredients from local farmers and fishermen. Join us in tasting chef Brendan Pelley’s stunning spring me... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Nancy Harmon Jenkins

Nancy Harmon Jenkins

 

On this week's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis chatted with Mediterranean cuisine expert Nancy Harmon Jenkins. The cookbook author and New York Times writer offered insight on olive oil, pasta, health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, and even ancient Egyptian maritime technology. Click here to listen to the full episode.

 

Taste Matters is a radio program dedicated to taste: as a sense, cultural construct, and culinary phenomenon. However much we talk about where our food comes from, how it’s produced, who prepares it, or what sorts of socio-cultural-political implications our food choices and eating behaviors have, taste is fundamental.... Read more >

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Daily Digest: April 3, 2014

Vegetables

 

Seven simple ways to increase your vegetable intake. [The Guardian

 

An exploration of the meaning behind the "chef" title. [Esquire]

 

Dining etiquette to make you a more savvy restaurant-goer. [WP]

 

Raising the bar: an argument for stool-top dining. [WSJ]

 

As fish populations decrease, should parts of the ocean be cut of... Read more >

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Bacon Takes Center Stage

Recipe for Bacon Confit with Chiles and Pickles, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

It's been well-documented that bacon makes everything taste better. But instead of consigning it to a supporting role, why not make bacon the star of the dish? Here are a few recipes that put our favorite cured meat into the spotlight: 

 

Bacon Confit with Chiles and Pickles

Homemade bread-and-butter pickles and Fresno chiles top crispy cubes of slow-cooked slab bacon.

 

Bacon with Pineapple Jus and Bacon-Salted Peanuts

Strange and wonderful, this salty-sweet braised bacon dish makes for a conversation-starting hors d'oeuvre.

 

... Read more >

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Awards Watch: 2014 Journalism Nominees

The 2014 James Beard Foundation Journalism Nominees

 

Want to check out our 2014 Journalism Award nominees, but don't know where to start? We've done the hard work for you and compiled links to all of the stories that are up for medals. Now have at it!

 

The 2014 James Beard Awards will be held in New York City in May. The Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards ceremony will take place at Gotham Hall on Friday, May 2, with the James Beard Awards Gala to follow on Monday, May 5, at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater. Tickets to the main gala are now on sale, while the Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards ceremony is by invitation only.

 

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Cooking, Recipes, or Instruction

 

Scott Mowbray and Ann Taylor Pittman
Cooking Light
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Daily Digest: April 2, 2014

communal table

 

We're all in this together: the return of communal restaurant tables. [The Atlantic

 

Introducing the gluten-free cosmopolitan. [LAT]

 

Four critics and one restaurant: an experiment on perspective. [WP]

 

Can't get enough food porn? Here are 15 stunning... Read more >

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Sponsored Post: Fly Delta Innovation Class with JBF Award Winner Sean Brock

Delta Innovation Class

 

When you fly Delta, the official airline of the James Beard Awards, you can count on world-class service, a wide spectrum of in-flight entertainment, and so much more. But what about a smart and engaging seatmate? Turns out you can have that, too.

 

Introducing Delta Innovation Class, a mentoring program at 35,000 feet. For this one-of-a-kind experience, the airline is flying forward-thinking leaders to events around the world. They’re also giving you a chance to tag along. 

 

What does this have to do with JBF? One of the Delta Innovation Class destinations is the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards on Monday, May 5, in New York City. The passenger flying there? 2014 ... Read more >

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