Q & A: David Wondrich

David Wondrich 2008 JBF Award winner and Imbibe! author David Wondrich will be mixing up cocktails at our exclusive Jack Daniel’s birthday party at the Beard House on September 9 (want a taste of his genius? Enter our Twitter recipe contest!). But where does this master mixologist go when he wants someone else to make him a drink? JBF: Where do you like to go for a great cocktail? DW: A few current favorites: Clover Club, Pegu Club, and PDT in New York, Beretta and Alembic in San Francisco, the Teardrop Lounge in Portland, Green Street in Boston, and the Edison in Los Angeles. But there are many more places, almost all of them new. It’s an exciting time for the discriminating barfly. Click here to read more of our Q & A with David Wondrich

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Eat This Word: Succotash

The James Beard Foundation on succotash
WHAT? Daffy's favorite side dish. ("Suffering succotash!") Indians introduced colonists to this mix of beans and corn (the Indian version sometimes included bear meat) and gave the dish its name, which derives from msickquatash, Narraganset for boiled kernels of corn. In A Tramp Abroad, Mark Twain listed succotash (along with possom, coon, and cobblers) among the food from home that he most craved while he was traveling. Ronald Reagan once used the word as a substitute for "Podunk" to mean a backwater place; in so doing, he incensed the 600 residents of Succotash Point, Rhode Island. Sadly, so many Americans were raised on loathsome frozen succotash vegetable mix, they've written off what food writer John Thorne has described as "a quintessential summer dish...with a wonderfully delicate flavor."

WHERE? Will Gilson's Beard House dinner

WHEN? August 4, 2009

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Scholarship Spotlight: The Vilcek Foundation

toque_200x250As most food lovers know, many of the delicious dishes we eat can be credited to the diverse influences and skills that foreign-born chefs and cooks bring to their craft. In recognition of this vital part of our culture, our friends at the Vilcek Foundation, an organization that honors and supports immigrants who have made outstanding contributions to American society, have chosen to award its 2010 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise to a foreign-born chef, artisan, or culinary innovator. The Vilcek Foundation will award a $25,000 prize to a young professional who has made notable contributions to the field at an early stage in his or her career. In addition, four finalists will each be awarded $5,000. Applicants must be foreign born and be 38 years old or younger. Only naturalized U.S. citizens or green card holders are eligible to apply. The deadline for application submission has been extended to August 17th, 2009.

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Tweet Eats: The Great Twitter Cook-Off

messy_kitchen_427x318 We want your recipes! Sure, we love it when chefs like Jonathan Benno, Martin Brock, and Alexandra Guarnachelli give us recipes for some of their great dishes, but we love it even more when we hear from our members and friends about what they like to cook at home. We’re launching our first ever recipe contest and we want to hear from you. What’s the best way to get recipes from you guys? Twitter of course! Tweet your recipe in 140 characters or less AND be sure to include the hashtag #jbfrecipe by August 14 for a chance to have your recipe tasted and judged by an incredible panel of experts. Drinks, salads, roasts, desserts—you name it; we want it. We’ve only got two guidelines: the finished product should taste delicious and we want to see your Twitter creativity. Wow us with flavors and your novel use of symbols and abbreviation. Over the next

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On the Menu: August 2 to August 8

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week: Tuesday, August 4, 7:00 P.M. New England Garden Dinner How often can say you’ve eaten a pig raised specifically for your dinner? Chef Will Gilson, a JBF Award semifinalist this year, is doing just that for this special farm-to-table meal. Gilson’s seasonal, New England–inspired cuisine embodies the locavore movement—almost all of his ingredients come from his own farm. Wednesday, August 5, 7:00 P.M. From the Land and Sea This pair of modern Italian hot spots have considerable pedigree: they’re owned by François Rousseau, an alum of the Ryland Inn and Gramercy Tavern, developed in consultation with JBF Award winner Michael White, and presided over by talented chef Bill Dorrler, whose mouthwat

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MemorEATS: Joanne Weir

“My mother insisted on making me tomato sandwiches when all the other kids had peanut butter and jelly or tuna fish. My mother went into the garden, picked a ripe, red tomato warm from the sun, toasted homemade bread, spread it with homemade mayonnaise, and put a few slices of tomato on top. She sprinkled the tomato with salt, and as she did she said to me, “Tomatoes need salt, it brings out the acidity and sweetness.” –JBF Award Winner Joanne Weir, culinary tour guide, instructor, author, and host of Joanne Weir's Cooking Class

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Eye Candy: Beard House

Market Fruit Salad Anthony Fusco, chef de cuisine at NYC's Harbour, culled from the day's best Greenmarket offerings to make this seasonal fruit salad with frozen yogurt and amaretti cookies. To see more images from his dinner, which featured softshell crab in every course, click here. July 13, 2009, The Beard House, NYC (Photo by Lisa Ozag)

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