Ask the Chefs: Finger Lakes Toques on Top Wine Region Eats

 

New York State’s picturesque Finger Lakes region beckons travelers and oenophiles with its extraordinary beauty and award-winning wineries. For an upcoming Beard House dinner, a group of local and Big Apple chefs will collaborate on a stunning late-spring menu paired with critically acclaimed wines from Bloomer Creek Vineyard. In anticipation of this dinner, we caught up with winemakers Debra Bermingham and Kim Engle, the proprietors of Bloomer Creek Vineyard; along with chefs Shaina Loew of New York City hot spot Prune; and Justin Paterson of Hazelnut Kitchen in Trumansburg, New York. Read on to see what they have to say... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: Matthew Dolan on Sustainable Seafood and San Francisco Eats

 

At his pair of superb San Francisco eateries, Twenty Five Lusk and Tap [415], chef and co-owner Matthew Dolan combines his classic European technique with Northern California ingredients and sensibilities. For his Beard House reprise, Dolan will delight seafood lovers with a decadent and sustainability-minded feast, proving just how delicious conscious consumption can be. In anticipation of his dinner, we spoke to the industry vet about perfecting his octopus preparation, some of his favorite places to dine in the Bay Area, and why he'll eat any and all types of pizza. ... Read more >

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Ask the Chefs: Diego Galicia and Rico Torres on San Antonio's Dining Scene

 

Mixtli’s small space belies the impressive ambitions of its staff: every six weeks, the kitchen presents a fresh new menu that showcases ingredients and techniques from one of Mexico’s 31 states, a concept that JBF Award–winning food personality Andrew Zimmern has praised as “brilliant, progressive Mexican cuisine.” Later this week, Mixtli's own Diego Galicia and Rico Torres will showcase their progressive Mexican cuisine at the Beard House for a dinner filled with ceviche, mole, and more. In anticipation of their event, we spoke to the two toques about their Beard House inspiration, the best advice they've ever received, and the best date-night spot in San Antonio's booming dining scene.

 

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Ask a Chef: What’s Your Favorite Food-Related Moment in a Television Show?

 

Ever since James Beard appeared on America’s first cooking show, food has been one of the most popular subjects in broadcasting. In anticipation of our celebration of the role of cuisine on television, we asked some of the chefs cooking at this year's James Beard Awards to tell us their favorite food-themed moment in the medium. 

 

JBF Award Winners Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski
State Bird Provisions, San Francisco
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall cooking an omelet on his gastrobike in A Cook on the Wild Side.

 

JBF Award Winner Aaron Franklin
Franklin Barbecue, Austin
The brontosaurus ribs on the car in the Flintstones intro.

 

JBF Award Winner Jessica Largey
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Ask a Chef: Loyal Nine's Marc Sheehan

 

Loyal Nine may have been inspired by a clandestine group of American colonists, but the buzz around this restaurant has risen far above a hush. Thanks to the talents of Menton and Bondir alum (and 2016 JBFA Rising Star semifinalist) Marc Sheehan, Loyal Nine was one of Boston’s best-received restaurants last year. A lucky group of guests will be able to sample Sheehan’s culinary prowess as he joins us at the Beard House for a veritable East Coast feast. In anticipation of the event, we spoke to Sheehan about his quest to cook the perfect roast chicken, New England's culinary history, and his unadulterated love for t... Read more >

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Ask the Chefs: San Antonio's Jeff Balfour and Les Locke Jr. on Great Brews and Texas Eats

 

Set in the historic former home of the Pearl Brewery, San Antonio’s Southerleigh combines modern coastal cuisine, Southern comfort fare, and housemade craft beers. Chef Jeff Balfour and brewmaster Les Locke Jr. will join us at the Beard House to treat guests to an evening of tempting flavors and robust brews. In anticipation of their event, we chatted with this dynamite duo about their Beard House menu inspiration, their favorite places to chow down in Texas, and why they always try to lead by example.

 

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What is your inspiration behind the menu for this Beard House event?

Jeff Balfour: The inspiration behind the menu is to highlight the... Read more >

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Ask the Chefs: Matt Jennings, Tracy Obolsky, and Mike Poiarkoff Talk Maple Syrup and More

Matt Jennings, Tracy Obolsky, and Mike Poiarkoff

 

Hailing from Canada and the Northeast, this syrup-savvy team is on a mission to prove that maple deserves a grander role in the kitchen than simply as a waffle topper. On March 23, this exceptional culinary crew joins us at the Beard House for an ambitious dinner as they tap the savory and sweet potential of this beloved regional and seasonal ingredient. In anticipation of the event, we spoke to Matt Jennings, Tracy Obolsky, and Mike Poiarkoff about how maple syrup defines New England, their favorite places to chow down in Boston and New York, and why eating pizza four times a week should be the norm.

 

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How to Make Polenta Like Chef Christian Petroni

 

With two iterations of Fortina, an imaginative take on Italian fare, in Westchester and Stamford, Connecticut, chef Christian Petroni has a good handle on the nearby NYC foodie scene. On Saturday, March 19, Petroni will showcase his epicurean prowess at a St. Joseph’s Feast Dinner at James Beard House. The event will start off with hors d’oeuvres like burrata balloons with prosciutto and giardiniera and move on to mains like canederli bread dumplings with sardines, raisins, pine nuts, fennel, and garlic before finishing off with tartufo with burrata gelato, wood-roasted almonds, amarena cherries, struffoli, chocolate sauce, and rainbow sprinkles. We spoke with Petroni before the big day to get his scoop on top New York food spots, how to make a quick and delicious polenta, and thoughts on... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: Josh Brown Talks Burgers and More

 

A shining star in the Annapolis food scene, Fox’s Den is a cozy gastropub where Josh Brown’s modern comfort fare is complemented by the innovative beverage program curated by Tommy Burns. Next week, the two will craft a hearty supper brimming with early spring flavors, Maryland brews, and inspired cocktails at the Beard House. In anticipation of this event, we spoke to Brown about his love for classic diner burgers, the best advice he's ever received, his last great meal, and more.

 

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What is your inspiration behind the menu for this Beard House event?

My inspiration for the menu is comfort food flavors in a more modern style. Since... Read more >

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JBF Award Winner Hugh Acheson’s Seed Life Skills: Home Ec for the Digital Age

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Despite a to-do list that includes overseeing his string of lauded Georgia restaurants, guest-judging on Top Chef, and writing best-selling cookbooks, JBF Award winner Hugh Acheson recently launched a nonprofit, Seed Life Skills, which aims to teach middle schoolers how home economics can prepare them for healthier and happier futures. We spoke with Acheson about his work-life balance, what the next generation of Americans really needs to know, and what home ec means in the information age.

 

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JBF:  Between your restaurants, cookbooks, and television appearances, you’re a pretty busy guy. How do you balance all of your responsibilities? What’s a typical day in the life of Hugh Acheson?

 

Hugh Acheson: I work from home and on planes, at restaurants, at coffee shops, in Delta... Read more >

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