Eye Candy: American Icons Gala Auction and Dinner

Our annual gala auction and dinner was held at the Four Seasons Restaurant last night, and the food, wine, and bidding were as exciting as ever! Scroll down for some of our favorite photos of the event; click here for even more images.

caviar on briochePetrossian American white sturgeon caviar on brioche

silent auctionThe silent auction awaiting bidders in the Four Seasons Restaurant Grill Room

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Ask a Chef: Daniel Boulud

Daniel Boulud A multiple JBF Award winner and 1995 inductee into the Who's Who, Daniel Boulud is a culinary legend. He may be one of the most tireless chefs we know, but he still needs a place to unwind and enjoy a great meal. Check out his favorite dining spots in New York City.

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Jobs We Love: Andrew Hetzel

Andrew Hetzel As a professional coffee taster, it's no surprise that Andrew Hetzel can't sit still: he spends up to 200 days traveling the world to sample various types of joe. And when he's not en route to an emerging producer, he writes. A lot. (Good thing he has all that coffee for late night paperwork.) Click here to learn more about his business of the bean.

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Reel Food: JBF Award Winner Charlie Palmer on the Early Show

Right on the heels of Alfred Portale, chef and restaurateur extraordinaire Charlie Palmer stopped by the CBS studios this morning to offer his tips on cooking pork. The segment made us all the more hungry for the Niman Ranch pork loin that he's preparing at tonight's American Icons gala auction and dinner. Watch the video below (after a short commercial):

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Food Matters: Angelic Edibles

Angelic EdiblesWhen we saw this Chicago Tribune article about mail-order foods from monasteries and convents, we knew we should report on two books recently published by JBF members: A Taste of Heaven by Madeline Scherb and Heavenly Feasts by Marcia Kelley. Scherb and Kelley have traveled the globe to taste countless heaven-approved treats, and now they've generously shared their findings with the rest of us. Read on to learn more about the authors and the fascinating foods they unearthed.

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Recipe: Butterscotch Pudding with Molasses Crisps and Black Pepper Whipped Cream

Gale Gand Since we’ve already given you a sneak peek of Alfred Portale’s mouthwatering ravioli from tomorrow night’s menu, why not treat yourself to a little dessert as well? Gale Gand will be serving this creamy butterscotch pudding as the close to our American Icons dinner. If you don’t have a seat, you’ll want to make this one at home. The molasses crisps provide a great textural contrast to the not too sweet pudding. The finishing touch? Black pepper whipped cream cuts the richness and rounds out this delicious dessert.

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Reel Food: JBF Award Winner Alfred Portale on the Early Show

American icon and JBF Award winner Alfred Portale is cooking his way through the media circuit before he puts on his toque for our gala auction and dinner tomorrow. Check out his appearance (after a brief commercial) on this morning's Early Show on CBS:

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Reel Food: Dinner with Mathilda and Friends

On the eve of our annual gala auction and dinner, we're excited to share this short video of some lucky folks enjoying one of the live auction packages auctioned off at last year's event. With some help from Edward Lee of Magnolia 610 in Louisville, Kentucky, JBF Chairman Woodrow Campbell threw a festive head-to-tail pig roast for family and friends in his Connecticut home over the summer. Watch the video below to see chef Lee in action and the life story of a black heritage pig named Mathilda:

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