Throwback Thursday: Bitty Beard on the Move


We’re on the road again! Last week we kicked off the 2015 James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® tour, our national epicurean excursion to ten cities across the U.S. This Throwback Thursday, we’re placing a spotlight on our favorite travel companion, Bitty Beard, the pint-sized homage to our namesake with a full-sized globe-trotting addiction. Check him out on the shores of the San Francisco bay last year, and see where he’s off to in 2015 on Twitter through our #JBFTasteAmerica and #BittyBeard hashtags.


Want to meet Bitty Beard in person? Get tickets and more information here.

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Q&A with 2015 JBF Food Conference Speaker Gary G. Bennett, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University


Dr. Gary G. Bennett, Bishop-MacDermott family professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University and director of the Duke Global Digital Health Science Center and the Duke Obesity Prevention Program, is an expert on the use of digital technologies in obesity treatment and intervention strategies. Dr. Bennett, who will be speaking at our 2015 JBF Food Conference, shared his thoughts on wearable technology, phone-based treatment in high-risk communities, and more.




James Beard Foundation: Right now it seems that wearable technology (and a lot of technology in general) comes with a higher price point. As prices lower, will tech and data be used to democratize obesity prevention? How?


Dr. Gary Bennett: Absolutely. Tracker makers know that they don't have lon... Read more >

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What We're Reading: September 24, 2015


Fall produce and fresh pasta are a match made in heaven. Make one of these autumnal recipes and feel free to thank us later. [Food & Wine]


New York City is feeling the #OrangeChickenLove as Panda Express finds a new Manhattan home. [NYT]


Looking for ways to use up your CSA share? Make these everything-but-the-garden-sink cocktails. [Saveur


Tips on styling the most beautiful and indulgent cheese board, ever. [Food52


Forever a status symbol: find out what the most coveted VIP tables are at these NYC... Read more >

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Expo Milano: Mentor Minds with James Biber


An extension of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano, the first-ever world's fair that's all about food, the Mentor Minds series is a collection of shorts featuring interviews with some of the leading thinkers in food, art, business, and other industries. Here's an installment starring award-winning architect James Biber, who oversaw the design of the American pavilion. Watch the video above for his commentary on various features of this state-of-the-art structure. Watch the complete Mentor Minds series here.    


The USA Pavilion, themed "American... Read more >

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In Memoriam: Willie Mae Seaton


The James Beard Foundation was saddened to hear the news that Willie Mae Seaton, owner of Willie Mae's Scotch House in New Orleans, passed away on Friday, September 18, at the age of 99. In 2005, the James Beard Foundation named Willie Mae's Scotch House an America's Classic, and Willie Mae Seaton traveled to New York City to accept the restaurant's honor at that year's James Beard Awards. Later that year, Hurricane Katrina destroyed the restaurant, and it was rebuilt and reopened in 2007. "Hurricane Katrina may have put Willie Mae in the national news, but she was considered a culinary icon of New Orleans long before," said JBF president Susan Ungaro. "Her fried chicken was legendary but her incredible warmth and hospitality made her a treasure to us all. We were lucky to have her as a friend into her 99th year."

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Video: JBF Award Winner Art Smith on Charleston

James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® is stopping off next weekend in Charleston, SC! This national, ten-city epicurean tour celebrates the diverse and delicious spectrum of American cooking. Case in point: the nuances of Southern cooking as described by Taste America All-Star and JBF Award winner Art Smith in the video above. 


Get details about Taste America and buy tickets here. Follow the festivities on Twitter with #JBFTasteAmerica. You can also follow the adventures of #bittybeard, our portable homage to James Beard, as he travels around the country.

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What We're Reading: September 23, 2015


Give dark and milk chocolate a break and delve into the wonderful world of white chocolate. [Serious Eats]


Keepin’ it schmaltzy: classic Jewish gribenes (aka crispy chicken skin and caramelized onions) are making a comeback at restaurants and home kitchens alike. [Saveur]


Meat lovers rejoice! And watch this new barbecue documentary focusing on Central Texas’s hottest ‘cue havens. [Eater]


Chicken wings that are worth more than their weight: a California wing enthusiast found $1300 stashed in a Domino’s delivery box... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Charleston


The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national epicurean tour continues this weekend with two days of events in Charleston, featuring Taste America All-Star and JBF Award winner Art Smith and Local Star Mike Lata. Friday night kicks off with a tasting reception by some of Charleston's finest chefs, followed by an exclusive four-course dinner prepared by Smith and Lata. On Saturday the action moves to Le Creuset for cooking demos and book signings from Smith, along with free tastings from local vendor the Cocktail Club.


For tickets and more information about the chefs and vendors appearing, check out Follow us on ... Read more >

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JBF Taste America Miami Recap


This weekend the James Beard Foundation completed the first leg of its annual Taste America tour in Miami. For the third year in a row, the Foundation is traveling to ten cities across the country to host one-of-kind fundraising dinners highlighting local cuisine and headlined by a visiting All-Star chef and a Local Star chef, as well as cooking demos, artisanal tastings, and book signings.


Held at the Forge, located in Miami Beach, Taste America Miami began with a walk-around tasting reception featuring several acclaimed Miami chefs, including Timon Balloo (SUAGRCANE raw bar grill); Cindy Hutson (Ortanique on the Mile); Brad Kilgore (Alter); Giorgio Rapicavoli (Glass & Vine, opening fall 2015); and Cesar Zapata (Phuc Yea). Dishes like Balloo’s b... Read more >

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Q&A with JBF Taste America All-Star Michel Nischan


It’s hard to find a more passionate advocate for American cooking than JBF Award winner Michel Nischan. From his own career as a chef to the expansive efforts of his nonprofit Wholesome Wave, Nischan has worked tirelessly to increase access to fresh fruit and vegetables for Americans across the country. The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®, our ten-city epicurean tour, is stopping off in Phoenix this weekend, where Nischan will promote his ethos of local and regional agricultural appreciation with like minded fellow Beard Award winner Chris Bianco, as well as the cream of the crop of the Phoenix restaurant scene. Read on to discover Nischan’s tips on starting your own vegetable garden, his view on our growing Chefs Boot Camps for Policy and C... Read more >

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