Food History: The 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago

 

 

 

Throughout its long history, the World’s Fair has always been a showcase for innovation and progress. Alexander Graham Bell debuted the telephone at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, and color photography had its first public display at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. But the cutting edge wasn’t restricted to technology: many of today’s most iconic foods first reached a mass audience at the fairgrounds. In honor of our role in Expo Milano 2015, we’re taking a look back at the history of food at world’s fairs.

 

Our first stop is the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, where attendees sampled several products that are still on the shelves today, including Cracker Jack, Juicy Fruit gum, Cream of Wheat, and Aunt Jemima's Pancake Flour. For Aunt Jemima's Exposition debut, Nancy Green, a former slave and Chic... Read more >

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What We're Reading: September 15, 2014

Forget letters or smiley faces — this dad has your pancakes beat. [HuffPo

 

The surprisingly long history of gumbo. [Serious Eats

 

We’re living in an age of bespoke raisins, thanks to the new company Little Wrinkles. [Grub Street

 

European budget airlines offer in-flight meals, but who actually eats them? [MUNCHIES

 

The U.S. is one of the only countries in the world that refrigerates its eggs. [... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Chambord Margarita

 

If you're still clinging to the last days of summer, give this cocktail a spin. The bright raspberry punch of Chambord will take your mind off the changing leaves, and the tequila base will warm you from the inside out. Leave those sweaters in storage for now, and get the recipe here.

 

 

Maggie Borden is assistant editor at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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On the Menu: Week of September 15

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Here's what's on our calendars next week:

 

Monday, September 15, 7:00 P.M 
South by Northeast: A Civil Creation 
Barry Maiden has been steadily gathering accolades for his Boston-area eatery, Hungry Mother—the 2009 Food & Wine Best New Chef was also a JBF Award nominee for Best Chef: Northeast in 2013 and 2014. Join us at the Beard House for a taste of Maiden’s signature Southern fare made with local New England ingredients.

 

Tuesday, September 16, 7:00 P.M 
Denver Women Chefs Rule 
Our annual Denver Five dinner returns with an all-star, all-female lineup. This powerhouse group will take you on a culinary tour of Colorado’s fertile fields, showcasing local ingredients from Kokanee salmon to Palisade peaches, and crafting a menu that proves these Mile High City c... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: September 12, 2014

 

Congress has passed a bill preventing the US Environmental Protections Agency from exerting the pollution controls outlined in the Clean Water Act. [Food Politics]

 

New studies find that walking at least 12,000 steps a day helps to counteract the negative effects of fructose consumption. [NY Times]

 

A Fremont Count orchardist is trying to bring back the Colorado Orange, a rare variety of local apple with a unique citrus flavor. [NPR]

 

Researchers find microscopic bits of plastic and glass, skin cells, and dead insects in a sample of German beers, including some of the most popular brands. [... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Richard Blais at Taste America Chicago

Richard Blais at James Beard Foundation's® Taste America in 2013

 

For today's Throwback Thursday, here's a snapshot of our cooking demos at last year's Taste America Chicago, where Richard Blais showed us how he makes a margarita. Naturally, his technique involves a hulking tank of liquid nitrogen.

 

The 2014 reboot of James Beard Foundation's® Taste America kicks off this weekend in Atlanta and Phoenix! Head over to jbftasteamerica.org to see what's in store for this year's ten-city tour.

 

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Greenhouse Gallery: "America’s First Foodie" Exhibit

 

America's First Foodie

 

Now on display in the Beard House's Greenhouse Gallery, "America's First Foodie" is a companion exhibit to the upcoming film of the same name, which celebrates James Beard and his influence on the farm-to-table movement. Featuring iconic portraits and vintage cooking paraphernalia, the show proves that Beard was indeed the father of American cuisine.

 

Get more details about the current Greenhouse Gallery show here. Watch a trailer for the film below:

 

 

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What We're Reading: September 11, 2014

 

A far cry from Mister Softee: the acrobatics of Turkish ice cream. [MUNCHIES

 

NYC specialty food stores worth a visit. [USA Today

 

How Red Delicious claimed the top spot on produce shelves across the nation. [... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Atlanta

 

We’re off to the races this weekend with the first stops on the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national food festival! The epicurean tour kicks off with two days in Atlanta, where James Beard Award Winner and Taste America All-Star Barbara Lynch will team up with James Beard Award–winning local chef Anne Quatrano. Join us Friday for a reception featuring dishes from some of the city’s hottest chefs, followed by a special dinner prepared by Lynch and Quatrano, who are joining forces on this unique menu for one night only. On Saturday the duo will take their skills to Sur La Table for cooking demos and book signings, where you’ll also have the chance to mix the national with the local with free tastings from local vendors High Road Craft Ice Cream & Sorbet and Spotter Trotter Charcuterie.

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Eye Candy: Bittersweet Chocolate Terrine with Hazelnut Crema

Bittersweet Chocolate Terrine with Hazelnut Crema  

 

E. Michael Pagliarini, who has family ties to Umbria and trained under Grant Achatz and Heston Blumenthal, displays serious cooking chops and a profound understanding of classic Italian cuisine at Giulia, which earned an enthusiastic three-star review from the Boston Globe last year. At his recent Beard House dinner, the Boston-based chef served a decadent Bittersweet Chocolate Terrine with Hazelnut Crema and Baci di Dama Cookies. Luxurious and sophisticated, this eye-catching dessert was a hit with Beard House dinners. 

 

View this event's menu and details here. For upcoming Beard House dinners, check out our events calendar. Photo by ... Read more >

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