Throwback Thursday: Holy Molé!

 

From tantalizing tacos al pastor to artisanal masa makeovers, a new wave of Mexican restaurants is hitting the dining landscape this fall. The trend has us thinking back to our Holy Molé event from the 2010 New York Food & Wine Festival dinner series at the Beard House. James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® All-Star and JBF Award winner Aarón Sánchez was one of several chefs on hand that night, treating diners to his signature style and seen here flipping some hominy for his pozole-calabaza picadillo.

 

Check out Aarón in action during his upcoming Taste America weekend in Los Angeles, taking place October 10–11. For tickets and more information, visit jbftasteamerica.org.

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Interview with Wendell Pierce, Part One: Why Food Deserts?

 

Although he’s best known for roles on hit television shows like The Wire and Treme, actor Wendell Pierce is also a dedicated food and community advocate in his hometown of New Orleans. Ponchartrain Park was designated one of the fastest growing neighborhoods post-Hurricane Katrina, thanks in no small part to Pierce’s nonprofit organization, and his grocery business, Sterling Farms, has expanded across the South to provide fresh food to underserved areas. In the first part of our extended interview, Pierce shares his motivation for taking on the difficult issue of food access.

 

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JBF: You started off with a focus on rebuilding your neighborhood of Ponchartrain Park after Katrina. Were you thinking about food access then? Or did it come later?

 

WP: Absolutely not. Wasn’t thinking about it at all, wasn’t conscious of it to any degree.... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: Vegetables

 

To celebrate the launch of our new app, James Beard Foundation Vegetables, which features an array of stunning and innovative vegetable recipes by Beard Award–winning chefs like Thomas Keller, Alice Waters, Mario Batali, and Daniel Boulud, we're highlighting some of the restaurant-quality, veg-focused dishes that have become our fall standbys:

 

Roasted Baby Root Vegetables with Grilled Bread, Fall Greens, and Bagna Cauda Dressing

Bagna cauda, a traditional Italian dipping sauce made with garlic and anchovies, is transformed into a boldly flavored vinaigrette in this gorgeous dish.

 

Fried Brussels Sprouts with Thyme, Lemon, and Chile Flakes

These crisp, deep-fried Brussels sprouts... Read more >

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What We're Reading: October 2, 2014

 

How are avocados like almonds? They both need a ton of water to grow. [Mother Jones

 

A new company called Anti-Grain aims to bring fruit and vegetable flours to American kitchens. [HuffPo

 

Did your hometown make the list of the world’s best food cities? [Thrillist

 

PepsiCo wants to put Pop Rocks in your... Read more >

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Test Your Eat-Q: Healthy Herbs and Spices

These seasonings do more than just pump up your food's flavor. Match these spice-rack staples with their health benefits!

 

 

 

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Giveaway: OXO Veggie Prep Tools and the JBF Vegetables App

 

Happy October! In anticipation of our upcoming JBF Food Conference, it's Health Month here on the JBF blog. To kick things off, we're happy to share the news about a generous giveaway from OXO. To celebrate our recently launched recipe app, JBF Vegetables, OXO is giving away a bundle of their veggie prep tools featured in the app. The winner will also receive a free, unlocked download of our inaugural app, which features an array of innovative vegetable recipes from JBF Outstanding Chef award winners like Mario Batali, Daniel Boulud, Alice Waters, Thomas Keller, and many others. See below for details, the official rules, and enter to get cookin'! 

 

 

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What We're Reading: October 1, 2014

 

A Belgian brewery wants to build a beer pipeline. [NPR

 

An interview with 2014 JBF Leadership Award recipient Mark Bittman. [Fork in the Road

 

Why are we grossed out by Burger King’s black burger buns? [The Atlantic

 

Chefs offer unexpected ways to use fish sauce. [Serious Eats

 

Double agent latte no whip: the CIA has its own “Stealthy Starbucks.” [... Read more >

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Expo Milano at South by Southwest Interactive

 

As we've reported earlier, the James Beard Foundation is leading the conception and buildout of the USA Pavilion at next year's world expo in Milan, which, for the first time in world-fair history, will focus exclusively on food.

 

Expo Milano opens next May, but we'll be previewing the pavilion and its theme, "American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet," during our Expo-themed panel at next year's South by Southwest Interactive. Chosen from more than 80 food-related panels that were submitted for consideration, our conversation is slated for the festival's new SouthBites umbrella, where culinary innovations will... Read more >

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Visa Signature® Presents James Beard Foundation's Taste America®

James Beard Foundation's® Taste America

 

At the James Beard Foundation, we specialize in the one of a kind. The annual James Beard Awards, known as the "Oscars of food," are the restaurant industry's premier event, while the James Beard House hosts some of the most singular dining experiences you'll find anywhere.

 

The James Beard Foundation's Taste America® is no exception. This year's ten-city tour includes some of the most remarkable chef collaborations we've ever assembled, from a visionary of molecular gastronomy joining forces with a Southern-food defender, to one of the country's most celebrated French masters teaming up with the queen of the gastropub.

 

The most exclusive access at Taste America events is reserved only for Chase Sapphire Preferred® Visa Signature® cardmembers via... Read more >

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What We're Reading: September 30, 2014

 

Is New York City water really that much better? [Narratively

 

A Sabbath standard with a scandalous past: the history of Manischewitz. [Modern Farmer

 

A home front campaign during WWII urged Americans to eat more organ meat. [The Atlantic

 

A look at what exactly those PLU codes on your fresh produce mean. [Mother J... Read more >

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