This Friday: USA Pavilion Preview at Union Square Night Market

The future USA Pavilion at Expo Milano

 

It’s all buono here are JBF: as we’ve been reporting for several weeks now, we’re leading the conception and buildout of the USA Pavilion at next year’s Expo Milano, the first world’s fair to focus exclusively on food. Construction of the pavilion is underway in Italy, and we’ve also secured a slot at next year's South by Southwest; we'll be previewing our project at SouthBites, the festival’s new series of culinary experiences.

 

This Friday evening, October 10, we’ll be pitching a tent and spreading the word about Expo Milano 2015 at... Read more >

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What We're Reading: October 8, 2014

 

Put a Canadian spin on your Bloody Mary with Calgary’s “Caesar” cocktail. [MUNCHIES

 

Meet Vivino, an app for the aspiring oenophile. [The Kitchn

 

The best part of the Great American Beer Festival might be the crazy names of the entrants. [FWF

 

Can you make cookies out of cookie dough ice cream? [Thrillist

 

Eater explores the... Read more >

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Interview with Wendell Pierce, Part Two: Treme, New Orleans, and Chef Culture

 

 

The 2014 JBF Food Conference, taking place October 27–28 in New York City, will explore the intersection of food and health. Our speakers and panelists will discuss the myriad ways in which food supports personal and public health; fails to deliver on the promise of better health; and both drives and responds to other cultural forces in America today.

 

In anticipation of this two-day event, we're holding Health Month here on the JBF blog. In the post below, we continue our extended interview series with actor and activist We... Read more >

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October Menus: It’s Crunch Time

Monkfish with Chicken Skin and Smoked Chile Sauce

 

Arguably the most compelling part about dining at James Beard’s historic townhouse in New York City’s West Village is experiencing the constantly evolving snapshot of what’s happening in restaurants around the country. Over 250 nights per year, celebrated chefs from coast to coast take the stage in our kitchen, preparing one-night-only menus that showcase their signature culinary style. We like to think of the Beard House as a real-time barometer of American cuisine, pumping out an edible readout of how chefs are approaching or rethinking ingredients, flavor profiles, techniques, and even cuisines. The farm-to-table trend came out in full force in the mid-aughts, while vegetable cookery has been picking up steam as of late. Based on recent tallies, some of us have predicted the rise of togarashi, green strawberries, labne, and benne seeds on menus everywhere.

 

While reviewing and editing sta... Read more >

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What We're Reading: October 7, 2014

 

Artisanal Pop-Secret: Heirloom popcorn is on the rise. [NYT

 

Dirty Candy’s Amanda Cohen explains explores the lack of trust between diners and restaurants. [Eater

 

A statistical breakdown of vegetarians and vegans in the U.S. [Jayson Lusk

 

How will synthetic biology play into the GMO debate? [NPR

 

Get the down-low on the 31 Flavors at Baskin Robbin’s Scoop School. [... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Los Angeles

 

We’re starting the second month of our national epicurean tour, James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® with a great lineup of events on the West Coast. This weekend we’re setting up shop in Los Angeles for two days of star-studded events featuring Taste America All-Star James Beard Award Winner Aarón Sánchez, and local star and James Beard Award Winner Nancy Silverton. Join us Friday for a reception featuring dishes from some of the city’s hottest chefs, followed by an exclusive, one-night-only four course dinner prepared by Sánchez and Silverton. Saturday the action moves to Sur La Table, for cooking demos and book signings from Sánchez and free tastings from local vendors Fallen Fruit from Rising Women and Pernicious Pickling Co.


For tickets and more informati... Read more >

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Food Rx: Seamus Mullen's Struggles and Triumphs with Food and Health

 

The 2014 JBF Food Conference, taking place October 27–28 in New York City, will explore the intersection of food and health. Our speakers and panelists will discuss the myriad ways in which food supports personal and public health; fails to deliver on the promise of better health; and both drives and responds to other cultural forces in America today.

 

In anticipation of this two-day event, we're holding Health Month here on the JBF blog. Below, JBF Award–nominated chef Seamus Mullen shares his own complicated history with food and its impact on his well-being. Mullen will also be co-creating the menu for our 2014 JBF Leadership Awards dinner on October 27 i... Read more >

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What We're Reading: October 6, 2014

 

The Middle East's answer to peanut butter: a guide to tahini. [The Kitchn

 

The history behind Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray soda, a vegetable loner in a world of cola and lemon-lime. [Serious Eats

 

Pop-Tarts turns 50 this year, so here are a few facts to celebrate our favorite toast pastry. [HuffPo

 

The not-so-secret agenda behind Costco’s free samples. [... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Cucumber Margarita

 

Forget kale juice or spirulina smoothies: our favorite way to drink our veggies is with this ultra-smooth and refreshing cucumber margarita from JBF Award winner Rick Bayless (the delightful cocktail is also one of the featured recipes in our brand new JBF Vegetables app). The tequila–cucumber base is blended and strained to achieve the perfect mix of health and hair of the dog. Sip this during your happy hour, and you might just end up with a bit of a virtuous buzz.

 

Get the recipe here.

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Sustainability Matters: October 3, 2014

 

Several years after the threat of “colony collapse” to honeybee populations, today’s beekeepers are more concerned about small, persistent hive decimation than mass colony deaths. [NY Times]

 

Ocean acidification, an effect of climate change, could cause oyster prices to skyrocket as shellfish farms are forced inland. [Grist]

 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced that almost ninety percent of school-aged children are getting too much salt in their diets. [Huffington Post]

 

American and European representatives debate chlorinated chicken in negotiations over the Tran... Read more >

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