Test Your Eat-Q: Thanksgiving Trivia

Do you know the difference between a sweet potato and a yam? Test your Turkey Day know-how with this holiday quiz!

 

 

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What We're Reading: November 17, 2014

 

Recipe ideas for that mountain of Brussels sprouts you picked up from the market. [Food52

 

What the Ocean Spray bog-men aren’t telling us: cranberry facts. [The Kitchn

 

A new GMO potato just approved by the USDA can be precut and sold fresh because it resists browning. [Mother Jones

 

The craft revolution has beer drinkers returning to cans. [Quartz

 

The city of Lyon is trying to change French habits by promoting the value of restaur... Read more >

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Happy Hour: PDT's Paddington

Paddington cocktail

 

Start your weekend early with this whimsical riff on the Hemingway Daiquiri made with a spoonful of orange marmalade, the fictional Paddington Bear’s treat of choice. Created by David Slape of New York City's famed PDT, which took home our inaugural Outstanding Bar Program award in 2012, the drink balances the punch of its absinthe and rum base with delicate, floral notes of Lillet Blanc and a bright twist from fresh lemon and grapefruit juices. Get the recipe here.

 

 

Elena North-Kelly is senior editor at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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On the Menu: Week of November 17

 

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

 

Monday, November 17, 7:00 P.M.
Taste of Portugal
Portuguese native Rui Correia worked at some of New York City’s top kitchens, including Gotham Bar & Grill, Union Square Café, and Mesa Grill, before opening Douro, the Greenwich, Connecticut, restaurant where he is channeling his heritage and gaining widespread acclaim for his bold Portuguese–Mediterranean dishes.

 

Wednesday, November 19, 7:00 P.M.
London Calling
Perched on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower in London, Duck & Waffle boasts a setting spectacular enough to match wunderkind chef Daniel Doherty’s remarkable cuisine. The chef’s playful, modern take on British cookery has earned him universal renown and has placed his restaurant at the top of the U.K. food scene. Jo... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: November 14, 2014

 

A paper published in the journal Nature suggests that eating a whole-foods, plant-based diet, limited in meat, refined fat, and sugar, could reduce the climate change impacts associated with food production. [Civil Eats]

 

The Environmental Working Group has released a sequel to its popular list, the Dirty Dozen, which outlines direct and indirect additives in food: the Dirty Dozen Shoppers' Guide to Pesticides in Produce. [Ecocentric]

 

The White House delays on signing off on multiple food, nutrition, and environmental bills, leaving their legislative future in question. [Food Politics]

 

Food giant Unilever is filing a false advertising... Read more >

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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. 

 

View this event's menu and details here. For upcoming Beard House dinners, check out our eve... Read more >

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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

 

Give vegan baking a try with this guide to egg replacers. [Food52]... Read more >

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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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