JBF to Help Create the USA Pavilion at the Next World’s Fair

USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015

 

The James Beard Foundation is proud to be one of the partners creating the USA Pavilion at the next world’s fair in Italy in 2015. As President Obama announced to Prime Minister Renzi in Rome yesterday, “With our partners we're going to put together an outstanding USA pavilion that showcases American innovation to improve agriculture and nutrition and the health of people around the globe.”

 

Although food has always been an important part of the 160-year history of world’s fairs—from the introduction of the ice cream cone in 1904 in St. Louis to the unforgettable restaurant at the French Pavilion in 1939 in NYC to the first Belgian waffle served in the U.S. in 1964 in NYC—Expo Milano 2015 represents the first time the theme of the entire event will be food. “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” will unite 140-plus countries into action around the challenges and opportunit... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: March 28, 2014

 

A novel migration: due to severe drought in California, state and federal officials are using tanker trucks to transport juvenile salmon from hatcheries to the Pacific Ocean. [NPR]

 

Which is better for air pollution, a gas or electric range? [Treehugger]

 

How many food deserts are in your city? Discover how large cities compare to each other and view interactive access maps with Walk Score. [Grist]

 

Walmart's annual report reveals the company's reliance on SNAP recipients and the financial repercussions of benefit cuts. [... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of March 30

Upcoming events at the James Beard House

 

Here's what's on the Beard House calendar this week:

 

Monday, March 31, 7:00 P.M. 

Dinner with Daniel

Ask a chef or editor to name the best cookbooks of 2013. Chances are Daniel Boulud’s latest title, Daniel: My French Cuisine, will top the list. Part cookbook, part memoir, this impressive tome will serve as the inspiration for an exquisite spring tasting from the celebrated JBF Award winner.

 

Tuesday, April 1, 10:00 A.M. to Wednesday, April 30, 5:00 P.M. 

Greenhouse Gallery

With oil paint, Mike Geno aims to translate and recreate the seductiveness of food through texture, color, and form, focusing his work on the specific beauty of each dish. The works act as homage to another artisan, the chef, and are the result of a... Read more >

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Daily Digest: March 27, 2014

wine

 

 

Intimidated by the wine list at your local restaurant? Tipsi, a new iPhone app, makes it easier for novice drinkers to get wine suggestions based on nearby users' recommendations. [WSJ]

 

Myth or fact: is artificial strawberry flavoring produced with a compound extracted from beaver butts? [NPR]

 

​Can't put down your smartphone? A new beer glass is designed to keep your mobile device on the table. [NPR]

 

Revitalizing Detroit: how a growi... Read more >

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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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