On the Menu: Week of February 23

Photo taken by Max Flatow

 

Here's what's on the Beard House calendar this week:

 

Monday, February 24, 7:00 P.M. 

Charm City Common 

It's not called Charm City for nothing. Baltimore is home to a thriving and beguiling restaurant scene that features rising star-chefs like Espuma alum Cyrus Keefer. His menu at Fork & Wrench is rooted in the Chesapeake Bay region but inspired by global techniques and ingredients.

 

Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 P.M. 

Bay Area Bounty

San Francisco Bay Area chefs are famous for taking their farmers' markets seriously, and Kim Alter of Daniel Patterson's renowned Plum restaurant is no exception—she's been known to make five trips in a single day to get the freshest ingredients. Join us at the Beard House for a taste of Alter's masterful, market-driven California cuisi... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Atera's Matt Lightner

Matt Lightner on Taste Matters

 

On this week's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis took a field trip to lower Manhattan to interview chef Matt Lightner at his Michelin-starred restaurant, Atera. Offering only mysterious tasting experiences (diners eat over 20 courses but are not given a printed menu), Matt encourages his guests to let their imaginations run wild and guess the ingredients and composition in each dish. Mitchell and Matt discussed the interactions between the kitchen and dining room, how Matt is inspired by Basque cooking, and the new glut of tempting ingredients that's spoiling New York chefs. Click here to listen to the full episode.

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Daily Digest: February 20, 2014

candy bar

 

Can you guess what Time magazine recently named as the most influential candy bars in the world? The answers might surprise you. [LAT]

 

Introducing FoodPornIndex.com, which tracks the nutritious value of all those enticing shots in your social feeds. [NYT

 

How can something as simple as water grow into a $50 million business? Here's how Hint Water made such a huge splash. [WSJ]

 

The food industry appears convinced that the gluten-free fad... Read more >

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The 2014 Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists

The 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists
 

They're here! This morning we announced the semifinalists for our 2014 Restaurant and Chef Award categories, from Outstanding Restaurant to Rising Star Chef of the Year. Our announcement took place in Orlando, one of Florida's burgeoning culinary hubs. We'd like to thank Visit Orlando for making the event possible.

 

Scroll down to see if your favorite restaurant or chef is in the running. (For a refresher on how these names were selected, read this.) And don't forget: we'll announce the final Restaurant and Chef Award nominations, as well as the nominations for our Book, Journalism, Broadcast, and Restaurant Design Awards, at the Publican in Chicago on Tuesday, March 18.

 

The 2014 James Beard Awards... Read more >

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Daily Digest: February 18, 2014

wine

 

Five wine clubs that are worth joining. [LAT]

 

Quadruple stirs and boomerangs: the secret vocabulary of New York City's best bars. [NYT]

 

There's a secret Starbucks at the Winter Olympics. [LAT]

 

An old air raid shelter in London has been transformed into a flourishing vegetable garden, with support from a two-star Michelin chef. [NPR]

 

It turns out that many cows have untapped milking potential. [... Read more >

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Live from Orlando: The 2014 JBF Award Semifinalists

The 2014 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists will be announced on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

 

 

James Beard Award season is upon us, and with it a highly anticipated milestone: the big reveal of our Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists. And, for the very first time, we’re taking this announcement on the road.

 

On February 19 (that’s this Wednesday!), we’re heading down to Orlando for our first-ever live semifinalist announcement. When planning this inaugural event, we wanted to spotlight a city with an on-the-rise culinary profile, and Orlando fits that bill beautifully. We would like to thank Visit Orlando for hosting our ceremony in this exciting Central Florida food hub.

 

The semifinalist event, taking place at Orlando’s East End Market and starting ... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: February 14, 2014

tea

 

Rethinking what's in your cup: companies pledge to improve working conditions on India's tea plantations. [Grist]

 

For lower income students, snow days can mean empty stomachs. [NPR]

 

Cartoonist Joe Mohr illustrates the dangers of Bisphenol A, or BPA, with Popeye the Sailor. [Treehugger]

 

Why is nutrition so confusing? Blame the research environment. [NYT]

 

The future of vegetarian food substitutes might lie in Silicon Valley. [... Read more >

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ROC and Cornell University Posts Study on Restaurant Staff Turnover

 

In case you missed it, last month Restaurants Opportunities Centers United (ROC) posted an extensive study on staff turnover rates in American restaurants and how they affect bottom lines. The study, which was conducted by Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, surveyed more than a thousand managers and assigned the examined establishments to one of four categories: fine upscale dining, casual fine dining, moderately priced family restaurants, and fast food/quick service (fast food) restaurants.

 

The study's conclusion? Turnover is very expensive. The ROC, whose mission is to increase wages and improve working conditions for the restaurant workforce, hopes the findings will be a "wake up call" to restaurant owners. If anything, the study has yielded an unprecedented trove of data about restaurant staffers in... Read more >

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Daily Digest: February 14, 2014

pizza

The "holy grail" of meals for soldiers has finally arrived: pizza with a three-year shelf life. [HuffPo]

 

Got a Valentine who loves beer? Check out this list of seductive craft brews. [LAT]

 

A Chiptole chicken burrito and skydiving come together in a new Kickstarter campaign. [LAT]

 

In an effort to keep their weight down and their speed up, Winter Olympians are now opting for fresh juices over processed sports drinks. [NPR]... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of February 16

Photo taken by Philip Gross

 

Here's what's on the Beard House calendar next week: 

 

Tuesday, February 18, 6:00 P.M. 

Winter Park, FL 

For this special Friends of James Beard Benefit dinner, all of Orlando’s talented past JBF Award nominees are joining forces to create one spectacular meal in conjunction with the 2014 JBF Award semifinalist announcement.​ Click here for reservations.​

 

Wednesday, February 19, 7:00 P.M. 

Nouvelle Louisiane 

At Latil's Landing Restaurant, named one of the 20 best restaurants in America by Esquire, chef Jeremy Langlois creates dishes in his signature nouvelle Louisiane style, which brings together the Bayou State's local ingr... Read more >

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