Throwback Thursday: Surprising Scoops at the Beard House

 

From sour cream sorbet to toasted sassafras ice cream, unusual frozen treats are all the rage at upcoming Beard House events. In his Spring 1996 Beard House Magazine article, “I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for… Crab Ice Cream?”, former JBF associate editor Adam Rapoport, whom we all now know as Bon Appétit's editor-in-chief, reported on a similar phenomena. Check out some of the funky flavors that appeared at Beard House dinners in 1996, then continue reading for a preview of the innovative ice creams at our upcoming events.

 

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Survey the variety of ice creams recently served at the Beard House, and the notion of 31 Flavors seems quaint. Filling in for strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla have been tempting tastes like saffron, cardamom, and Amarene sherry. At his Discovery Series dinner on January 31, Bruce Cooper of Jake’s in Philadelphi... Read more >

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What We're Reading: July 2, 2015

 

Nothing screams summer like a spiked peach pie. [Saveur]

 

Fearless taste-testers are experimenting with food of the future. [Food and Travel]

 

Could everyone's favorite probiotic drink, kombucha, be the new beer? [Grub Street]

 

This Fourth of July, embark on a new family tradition by grilling your meat underground. [NPR]

 

In honor of the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage, Ben & Jerry’s is changing the name of their chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. [... Read more >

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Expo Milano: Chief Creative Officer Mitchell Davis in the Globe and Mail

 

What does it take to execute what's possibly the biggest culinary event in modern history? At Expo Milano, the first-ever world's fair that's all about food, on view since May 1 and through October 31, JBF executive vice president Mitchell Davis serves as chief creative officer of the USA Pavilion, a showcase of American culinary innovation and potential policy solutions to feeding the global population. (There are more than 140 countries participating in the expo, whose theme is "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.") A Toronto native, Davis recently appeared in the Globe and Mail, where he describes his myriad duties throughout this ambitious project, and offers glimpses into his daily life alla Milanese.... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: What’s Your Favorite Ice Cream Haunt?

 

We asked some of our past Outstanding Pastry Chef award winners to tell us about their choice scoops. 

 

Johnny Iuzzini (2006)
Sugar Fueled, Inc

I am lucky enough to live near Odd Fellows Ice Cream, which I consider to be one of the most creative and delicious ice cream shops in the world. Some of my favorites to date: lemon meringue pie, with chunks of lemon curd, bits of burnt meringue, and graham cracker streusel, all folded into a lemon-scented ice cream. Chorizo caramel uses rendered chorizo fat to flavor the caramel that’s swirled throughout the ice cream, which is infused with cooked chorizo. 

 

Michael Laiskonis (2007)
Institute of Culinary Education, NYC

My new favorite stop for ice cream is a relatively new discovery for me: Terre Adélice in Lyon, France. My favorite thing to order is a few scoops of ice cream and sorbet, pairing some of the uniq... Read more >

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Enter Our #JBFSCOOPS Contest to Win Dinner at the Beard House

 

July is National Ice Cream Month! Share photos of your favorite ice cream cone, sundae, sandwich, sorbet, or other frozen treat (we welcome creativity!) with us between now and July 22, and you could win dinner for two at the Beard House! Here's how:

 

1. Follow @beardfoundation on Instagram

 

2. Post a photo of your favorite frozen treat and tag it with #jbfscoops

 

3. You’ll be automatically entered to win a FREE dinner for two at the Beard House in NYC​​

 

Happy summer!

 

Get the pint-by-pint on all our National Ice Cream Month content here.

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What We're Reading: July 1, 2015

 

Scientists suggest saving that bread basket for dessert. [NPR

 

Don't settle for potato salad or corn on the cob: spice up the offerings at your July 4 cookout with these spins on traditional sides. [Serious Eats

 

With or without seeds, this tip will have you carving up watermelons like a pro. [The Kitchn

 

Impress your friends by serving sorbet in citrus boats. [... Read more >

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Recipes: Fourth of July Done Right

 

Flame-loving carnivores: this is your moment. Your time to shine. Your star turn. Your holiday. Don't waste it on some chicken breasts covered in jarred barbecue sauce. If you really want to honor your country (and win summer), you'll celebrate the way you should: with copious amounts of fire-seared meat, a couple of traditional sides, and a peach milkshake spiked with bourbon. (Red, white, and blue deviled eggs and berry flag mosaics are strictly optional.)

 

Scott County Missouri–Style Dry Ribs

These ribs are basted with ham hock stock. Need we say more?

 

Alexandre Dumas Potato Salad
James Beard's favorite potato salad is tossed with white wine (that's right), olive oil, and plenty of herbs.   

 

Michael White's Cabbage Slaw... Read more >

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How FoodShed Exchange Connects Chefs to Primary Food Sources

 

 

 

James Beard Award winner Jimmy Schmidt wants to disintermediate the current terminal market distribution system.

 

If you’re a chef or a farmer, don’t worry about committing the economic lingo to memory. Schmidt’s vision sounds complicated for a big reason: he’s trying to bring greater efficiency to annual food purchases by chefs, a market that’s in the tens of billions of dollars. And it’s an area that’s very prone to wastefulness.

 

Schmidt’s new project, the FoodShed Exchange (FSX), connects chefs and mindful food producers, creating a reliable and transparent market between them. By removing the intermediaries (the “middle men,” as they are often known), farmers can more nimbly respond to the needs of restaurants while making higher profits, while chefs get to purchase food that’s fresher and vetted by the FSX community. It all takes place on the... Read more >

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Reel Food: Behind the Scenes at the Beard House with Palladio's Melissa Close-Hart, Spencer Crawford, and Luca Paschina

 

A quintessentially Italian restaurant in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Palladio at Barboursville Vineyards has been drawing droves of diners for 15 years. To celebrate the anniversary, winemaker Luca Paschina and chefs Melissa Close-Hart and Spencer Crawford put on a lavish feast for Beard House guests, showcasing their trademark spin on Italian cuisine with a menu that infused classic dishes with Virginia's agricultural bounty, from fried Chesapeake oysters to house-cured prosciutto. Watch the video above to go behind the scenes at their recent Beard House dinner, discover how the food of the South connects with Italian cooking, how to grow wines meant for pairing, and where Palladio is headed next.

 

To learn more about upcoming events, view our full calendar... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 30, 2015

 

Steak or skinny? Where do you stand in the great fry debate? [FWF

 

Everything’s better grilled, even crustaceans. [Food52

 

A peek under the lid of le grand cocotte: David Lebovitz tours the Le Creuset factory. [David Lebovitz

 

Would you snort chocolate if you had the chance? [MUNCHIES

 

Can’t get enough of campfire treats? Make s’more with these recipes. [... Read more >

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