Daily Digest: February 11, 2014

coffee

 

American teenagers are increasingly hopped up on caffeine. [NPR]

 

Chart: people who actually like white chocolate and where they live. [Quartz]

 

Canadian athletes can swipe their passports to get a free beer a the Olympics. [USA Today]

 

How to make khinkali and khachapuri, two of Sochi's signature dishes. [Smithsonian]

 

The latest in freaky Doritos spawn: "Doritos Loaded," inspired by mo... Read more >

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The Bookshelf: The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook

Michael Anthony

 

Every year brings a fresh crop of dazzling, restaurant-driven cookbooks that renew our resolve to soar toward new technical heights in our home kitchens. But whether we actually reach those summits of thermal circulators and immaculate brunoise… well, that’s another story. This year’s batch included the eponymous title from New York City’s Gramercy Tavern, a restaurant anchored by a kitchen that’s never short on solid technique. But lightning-fast knife skills aside, JBF Award winner Michael Anthony says that The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook can actually make the leap from coffee table to kitchen counter. Intertwining two decades of the iconic restaurant's history with 125 seasonally inspired, contemporary American recipes, Anthony has crafted an invaluable resource for... Read more >

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The JBF Greens Launch Party

In case you missed the news, we’ve launched a new membership category for all of the young food lovers out there. If you’re under 40 and fancy yourself some fine food and drink, then a JBF Greens membership has your name on it.  

 

Last week we officially inaugurated the JBF Greens at a launch party at Bar 75 at the Andaz Wall Street hotel. Attended by nearly 100 freshly minted Greens members and other special guests, this kick-off event featured savory and sweet bites by Andaz chef Victor Cruz, as well as charcuterie, local cheeses, and freshly shucked oysters. Guests also enjoyed Punzoné Vodka and Arvero Limoncello cocktails, Stella Artois beers, Vias Imports wines, and music courtesy of El Media Group. A selection of photos from the party are below.

 

For our next JBF Greens event, we’re teaming up with Jazz at Lincoln Center’s own under-40 group, Hang Set, for a spectacular evening of delicious food, stunning views, and great music. Get more details and purchase tickets... Read more >

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Daily Digest: February 10, 2014

Pizza

 

It was National Pizza Day yesterday, but it's not too late to celebrate with the perfect pie. Try making one using this DIY brick oven for less than $40. [LAT]

 

Is it possible to die from drinking too much soda? [Time]

 

Dumb Starbucks Coffee, an imitation of the famous franchise, opened in L.A. this weekend. [WSJ]

 

Occasional heartburn is normal, but if it occurs more than twice a week, you may have GERD. [USA Today]

 

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of ... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: GritWork's Monica Gelinas

Monica Gelinas on Taste Matters

 

On the latest episode of Taste Matters, food systems consultant and Karp Resources founder Karen Karp appears as guest host, interviewing Monica Gelinas from GritWork. As GritWork's principal and founder, Monica works to transform high-growth natural food concepts into soulful operations through strategic integrity sourcing and sustainable supply chain frameworks. The two reflect on their collaborative experience bringing England's Pret A Manger to the U.S. in 1999, and Monica talks about some of the biggest challenges in both industrial food production and providing year-round fresh, seasonal produce in New York City. Click here to listen to the full episode. ... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: February 7, 2014

 

Subway sandwich company will phase out substance found in yoga mats and shoe rubber from its bread dough. [NPR]

 

Vertical Farming 101: are cities the solution to future food production? [The Guardian]

 

Maryland lawmakers move to save Chesapeake Bay from poultry farm's toxic by-product. [Grist]

 

Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack reports that climate change is already hurting farmers due to increasingly severe weather conditions. [HuffPo]

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On the Menu: Week of February 9

Chefs at the James Beard House

 

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


Sunday, February 9, 12:00 noon

Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner 

Known for her signature blend of Middle Eastern, Armenian, and Mediterranean cuisines, Zov Karamardian runs an empire of restaurants, bistros, and bakeries in Southern California. For this special Friends of James Beard Benefit, Karamardian has crafted a vibrant menu of her legendary fare and will present it along with cooking demonstrations with featured guest and television star Carla Hall. The event will be emceed by JBF Award winner Sherry Yard.

 

Sunday, February 9, 4:00 P.M. 

Valentine's Tea

Treat your valentine to a romantic afternoon tea prepared by an incredible group of chefs and pastry chefs. The top talents collaborat... Read more >

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Daily Digest: February 6, 2014

Pizza

 

With Sochi 2014 around the corner, here are some surprisingly unhealthy foods that Olympians are eating. [HuffPo]

 

After a food blogger's urging, Subway will remove a questionable chemical from its bread. [NBC News

 

Witness the genesis of the McNugget in this new behind-the-scenes video from McDonald's. [NPR]

 

Feel like spending extravagantly for Valentine's Day this year? How about a dinner that costs $99,466? [LAT... Read more >

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Recipe: Grapefruit Posset

Kristin Butterworth's recipe for grapefruit posset, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

A British pudding of sweetened cream that's lightly curdled with acid, posset might be the most low-maintenance dessert we know. Posset is not a shopping-list generator: chances are you already have what you need to whip up a basic one. It's not a kitchen diva: making a batch doesn't require scrounging up multiple mixing bowls, lugging out your Kitchen Aid, or even turning on your oven.

 

At the Grill Room at Windsor Court in New Orleans, Kristin Butterworth's tasting menu concludes with a simple "citrus posset." She sent us a version that's flavored with grapefruit, but we think it would play nicely with any winter citrus, like tangerine, blood orange, or Meyer lemon. 

 

Get the recipe here.... Read more >

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Daily Digest: February 5, 2014

salt

 

When a recipe says "salt to taste," just how much salt are we talking about? It depends on whom you ask. [WP]

 

After Rodney Scott's cookhouse burned down last year, fellow pitmasters and chefs came together for a barbecue tour and fundraiser. [NPR]

 

Calling all chocolate fiends: get your fix at one of these chocolate factory tours. [USA Today]

 

How to have a Beyoncé-themed Valentine's Day dinner. [... Read more >

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