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Platform by JBF Is Officially Open!

Get tickets for April events now

Maggie Borden

April 01, 2023


Photo of Marcus Samuelsson surrounded by chef team underneath large white sign that says Platform by the James Beard Foundation
Photo: Clay Williams

Platform by the James Beard Foundation opens this week! Don't miss our inaugural month featuring the best of the Empire State, from a chance to shuck oysters with the "Oyster King of New York" to a Mexican seder to celebrate Passover with La Newyorkina's Fany Gerson, and more! Grab tickets to this week's events below, and check out the full month's calendar here.

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Photo: Clay Williams

Tuesday, April 4
Kwame Onwuachi's Subway Journeys
Hop aboard a New York City subway with James Beard Award winner Kwame Onwuachi as he presents a menu highlighting the gastronomic treasures found throughout the city’s neighborhoods.

Thursday, April 6
A Mexican Seder with Fany Gerson and Danny Ortiz de Montellano
Join wife-and-husband culinary duo Fany Gerson and Danny Ortiz de Montellano as they tap their Jewish–Latin roots to create a soulful feast celebrating the second night of Passover.  

Friday, April 7
Restaurants That Changed New York - PANEL AND RECEPTION
Join moderator Paul Freedman, author of Ten Restaurants That Changed America, and panelists Drew Nieporent, Alexander Smalls, and Tren’ness Woods-Black for a conversation about the pioneering restaurants that shaped the way New Yorkers have dined over the last two centuries.

Saturday, April 8
The Amazing Oyster with Ben "Moody" Harney - CLASS
Known to many as “The Oyster King of New York,” Moody will share the mollusk’s significance in New York City and the lesser-known history of the Black influence on the oyster industry. Students will learn hands-on shucking techniques.

Photo of a woman's hands holding a white bowl filled with jicama, mango spears, and greens
Photo: Clay Williams

Only have time for a quick bite? Stop by our Good To Go by JBF, our kiosk in Market 57.

Good To Go by JBF is an incubator for new, fast-casual concepts from established operators who embody the James Beard Foundation’s mission and values. As we launch the kiosk, we’re featuring a selection of dishes crafted by our James Beard House Fellows in advance of our first incubator concept this fall. Swing by for bites like Pernil al Horno, Jicama–Mango Salad, and Burnt Honey Mocha Cupcakes. These menu items are only available for a short period of time, so don’t miss your chance to try them out!

Applications are now open for our first Good To Go concept! Selected applicants will receive resources to bring their vision to life and the opportunity to serve special menu items found only at the Good To Go kiosk in Market 57 during their residency.

Through our partnership with Pepsi Dig In, the first incubated residency will feature a Black chef or restaurateur and provide tools to drive the continued success of their businesses. Applications are open until April 30. Click here for more info and to apply!

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