2013 ShortDocs Challenge


This year we were proud to partner with the Third Coast International Audio Festival 2013 ShortDocs Challenge, an annual competition that invites anyone and everyone to create a short radio piece based on a unique set of rules. This year's submissions were inspired by the idea of "appetite," presented in three "courses," and included one of the five tastes (bitter, salty, sour, sweet, or umami) in the title. Choosing from many wonderful entries, we selected six to air at the James Beard Foundation Food Conference this fall. They were:


"Sweet Baby June Eats the World"
Produced by Matt Largey


“Blackbird Pot Pie: Not the Pie Umami Made”
Produced by Mary T. Diorio... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of December 15

Next week at the James Beard House


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


Monday, December 16, 7:00 P.M.

Five-Star Ode to Pittsburgh

After a stint at the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans, Kristin Butterworth is back at the utterly elegant Nemacolin Woodlands Resort’s French-inspired Lautrec. Find out why Butterworth has received one accolade after another, including both the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five- Diamond awards for 2011, during this spectacular fine-dining experience.


Tuesday, December 17, 7:00 P.M.

New England with a Southern Heart

What happens when a Vermont raised chef marries a food-loving Southern gal? They open up a restaurant, of course. At the Downtown Grocery, chef Rogan Lechthaler—whose pedigree includes Boston’s Mistral and... Read more >

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JBF Gifts for Food Lovers


Looking for the perfect presents for all the food lovers in your life? Make us your one-stop shop for the most unique culinary gifts.


James Beard House Gift Certificates

Dining gift certificates are available at any value for use toward all one-of-a-kind James Beard House dinners throughout the year. To purchase your JBF gift certificates, please call Membership Services at 212.675.4984 x221 Monday through Friday from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. EST. or email membership@jamesbeard.org. Learn more about Beard House gift certificates. 


Gift Membership Promotion

Introduce your food-loving friends and family to the pleasures of dining at the James Beard House with a JBF membership! What's more, if you purchase a gift membership from now until the end of the year, you will also receive... Read more >

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Recipe: Wild Mushroom, Shoyu, and Goat Cheese Truffles

Recipe for wild mushroom, shoyu, and goat cheese truffles, adapted by the James Beard Foundation


These mushroom and risotto–based truffles may look like regular old fritters, but one bite exposes their umami-rich cores of shoyu and goat cheese. (Shoyu is just the name for soy sauce in Hawaii and Japan, so if you have a bottle of soy sauce in your pantry, you're covered.) Enlist some friends to help you churn out a few batches at your holiday gathering.


Get the recipe here.

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Recipe: Pignoli Tart with Mascarpone Crema

Cynthia DePersio's recipe for Pignoli Tart with Mascarpone Crema, adpated by the James Beard Foundation


Cynthia DePersio is nuts for nuts. "I adore them, so I decided to use Italian pignoli cookies for the inspiration for this tart," she told us. The New Jersey–based pastry chef adds pulsed pine nuts to a classic French frangipane, then bakes the filling in a sandy sablé crust. "I like to pinwheel thinly sliced banana slices on top, sprinkle them with raw sugar, and brûlée," she says. We're partial to crowning our pieces with a dollop of mascarpone-boosted whipped cream.


Get the recipe here.

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Awards Watch: One Week Left to Submit Book Award Entries

Award Watch: One Week Left to Submit Book Award Entries


What's that sound, you ask? It's not the pitter-patter of reindeer hooves—it's the sound of JBF staff excitedly flipping through this year's batch of JBF Book Award submissions. More than 150 entries have fallen on our doorstep, including a cookbook dedicated to sprinkles, a guide to Japanese soul food, and a hefty encyclopedia of Champagne.


Got a food-focused tome to add to the mix? The deadline for 2014 Book Award submissions is Tuesday, December 17. You can submit entries here. Reacquaint yourself with all of our award categories here.

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