James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: San Francisco

 

We’re down to the final stops of our national epicurean tour, James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®. This weekend we visit San Francisco for two days of star-studded events featuring Taste America All-Star and James Beard Award winner Paul Qui and local star and James Beard Award winner Michael Mina. Join us Friday night for a reception with dishes from some of the city’s hottest chefs, followed by a unique four-course menu prepared by Qui and Mina. On Saturday Qui will show off his technique with a cooking demo at Sur La Table, where you’ll also be able to sample local fare with a cooking demo and book signing from Lissa Doumani and Hiro Sone of Urchin Bistrot, and free tastings from artisan vendors Awesome Bars and Dandelion Chocolate.

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Sustainability Matters: October 24, 2014

Coconut is the latest food trend with a whole mess of labor rights issues behind it. [Mother Jones

 

A new poll shows that nine out of ten doctors are worried about the use of antibiotics on livestock. [Civil Eats

 

Dutch comedians prank food experts by passing off McDonald’s as organic food, raising concerns about the power of labeling. [Food Republic

 

Fearing a loss of clean water access, craft brewers are joining the fight aga... Read more >

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2014 JBF Leadership Award Honoree Michael Pollan

2014 JBF Leadership Award Honoree Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan

Writer/Journalist; and Professor

University of California, Berkeley

 

Ask Michael Pollan, a prolific food writer and journalist who introduced issues like sustainable agriculture and food safety into the national conversation, about his earliest gustatory memories, and he singles out an after-school snack: “I remember going to a friend’s house in the fourth grade. His mom wasn’t home so he had to figure out how to cook his own food, and he taught me how to scramble eggs,” Pollan says, recalling a childhood in suburban Long Island. “This goop turned into beautiful yellow curds. So my sense of cooking as this kitchen chemistry set where amazing transformations happen goes back pretty far,” he adds.

 

An unabashed enthusiasm for learning makes Pollan’s writing—a collection of books and articles that probe into the intersection of nature and culture—res... Read more >

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The Power of Food: Belief vs. Reality

 

The 2014 JBF Food Conference, taking place October 27–28 in New York City, will explore the intersection of food and health. Our speakers and panelists will discuss the myriad ways in which food supports personal and public health; fails to deliver on the promise of better health; and both drives and responds to other cultural forces in America today.

 

In anticipation of this two-day event, we’ve been talking about health all month here on the JBF blog. Below, Miriam Arond, director of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, offers some insights based on the Institute’s research on Americans’ eating habits. Arond will also speak during the first day of the JBF Food Conference. Watch a live broadcast at jbffoodconference.org.

 

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Dr. Ezekiel Emaneul on Food, Health Care, and Media

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel (Photo: Candace di Carlo)

 

The 2014 JBF Food Conference, taking place October 27 and 28 in New York City, will explore the intersection of food and health. Our speakers and panelists will discuss the myriad ways in which food supports personal and public health; fails to deliver on the promise of better health; and both drives and responds to other cultural forces in America today.

 

In anticipation of this two-day event, we're talking about health all month here on the JBF blog. In the post below, Dr. Eze... Read more >

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What We're Reading: October 23, 2014

 

Do your liver a favor: have a cup of joe. [The Daily Meal]
 

Budget-friendly tips for avoiding the most commonly over-priced grocery store items. [HuffPost]
 

For some restaurants, a negative review doesn't necessarily mean a drop in business. [Grub Street]

 

Everyone knows Elvis loved a peanut butter and banana sandwich, but what about JFK or Mariah Carey? Iconic Americans' favorite bites. [... Read more >

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2014 JBF Leadership Award Honoree Ben Burkett

2014 JBF Leadership Award honoree Ben Burkett

Ben Burkett
State Coordinator for the State of Mississippi, Federation of Southern Cooperatives; president of the National Family Farm Coalition; and Member of Via Campesina

 

Even just a glance at the staggering range of Ben Burkett’s commitments—spanning state, national, and international arenas—confirms that he’s a tireless advocate for the family farm. “I guess you could say I’ve been farming all my life,” says Burkett, a fourth-generation farmer who wears a variety of hats for organizations including the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, where he is a state coordinator, and the National Family Farm Coalition, where he serves as president.

 

Burkett’s own 300-acre farm in Petal, Mississippi, teems with more than 16 types of vegetables including collard greens and okra. He’s on a quest to change the culture of farming in the United States, which is currently dominated by a cluster of gargantuan corporate players. “The huge farmers don’t... Read more >

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What We're Reading: October 22, 2014

 

Test your burger I.Q. with this guide to regional styles across the U.S.  [HuffPost

 

Calling all craft beer enthusiasts: a new app is attempting to catalog every beer in U.S. [FWF]

 

Are arepas the new tacos? Ask the "arepa king" of NYC. [Serious Eats]... Read more >

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Recipe: Jewel Roasted Vegetables

Ellie Krieger's Jewel Roasted Vegetables

 

A healthy diet doesn't have to rule out scrumptious and fulfilling meals. Here's a tasty, comforting, and nutritious recipe from one of our favorite Beard Award–winning books, The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger. A staple on Kriger's Thanksgiving table, the dish gets its name from the gemlike appearance of the chunky vegetables. Get the recipe here.

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2014 JBF Leadership Award Honoree Mark Bittman

2014 JBF Leadership Award honoree Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman
Author and Journalist,
The New York Times

 

Talk about mileage: once a New York City cabdriver and a Boston truck driver, Mark Bittman is now one of the most prominent and influential voices steering Americans toward healthier, more sustainable eating. The best-selling cookbook author, renowned food writer, and prolific recipe developer has paved a path all his own.

 

While running a small newspaper as a community organizer in the 1970s, Bittman was introduced to the craft of journalism and the art of communication. That know-how would serve him well: in the decade that followed, Bittman contributed to many different print outlets, including the New Haven Register, of which he became food editor. “I really liked food and knew about food, but I was trying many different things,” he says. “When it became clear that what I was passionate about would actually work for me, I pretty much pursued it to the exclusion of e... Read more >

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