On the Menu: Week of October 26


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


Monday, October 26, 7:00 P.M.

Alpine Haute Cuisine

At Trestle on Tenth, Ralf Kuettel pays homage to his native Switzerland’s eclectic cuisine, where French and German influences intermingle on the menu. For this Beard House dinner, Kuettel takes inspiration from the majestic Alps, exploring the mysterious alchemy of climate and altitude that produces such decadent and delicious fare.


Tuesday, October 27, 7:00 P.M.

50th Anniversary Celebration

In addition to his horror film mastery, actor Vincent Price was also a true gourmand, co-authoring with his wife A Treasury of Great Recipes, a cookbook/guide to their favorite restaurants. Join us for a ce... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: October 23, 2015


Buying local doesn’t necessarily mean avoiding pesticides. [Grist


Subway is the latest fast food chain to make the switch to antibiotic-free meat. [NPR


Farmers guilds across the country are bringing first-time farmers into the fold by sharing knowledge and advice. [Modern Farmer


Could Yelp be a tool for tracking food poisoning outbreaks? [The Atlantic


Too few cooks in the kitchen: a new report reveals the restaurant industry is struggling with a shortage of skilled hands. [... Read more >

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Overheard at the 2015 JBF Food Conference

Photo by Kent Miller


This past week’s 2015 JBF Food Conference explored the future of food, from farm to kitchen to table. Experts and thought leaders from across the industry examined how the choices we make and the steps we take today will impact what we eat, drink, and grow. From chefs to farmers to even the Secretary of Agriculture, the conversation tracked the highs and lows of what the future of our fields and our plates could look like.

Here are some of the most memorable things we heard at the JBF Food Conference:

1) “It’s hip now to talk about food.” — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, @USDA


2) ”Fear of empty stomachs leads to revolution.” — Dr. Rachel Laudan, food historian at the University of Texas: Austin, @rachellaudan ... Read more >

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2015 JBF Leadership Awards Honoree: Don Bustos


A revered sustainable and organic farmer in his native New Mexico, Don Bustos, the co-director of American Friends Service Committee was honored at JBF’s sixth annual Leadership Awards ceremony held on October 19 at the Hearst Tower in New York City. Bustos continues his family’s commitment to young farmers through a series of training programs and also strives to include farmers of color in the national food movement. Referring to his dedication to family-farming, Bustos says, “Make yourselves healthy, make your communities healthy, and other people will replicate it.” Watch the video above to learn about his legacy and impact.


Read Don Bustos’s full ... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Working Together to Improve School Food with Shelburne Farms and JBF Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change

Photo by Vera Chang


By David Hugo, Chef at Shelburne Farms


Last month, Shelburne Farms hosted the James Beard Foundation’s eighth Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change, a three-day intensive training for chefs in policy and advocacy. A partnership with the Chef Action Network (CAN), JBF Chefs Boot Camps leverage prominent chefs as change-makers on food issues. It’s a mission in step with our work here at the Farm. Since boot camp, I’ve been reflecting on the synchronicities between our organizations, despite our differing roles within the food sector.


JBF celebrates, nurtures, and honors America's diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. Like Shelburne Farms, which coaches... Read more >

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What We're Reading: October 22, 2015


A slice of nostalgia: a new book memorializes 100 of New York City's "last authentic pizzerias.” [FWF


Class up your Halloween with some candy-centric wine pairings. [Food52


Not as fishy as it sounds: try adding tonnato, the Italian tuna sauce, to some of your favorite dishes. [Serious Eats


China is destroying its fish-breeding wetlands to make way for electronics factories. [... Read more >

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Q&A with JBF Taste America All-Star Tony Mantuano


JBF Award winner Tony Mantuano is the king of the Italian dining scene in Chicago. His flagship Spiaggia has drawn Windy City locals, celebrities, musicians, and politicians alike for over 30 years for its innovative yet reverent take on Italian cuisine. On October 23 and 24, Mantuano is bringing his Midwestern mastery to the Bay Area for our Taste America: San Francisco weekend of culinary events, including a collaborative dinner with fellow JBF Award winner and Local Star Michael Tusk. We spoke with Mantuano before his trip west about the food trends he’s sick of, how his sourcing has changed over the years, and why we should all reconsider British cuisine.... Read more >

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Nora Pouillon: O.G. Locavore Chef and James Beard Devotee

How did the founder of the country’s very first organic-certified restaurant get her start? And what did James Beard have to do with it? 


Before farm-to-table, root-to-stalk, or nose-to-tail were foodie catchphrases, there was Nora Pouillon. Her acclaimed Washington, D.C. spot, Restaurant Nora, was the country’s first certified organic restaurant, the product of Pouillon’s tireless efforts working with local farmers who brought her whole animals and organic ingredients.


While she eschews some of today’s buzzwords (“Farm to table—what does that mean?” she says, “Even McDonald’s is farm to table”), Pouillon embraces her role as a pioneer in the culinary world. Earlier this month, Pouillon stopped by the Beard House for an installment of our Beard on Books series, where she discussed her her new book, My Organic Life.  She described how she used... Read more >

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What We're Reading: October 21, 2015


The secrets behind Thailand's coconut oil industry may have you go bananas. [NPR]


Hummus for peace: an Israeli cafe inspires people to talk it out over a bowl of the classic snack. [MUNCHIES]


Going nuts: the price for pine nuts continues to rise. [NYT]


Chefs divulge their late-night snacking habits, ranging from fancy pickles to Cool Ranch Doritos. [FWF]


Just in time for your jack o'lantern, we've got the answer to the pepitas vs... Read more >

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Video: JBF Taste America® All-Stars on Road Food


Luggage fees, security lines, pat downs—all of these pale in comparison to the real bane of travel: finding reasonable food in the barren wasteland of the airport terminal. Fortunately, our 2015 JBF Taste America All-Stars have some advice on how to stay well-traveled and well-fed. Watch the video above for tips on avoiding adding a rumbling stomach to your itinerary.


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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