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 jbftasteamerica.org. 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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What We're Reading: September 22, 2015


Get to know Kansas City barbecue, and the best spots to try it. [Food52


Irish pale ale: Stout-centric Guinness is releasing a Nitro IPA. [Buzzfeed


11 spices you’ll need for a first foray into Indian cooking. [The Kitchn


Turns out you can blame the Paleo trend on the writings of a globetrotting dentist from the 1930s. [... Read more >

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Beard House Highlight: Whitefish Crudo with Citrus, Mango, Purslane, Pickled Fresno Chiles, and Chile Oil


Whitefish Crudo with Citrus, Mango, Purslane, Pickled Fresno Chiles, and Chile Oil / Phoenix Chowdown


Usually, when I hear that a dish contains whitefish, I immediately think of the creamy, smoky, fishy salad that my grandmother and mother love to schmear on a bagel—a spread that I've never embraced and have actively tried to avoid. But at Upward Projects's Beard House dinner last month, all thoughts of the intensely pungent Jewish staple of my childhood have been all but erased. Chris Newstrom, the talented chef at the helm of this Phoenix-based restaurant group, opened my eyes and my palate to the wonderful world of whitefish—this time reimagined as a late-summer crudo. Incredibly fresh and light, the gorgeous... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Phoenix


The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national epicurean tour continues this weekend with three days of star-studded events in Phoenix, featuring Taste America All-Star and JBF Award-winner Michel Nischan and Local Star Chris Bianco. The celebrations begin on Thursday night with a Taste of Fox Restaurants Reception at Tempe hotspot Culinary Dropout. Friday night kicks off with a tasting reception from some of Phoenix's finest chefs, followed by an exclusive four-course dinner prepared by Nischan and Bianco. On Saturday the action moves to Sur La Table for cooking demos and book signings from Nischan and lauded chef and cookbook author Ba... Read more >

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JBF Kitchen Cam