JBF Partners with Cooking up Change in the Fight for Better School Lunch

 

The James Beard Foundation is partnering with Cooking up Change and Healthy Schools Campaign

 

While the buzz surrounding the need for fresh and healthy school lunch has certainly grown louder on the food world’s radar, no one will deny that there’s still plenty to be done to improve American students’ diets. And whom better to consult than the students themselves?

 

That’s the strategy behind Cooking up Change, a student-chef competition whose winning recipes make their way into cafeterias around the country. Started by Healthy Schools Campaign, a Chicago-based non-profit, the contest takes place in six cities, inviting student-led teams to craft delicious school lunches within the “real-life constraints” of limited ingredient lists and tight deadlines. Finalists from each city will compete in the national competition in Washington, D.C. on May 21, and one dish from each team’... Read more >

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Recipe: Gigantes Soup with Feta Cheese, Olives, and Olive Oil

Recipe for gigantes soup with feta cheese

 

In this unfussy soup from Greek cuisine maven Maria Loi, gigantes—a sizable, ivory bean that's widely used in Greek cooking—commingle with everyday vegetables to make a creamy and satisfying soup. Get the recipe here

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Buy JBF Award–Winning Books from our Amazon Store!

The James Beard Foundation Amazon Store

 

Face it: trying to kick your cookbook addiction is futile, but at least there's a way to support your habit while also throwing some support to JBF.

 

As always, when you buy JBF Award-winning and nominated books from our Amazon store, a small percentage of your purchase is donated to the James Beard Foundation. With summer approaching, we have our eyes on Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home. We're sure there's a title or two that will call out to you.

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On the Menu: Week of May 13

 

Here's what's happening at the Beard House next week:

 

Tuesday, May 15, 7:00 P.M.
Pino Luongo’s Mediterranean Feast
A pioneer of modern Italian cuisine in America, Pino Luongo made his mark with Tuscan trattoria Il Cantinori and iconic restaurants Coco Pazzo and Le Madri. Luongo recently returned to the kitchen with the opening of Morso, where executive chef Tim Ryan (formerly of Picholine and Bouley) and sous chef Scott Burnett serve impeccably crafted Mediterranean fare.

 

Wednesday, May 16, 12:00 noon
Beard on Books: Hugh Acheson
When Ottawa chef Hugh Acheson settled in Georgia and opened the critically acclaimed Five and Ten restaurant, he became deeply connected to his adopted home state. His book, A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinve... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: JBF Award Gala Inspiration

 

To commemorate JBF's 25th anniversary, we asked each of the gala reception chefs to create a dish inspired by one of Beard's recipes. Here are a few of Jim's original dishes that were so artfully tweaked on Monday night:

 

Blini with Caviar
Gary Danko's crisp blini topped with smoked salmon and Pacific Plaza caviar was a riff on this classic Beard recipe.

 

Chicken with Tarragon
"I believe that if ever I had to practice cannibalism, I might manage if there were enough tarragon around," Beard once famously declared. Though the Awards were a cannibalism-free zone, Beard's version of Poulet à l'Estragon was the inspiration for Tre Wilcox's gala reception dish: seared shrimp served with tarragon–Parmesan grits.

 

Jim Bear... Read more >

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2012 JBF Award Winners

 

In case you missed last night's coverage, here's the complete list of our 2012 JBF Award winners! 

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