2016 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year: Father Greg Boyle

 

This award is given to an individual or organization working in the realm of food who has given selflessly and worked tirelessly to better the lives of others and society at large. 

 

 

When Father Gregory Boyle was appointed pastor of Los Angeles’s Dolores Mission Parish, just two years after being ordained, the city was on the brink of its “decade of death,” when gang-related violence was at an all-time high. “It was just horrific—traumatizing for everybody. We’d have shootings morning, noon, and night,” Boyle recalls. 

 

He began burying kids from his community with alarming frequency and realized that he was at the nucleus of a global crisis. “Los Angeles was the gang capital of the world, and my parish was the gang capital of Los Angeles,” says Boyle, whose church was located among the largest grouping of public housing west of the Mississippi River, where eight gangs were at war. “When you’re in a parish like that, you have two choices... Read more >

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Video: JBF Award Winner Hugh Acheson's Sweet Onion Soup for the Home Cook's Soul

 

When JBF Taste America rolls into Los Angeles, one expects a weekend of culinary glamor befitting a host city such as Tinseltown. True to form, JBF Award winner Hugh Acheson, our headlining All-Star for the weekend, collaborated with local stars Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook and set the bar high with a lavish four-course feast that criss-crossed the nation in red-carpet style. The next day, at Sur La Table, however, Acheson chose to focus on the simpler side of gastronomy, forgoing the glitz to demonstrate the building blocks of a simple onion soup. “A soup is made by bringing about flavor,” Acheson advised, drawing parallels with the development of a home cook’s repertoire: “What cooking really is, to me, is a chance to spend time with... Read more >

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Hugh Acheson, Vinny Dotolo, and Jon Shook Team Up for the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® in Los Angeles

 

JBF Award–winning chef Hugh Acheson touched down in Los Angeles to join forces with Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo and other fantastic L.A. talent for a weekend of local flavor.

 

“We’re just discovering all of the amazing diversity we have in this country,” Taste America All-Star chef Hugh Acheson said of America’s rich culinary bounty while in Los Angeles for the last stop of the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America tour.

 

James Beard Foundation brought its annual Taste America culinary tour to Los Angeles—a city of sunshine and shining stars of the food world, like Local Stars Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook of Animal, who joined Acheson in the kitchen to cook dinner on Friday night for 300 people at the Ebell of Los Angeles.

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Los Angeles

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national epicurean tour concludes this weekend with two days of star-studded events in Los Angeles, featuring Taste America All-Star and JBF Award winner Hugh Acheson and Local Stars Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo. Friday night kicks off with a tasting reception from some of Los Angeles's finest, followed by an exclusive four-course dinner prepared by Acheson, Shook, and Dotolo. On Saturday the action moves to Sur La Table for cooking demos and book signings from Acheson and lauded chef Michael Hung, along with free tastings from local vendor Lemon Bird Preserves.

 

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Q&A with JBF Taste America All-Star Hugh Acheson

Photo by Emily B. Hall

 

As we head into the final stop of the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®, our national culinary tour, it seems only fitting our last All-Star is a Canadian import who has fully embraced American regional cuisine. JBF Award winner Hugh Acheson is known for his sartorial taste, his determinedly singular brow, and mostly for his seasonal, reverent, yet innovative take on Southern cooking. We chatted with Acheson before his trip to Los Angeles for a weekend celebrating the city's dining scene and collaborating with local chefs. Read on for his take on overdone food trends, Atlanta hot spots, and why we all need to cook with more vegetables.

 

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JBF: Where are you most looking forward to eating in Los Angeles?

 

Hugh Acheson: POT. I love that restaurant and Roy [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 29, 2015

 

You can totally feel virtuous about turning your banh  into a salad. [Serious Eats

 

Want to get the most out of your local farmers’ market? Crack open a couple cookbooks. [Food 52

 

Vintage menus tell the story of Los Angeles’s culinary heritage. [USC

 

If you have to eat gluten-free crackers, make sure you at least get good ones. [... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Los Angeles

 

We’re starting the second month of our national epicurean tour, James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® with a great lineup of events on the West Coast. This weekend we’re setting up shop in Los Angeles for two days of star-studded events featuring Taste America All-Star James Beard Award Winner Aarón Sánchez, and local star and James Beard Award Winner Nancy Silverton. Join us Friday for a reception featuring dishes from some of the city’s hottest chefs, followed by an exclusive, one-night-only four course dinner prepared by Sánchez and Silverton. Saturday the action moves to Sur La Table, for cooking demos and book signings from Sánchez and free tastings from local vendors Fallen Fruit from Rising Women and Pernicious Pickling Co.


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On the Menu: Week of May 18

 

A reception at the James Beard House

 

Monday, May 19, 7:00pm
Exuberant Italian 
After summers spent off the coast of Naples, chef Christian Petroni has taken his Italian childhood food memories and adapted them to fit today’s palate at his Westchester eatery, Fortina. Petroni also runs a well-loved take-out shop, Cooked & Company, which reflects a similar ethos of rustic Italian farmhouse traditions with an exuberant, modern spin.

 

Wednesday, May 21, 7:00pm 
Los Angeles Hot Spot 
At the tender age of 25, chef Miles Thompson is already revolutionizing the Los Angeles dining scene with his intriguing spin on avant-garde comfort food. Originally a pop-up concept, Thompson’s build-your-own-tasting-menu experience has matured into a sought-after restaurant offering progressive haute cuisine.

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Interview with Outstanding Chef Award Nominee Nancy Silverton of Pizzeria Mozza

Elena North-Kelly interviews Nancy Silverton, a nominee for the James Beard Foundation's 2014 Outstanding Chef award

 

After proving her pastry chops at Campanile and La Brea and taking home the JBF Outstanding Pastry Chef award in 1991, Nancy Silverton set out to open her own restaurant in Los Angeles, which bloomed into a celebrated empire and a mecca for serious Italian food lovers. Here, the 2014 Outstanding Chef award nominee tell us about the most spectacular pizza crust she’s ever tasted, her favorite flavor combination, and the moment she knew she wanted to become a chef.

 

JBF: What item on the current Pizzeria Mozza menu are you most proud of?

 

NS: I’d have to say our pizza dough, the quality of the crust. It’s the heart and soul of our pizzeria, and what I believe sets us apart. There’s no secret ingredient, just the subtle nuances of the method that we use to achieve a crust that’s... Read more >

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Interview with Outstanding Chef Award Nominee Suzanne Goin

Anna Mowry interviews Suzanne Goin, a nominee for the James Beard Foundation's 2014 Outstanding award

 

On the family tree of California restaurant empires, Suzanne Goin’s branch is sturdy, and still forming rings. Over the past decade and a half, along with business partner and fellow Beard nominee, Caroline Styne, she has built one of the most respected and acclaimed restaurant groups in Los Angeles. She also authored Sunday Suppers at Lucques, an essential title for many home cooks, and, last year, The A.O.C. Cookbook. In the following interview, Goin gets us up to speed on her latest venture and her last great meal.

 

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