Happy Hour: Cardamom Old Fashioned

Cardamom Old Fashioned

 

A subtle riff on the classic Old Fashioned, this version—a staple of senior editor Elena North-Kelly’s cocktail repertoire—uses maple syrup in lieu of standard sugar, while handmade cardamom bitters step in for the more traditional Angostura variety, creating a warm, fragrant antidote to late-winter doldrums. Get the recipe here. 

 

Elena North-Kelly is senior editor at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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On the Menu: Week of February 9

 

Here's what's coming up at the James Beard House and around the country:

 

Tuesday, February 10, 7:00 P.M.
True Tuscan Soul
Take your taste buds to Tuscany with this exquisite dinner from Francesco Bracali and Leonardo Bellacini of the historic San Felice vineyard and medieval hamlet in the heart of Siena. Indulge your wanderlust without spending a cent on airfare and join us for a meal brimming with the bountiful flavors and aromas of the Italian countryside.

 

Wednesday, February 11, 12:00 P.M.
Beard on Books: The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites
From graham crackers to McDonald’s fries, America has long lived up to the idiom, “you are what you eat.” In her new work, The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites, historian and food scholar Libby H. O’Connell uses iconic foo... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: February 6, 2015

 

The jury’s still out on nutritional differences, but a new study confirms that eating organic produce means less exposure to pesticides. [Civil Eats

 

What USDA poultry labels actually tell you about your chicken. [Serious Eats

 

Environmental groups are using satellites to crack down on fishing piracy. [NPR

 

Stanford University has just launched the Teaching Kitchen @ Stanford, a program geared towards giving college students basic skills for shopping, cooking, and eating healthily. [... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: JBF Award Winner Gavin Kaysen and the 2015 Bocuse d'Or

 

JBF Award winner Gavin Kaysen was one of the coaches of the U.S. team that brought home the silver medal from this year’s Bocuse d’Or, the world’s most prestigious cooking competition held biannually in Lyon, France. Kaysen, who won the JBF Rising Star Chef award in 2008, competed in the 2007 Bocuse d'Or, and has been involved with every subsequent American team. In this week's TBT we’re celebrating his hard-fought victory with this video of Kaysen on the red carpet at the JBF Awards in 2009, where he dished on breakfast, Café Boulud, and the significance of presenting the Rising Star category with JBF Award winner Jacques Pépin.

 

Stay tuned for updates on the 2015 James Beard Awards. The Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalist announcement is coming up on Wednesday, February 18.

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Eye Candy: Aperol Spritzes

aperol spritzes

 

Gabe and Katherine Thompson’s intimate downtown restaurants offer discerning New York City diners soulful Italian cuisine with a modern spin. At their recent Beard House reprise, the powerhouse husband-and-wife team crafted a menu of sumptuous fare paired with exquisite wines and cocktails chosen by their talented partner and beverage director, Joe Campanale. Guests kicked off the spirited evening by sipping on Campanale's Aperol spritzes, pictured above. Light, refreshing, and elegant, it was the ideal aperitivo to stimulate the appetite before a luxurious Italian meal. 

 

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

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What We're Reading: February 5, 2015

 

The recipe for these chewy, (coco)nutty, chocolate-y bars is a great excuse to stay in on a brisk February evening. [Food 52

 

Can farmed fish be considered organic if they consume non-organic feed? [NPR

 

Farm to cone: Breyers promises to source its dairy from hormone-free cows. [Yahoo Food

 

Arithmetic-challenged diners, take heart: an increasing number of restaurants across the country are banning tipping. [Thrillist]  

 

S'mores Oreos will have you... Read more >

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Reel Food Media Contest Announces Finalists

 

A snail farmer in Vienna. Growing beneficial begs. Humane meat processing. These are just a few of the subjects explored in the ten short films that have reached the final round of the 2015 Real Food Media Contest. You can now watch the ten finalists on the competition's website, as well as vote for the People's Choice Award. (The James Beard Foundation is one the contest's official media partners, and JBF president Susan Ungaro, along with Tom Colicchio, Michael Pollan, and other food-system advocates, will judge the final films and select the grand price winner.)

 

Last year's winning film, Homeward, documented a cooperative of oregano farmers in the Mexican state of Hidalgo. Watch it above.

 

Here's an overview of the contest from the RFMC website:

 

The 2015 Real Food Media Contest invites a new crop of digital submi... Read more >

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Humanitarian of the Year Michel Nischan in the NYT

2015 Humanitarian of the Year winner Michel Nischan

 

Last week we announced that chef and sustainability advocate Michel Nischan will receive our 2015 Humanitarian of the Year award. Right on the heels of this news, the New York Times profiled Nischan in this past weekend's "Download" column. Michel shared tidbits about his choice reads (one of his favorite books is James Beard's Beard on Bread), most cherished kitchen tools, and love of pétanque, the French analog of bocce ball. Read the full piece here.

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What We're Reading: February 4, 2015

 

Leggo that Eggo and dig into the history of the Belgian waffle. [HuffPo

 

Save yourself from a sad desk lunch by improving your sandwich construction. [Food52

 

A new restaurant in NYC is offering the little-known Acadian cuisine. [Fork in the Road

 

Does this yogurt go with my shoes? Yoplait unleashes a line of designer-styled cups. [... Read more >

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JBF is Coming to a Town Near You!

 

 

Wednesday, March 4, 6:30 P.M.
Celebrity Chef Tour / Napa, CA

The Pear Southern Bistro
720 Main Street

For reservations or more information, please call 503.864.4600 or visit jamesbeard.org/celebrity-chef-tour.

 

Thursday, March 12, 6:30 P.M.
Celebrity Chef Tour / Los Angeles

L.A. Hotel Downtown
333 South Figueroa Street

For reservations or more information, please call 212.617.1133 or visit jamesbeard.org/celebrity-chef-tour.

 

Saturday, March 21, 6:00 P.M.... Read more >

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