Announcing the JBF Kitchen Cam

Announcing the James Beard Foundation Kitchen Cam

 

Anyone who has ever dined at the Beard House knows that the experience includes an opportunity to pass through the townhouse's historic kitchen and see our visiting chefs at work. Starting next Monday, anyone with a computer or a mobile device will get to peep the action, too.

 

On March 31, we're launching the JBF Kitchen Cam, a live, three-angle camera feed that captures the excitement and atmosphere of the 200+ dining events that take place at the Beard House over the course of a year. The official launch coincides with a special dinner by JBF Award–winning chef Daniel Boulud, featuring a menu inspired by his latest cookbook and memoir, Daniel: My French Cuisine.

 

Tune into the JBF Kitchen Cam... Read more >

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Reel Food: The Berkshire Cure-All

 

Ever wondered what happens behind the scenes at a James Beard House dinner? When Brian Alberg and a team of chefs came to the House recently for their annual Berkshire Cure-All event, they showed us this video about their 2013 visit. Featuring interviews with the farmers who grew the food for their seven-course menu, behind-the-scenes looks at prep and service, and even some late-night trash-talking at Prune, it's a true taste of the Beard House experience.

 

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JBF Announces 2014 Scholarships and Grants

The James Beard Foundation Announces 2014 Scholarships and Grants

 

Beginning on Tuesday, April 1, aspiring students and chefs alike will be able to apply for 2014 James Beard Foundation scholarships or grants. We'll post a full list of available scholarships, application materials, and details about eligibility to our scholarships page on that day. Here's a snapshot of what we'll be offering:

 

  • Spencer’s Restaurant at the Mountain: the four-star American restaurant in Palm Springs, California, is offering an unrestricted scholarship to a deserving student selected by the JBF Scholarship Selection Committee.
  • Andrew Zimmern’s “Second Chances” Scholarship: sponsored by Eyebobs, will offer a student faced with extreme challenges, a “second chance,” to overcome these hardships.
  • Green Door Gourmet Scholarship: sponsored by Sylvia Harrelson Ganier, will reward a student with an interest in sust

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Scholarship Spotlight: Matthew F. Johnson

James Beard Foundation Scholarship Spotlight: Matthew F. Johnson

 

The recipient of the 2013 Elkes Family Scholarship, Matthew F. Johnson is a student at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, where he has spent his freshman year studying Culinary Fundamentals, Meat Fabrication, and Modern Banquet Cookery, among other subjects. Hailing from "meat-and-potatoes land," Matthew has discovered a passion for seafood, and he is about to embark on an externship in Seattle. (He also confesses that fish has taken up the bulk of his meal plan on campus.)

 

"The sense of security this scholarship has given me has allowed me to focus on my education, and it gives me confidence to keep pursuing my interests in this challenging field," Matthew told us in an email. "It’s also a cool thing to say that the James Beard Foundation has my back!"

 

As you can see in the below video, Matthew is also a budding motivational speaker. H... Read more >

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Daily Digest: March 24, 2014

limes

 

Lime prices are jumping, and it's partially related to Mexico's drug war. [NPR]

 

Too lazy to peel a kiwi? New Zealand scientists are engineering a "naked" version of the fruit for easier consumption. [WSJ]

 

Why bacon and other American breakfast items are getting pricier. [CBS News

 

How eating meat puts a strain on wildlife populations and natural habitats. [NPR]... Read more >

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Buy 2014 Book Award Nominees in the JBF Amazon Store

The James Beard Foundation Amazon Store

 

Isn't it funny how your shelves always seem to have room for just one more cookbook? Good thing we just added this year's batch of JBF Book Award–nominated titles to our Amazon store. Go buy one—or anything else, for that matter—and the James Beard Foundation will get a cut of the purchase. Go on, you know you want to.

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JBF on the Air: Hasia Diner

Hasia Diner on Taste Matters with Mitchell Davis

 

On this week's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis spoke with Hasia Diner, author and professor of Hebrew and Judaic studies and history at New York University, about the food culture of Irish, Italian, and Jewish immigrants. The pair discussed assumptions about American cuisine, authenticity, and the cultural, social, and economic practices relating to the production and consumption of food in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Click here to listen to the full episode.

 

Taste Matters is a radio program dedicated to taste: as a sense, cultural construct, and culinary phenomenon. However much we talk about where our f... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: March 21, 2014

 

A new Oceana report lists nine "dirty" U.S. fisheries blamed for hundreds of millions of pounds of bycatch each year. [Food Safety News]

 

Scientists find that chemicals used in agricultural pesticides and food products could cause in utero neurological damage. [The Atlantic]

 

Celebrate with cheese: new research reveals that there is no consistent link between saturated fat intake and heart disease. [NPR]

 

Are floating farms the future of food production? [Modern Farmer]... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of March 23

 

Here's what's on JBF's calendar next week:

 

Sunday, March 23, 5:00 P.M.  

Sunday Supper at the Chelsea Market 

Set in a historic factory, Manhattan’s Chelsea Market is now home to some of the city's finest epicurean shops and restaurants. For our sixth annual Friends of James Beard Benefit, we've culled a formidable group of chefs to prepare a convivial family-style feast, which will be served in the market’s main hall.  


This year's Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market will raise funds to benefit the James Beard Foundation, Wellness in the Schools, and other charitable initiatives of the Jamestown Charitable Foundation. 

 

Monday, March 24, 7:00 P.M.  

Virginia Luxury Escape 

Perhaps it’s the Inn at Willow Grove’s Southern charm or its picturesque 40-acre estate that first lu... Read more >

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Daily Digest: March 20, 2014

candy

 

A new study shows how your kids' sweet tooth may be rooted in an evolutionary advantage. [NPR]

 

It's not just coffee anymore: thousands of Starbucks store will soon include an evening menu that includes alcohol and light bites. [Chicago Tribune]

 

Want to rear and harvest your own edible bugs? There's a DIY kit for that. [Wired]

 

Once a custom-made food for macrobiotic eaters like John Lennon, the veggie burger is now mainstream. Here's how it achieved mass appeal. [Smithsonian

 ... Read more >

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