What We're Reading: January 28, 2014

 

A city in China is blaming its air pollution on bacon. [FoodBeast

 

If you thought the KFC Double Down was a travesty, meet the next generation: the Double Down Dog. [FWF

 

Aqua-Spark, the world’s first investment fund focused on sustainable aquaculture, is looking to save our seas through better fish farming. [NPR

 

Leave the beer for the Clydesdales and prep these make-ahead cocktails for the Big Game. [Yahoo! Food

 

By the time they hit store shelves, some GMO foods actually no longer contain genetically-modified DNA. [... Read more >

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Expo Milano: USA Pavilion Announces Dream Team of Chef Participants

USA Pavilion at Expo Milano

 

The word is out: the James Beard Foundation and the International Culinary Center are leading the conception and buildout of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, the first world’s fair to focus exclusively on food. Yesterday, over at the official USA Pavilion website, the planners announced the project's "dream team" of culinary talent, which includes Tom Colicchio, Barbara Lynch, Rick Bayless, David Chang, Naomi Pomeroy, and many others. The chefs, many of whom are JBF Award winners, will serve in a variety... Read more >

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Our Favorite Quotes from Enlightened Eaters: What the Fork Are You Eating?

Stefanie Sacks at the James Beard Foundation's Enlightened Eaters event

 

Last Wednesday JBF relaunched its Enlightened Eaters program, an educational series of readings, workshops, discussions, and other events that focus on health, nutrition, sustainability, and the environment. Our first event of 2015 featured Stefanie Sacks, author of What the Fork Are You Eating? At the standing-room-only gathering, Sacks offered some guidance on how the average consumer can best navigate the grocery store and make the right choices to lead a healthier lifestyle.

 

Here are some of our favorite insights from Stefanie:

 

1) You will, in the end, pay a little bit more for healthier food. But do you want to pay on the front end or the back end... Read more >

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What We're Reading: January 27, 2015

 

Rethink your Game Day spread with these unconventional recipes for sliders. [HuffPo

 

British grocery giant Tesco has banned candy from the checkout aisle. [The Guardian

 

While in the U.S., a new deal means no British candy at all. [NYT

 

What makes Dutch cocoa powder Dutch? [... Read more >

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Richard Melman to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award; Michel Nischan is Humanitarian of the Year

 

Chicago restaurateur will recieve the 2015 James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award

 

 

Two big announcements from the JBFA team today: we've selected our 2015 Lifetime Achievement and Humanitarian of the Year honorees.

 

Accomplished Chicago restaurateur Richard Melman will receive this year's Lifetime Achievement award. As founder and chairman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Melman oversees more than 100 restaurants nationwide, and has mentored countless chefs and culinary professionals. He is a highly admired leader within Chicago and across the country, with business practices and a personal philosophy that have served as invaluable models to others in the industry.

 

 

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JBF in the News: Susan Ungaro Spotlighted by #foodwinewomen Series

Susan Ungaro on foodandwine.com

 

Food & Wine and Toklas Society have teamed up to produce #foodwinewomen, a series of spotlights on prominent women in food. The latest profile, posted on Friday, features none other than JBF president Susan Ungaro. Head over to foodandwine.com to read her optimistic views about females' status in the culinary industry. Ungaro also lists five high-achieving women who inspire her.

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What We're Reading: January 26, 2015

 

Maternity maki rolls? A new study refutes previous bans on eating sushi while pregnant. [MUNCHIES]

 

Dive right into that dumpster: one food waste activist has promised to pay the fines of those caught in the act. [Civil Eats

 

These mood-boosting ingredients are literal comfort foods. [Greatist

 

The consumer shift towards fast-casual chains reveals much more about our social priorities than a love of burritos. [... Read more >

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America Cooks with Chefs: The Final Competition (and a Recipe!)

 

It's time for the final phase of America Cooks with Chefs, our healthy cooking competition in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. We've paired six ordinary Americans from across the country with JBF Award–winning chefs, who have equipped our contestants with nutritious recipes and valuable cooking tips for healthier lifestyles. You can watch videos of our first four participants and their respective chef trainers in action here. (Stay tuned for more videos next week!)

 

This weekend, at the Clinton Health Matters Annual Activation Summit, each contestant-and-chef duo will prepare their signature recipe for conference attendees and judges. On Monday, in front of a live audience, we'll announce the winning dish and present the grand prize to the victors.... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Sinatra Smash

Sinatra smash cocktail

 

Awards season is in full swing, and the anticipation has us reminiscing about the many opulent galas in our past. One of the highlights from the 2009 Beard Awards reception was the eclectic mix of festive cocktails, and among our favorites was this delicious blackberry and whiskey concoction from Patricia Richards of the Wynn Las Vegas. The beauty of a smash, which dates all the way back to the late 1800s, is its versatility: it's refreshing in the summertime, and it's uplifting in the dead of winter; it's most often made with whiskey, but is equally delightful with gin, vodka, or rum; and any garnishes you have on hand (mint, citrus, fresh berries, or anything you favor) will only make it shine even more. This luscious, elegant rendition, however, might just win our vote. Get the recipe here.

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On the Menu: Week of January 26

 

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

 

Monday, January 26, 7:00 P.M.
The Butcher and The Chef
As a young apprentice butcher at Jefferson Market, Salvatore Petruso delivered meats to James Beard at the icon’s Greenwich Village townhouse. Now at the helm of Westwood Prime Meats, Petruso is teaming up with chef John Vitale of Tuscan-inspired Caffe Anello for an evening that will showcase some of Beard’s butcher-shop favorites.

 

Tuesday, January 27, 7:00 P.M.
New York Meets Copenhagen
At Noho hot spot Acme, well-heeled urban locavores clamor for a reservation to sample Noma co-founder Mads Refslund’s world-renowned Nordic fare. For this can’t-miss Beard House event, the Danish chef will bring his farm-to-table, hyper seasonal ethos to our diners with a winter menu highligh... Read more >

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