Ted Allen and Mario Batali to Headline the 2014 James Beard Awards

Ted Allen and Mario Batali to Headline the 2014 James Beard Awards

 

For this spring's James Beard Awards gala, an evening that already promises a high concentration of culinary star power, we're handing headlining duties to two industry bigwigs. Chopped host and author Ted Allen has signed on to act as master of ceremonies, while chef, television personality, and culinary empire builder Mario Batali will serve as gala chef chair. The two stars will preside over an evening themed "Sounds of the City,” a celebration of the relationship between music and food, and the many ways in which the culinary community is inspired by music and the artists who create it. The motif will extend into our tasting reception, where chefs from some of America’s beloved musical cities will create dishes inspired by their favorite sounds. This year's gala will be held at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on Monday, May 5.

 

This year's Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards ceremony will take place at Goth... Read more >

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Daily Digest: March 9, 2014

Coffee

 

For a better night's sleep, track and limit your caffeine consumption with the new Up Coffee app. [LAT]

 

Late-night eating webcasts, or mokbang, are a hit in South Korea. [WSJ]

 

A glimpse into the daily diets of people around the world. [Wired]

 

Chemicals used in the production of disposable chopsticks have raised health concerns. [... Read more >

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Giveaway: Win Two Tickets to Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market

The James Beard Foundation's Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market

 

The sixth annual Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market, one of our favorite events of the year, is on for Sunday, March 23 in New York City! Our fantastic chef lineup, which includes a number of JBF Award winners and 2014 semifinalists, will be taking over this historic market's concourse and preparing an epic family-style meal. What's more, we're giving away two tickets! Here's how you can enter to win them:

 

1. Make sure you’re following @beardfoundation on Twitter if you’re not already.

 

2. Tweet the bolded text from your Twitter account: I'm tweeting for a chance to go to the @beardfoundation Sunday Supper @ChelseaMarketNY! http://jmsbrd.co/N12lbl #JBFSundaySupper (Make sure to include the hashtag!)

 

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JBF on the Air: Myra Goodman

 

On this week's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis took a field trip to the TEDx Manhattan conference to speak with Myra Goodman, who was there to present "In Praise of Big Organic." As co-founder of Earthbound Farm, Myra oversees the operations of the largest producer of organic produce in North America and has recently authored the cookbook Straight from the Earth: Irresistible Vegan Recipes for Everyone. Click here to learn more and listen to the full episode. 

 

Taste Matters is a radio program dedicated to taste: as a sense, cultural construct, and culinary phenomenon. However much we talk about wh... Read more >

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Daily Digest: March 7, 2014

Organic eggs are pricier and harder to come by as feed prices soar to new heights. [NPR]

 

Seeking more flavorful and fattier cuts, many French bistros and butchers import beef from around the world. [NYT]

 

Craving the smell of bacon in the morning? A new Oscar Mayer alarm clock app releases the aroma (and sound) of this beloved breakfast staple. [LAT]

 

A new report found that over 500 food products contain a chemical compound that's used to make yoga mats. [... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of March 9

Photo by Kent Miller

 

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

 

Monday, March 10, 7:00 P.M.

Coastal Maine Respite

Bound by a shared reverence for nature, JBF Award winner Ken Oringer and Justin Walker have joined forces at Earth at Hidden Pond to create simple yet innovative farm-to-fork fare. For this Beard House dinner, Walker will present a stunning menu overflowing with produce picked straight from the restaurant’s on-site organic farm.

 

Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 P.M.

Hudson Valley Majesty

Although Glenmere has been called every superlative from most romantic hideaway in the world to America’s hottest—and coolest—hotel, it’s the exquisite dining experiences created by Bouley, Boulud, and Ducasse alum Geoffroy Deconinck and pastry chef Taiesha Martin that have put this r... Read more >

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Daily Digest: March 6, 2014

Instagram

 

Calling all Instagrammers: learn how to step up your food photography skills with tips from leading experts. [Bloomberg]

 

Pringles launches its new sriracha-flavored chips, but there's a catch: you can only find them at one store. [LAT]

 

Emotional eating: scientists explore the relationship between how we feel and what we eat. [Atlantic]

 

Nostalgic for Lunchables? Oscar Mayer debuts a new line of portable protein packs for adults. [LAT]

 

Is beer... Read more >

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Daily Digest: March 5, 2014

beer

 

This beautiful infographic could help you find your new favorite beer. [Deadspin]

 

Remember Watson, the supercomputer that conquered Jeopardy! a couple of years ago? It's back, and it's creating novel recipes for a new food truck. [NPR]

 

Here's a conveyor-belt sushi set for children. [Kotaku]

 

A plea for American cheesemakers to stop imitating Europe and come up with unique names for their products. [Slate]

 

How chicory... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: Hibernation Food

Lamb Stew with Parsnips, Bacon, and Fennel

 

As the Longest Winter That Ever Was continues its icy reign throughout much of the country, we're spending a lot of time indoors. We mean: A LOT. And what better way to while away these seemingly endless dark and dreary days than by cooking up a (proverbial, please) storm? These five hibernation-friendly dishes are giving us the will to hang on until spring:

 

 

Lamb Stew with Parsnips, Bacon, and Fennel [JBF]

Serve this hearty, satisfying stew with spaetzle or egg noodles tossed with butter and parsley.

 

Morning Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel [Smitten Kitchen]

Not only will this cross between French toast casserole and tarte tatin give you a reason to get up in the morning, but it's also super easy to ma... Read more >

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The Bookshelf: Pandora’s Lunchbox

 

From Subway sandwiches that contain more than 100 ingredients to packaged cheese that won’t spoil for eternity, processed food accounts for 70 percent of America’s caloric intake. In Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal, former New York Times reporter Melanie Warner explores the depths of engineered food and its implications for our health and society. We got in touch with the author to learn about her investigation to uncover the truth, her most shocking discovery, and her advice for changing the way America eats.

 

(Join Melanie tomorrow at noon for a special installment of our Enlightened Eaters series at the Beard House.)

 

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JBF: You started out as a business reporter for Forbes and the New York Times. How did you get interested in writing about food?

 

Melanie Warner:... Read more >

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