Making It: Food Entrepreneurs Turn Their Craft into a Career

 

After Kris Swanberg lost her job as a high school teacher in 2008, she spent the summer, as many of us might have, drowning her sorrows in ice cream. Except that she wasn’t just eating ice cream—she was making it, pint after pint, in a KitchenAid ice-cream maker she had received as a wedding gift.
 

Word soon spread among Swanberg’s friends and neighbors, and within a matter of months she was selling small batches of her ice cream to a local grocer. Two years later her product, Nice Cream, is available in 20 Chicago-area locations.
 

Though Swanberg’s story is singular in many ways, her decision to become a small-scale food producer is not. The recession and a surge of national interest in cooking and culinary crafting have prompted more and more people to start their own food businesses, according to Louise Kramer of the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade.
 

But exactly how do amateur food artisans take their passion from hobby to career?... Read more >

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Mardi Gras Menu

crayfish Let the good times roll on Fat Tuesday with this celebratory Mardi Gras menu. Crayfish à la Bordelaise This classic Creole recipe is the perfect starter to any Emerald City homage. If you can't find crayfish, substitute shrimp and adjust the cooking time accordingly. Old-School Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya JBF Award winner Donald Link, chef and owner of Cochon and Herbsaint, prepares this Cajun-style jambalaya by caramelizing the meat and onions and cooking the rice in a rich, reduced stock. Orange Blossom Beignets Orange blossom water adds a hint of Basque flavor to this quintessential New Orleans dessert. Café Brûlot End the meal with de

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On the Menu: March 6 through March 12

On the Menu Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Tuesday, March 8, 7:00 P.M. Mardi Gras Seafood Celebration Let the bons temps roll this Fat Tuesday when Tenney Flynn and the GW Fins team join us at the Beard House to celebrate Mardi Gras. The renowned restaurant has been serving its globally influenced seafood in the heart of New Orleans’s French Quarter for the past ten years. Wednesday, March 9, 12:00 P.M. Beard on Books: Grant Achatz's Life on the Line Join us in the dining room of the landmark James Beard House for the next installment of Beard on Books, a literary series featuring readings and discussions with some of the food world’s most celebrated authors. Wednesday, March 9, 7:00 P.M.

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Member Profile: Dano Hutnik, the Ultimate DIY Chef

Dano Hutnik

Long before it was de rigueur to have an in-house charcuterie program, a housemade bread basket, and an in-house forager, JBF professional member and frequent Beard House featured chef Dano Hutnik was harvesting, canning, pickling, stuffing, and curing just about everything on the menu at Dano’s Heuriger on Seneca, the restaurant he owns with his wife, Karen, in New York’s Finger Lakes region.


“I like to cook, so I don’t buy things, I make,” Dano explained in his lovely Mittel-European accent as we sampled his pork sausage with garlic and housemade paprika and slices of his three-month-aged Gouda with more of that intoxicating paprika (Dano started making his own cheese six months ago).


“When you’re out in the country and there are all of these raw ingredients, you just want to use them,” he says. And use them he does—in his homemade mustards, canned preserve... Read more >

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Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market Menu

Sunday Supper We've already revealed who will cook at Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market; now we're thrilled to share the marvelous menu. Check it out below! (Note: Sunday Supper is sold out, but you can call the JBF reservations department at 212.627.2308 to get a spot on the wait list. Pricing info can be found here.) Reception Butternut Squash Samosas Duck Empanadas with Spring Onion Salsa Verde Mini Chicken Bahn Mi Sandwiches Local Vegetable Soup Assorted Maki and Sushi Dinner Roasted Hawaiian Hearts of Palm Salad with Blood Oranges, Grilled Shiitakes, and Brown Butter–Verjus Vinaigrette Roas

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On the Menu: Columbia Valley Terroir

James John Cafe Portland’s James John Cafe has developed a cult following for its simple bistro cuisine, which proudly features the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Chef/owner duo Suzanne Bozarth and Aaron Solley will bring their talents to the Beard House tomorrow night with a menu that will pair perfectly with the terroir-driven boutique wines of the Grande Dalles. Have a look at the menu below, and click here to make reservations. Hors d’Oeuvre Smoked Cod with Horseradish Cream Nettle Soup Shooters Leeks and Bacon on Croutons Pork Rillettes (Get the re

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Eye Candy: Molasses Tasting

molasses tasting When Melissa Close-Hart cooked at the Beard House last month, she sweetened her trio of desserts with sticky and soulful molasses. From left to right: molasses–ginger madeleine with orange caramel; molasses crème brûlée (get the recipe!); and a molasses cannolo. Check out more images of chef Close-Hart's dinner at the James Beard House.

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