The 2014 JBF Award Nominee Announcement: What You Need to Know

The Publican in Chicago


Let’s see: we’ve revealed the 2014 Restaurant and Chef semifinalists, shared our latest America’s Classics and Who's Who inductees, and announced who’s headlining the festivities at Lincoln Center and Gotham Hall this year. Have we missed anything? Ah, yes: the nominee announcement!


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JBF on the Air: Erika Davis

Erika Davis


On this week's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis invited chocolatier, pastry chef, and Minority Chef Summit founder Erika Davis into Heritage Radio Network's Brooklyn studios. Erika filled Mitchell in on the upcoming four-day summit, which will take place in the Bahamas during May and is designed to serve as a platform for minority chefs to converge and participate in educational seminars, demonstrations, and specialty dining events that celebrate the minority culinary community. Click here to listen to the full episode.


Taste Matters is a radio program dedicated to taste: as a sense,... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of March 16

Photo taken by Max Flatow


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


Tuesday, March 18, 7:00 P.M.
La Fiesta di San Giuseppe

Assuming you can’t make it to Sicily, the next-best place to celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph is the Beard House, where we’ll be gathering the day before the beloved Italian holiday for an incredible, seafood-rich dinner prepared by acclaimed Atlanta-area chef Michael Bologna.


Wednesday, March 19, 12:00 noon 
Beard on Books
In A Passion for Bread: Lessons from a Master Baker, author Lionel Vatinet shares an encyclopedic knowledge of bread, passed down from a long line of French artisan bakers, with detailed instructions and dozens of step-by-step photographs. Join us when Vatinet (whose career trajectory goes from an apprenticeship in France to the... Read more >

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Awards Watch: The 2014 Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America

James Beard Award Medallion


The James Beard Foundation is proud to announce the six 2014 inductees to the Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America. This prestigious award is given to renowned culinary professionals who have made a significant and unique contribution to the American food and beverage industry. We'll be honoring the new class at our Awards ceremony at Lincoln Center in May.


The 2014 Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America inductees are:


Food Writer Edward Behr
Edward Behr is the editor and publisher of the quarterly food magazine, The Art of Eating. First published as an eight-page newsletter in 1986, it has grown to become one of the most respected magazines about food and wine.


Chef and Restaurateur John Besh
John Besh is a chef and native son dedicated to the culinary riches of southern Louisiana. Besh has nine restaurants including his flagship restaurant, August, which merges... Read more >

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Daily Digest: March 13, 2014

five-second rule


 A British microbiologist gives credence to the five-second rule. [Grub Street]


Stonyfield introduces new edible frozen yogurt packaging. [LAT]


Twelve bartenders spill on the the best dive bars around the country. [First We Feast]


Toms shoes are tiptoeing into a new business: coffee. [Chicago Tribune]


What does it take to turn food waste into fuel? Trillions of industrious bacteria. [... Read more >

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It's Easy Eating Green



In honor of St. Patrick's Day and our fervent hope that one day it might actually be spring, we've put together a roundup of recipes featuring some of our favorite verdant ingredients. 


Wilted Arugula with Anchovy and Garlic Dressing 

A takeoff on traditional Piemontese bagna cauda, this flavorful warm vinaigrette is also good on bitter greens such as escarole, frisée, or dandelions. 


Puff Pastry Samosas with Green Peas 

To save time, this recipe uses puff pastry dough instead of traditional samosa dough. Serve with green chutney (of course). 

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Bobby Flay Named Honoree of the James Beard Foundation’s 2014 Chefs & Champagne®

Bobby Flay Named Honoree of the James Beard Foundation's 2014 Chefs & Champagne®


Meanwhile, in non-Beard Award news, we've got ourselves an honoree for this summer's Chefs & Champagne: the James Beard Award–winning chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, and television personality Bobby Flay. The Food Network star will join us for an evening of fine food and flowing Champagne at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in the Hamptons on Saturday, July 26.


A veteran of New York's restaurant scene, Bobby Flay is a highly respected chef and restaurateur, with an empire that extends to Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and the Bahamas. He's also a household name, thanks to his starring roles on several Food Network and Cooking Channel programs. The Mediterranean-inspired Gato, his first Manhattan concept in eight years, just had... Read more >

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Ted Allen and Mario Batali to Headline the 2014 James Beard Awards

Ted Allen and Mario Batali to Headline the 2014 James Beard Awards


For this spring's James Beard Awards gala, an evening that already promises a high concentration of culinary star power, we're handing headlining duties to two industry bigwigs. Chopped host and author Ted Allen has signed on to act as master of ceremonies, while chef, television personality, and culinary empire builder Mario Batali will serve as gala chef chair. The two stars will preside over an evening themed "Sounds of the City,” a celebration of the relationship between music and food, and the many ways in which the culinary community is inspired by music and the artists who create it. The motif will extend into our tasting reception, where chefs from some of America’s beloved musical cities will create dishes inspired by their favorite sounds. This year's gala will be held at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on Monday, May 5.


This year's Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards ceremony will take place at... Read more >

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Daily Digest: March 9, 2014



For a better night's sleep, track and limit your caffeine consumption with the new Up Coffee app. [LAT]


Late-night eating webcasts, or mokbang, are a hit in South Korea. [WSJ]


A glimpse into the daily diets of people around the world. [Wired]


Chemicals used in the production of disposable chopsticks have raised health concerns. [... Read more >

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Giveaway: Win Two Tickets to Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market

The James Beard Foundation's Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market


The sixth annual Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market, one of our favorite events of the year, is on for Sunday, March 23 in New York City! Our fantastic chef lineup, which includes a number of JBF Award winners and 2014 semifinalists, will be taking over this historic market's concourse and preparing an epic family-style meal. What's more, we're giving away two tickets! Here's how you can enter to win them:


1. Make sure you’re following @beardfoundation on Twitter if you’re not already.


2. Tweet the bolded text from your Twitter account: I'm tweeting for a chance to go to the @beardfoundation Sunday Supper @ChelseaMarketNY! #JBFSundaySupper (Make sure to include the hashtag!)


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