Throwback Thursday: Women in Whites

JBF Gala Women in Whites Participants

 

November means JBF Gala time, and for this TBT we’re looking back at last year’s fête, which celebrated the accomplishments of women in the food industry and featured an all-female lineup. As seen in the photo above, the star power that evening was undeniable. We were honored to be joined by, from left to right: JBF Award winner Sherry Yard, JBF Award winner Merry Edwards, JBF Award winner Barbara Lynch, JBF Award winner Melissa Kelly, Gail Simmons, JBF Award winner Martha Stewart, Tyra Banks, JBF president Susan Ungaro, Kristin Kish, Dominique Crenn, and Audrey Saunders.

 

Next Friday, the James Beard Foundation Gala will celebrate the life and career of the l... Read more >

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Our Favorite Beard House Dishes in October

Justin Severino at the Beard House

 

Warming, hearty dishes were a recurring theme at the Beard House last month. Below, our editors' favorite bites from October.

 

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Ricotta with Caviar and Deep-Fried Croutons at the Beard House

 

Ricotta with Caviar and Deep-Fried Croutons / Philly Favorite 

 

"After coming up the ranks at Per Se and Jean Georges, it’s no wonder that Greg Vernick has generated substantial buzz for his work at Philadelphia’s Vernick Food & Drink. At his recent Beard House event, Vernick passed around dreamy, bite-sized pillows of warm ricotta piled high with caviar, chives, and deep-fried croutons. Almost resem... Read more >

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Scholarship Spotlight: Angel Torres

 

The recipient of the 2014 Chelsea Market Sunday Supper Scholarship, Angel Torres has just begun his freshman year at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, where he plans to pursue a degree in baking and pastry arts. Inspired by years of traditional Mexican baking in his grandfather’s home and business, Angel hopes to continue the family love of pastry by one day becoming a chocolatier.

 

“My whole life I’ve always been fascinated by all the different ways chocolate can be made and manipulated. I also want to learn how to make sugar decorations and sculptures. So far my plans after college are to travel Europe for a few years, and potentially work in countries that specialize in chocolate for a year or two each. The Chelsea Market Sunday Supper Scholarship is a life-changer, and allows me to attend my dream school.”

 

Angel’s grandfather passed away... Read more >

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What We're Reading: November 6, 2014

 

With saffron cream filling and mint chocolate frosting, India has the U.S. beat on exotic doughnut flavors. [HuffPo

 

What the results of the midterm elections mean for food policy. [Civil Eats

 

Up your olive oil game with these pro tips. [Food & Wine

 

The New Yorker digs into the gluten-free trend. [The New Yorker

 

Have a sophisticated Thanksgiving with this con... Read more >

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Scholarships: Announcing the Miljenko "Mike" Grgich's American Dream Scholarship

The James Beard Foundation has launched the Miljenko

 

Since 1991, the James Beard Foundation has awarded more than $5 million in financial aid to students pursuing careers in the culinary arts. As we strive to grow this important aspect of our work, we are grateful for the support of other organizations and professionals who share our passion for education.

 

Last month, at a celebration at Grgich Hills Estate in Rutherford, California, we welcomed Miljenko “Mike” Grgich to our roster of JBF scholarship sponsors. A Croatian immigrant who fled Communist rule, Grgich founded his eponymous winery in 1977, and was inducted into the Vintners Hall of Fame in 2008. In a partnership with the James Beard Foundation, the Estate has established the Miljenko "Mike" Grgich's American Dream Scholarship, which will be awarded to a student in wine studies. (The inaugural prize was bestowed this... Read more >

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Helping Ourselves, Helping Others: Personal and Collective Responsibility at the JBF Food Conference

 

It was clear from the speakers and panels of this year’s JBF Food Conference that for problems related to food and health, this is no one simple solution. In this panel, JBF Award-winning journalist Michael Pollan and executive director of Let’s Move! Sam Kass share their at times opposing views of the future of the American diet, and how responsibility breaks down along individual, federal, and corporate lines. As with many of the Conference's participants, they may disagree on how to enact change, but the need for reform is undeniable.

 

Video footage of all our 2014 JBF Food Conference talks and panels can be found ... Read more >

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America Cooks with Chefs Announces Healthy Cooking Competition Contestants

 

American Cooks with Chefs, the healthy cooking initiative launched by the Clinton Foundation in partnership with JBF, has revealed the six contestants who will pair up with James Beard Award–winning chefs to create the ultimate healthy and delicious dish.

 

The contestants will meet their chef collaborators at Kitchen Camps, where they’ll “make-under” their favorite decadent dish into a nutritious meal. The ultimate test comes at the Clinton Health Matters Conference in January 2015, where the contestants will compete in a Live Cooking Challenge

 

Here are the contestants and their JBF Award-winning chef mentors:

  • Jonathan Saturay (NYC) will be paired with chef Maria Hines (Seattle)
  • Vinita Lark Williams (Los Angeles) will be paired with chef Mary Sue Milliken (Los Angeles)
  • Kathy Partak (Auburn, California) will be paired with chef Naomi Pomeroy (Portland, Oregon)
  • Jordan Kennedy (Alexandria, VA) wil

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What We're Reading: November 5, 2014

 

Tips and tricks for making the perfect pie crust. [Epicurious]

 

Smoked, fermented, and hand-crafted foods delivered straight to your door: a prediction of the food trends of 2015. [Chicago Tribune]

 

The U.S. Army looks to 3-D printing for the future of feeding the troops. [NPR]

 

A reflection on the changing definition of "celebrity chef." [FWF]

 

A new Chicago-based app transforms restaurant leftovers into meals for those in need. [... Read more >

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Eat Your Vegetables Twitter Chat on Wednesday, November 5

Swiss Chard

 

Want to learn more about cooking vegetables from some of the world's most renowned culinary icons? To celebrate our recently launched recipe app, we're hosting a live Twitter chat to discuss everything from inspiring recipes to helpful techniques to seasonal tips with a panel of some of the JBF Outstanding Chef award winners featured in the app. Join us on Wednesday, November 5th at 2:00 P.M. EST and ask the experts for advice! 

 

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Allies for Health with Dr. Tim Harlan and Seamus Mullen at JBF Food Conference

 

A recurring thread at this year’s JBF Food Conference was the need to make the knowledge we have about health more accessible to the average consumer. As keynote speaker Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel pointed out, a big piece of this change must come from better educating physicians about nutrition. In this panel, Dr. Tim Harlan of Tulane University School of Medicine and JBF Award–nominated chef Seamus Mullen describe the vast potential of partnerships between doctors and chefs, and share through personal experience the incredible transformative power of healthy eating habits.

 

Video footage of all our 2014 JBF Food Conference talks and panels can be found ... Read more >

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