Staff Picks: Favorite Memories from the Beard Awards

 

As we prepare to roll out the red carpet and chill the Champagne for our 25th anniversary of the Beard Awards this May, we're feeling nostalgic about some poignant, awkward, and even downright absurd moments from years past. Below, some favorite Awards memories from JBF staff.

 

 

“My favorite Awards memory is definitely the time when Trisha [Loyola, JBF’s financial reporting & compliance manager] and I literally bumped into Carla Hall, and with typical Carla aplomb, she scrunched us in with her and had someone snap a photo. That picture now hangs by my desk, in all its terrible cellphone glory.”—Victoria Jordan Rodriguez, Di... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Video Webcast (on Location) Broadcast Award Nominees

 

The nimble eye of online video can take viewers inside the houses of home cooks, into the kitchens of restaurants old and new, and across the world to investigate the flavors of a foreign land. This year’s nominees for the James Beard Award in Video Webcast, on Location capture the meditative calm of home cooking, the meticulous drive of culinary craftsmen, and the enduring allure of kitchens beyond our everyday horizons.

 

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food.curated
Host: Liza de Guia
Producer: Liza de Guia
Food.curated explores the eclectic mix of passionate purveyors that make up our current food scene. Liza de Guia’s fascination with storytelling extends to her subjects, who marry a zeal for the ed... Read more >

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Interview with JBF Award Nominee Ron Cooper of Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal

 

The revival of mezcal as a celebrated spirit was anything but an overnight success. Ron Cooper, nominated for the Award for Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits professional, has worked tirelessly for the last two decades to bring the traditions of Oaxaca to the global market through his company, Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal. Read on to learn more about Del Maguey’s humble origins, Cooper’s devotion to tradition, and how the dedication to highlighting and supporting the local Mexican distillers has transformed mezcal into the darling of craft bartending. 

 

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JBF: It's written that your work as an artist is what led you to make mezcal. How does your background in art continue to inform your products?

 

Ron Cooper: For everyone at Del Maguey, these Single Village mezcals... Read more >

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Win Two Tickets to the Lexus VIP Experience at the JBFA

The James Beard Awards presented by Lexus

For the 25th anniversary of the Oscars of food, JBF wanted a venue that suited the occasion. The Lyric Opera of Chicago, home to the second-largest opera auditorium in North America and the largest stage in downtown Chicago, fits the bill beautifully.

 

And for our VIP guests, we wanted to craft an exclusive experience unlike any in the culinary world. Thanks to Lexus, the presenting sponsor of the James Beard Awards, we have.
 


Lyric Opera of Chicago 

 

Our VIP attendees will begin their night at the Lexus VIP Reception, featuring passed canapés and Champagne. Then they will be seated at the front of the Lyric Opera balcony, where they will enjoy prime views of our star-studd... Read more >

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What We're Reading: April 23, 2015

 

Are you making a huge mistake when baking chocolate chip cookies? [Huff Po

 

The mystery of the missing bourbon in Kentucky has been solved. [NPR

 

A 124-year-old cooking club out-cooks us all. [NYT

 

Spring's vibrant greens are pesto-perfect. [Bon Appétit​

 

In her new cookbook, JBF Award winner, April Bloomfield encourages you to shovel spoonfuls of vegetables into your mouth. [... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Television Segment Broadcast Award Nominees

 

Food stories on the morning or evening news provide a crucial conduit between the culinary world and the larger broadcast audience. This year’s nominees for the James Beard Award in Television Segment serve as curators for the public, highlighting the latest openings, best local offerings, recipes, and national trends.

 

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CBS This Morning’s “The Dish”
Host: Anthony Mason and Vinita Nair
Producers: Brian Applegate, Greg Mirman, and Marci Waldman
Airs on: CBS

 

CBS This Morning’s “The Dish” gets the inside scoop on the food world, featuring wide-ranging coverage of the movers and shakers of the culinary scene, from peeks behind the curtain of producers like Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors, to interviews with chefs and cookbook authors sharing tried and true tips and recipes.

 


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Interview with JBF Award Nominee Harlen Wheatley of Buffalo Trace Distillery

 

Harlen Wheatley is an undisputed whiskey authority: at Buffalo Trace Distillery, one of America’s most acclaimed and historic bourbon producers, the man has worked on every aspect of the business, from sourcing raw materials to barrel-aging. We got in touch with the 2015 Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional award nominee to get the scoop on his standard drink order, how his chemistry background has informed his product, and the lowdown on the cult-like Pappy brand. 

 

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JBF: Buffalo Trace is one of the oldest distilleries in the county, having crafted bourbon whiskey for over 200 years and counting. How would you sum up the philosophy of the distillery and your products? 

 

Harlen Wheatley: The philosophy is to honor our legacy while embracing change.  We focus on delivering authentic products that consumers can have confidence in while balancing innovation w... Read more >

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The James Beard Foundation’s Women in Culinary Leadership Grant Recipients Announced

 

The James Beard Foundation (JBF) has announced the recipients of the 2015 Women in Culinary Leadership Grant. Over sixty women with a background in hospitality and the culinary arts applied to participate in a six- or twelve-month mentor/grantee program with top industry leaders. The eight women selected are: Kimberly Fenoy, Laurel, NY; Venessa Goldberg, Seattle, WA; Alexandra Hare, Snyder, NY; Delilah Amanda Lynn, Brooklyn, NY; Shay Pacetti, Brooklyn, NY; Courtney Segal, Providence, RI; Titik Suprati, Lake Forest, CA; Katrin Sydnor, Cary, NC.

 

Launched in 2012, the Women in Culinary Leadership (WICL) Program was spearheaded by Rohini Dey, JBF trustee and restaurateur, and Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation. The mentoring program for aspiring chefs and restaurateurs aims to build in-depth skills in the kitchen and in restaurant management.  

 

The 2015 W... Read more >

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What We're Reading: April 22, 2015

 

Watch out In-N-Out: Shake Shack is officially coming to L.A. [FWF

 

Make New England-style ice cream, where chewiness is a positive factor, without a trip up the interstate. [Serious Eats

 

Trust Julia Child to give you perfectly poached eggs every time. [The Kitchn

 

Heinz is revamping its mustard line. [... Read more >

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Expo Milano: Ten Days Until Opening Day!

 

Last summer, when we announced our plan to produce the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano, the first world's fair that's all about food, we had a only a few digital renderings to illustrate our vision for this monumental project. Now, with just ten days to go until opening day, we're excited to share what is perhaps our favorite dispatch from the physical site: the construction of our vertical garden. In the photo below, cherry pickers install state-of-the-art ZipGrow™ towers from Bright Agrotech, a Wyoming-based company that builds vertical gardening products. Our 7,200-foot farm will grow 42 different varieties of vegetables, grains, and herbs. Yo... Read more >

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