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:
More than 35 years after James Beard wrote American Cookery, American chefs have transcended their underdog status. Among those chefs who have achieved celebrity in their own right, some have even become icons. At this year's gala dinner and auction we're celebrating American cuisine and the icons who helped create it. And what better way to do so than a fantastic multi-course menu? Here's a preview of what will grace the tables at Wednesday's sold-out event at the Four Seasons Restaurant:
ReceptionJBF Award Winner Fabio Trabocchi, The Four Seasons Restaurant, NYC
Otoro with Fennel PollenKumamoto Oysters with Cauliflower and Lobster AspicParsnip Cappuccino with Périgord Black TrufflesFoie Gras Sandwiches on Pain d'EpiceNantucket Bay Scallops with Parsley and Piment d'EspeletteDinnerJBF Award Winner Dan Barber
April Bloomfield and her team plate a pork trio of head cheese, terrine, and rillettes during her Beard House dinner last Monday. View more images of the pig-packed event here.
(Photo by Eileen Miller)
Warm and full of integrity. That’s how Barbara Haber described JBF Award winner Paula Wolfert and her recipes at Beard on Books last week. After the introduction, Wolfert gave us some background about her lifelong love affair with cooking and the foods of the Mediterranean. She quit college to attend Le Cordon Bleu and went on to work with James Beard when she was only 19. After a very hard and tiring summer doing catering jobs with John Clancy, she decided to go to Morocco. According to Wolfert, in the 1950s, “if you were a writer and a beatnik, you went to Tangiers.” She didn’t go for the food, but it worked its way into her cooking, and she expanded out into the rest of the Mediterranean and, as she says, “it swept me away.” She went on in 1973 to write Couscous and other Good Food from Morocco, which became the definitive sourcebook for Moroccan cuisine.
Years later, Wolfert has penned over a dozen... Read more >
Here’s what happening at the Beard House and around the country next week:
Tuesday, November 10, 7:00 P.M.
Taste of the Colli BolognesiExperience a taste of Italy’s gastronomic capital when the food and wine of the renowned Colli Bolognesi area outside of Bologna fill the Beard House. Chef Paolo Parmeggiani of Trattoria del Borgo will create an unforgettable menu to be paired with the sought-after wines of Frederico Orsi’s biodynamic vineyard, Orsi Vigneto San Vito.
Wednesday, November 11, 6:00 P.M.
American Icons: Gala Dinner and AuctionJoin the James Beard Foundation for an incredible celebration of American cuisine and its culinary legends. Our annual gala dinner and auction is the most anticipated culinary event of the season, featuring a
Our online auction officially closes at 4:00 P.M. on Monday, November 9, which means you still have a few more days to bid on spectacular gourmet, travel, and gift packages!
And we're still adding new offerings, including a trip to the annual Oregon Truffle Festival in Eugene. The winning bidder will get a coveted seat at the decadent Grand Truffle Dinner prepared by beloved local chefs Stephanie Pearl-Kimmel and Rocky Maselli, as well as Gabriel Rucker, Naomi Pomeroy and other feisty Portland newcomers. After feasting on your fill of this buried treasure, you'll spend the night at the C'est la Vie Inn, a beautiful bed and breakfast housed in an impeccably restored Queen Anne Victorian mansion. To learn more about the package and make your bid, click here
Yesterday, almost 25 years to the day after the Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America was founded jointly by Cook’s and Restaurant Business magazines, our vice president, Mitchell Davis, participated in a panel at NYU Fales Library on the food world intelligentsia. (In 1990 the James Beard Foundation folded the Who’s Who into their annual awards program.) Organized and moderated by restaurant consultant and JBF Who’s Who member Clark Wolf (inducted in 2008), the panel addressed the changing role of elites in matters culinary. Wolf, who helped Cook’s publisher Christopher Kimball organize the Who’s Who group at its onset, asked panelists to describe how they think the food world has changed over the last 25 years. Davis, who completed his Ph.D. in NYU’s Food Studies department earlier this year, presented some of
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