JBF and Vermilion Link Up to Promote Women Culinary Leaders

 

If you've been following our president's latest appearances in the press, you'll know that JBF is committed to promoting the work of women in the culinary world. Now, thanks to an opportunity to collaborate with Vermilion restaurant, we're about to take some big steps to grow our work in this area. On September 18, we're joining Vermilion's founder and owner, Rohini Dey, to host an exciting panel discussion about the rarity of women in leadership roles in the industry. Some powerful female talent will join Ungaro and Rohini on the panel, including Martha Stewart, Lidia Bastianich, International Culinary Center founder and CEO Dorothy Hamilton, and Martha Teichner of CBS News. The event, which is open to the general public, will also include a five-cours... Read more >

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The Past on the Plate: Translating Powerful Food Memories into Unforgettable Meals

 

by Jamie Feldmar

 

One transformative taste, whether it’s of a perfectly ripe summer tomato or an elaborate chef’s menu, can linger far longer in the mind than it does on the tongue. As anyone who remembers a sacred sandwich from childhood can attest, food memories rarely exist in a vacuum; they are inextricably tied to where you were when you had that unforgettable bite.

 

Those who make food their career tend to understand the importance of creating lasting food memories—most chefs hope the meals they craft will stay with their diners for years to come. They often draw inspiration from their own food memories, in ways both recognizable and unexpected.

 

Chris Hastings, 2012 JBF Best Chef: South award winner and owner of Hot & Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, Alabama, spent his childhood summers on Pawleys Island, South Carolina, where he was once charged with catching fish, crabs, oysters, clams, and shrimp for his family’s dinner.

 

“My grandma steamed... Read more >

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JBF Trip Planner: Sag Harbor, NY

 

If you’re anything like us, the first thing you do when planning a trip—perhaps even before booking a plane ticket—is figure out where you’re going to eat while you’re there. Museums, sightseeing, and shopping are all well and good, but food is often the main attraction. To make trip planning a little easier, we’re compiling lists of our can’t-miss pit stops in some of our favorite places. JBF Award winners, hole-in-the-wall favorites, America’s Classics, and one-hit wonders—we’ll give you a quick rundown of our absolute must-eats in each featured location.

 

Heading to the Hamptons for a respite from the city? Don't miss a stop in Sag Harbor, a historic whaling village with a low-key vibe and plenty of good eats. Here are a few of our favorites:

 

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Awards Watch: Date and City Set for 2013 Nominee Announcement

 

Before everyone scurries off for summer's last hurrah, we have a bit of news: the 2013 James Beard Awards nominee announcement has been scheduled for March 13 in the great city of Charleston! What's more, our friends at the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival® and the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau will be hosting a Friends of James Beard Benefit fundraiser at Fort Moultrie in nearby Sullivan's Island, and you can bet that many of Charleston's finest chefs will be there. The announcement of nominees will also be streamed live exclusively at Eater.com. Read the full press release about the 2013 nominee announcement and the fundraiser here.

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Five Dishes Worth the Time and Effort

In My Kitchen, the latest book from multiple JBF Award winner and last month's Chefs & Champagne® New York honoree, Ted Allen, is perfect for those of us who love to get lost in cooking. We asked the Chopped host to tell us his favorite recipes that are worth the hours they require.

 

I am very much a slow-food guy. I like nurtured, developed, deep flavors, smokers that give off sweet wisps of porky yummy over the course of an entire day, soups and stocks and sauces that simmer happily for an afternoon. Here are some recipes that take a little time. So what? You have something better to do than cook? There’s almost nothing better to do than cook.

 

North Carolina Pulled Pork

Yummmmmmm. I cook this stuff for six to eight hours. That is what I am talkin’ about.

 

Homemade Stock

Especially chicken, se... Read more >

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Recipe: Grilled Hanger Steak with Peperonata

 

As summer hits its crescendo this week, we'll be cooking with as many of the season's exuberant flavors as time allows. Thanks to this easy but satisfying recipe from Andrew Matthews of BLT Prime, we've aready got bell peppers, Roma tomatoes, and basil covered. The colorful trio is quickly sautéed into a classic Italian peperonata, which is then crowned with simply seasoned and swiftly seared hanger steak.

 

Get the recipe here.

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