On the Menu: Week of November 30


Here’s what’s coming up at the James Beard House and around the country:


Tuesday, December 1, 7:00 P.M.

Basque Holiday

Atlanta hot spot Cooks & Soldiers draws its name from the annual Tamborrada festival in San Sebastián, where costumed locals march to the beat of drums and feast on Basque cuisine. Join us at the Beard House as Landon Thompson and John Castellucci transport guests to Spain for a sumptuous dinner sure to get your toes tapping.


Wednesday, December 2, 7:00 P.M.

East Meets West

After working his way through several high-end restaurants along the Pacific, chef Tin Vuong set his sights on BlackHouse Hospitality, where he now oversees the group’s ultra-hip cuisine. Join us for a taste of Little Sister’s European-inflected... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Miami

Rocco DiSpirito and Christopher Lee


The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national epicurean tour begins this weekend with two days of star-studded events in Miami, featuring Taste America All-Star and JBF Award-winner Rocco DiSpirito, local star Christopher Lee, and pastry chef Sergio Navarro. Friday night kicks off with a tasting reception from some of Miami's finest, followed by an exclusive four course dinner prepared by DiSpirito and Lee with desserts by Navarro. Saturday the action moves to Sur La Table, for cooking demos and book signings from DiSpirito and lauded chef Cindy Hutson, along with free tastings from local vendor Project Pop.


For tickets and more information about the chefs and vendors appearing, check out ... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: JBF Award Winners Charlie Trotter and Norman Van Aken

JBF Award Winners Charlie Trotter and Norman Van Aken


This year, our annual gala, taking place tomorrow at the Four Seasons, will honor the life and work of JBF Award winner Charlie Trotter. Our TBT for this week captures a moment between Trotter and JBF Award winner Norman Van Aken, who is leading our celebration of Trotter’s legacy. Aken, along with a roster of Trotter’s friends and protégés, has crafted a menu in tribute to the late chef’s substantial influence on American cuisine.​


For more event information and the gala's menu, click here.​



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Field Trip: An Afternoon at the StarChefs International Chefs Congress

Pork scratchings

Pork rinds made by the Spotted Pig team

StarChefs.com is currently holding its fourth annual International Chefs Congress in New York City, a three-day culinary symposium that's open only to industry professionals. We stopped by on Sunday—the first day of the program—to take in some demonstrations, listen to panel discussions, and eat. When we arrived around noon, attendees were taking their seats around the main stage to watch a keynote panel called "What is American Cuisine?" (A topic we know a thing or two about—click here for our white paper, "The State of American Cuisine.") Hosted by our friend, Clark Wolf, the panel

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JBF Kitchen Cam