Eye Candy: Foie Gras–Black Pepper Macarons

Foie Gras–Black Pepper Macarons with Blackberry Jelly

 

From cosmopolitan chic to resort retreat, the Four Seasons brand defines luxury. At their recent dinner, guests were invited to leave their suitcases behind and savor the myriad cuisines available at Four Seasons properties around the U.S. right here at the Beard House—a chance to experience the flavors of a five-star vacation without straying far from home. During the Champagne reception hour, diners were served a bevy of bite-sized treats, including this delight: foie gras–black pepper macarons with blackberry jam. Whimsical, decadent, and almost too cute to eat, these canapés were a standout of the evening's cuisine. 

 

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Throwback Thursday: JBF Award Winners Charlie Trotter and Norman Van Aken

JBF Award Winners Charlie Trotter and Norman Van Aken

 

This year, our annual gala, taking place tomorrow at the Four Seasons, will honor the life and work of JBF Award winner Charlie Trotter. Our TBT for this week captures a moment between Trotter and JBF Award winner Norman Van Aken, who is leading our celebration of Trotter’s legacy. Aken, along with a roster of Trotter’s friends and protégés, has crafted a menu in tribute to the late chef’s substantial influence on American cuisine.​

 

For more event information and the gala's menu, click here.​

 

 

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What We're Reading: November 13, 2014

 

The tumultuous history of french fries and ketchup. [HuffPost

 

It’s not just for your pancakes: chefs weigh in on maple syrup. [Serious Eats

 

If healthy food was as convenient as junk food, would we eat more salad? [The Atlantic

 

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Eat This Word: Conch

 

WHAT? Over the centuries, Caribbean islanders have played tunes on the conch, drunk from it, made tools from it, adorned homes with it, used it as a primitive form of money, and--best of all--eaten it. "There is no doubt that since time immemorial, man has been breaking open conch shells in order to get at the succulent flesh inside," according to Culinaria, A Culinary Discovery: The Caribbean. The meat of this sea snail is tough and needs tenderizing with lime or by pounding before cooking. Its taste has been compared to clams and scallops. Conch, which propels itself along the ocean floor with its foot-like muscle, is used to make stews, chowders, and fritters. In the 17th century, the beautiful spiraled pink shell of the Queen Conch was prized in Europe. Today, entire conch orchestras make beautiful music in Key West at the island's annual Conch Blowing Contest.

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2015 Women in Culinary Leadership Grants Now Available

2015 Women in Culinary Leadership Grants Now Available from the James Beard Foundation

 

The James Beard Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2015 Women in Culinary Leadership Grant. Women with at least two years of professional hospitality or culinary experience are encouraged to apply for a chance to participate in a six- or twelve-month mentor/grantee program with top industry leaders. The deadline is December 16, 2014.

 

Mentorship programs are available with the following chefs and restaurateurs:

 

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What We're Reading: November 12, 2014

 

Discover the difference between "sofrito" and "soffritto" with these infographics on aromatics. [FWF]

 

Unilever's lawsuit over mayo leads to a condiment identity crisis. [WaPo]

 

How Americans can be incentivized to eat more fresh, local produce. [NPR]

 

A debate on lexicon and labels: should "natural" be regulated the same way as "organic"? [NYT]

 

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JBF Wants to Know: Hard Cider or Pumpkin Beer?

When the leaves start to change, what's your autumnal happy-hour order? Do you stick by the perennial pumpkin, or have you joined the cider trend? Vote for your seasonal quaff below!

 

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Expo Milano: USA Pavilion Flag Raising

 

Flag Raising at the future USA Pavilion in Milan

 

Last week, with the assistance of U.S. Consul General Philip T. Reeker, the American flag was raised atop the in-progress structure of the USA Pavilion at next year's Expo Milano. Taking place May 1–October 31, Expo Milano will be the first world's fair to focus exclusively on food. The James Beard Foundation, along with the International Culinary Center, is leading the conception and buildout of USA Pavilion, whose theme will be American Food 2.0. Be sure to check out the USA Pavilion website, which will launch its own blog later this week.

 

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What We're Reading: November 11

 

A Connectticut town removes its final remnants of Prohibition. [NYT]

 

Up your brining expertise in time for Thanksgiving. [Epicurious

 

Would you drink Doritos-flavored soda? [Eater

 

Le Laboratoire: bringing edible packaging to a store near you. [NPR

 

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Eye Candy: Roasted Lamb Chops with Polenta and Smoked Chiles

Roasted Lamb Chops with Crunchy Polenta and Smoked Chiles

 

After honing his skills as Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s youngest-ever sous chef and Nougatine’s executive chef, Westchester native Beck Bolender has returned to his roots at the newly revamped One Twenty One, where he has rebooted the menu with an innovative, globe-spanning selection of small plates. At his recent Beard House dinnerBolender treated guests to a luxurious six-course tasting menu of his signature elegant fare—including this spectacular treat: roasted lamb chops with crunchy polenta and smoked chiles. This robust, juicy, stick-to-your-ribs dish emerged as favorite among Beard House diners and is sure to have Manhattanites hopping on the commuter rail to Westchester county for an encore feast.  

 

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