James Beard

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    This Week's Five Best Food Events in NYC

    Bummed about California Chrome missing the Triple Crown? Or maybe the Rangers are giving you night sweats? If your weekend didn't turn out as planned, here are a few food events that should get you back into your groove.

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Eleven Madison Park's Will Guidara: Competition Makes the Industry Harder...and Better

    As we wrote our list of 99 Essential Restaurants™ in Lower Manhattan, we spoke to many of the chefs, owners, and general managers who run the restaurants. We asked them to tell us about the history of their neighborhoods and eateries, recount good memories, and talk to us about what's hardest abou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    $1 Empanadas and Thai New Year's Dinner Highlight This Week's Top Events

    Is the lime shortage right before outdoor drinking season making you mad? Or did the first Game of Thrones episode leave you hurt and bitter? Whatever's on your mind, relax a little -- or a lot -- at this week's top events.

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    The Rise of Chocolate and Innovators of American Cuisine: What to Do This Week

    From discussions on chocolate to a spring sake festival, this week holds a number of chances for culinary education. And if you haven't yet had the chance to purchase our Choice Eats tickets for an old fashioned tasting extravaganza, here's your last chance for $60 tickets -- they'll be $70 at the d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    In Luke Barr's Provence, 1970 a Key Moment for New American Cooking

    Publishers love to send us cookbooks here at Fork in the Road, and often those books come straight from the chefs at some of New York's best restaurants. So we decided to share the love, and each week, we'll feature a new book, a recipe, and a few thoughts on cooking from the authors. Check back eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    Hank Shaw's Duck, Duck, Goose, our Cookbook of the Week

    Publishers love to send us cookbooks here at Fork in the Road, and often those books come straight from the chefs at some of New York's best restaurants. So we decided to share the love, and each week, we'll feature a new book, a recipe, and a few thoughts on cooking from the authors. Check back eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    What's Happening This Week: Orange Wines, Apple Pie Contest, Lopate and Locavores, and How To Open A Restaurant

    If you're not into the whole Halloween thing, we understand. After all, most people can hardly stand dressing up for work. But if you're still looking for something to do while your friends are out playing pretend, we've got you covered. Here's a look at several candy- and costume-free events happen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Pok Pok NY's Andy Ricker: Free Rice Is an American Invention, and the Word "Authentic" Pisses People Off

    He might be an out-of-towner, but so far, Andy Ricker hasn't found much use for the PR firms employed by most of this city's biggest restaurants--the Portland restaurateur's reputation preceded his Big Apple entrance, and since landing a year and a half ago, he's had no trouble netting press or crow ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 1, 2012

    Rosemary's Has a Roof Party

    A new West Villager channels an old West Villager

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Robert Sietsema Addresses The Ruth Bourdain Twitter Account Question

    There's been a lot of talk today about the identity of Ruth Bourdain, the James Beard humor-award-winning Twitter account that deftly mixes up Ruth Reichl platitudes with Anthony Bourdain's attitude, being our very own Robert Sietsema. But is this true? We asked Robert to elaborate.

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Joey Phadungsil 'In' at Sura Thai Urban Kitchen; Hok Chin 'Out' at Duo

    ​Joey Phadungsil has taken over the kitchen at Sura Thai Urban Kitchen, on the Upper West Side. She previously worked at Rhong-Tiam. [NY Times] James Beard finalist Jim Burke, from Philadelphia, will be the executive chef at Stephen Starr's forthcoming restaurant in the New York Historical So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Posts of the Week

    'Tis Friday. So here's a look back at Thursday, Wednesday, Tuesday, and Monday. The secret to transporting an entire steer to Meatopia? Forklifts. In honor of Pride Week, we reminisce about Florent with its longtime hostess, Darinka Chase. Our 10 Best Places to Eat During Gay Pride Weekend.

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    James Beard's 10 Greatest Quotes

    NBC via Gourmet​James Beard didn't live in Greenwich Village for nothing. Born in Portland, Oregon in 1903, his earliest culinary memories included having his mother and the family's Chinese cook make food for him when he came down with malaria at the age of three. After a stint of living in P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune Reveals Her Kitchen Personality: Interview Part 2

    Melissa HamiltonGabrielle Hamilton: Master Chef, Mother Hen​Yesterday we spoke with Prune chef Gabrielle Hamilton about her big win at the James Beard Awards on Monday night, taking home the title of Best Chef: New York City. Today she reveals what traits a chef must have to run a successful ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Let Luke Holden of Luke's Lobster Teach You the Ropes About Starting Your Own Food Biz

    No wonder he's smiling.​Luke Holden has been busy these days expanding his mini lobster roll empire and even going mobile. But that doesn't mean he won't take time out of his schedule to sit down with you and talk shop.

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Duckathlon VI Returned to New York, Team Annisa Conquered

    Lauren ShockeyDuck, duck, goose, go!​This past weekend Chelsea Market played host to specialty food company D'Artagnan, which sponsored the sixth annual Duckathlon, a culinary competition and gastronomic obstacle course. Teams of chefs from restaurants ranging from Le Bernardin to Annisa fough ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    What's Happening This Week: Argentinean Wine Dinner; Cinco de Mayo

    As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! All-Clad Metalcrafters at the JBF LTD Chelsea Market May 3-7 April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, and John Dory Oyster Bar; Gavin Kaysen of Café Boul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    The Chelsea Market Gets Pop-Ups, Pops

    ​There's much ado at the Chelsea Market this week, thanks in large part to the James Beard Foundation. The Beardies yesterday launched JBF LTD, a 27-day pop-up restaurant and food pavilion that will, its website brags, take "the idea of the pop-up restaurant further than it's ever been taken b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Gael Greene Asks Us to Remember Craig Claiborne

    ​When the Barneys' holiday windows went up last November, Gael Greene took exception to the absence of Craig Claiborne from the display, which featured food innovators and "personalities" past and present. Today, she uses her Fork Play newsletter to elaborate upon her displeasure, and to make ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Resto Apocalypse Reversed on Hudson Street

    ​ 581 Hudson Street -- Before: Most recently occupied by Italian restaurant Valdino West, and 30 years before that by Trattoria D'Alfredo, a favoite of James Beard's; After: Now occupied by Mediterranean restaurant Meme (not to be confused with the Philadelphia restaurant of the same name), wh ... More >>

  • News

    December 15, 2010

    New Year's Eve: Eats

    Old stand-bys and some new kids on the block

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    The Barneys Food (Network)-Themed Holiday Windows: Some Pictures

    ​Mario Batali's decapitated head is surrounded by a garnish of Crocs. On Tuesday, Barneys unveiled its much-anticipated food-themed holiday windows. Inscribed with the command "Have a Foodie Holiday," the three tableau offer an assemblage of 70 Food Network "personalities," chefs, and assort ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    The Guardian Lists Its 50 Best Cookbooks of All Time

    ​The Guardian published its list of the 50 best cookbooks of all time this weekend, naming Richard Olney's The French Menu Cookbook as is Number One pick.

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    Good Food Awards: Enter Your Pickle Today

    FlickrWin a trip to this slope-y, geologically suspect metropolis.​ Hoarding your artisanal pickles for yourselves and your friends? Have a killer bit of handcrafted charcuterie you've been waiting to unveil to the world? Well, today's your day: The San Francisco Chronicle announces the first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Raines Law Room's Meaghan Dorman Talks Speakeasy Overload, Creating 'New' Classic Cocktails, and Being a Lady United for the Protection of Endangered Cocktails

    Meaghan Dorman​Meaghan Dorman is just your average drinks slinger-slash-Penthouse writer. She's also the head bartender at Raines Law Room near Union Square, which has just introduced a brand-new cocktail list, the first major overhaul to the menu since the bar opened a year and a half ago. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Andrew Cuomo Defends Sandra Lee's Lasagna; Whole Foods Boycotts Oily Organics

    ​Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo stood by his girlfriend, Sandra Lee's, lasagna recipe after his Italian-American mom recently called it into question. Rather diplomatically, he said, "Lasagna is like politics. Everybody gets an opinion." [NY1] A report reveals that more than 85 percent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    What's Happening This Week: Celebrate Herring & Discuss Restaurant Design

    As many of you know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Herring Festival Aquavit June 14-19 & 21-26 Jewish delis aren't the only one who get excited about herring this time of year. Aquavit's annual Herring Festival ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    The Culinary Historians of New York Show the Big Apple What It's Biting

    Eighteenth-century fish, as portrayed by Luis Melendez.​Gourmands looking to bone up on their food history should check out the Culinary Historians of New York, a nonprofit organization founded in 1985 with the aim of furthering people's knowledge about the historical and sociological signific ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    James Beard Media Award Winners Announced

    Cookbook of the Year​The James Beard media and cookbook awards were announced last night at a Kelly Choi- and Andrew Zimmern-hosted event at Espace. Cookbook of the Year went to Colman Andrews' The Country Cooking of Ireland, and the other winners were as follows:

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Who Is Jerry Thomas and Why Does He Have More Facebook Friends Than You?

    Vidiot/FlickrWaxing poetic: Jerry Thomas at The Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans​Settle down, cocktailians. The question isn't, "who is Jerry Thomas?" as in the pioneering American bartender and New York (State) native deemed the father of modern mixology and worshiped by mustach ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Hugh Acheson Coming to NYC; Benihana Gets a New Exec Chef

    ​Top Chef alum Spike Mendelsohn has plans to open outposts of his D.C. restaurant Good Stuff in, Arlington, Virginia, and Georgetown, and maybe in "Chicago, L.A., even London and Tokyo." [Bloomberg] Hugh Acheson, the chef-owner of Five & Ten in Athens, Ga. and a James Beard nominee, has just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    Recipe: Make Pork Chops Two Ways By Sonoma Chefs Jeff Mall & Josh Silvers

    ​Sonoma chefs Josh Silvers and Jeff Mall of Syrah Bistro and Zin Restaurant, respectively, have teamed up on a cookbook for Rodney Strong Vineyards that highlights Sonoma-style cuisine, entitled Down Home: Downtown. Silvers provides the downtown, while Mall contributes the down home recipes. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2009

    Our 10 Best: Cookbooks

    ​Above all, a cookbook should be useful and accurate, but that's not why we love them. A great cookbook isn't just a compendium of recipes; it takes you somewhere--into a cook's kitchen, to the South of France, or the South Pacific, or back in time. Following a 1961 recipe for Chateaubriand do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Cookbooks

    ​Tomorrow, we reveal the 10 cookbooks that we think are the best of all time. (Actually, we're limiting it to the 19th through 21st centuries, just so our heads don't explode.) As cookbook fetishists, we're having a hard time with this one, sweating it out over beloved works by everyone from J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Judith Jones on Cooking for One

    Christopher Hirsheimer​The summary of Judith Jones' life's work so far is enough to make your head spin. She is currently senior editor and vice president at Alfred A. Knopf, which she joined in 1957. Before that, she had worked for Doubleday in New York and Paris, where she accomplished littl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Resto Apocalypse on Hudson Street

    ​ 581 Hudson Street: The former Valdino West was once the home of Trattoria d'Alfredo, the city's first Tuscan-style restaurant, and a hangout of James Beard. If you're accustomed to gauging the health of the restaurant industry as I do by watching the openings and closings on Eater, and noti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    Our Ten Best: Tomorrow, Food-Themed Television Shows

    ​Friday morning, Fork in the Road climbs into the "green dead eye of the TV," as novelist Cynthia Buchanan so aptly put it, to ferret out the very best television shows with a food theme. No stone will be left unturned as we consider sitcoms like Maude, ancient cooking shows from the likes of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    Oh, Those Animals! Jon Shook Looks Forward to Surfing (and Cooking) in Montauk

    According to Jon Shook, the motivation for him and Vinny Dotolo, his co-chef at L.A.'s Animal, to do their upcoming pop-up restaurant at Montauk's Sole East was pretty simple. "Both Vinny and me are from Florida, and we grew up surfing, skateboarding, and hanging out on the beach," Shook says. "Even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    Under the Toque--Gabrielle Hamilton Discusses Her James Beard Nod; Paul Liebrandt Hints at a New Place

    Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune on her James Beard nomination: "I can't help but think they needed to pick a girl, and of the girls, I'm pretty good. I could go down that path for hours, but I'm not going to. I'll just say that I'm honored." [The Feed] Sandra Lee spoke at the Salvation Army Book Lunche ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2009

    Happy Nouruz!

    The 13-day Persian new year's celebration kicked off last night as Iranians the world over prepared for Nouruz, which officially started at 7:44 AM EST today. A traditional Nouruz table is set with seven items that begin with the letter 'S': sabzeh (wheat, barley or lentils to symbolize rebirth), sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2009

    Daniel Boulud Hits His Stride in Palm Beach

    When Daniel Boulud opened Café Boulud in Palm Beach in 2003, things got off to a "meh" start, but the restaurant has hit its stride and "is finally worthy of the master's name," according to Gail Shepherd at our sister publication New Times in Broward-Palm Beach.Reviewing the restaurant this week, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Cookbook Tester: Floyd Cardoz's Shrimp Gumbo

    An unusual gumbo: Toasty, rich and spicyFloyd Cardoz, the exec chef at Tabla, was recently named a James Beard semi-finalist in the Best Chef: New York City category. I love Tabla, but eating from Cardoz's cookbook, One Spice Two Spice, a lot easier on the wallet--although you've got to do the work ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    James Beard: The Quintessential American Epicure

    Photo by Dan Wynn, ©Elisabeth Wynn and courtesy of the James Beard Foundation.A totally non-Valentine themed event, and a totally affordable one, is to be had tomorrow night at the New School. As part of their "Culinary Luminaries" series, the school's Food Studies program considers the life and wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008


    A panel of experts convened at NYU's Fales Library late this afternoon to discuss "How Food and Food Writing Have Changed America." The moderator was restaurant consultant Clark Wolf, and the panel included (shown above from left to right) - Michael Batterberry (founder of Food and Wine magazine), D ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 12, 2008

    James, a New Brooklyn Neighborhood Bistro

    The Prospect Heights joint transcends the genre

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2008

    Michael Psilakis Owes it all to T.G.I. Friday's

    Food and Wine's Best New Chefs 2008 has been announced. Michael Psilakis is the lone New Yorker in the bunch (above, with business partner Donatella Arpaia). From F&W's bio we learn that Psilakis "earned a degree in accounting and finance before a job as a waiter at T.G.I Friday's led him to recon ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    April 18, 2006

    Faking It

    Vodka flavored with celery and tea: a semi-official review

  • News

    April 2, 2002

    Everyone's a Critic

    Foodies Add Spice to ASME Awards

  • Dining

    July 10, 2001
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