Eye Candy: Decadent Deviled Quail Eggs at Expo Milano


On any given day at Expo Milano, the first-ever food-focused world's fair that's been open in Milan since May, visitors can experience a veritable buffet of international cuisine, state-of-the-art technology and design, and delectable food-themed programming. Modeled after our own James Beard House in New York City, the USA Pavilion–affiliated James Beard American Restaurant pop-up at Expo Milano features different award-winning guest chefs every week.
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Q&A with JBF Taste America All-Star Art Smith


We’re about to kick off the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®​ national tour, traveling from coast to coast to savor and sample the best of the country’s cuisine. It seems only fitting that JBF Award winner Art Smith is one of this year’s All-Star chefs, as his restaurants encompass various aspects of American cooking from the California-infused LYFE Kitchens to the down-home comfort fare of Table Fifty-Two. Smith will whip up a feast at our Taste America: Charleston stop alongside fellow Beard Award winner Mike Lata and a roster of other local talent. In anticipation of his dinner we caught up with the culinary icon to find out his recommendations for his hometown of Chicago, what he’s dying to eat in Charleston, and where the globe-trotting... Read more >

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What We're Reading: September 16, 2015


The story of an unconventional dumpling in an unexpected place. [Saveur


JBF Award winner Tom Colicchio's inclusion of a service charge at his restaurant, Craft, sparks a conversation about the future of restaurant dining. [Eater


California winemakers in trouble: how wildfires are heating things up in Napa Valley. [Forbes


Another food market's opening in downtown Manhattan; here's why you should keep your eyes on the South Street Seaport. [... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: September Beard House Toques Share their Guilty-Pleasure Foods


As we transition from warm summer days to cooler temperatures and the harvest that fall brings, we also welcome a formidable roster of culinary talent to the Beard House—including a few JBF Award nominees. Highlighting cuisines and techniques from across the globe, these top toques bring tastes of Venice, New Orleans, Jackson Hole, and Atlanta (just to name a few) to the Big Apple. We asked our September guest chefs to spill about their favorite, most indulgent guilty-pleasure foods. Not surprisingly, cheese, chocolate, pizza, and even foie gras made the cut. Read on to see what chefs really crave when their restaurant kitchens are closed.


What’s your ultimate guilty-pleasure food? 


September 10: Brian Mercury, Harvest Restaurant

"Sour gummy worms."


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Video: JBF Taste America® All-Stars on Tackling Food Waste


We’re only a few days away from the start of the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®, which kicks off on September 18 in Miami. To celebrate the launch our ten-city epicurean tour, we asked some of this year’s All-Stars how they fight food waste in their restaurants and at home—and learned that these chefs are highly skilled at cutting down on waste and saving their scraps, no matter what their background. Watch the video above to get inspiration for tackling excess food waste in your own kitchen! 

Get details about Taste America and buy tickets here. Follow the festivities on Twitter with #JBFTasteAmerica. You can also follow the adventures of... Read more >

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What We're Reading: September 15, 2015


Breakfast for dinner: a stack of savory pancake, waffle, and fritter recipes to ease you into the week. [Food52


One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Or in this case, one man transforms your discarded shopping list into semi-edible surreal art. [MUNCHIES


Rent-a-grandma: a new online food delivery service in Paris connects retired grandparents with a passion for food with those craving a home-cooked meal. [FWF


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Luck of the Drawl: Alon Shaya's Short Rib Recipe Blends Israeli Flavors with Southern Staples


Not many Italian restaurants serve roasted goat shakshuka, quinoa tabbouleh, or Hanukkah dinner. But while New Orleans chef Alon Shaya was cooking at his and John Besh's restaurant, Domenica, he would casually slip the flavors of the Israeli food of his childhood (influenced by his love of his grandmother's cooking) onto the menu. In February, the 2015 JBF Award winner for Best Chef: South finally opened Shaya, a casual restaurant dedicated to, as he describes it, "the foods that are being eaten and celebrated in Israel today," like fres... 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.


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In Memoriam: Kerry Simon


We are deeply saddened by the news that Kerry Simon, chef of several acclaimed restaurants including Carson Kitchen in Las Vegas and others across the country, passed away at the age of 60. Simon had long been suffering from MSA (multiple system atrophy), a severe and rare form of Parkinson's disease. “Kerry Simon was an exciting and inspiring chef, and we were honored to know him and have him as a friend and supporter of our Foundation,” said JBF president Susan Ungaro. “While our community has suffered a great loss, we know that his legacy will leave a lasting mark on the culinary landscape.” Famously dubbed the “Rock ‘n’ Roll Chef” by Rolling Stone magazine, Simon was still actively working on new projects, including a new gastropub in Nevada, despite being confined to a wheelchair. During his lauded career, Simon opened restaurants all over the world for industry icon Jean-Georges Vongerichten, catered tours for Led Zeppelin and other rock stars, won the... Read more >

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What We're Reading: September 14, 2015


Fried chicken mania in New York City: David Chang's newest hit, Fuku, gets a second location in swanky midtown. [FWF]


A North Carolina restaurant and a Japanese technique come together in this buttery and light-as-air milk bread. [Food & Wine]


Fleur de sel harvesting is taking on value of epic proportions as salt shepherds strike gold in the South of France. [Saveur]


Lunchtime kitchen hacks: how to pack your work lunch with as little ti... Read more >

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