The James Beard Foundation would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Food purveyors, wine producers and distributors, appliance manufacturers, commodity marketing boards, and many other types of organizations related to the food industry provide products and funds to help support the programs, events, and opportunities offered by Foundation.
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Event sponsors support JBF programming efforts on an event-by-event basis throughout the year. These events include the James Beard Awards, Chefs & Champagne® New York, our annual Gala Dinner & Auction, Taste America, and others. For more information about becoming an event sponsor, please email Yvon Ros at firstname.lastname@example.org or Julie Marshall at email@example.com.
JBF scholarship sponsors give the invaluable gift of education to aspiring culinarians around the country. Each year the Foundation offers over 80 cash scholarships and tuition waivers to deserving students, none of which would be possible without the generosity of these sponsors. Email us for information on becoming a scholarship sponsor.
JBF House Purveyors
In addition to monetarily supporting the Foundation, JBF House Purveyors supply premium ingredients, goods, and services to the James Beard Foundation and participants in Beard House events, either as a donation or at a substantially reduced cost. For more information about becoming a House Purveyor, please email Yvon Ros at firstname.lastname@example.org or Julie Marshall at email@example.com.
All-Clad is the undisputed cookware choice of top restaurant chefs and serious home cooks. Born in the Unites States steel age in 1967 as Clad Metals, the company originally specialized in formulating bonded metals for a variety of industries. Since it was established as All-Clad Metalcrafters in 1971, every piece of cookware has been handcrafted with a revolutionary bonding process using a proprietary recipe of metals to provide the best cooking performance. Today, All-Clad cookware is still proudly handcrafted by American artisans in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, with American-made steel the same way it was four decades ago. No detail is overlooked in crafting All-Clad cookware, and that is what makes it a true original. All-Clad Metalcrafters offers several collections of bonded cookware, kitchen tools, electrics, and gourmet accessories. All-Clad can be found in specialty cookware and department stores in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit allclad.com.
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Since 1971, our products have become essential tools in many commercial kitchens. Understanding the demanding schedules of chefs, we have developed a website for convenient 24/7 ordering. This website allows chefs, restaurants, hotels and cooking schools exclusive access to purchase All-Clad products at special professional pricing. Whether you need new sauté pans for your staff or serveware pieces to enhance dish presentation, this site has your kitchen’s fundamental needs to help you continuously create culinary masterpieces! For additional details on how to become a part of the program, please visit shop.allcladchefs.com.
Founded in 1932, Breville is an iconic Australian brand and worldwide leader in kitchen countertop appliances, with more than 220 products and over 90 patents registered globally. The company is known for creating award-winning appliances—such as the Juice Fountain™ series of juicers, Sous Chef™ food processor, Scraper Mixer Pro™ stand mixer and Smart Oven™—that seamlessly integrate innovative technology and beautiful design to make preparing food and beverages easier and more enjoyable. For more information on Breville, visit brevilleusa.com.
Over 15 years ago, pastry chef Rochelle Huppin Fleck noticed a lack of comfortable chef apparel options and founded Chefwear. Since then, Chefwear has completely revolutionized the way chefs and restaurateurs dress. Its complete line of culinary apparel is designed to meet the needs of professional chefs, as well as those of the ever-increasing number of people who like to cook and entertain at home. In addition to eight styles of pants and 28 styles of jackets, Chefwear's product line includes shirts, hats, aprons, shoes, pint-size duds for kids, and a full line of women’s jackets and pants. For more information, visit chefwear.com.
A long time ago in the quaint hilltop village of Sant’Elia a Pianisi, located in the Molise region of Italy, two small family businesses were born. One family operated a stone mill for crushing homegrown olives used to produce fine extra virgin olive oil. The other family gathered the durum wheat harvest, milled the wheat into semolina grain and ultimately produced fresh pasta for the local market. Over time, both families became experts at their trade, passing their knowledge down through the generations.
Today, the Colavita Olive Oil and Colavita Pasta companies are still family-owned and operating in the same town of their ancestors. They have since joined with another family-owned company, Colavita USA, and together they have shared the fruits of their respective crafts and brought a taste of Italy to the American kitchen for over twenty years. For more information on Colavita, the trusted family brand, go to main.colavita.com.
Ecolab is the leading global developer and marketer of premium cleaning, sanitizing, pest elimination, maintenance, and repair products and services for the hospitality, foodservice, institutional, and industrial markets. Founded in 1923, and headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ecolab reaches customers in more than 160 countries, employing more than 20,000 associates worldwide. Ecolab’s customers include hotels and restaurants; foodservice, healthcare, and educational facilities; quickservice (fast food) units; commercial laundries; light industry; dairy plants and farms; and food and beverage processors. For more information, visit ecolab.com.
El Media Group
El Media Group has established itself as the premier Custom Music Provider and Audio/Video design and Installation Company for the world’s top restaurants and hotels. El Media's team of Music Stylists and A/V Technicians work with thousands of brands within the hospitality sector to handcraft custom music playlists as well as design and install high quality sound systems. El Media has become a full service Music and Audio/Video company whose objective is to enhance the overall guest experience through sound. Visit our website for more information at elmediagroup.com.
Since 1996, FOODMatch has established itself as the industry leader in bringing all-natural, regionally authentic Mediterranean olives, antipasti and ingredients to the American consumer. Through the hands of our growers, we create great tasting, responsibly produced authentic foods that nurture community and enhance your quality of life. For more information, visit foodmatch.com.
Gourmet Settings' passion, original thinking, pursuit of innovative solutions, and quest for perfection has made them a leader in the flatware industry. It is their personal touch and real care that defines them. Gourmet Settings creates beautiful, fine flatware that is built to last. You use your knives, forks, and spoons three times a day, 365 days a year. That's why Gourmet Settings strives to bring a smile to your face each and every time you use their flatware. For more information, visit gourmetsettings.com.
Heritage Farms Cheshire Pork
The Ivey family fell in love with the Chester White heritage breed hog almost forty years ago, and they have been raising these hogs in Seven Springs, NC, ever since. The breed is known for exceptional marbling, and our careful farming practices have resulted in what we think is the most consistently juicy and delicious pork in the market. Our hogs are hand-fed diets with no animal protein by-products, hormones, or growth promotants. They are raised in an environment that respects their natural instincts and behaviors, with room to move and congregate in social groups. These practices make for healthier and happier animals, and in the end, tastier cuts for the table. We’re a family farm after all, and caring for and respecting our hogs is important to us. We are glad that it is also important to you. For more information, visit heritagecheshire.com.
Koppert Cress USA
Koppert Cress USA is the main innovator in the specialty produce industry, from cut Micro-Greens to the famous collection of living Micro-Vegetables and Specialties known as “Architecture Aromatique.” Koppert Cress products are ALL NATURAL, rare varieties of heirloom herbs, grown locally from seeds sourced around the globe. They have unique decorative value, but are above all, unexpectedly tasty. Many world famous chefs have found inspiration though Koppert Cress’ unique flavors and sensations. Based in Long Island, NY, Koppert Cress has roots in the Netherlands where the company owns state-of-the-art greenhouses, a large research facility, and a spectacular test kitchen. All Koppert Cress products are grown eco-consciously, according to strict HACCP safety guidelines, resulting in long shelf life, and year-round production. For brochures and recipe ideas, find us at koppertcress.com.
When Luigi Lavazza founded Lavazza in Turin, Italy, 116 years ago, three things were true, and still are today: quality is paramount; customers matter most; the Lavazza brand represents the passion and commitment of the Lavazza family. These values made Lavazza Italy's #1 coffee, the sixth largest roaster in the world, and a global purveyor of fine espresso, superior quality coffee and state-of-the-art coffee technology for the consumer and professional markets. Where we come from, coffee is never just a beverage. It's a culture. Maybe even an obsession. Lavazza Premium Coffees Corp., the North-American subsidiary, is based in New York City. For more information, visit lavazza.us.
Lenox is the market leader in fine bone china, casual dinnerware, stemware, flatware, porcelain collectibles, and gifts. Founded in 1889, Lenox continues to provide beautiful products that are relevant to consumers' changing needs. Lenox holds the distinction of creating the first American china to be used in the White House, in 1918 for President Woodrow Wilson. Since then, Lenox has produced state services for Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Reagan, Clinton, and Bush here in the U.S., as well as china for the vice presidential official residence, over 300 embassies, and more than half the governor mansions. For the past 20 years, Lenox has been commissioned to design the inaugural gift from the American people to the incoming president and many gifts to visiting dignitaries. An American classic, Lenox is committed to upholding the high standards of excellence in design, artistry, and craftsmanship set forth by its founder, Walter Scott Lenox. Part of family celebrations for generations, Lenox products can be found in gift, specialty, and department stores in the United States, Canada, select international venues and company-operated retail stores. Lenox also promotes its products via direct mail, in catalogs, and on the internet. For more information, visit lenox.com.
Melissa's is the premier importer and supplier of exotic, organic, and specialty produce in the United States. Working with farmers and growers from all over the world to provide the best of the global marketplace, Melissa's sets the standard of quality and service in the industry. For more information, visit melissas.com.
Our family business has been crafting the finest vanilla and flavor products for more than 100 years. To produce our vanilla extracts, we use a proprietary cold extraction process that gently draws out the over 300 flavor compounds present in the beans. Our vanilla products (which include extracts, pastes, powders, sugars, and beans) are also origin specific, enabling chefs to work with the unique and highly coveted flavor profiles found in beans from the finest growing regions: Madagascar, Mexico, and Tahiti. For our flavors (which include extracts of almond, chocolate, lemon, and more), we start with premium ingredients and gently extract the delicate flavor. Our dedication to quality is matched only by our commitment to the discerning culinary professionals that use our products. Visit us at nielsenmassey.com or on Facebook or Twitter.
OpenTable is the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations, seating more than 12 million diners per month via online bookings across approximately 30,000 restaurants. The OpenTable network connects restaurants and diners, helping diners discover and book the perfect table and helping restaurants deliver personalized hospitality to keep guests coming back. The OpenTable service enables diners to see which restaurants have available tables, select a restaurant based on verified diner reviews, menus, and other helpful information, and easily book a reservation. In addition to the company’s website and mobile apps, OpenTable powers online reservations for nearly 600 partners, including many of the Internet’s most popular global and local brands. For restaurants, the OpenTable hospitality solutions enable them to manage their reservation book, streamline their operations, and enhance their service levels. Since its inception in 1998, OpenTable has seated more than 530 million diners around the world. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and OpenTable service is available throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit opentable.com.
Peugeot, the world leader in mills since 1840, offers the best in pepper and spice mills, coffee mills, fresh mills and wine accessories. Defined by its French heritage, generations of expertise, and its unsurpassed commitment to quality and innovation, the Peugeot brand offers high-performance professional tools for those who believe that sharing a great meal is one of the most satisfying pleasures of life. The artful Peugeot logo features a lion and an arrow, symbolizing the brand values of authenticity, reliability, tradition and innovation. To learn more, visit www.peugeot-saveurs.com.
Riedel, the 300-year-old global leader in varietal-specific crystal glassware, is the first in history to recognize that the taste of wine is affected by the shape of the glass from which it is consumed, and has been recognized for its revolutionary designs which complement specific wines and spirits. Famous for its groundbreaking introduction of the world’s first “wine friendly” glass, the Burgundy Grand Cru in 1958 and mouth-blown Sommeliers collection unveiled in 1973, Riedel has become the brand of choice for wine connoisseurs, hospitality professionals, and educated consumers worldwide. Lauded for transforming the wine culture over the past 50 years, Riedel’s design-focused decanters, stemware lines, and stemless “O” collections have been selected for display at the Museum of Modern Art, Corning Museum of Glass, San Francisco MOMA, and more. Riedel is distributed widely throughout Europe, the Americas, and Asia, and can be found at the most exclusive fine dining establishments throughout the world. For more information, visit riedel.com.
Standing as a beacon of quality and customer service, Roland Foods has 80 years of experience in supplying consistently excellent specialty foods from around the world. As gastronomic explorers we travel the world to curate a broad collection of the most authentic ingredients from local producers of regional cuisines around the globe. Our ever-expanding catalog of over 1,500 products ranges from regional oils, vinegars, spices, condiments, sauces and grains to high quality preserved seafood, fruits and vegetables.
Roland Foods is passionate about great food. We know what it takes to bring forth a finished product you are proud of, whether it is meant for restaurant guests or family and friends. Our mission is to make you proud every time. Visit our website for more Roland® information: rolandfood.com.
S.Pellegrino, Acqua Panna, and Perrier by Nestlé Waters North America
Acqua Panna Natural Spring Water is a proud sponsor of the Outstanding Restaurant Award. For centuries, S.Pellegrino® Natural Mineral Sparkling Water and Acqua Panna® Natural Spring Water have complemented fine food, wine, and dining occasions. In support of the culinary community, S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna recognize top chefs and restaurants through their longstanding sponsorship of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and the James Beard Foundation Awards, elevate emerging chefs at the S.Pellegrino Cooking Cup, and nurture tomorrow’s great chefs with the S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition. For more information, please visit sanpellegrino.com and acquapanna.com.
Skuna Bay Vancouver Island Craft Raised Salmon
Offering a premium selection of Craft Raised Salmon, Skuna Bay is made possible by its group of experienced and passionate farmers who are dedicated to raising fish in its natural ocean environment. The farms of Skuna Bay are located in an isolated region off the coast of Vancouver Island where glacier-fed waters, strong tidal currents, and ideal salinity combine to provide perfect waters for raising good salmon. Patented innovations in packaging and a unique and exclusive method of inspecting, selecting, hand cleaning, and packing allow their salmon to be delivered in perfect condition so that chefs experience the salmon “fresh from the ocean.” The goal is to deliver our salmon just as it was when pulled out of the water by its craftsmen farmers who spent three and a half years raising it. By reliably providing the highest standards for salmon in North America, Skuna Bay not only supplies our salmon to the best chefs in America, we also help to reduce pressure on wild fish populations. For more information, please visit skunasalmon.com.
The Staub journey begins in the Alsace region of France. Rich in history, food and craft, the area is renowned for hearty one-pot recipes and fine enameled ceramics. With as much attention as the Alsatians applied to perfecting the one-pot meal, Staub’s founder set himself to perfecting the pot itself. The grandson of a cookware merchant, Francis Staub designed his first enameled pot in an old artillery factory in 1974, merging cast iron’s utility with the latest technology available. Today the success of these designs has become the benchmark for enameled cast iron cookware and is the reference brand for some of the worlds great chefs including Paul Bocuse. The winning result is French enameled cast iron cookware that marries the expression of the artisan with the culinary imagination of gourmet chefs to produce the ultimate in comfort food. Featuring a special black matte enamel interior for non-stick braising and self-basting spikes, Staub cookware excels in providing the perfect environment for slow-cooked, flavor-enhanced meals. With a wide assortment of interesting presentation pieces in dynamic colors, Staub cookware easily moves from the kitchen to the table at home and in the finest restaurants worldwide – a testimony to their quality and endearing beauty. Today the stork of Alsace is a symbol of Staub heritage that distinguishes Staub products. All Staub products continue to be manufactured in France and are available worldwide. In June 2008, Staub became one of the prestige cookware brands in the ZWILLING J.A. HENCKELS Group. A natural compliment to the ZWILLING culinary heritage, Staub will continue to merge technology with tradition, artisan with craftsmanship, to turn its expertise with cast iron and ceramics into more innovative oven-to-the-table merchandise. For more information, visit chefschoosestaub.com.
Sysco Metro NY
At Sysco Metro NY, delivering the best ingredients to great restaurants is what we do. Our professional team of marketing and delivery associates, merchandisers, chefs, and product specialists fulfill a common mission: to market and deliver great products to our customers with exceptional service. The heart of this endeavor is to preserve and secure the efforts of the farmer from their fields to your guests' forks. We deliver safe, wholesome food to your establishment, with accountability and traceability. Our chefs and specialists have over two centuries of combined foodservice experience and are able to work with you and your staff to contain costs and increase profits. Our vendor partners offer many programs that go beyond food items and into the daily mechanics of restaurant operations. You can always be sure that good things come from Sysco Metro NY. For more information, visit syscometrony.com.
Tea Forté's award-winning specialty teas, exquisite design, and opulent approach is presented at the world's leading hotels, restaurants, and resorts. We take great pride in offering only the finest tea leaves in the world. The estate-grown leaves we select represent less than 1 percent of all teas available and yield diverse, subtle characteristics similar to those of fine wines. Tea Forté transforms a cup of tea, providing a distinct and memorable detail of the guest experience. For more information, please visit teaforte.com/wholesale-tea.
Located in American Fork, Utah, ThermoWorks brings scientific precision and robust industrial design to professional temperature tools for food safety and culinary excellence. The preferred brand among leading chefs and demanding operations, ThermoWorks sells direct to national chains, single restaurants, food processors and to consumers. Many of our thermometers are award-winning and recognized as best-in-class, including handheld thermometers like our Thermapen, alarm thermometers like our ChefAlarm, infrared thermometers, data loggers, pH meters, and timers. Customers have direct access to expert instrument consultants and a full in-house technical support team. Our advanced NIST-Traceable calibration lab assures ThermoWorks products meet the highest performance standards. For more information, visit ThermoWorks.com.
Tom Cat Bakery
Tom Cat Bakery is considered a pioneer in the artisan bread baking industry and has served the needs of New York’s leading fine dining establishments, luxury hotels, and specialty retailers for over 25 years. Its authentic, handmade artisan breads are delivered fresh seven days a week, 365 days a year, throughout the tri-state region and are shipped nationwide through a variety of frozen distributors. Founded in 1987, Tom Cat produces over 300 different types of breads and rolls from their bakery in Long Island City, NY, just across the East River from Manhattan. Long known in New York City for their handmade breads delivered twice daily on their signature silver trucks, Tom Cat has developed a national reputation as a leader in frozen handmade artisan breads bringing the same bread that is found on the tables of New York’s landmark restaurants and hotels to discerning chefs in over 25 states. For information please visit www.tomcatbakery.com.
True Refrigeration is proud to be an official house purveyor at the James Beard Foundation in New York City. True has provided commercial refrigeration for the kitchen, as well as the new True Professional Series line of premium residential refrigeration for wine, food, and beverage storage throughout the House, including the outdoor garden area. We are proud to celebrate the culinary arts and have chefs and guests experience firsthand the quality and heritage of True products, along with the great partnership between True and the James Beard Foundation. For more information, please visit truemfg.com.
Created in 1922 in France's Rhone Valley by a pastry chef for pastry chefs, Valrhona has remained a chef driven company that values working in partnership with culinary professionals. Valrhona employs 20 corporate chefs and operates three premier pastry schools ("Ecoles du Grand Chocolat") throughout the world. The brand of choice for the world's most demanding pastry professionals and chocolatiers, Valrhona is committed to the creation of unique artisan quality chocolates with complex and balanced flavors. The pillars of Valrhona’s philosophy are the uncompromising commitment to quality, taste, and innovation as well as community and environmental stewardship. As an owner of two plantations, Valrhona is literally the source of fine chocolate as they plant, discover, select, and blend fine and rare cocoa beans. For more information, visit valrhonaprofessionals.com.
Based in Solingen, Germany since 1814, Wüsthof is the world's premier manufacturer of professional quality cutlery. Several precision-forged, full-tang cutlery collections are available for professional chefs and avid home cooks, including Classic, Classic Ikon, Grand Prix II, and Le Cordon Bleu. Each knife in these collections is forged from a single piece of an exclusive high-carbon, stain-resistant alloy engineered for high performance and long-lasting use. The knives also feature Wüsthof's patent-pending Precision Edged Technology (PEtec) for enhanced blade sharpness and longer edge retention. Beloved by chefs who demand the best in kitchen equipment, Wüsthof knives are crafted with meticulous care and dedication to excellence. To learn more about Wüsthof and its edgy new campaign, "Defining the Edgë," please visit wusthof.com.