by Jose Ralat Maldonado in Events, June 9th, 2012
by Sarah De Heer in Events, May 20th, 2012
As the mercury begins to climb, it’s time to find entertaining ways to beat the heat. From ice cream to watermelons, both of which instantly soothe, June is cool.
Georgia Peach Festival, Fort Valley, Ga., June 1-9: There is nothing more Georgian than the peach, the fuzzy fruit whose name adorns myriad street signs in Atlanta, confusing more tourists than Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds. But what a sweet treat this will be! Under the cover of night, the “World’s Largest Peach Cobbler” will be concocted. Attendees will be able to stuff themselves with peach this and peach that, and, of course, Miss Georgia Peach will be crowned.
National Asparagus Festival, Shelby, Mich., June 8-10: From the Asparagus Dinner and Spear-It 5K Run/Walk to the recipe contest and community picnic spotlighting asparagus brats, there are plenty of ways to show your spear-it at the 39th annual National Asparagus Festival. Sample asparagus jelly, asparagus cookies and asparagus bread before attending a farm tour.
More food festivals in June
by FN Dish Editor in Events, News, May 9th, 2012
The Great Googa Mooga. Googa what? That was my exact reaction when I heard the name for the first ever “amusement park of food and drink” that is taking place this weekend at Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Roots, Fitz & the Tantrums and Hall and Oates. These names are enough to draw in thousands of people to the newest food and music festival added to the roster of so many, but a first for New York City.
However, the true stars this weekend and what I believe was the biggest draw were the 75 food vendors, 35 brewers and 30 winemakers that dished out food ranging from barbecue to burgers, pizza and seafood and pastrami and ice cream. If you were craving it, you could buy it. While you might have to wait in multiple 30 minute lines, it was worth it — the food produced at this festival set a new standard for all festival food.
We spoke with organizer Jonathan Mayers, who launched Bonaroo and he said, “It’s time for food to get top billing.” He did just that. Included in those 75 food vendors were restaurants Spotted Pig, Roberta’s Pizza, Momofuku Milk Bar and Hill Country Barbecue. Special guests, demonstrators and chefs also included were Food Network’s own Michael Symon, Pat LaFrieda, Marcus Samuelsson, Anthony Bourdain, David Chang, Ruth Reichl and even Parks and Recreation’s Aziz Ansari. (For more with Michael Symon, click the play button above.)
by Cameron Curtis in Events, View All Posts, May 8th, 2012
Today, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced the nominees for the 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards, and Food Network has multiple reasons to celebrate — make that 12 reasons.
Four of our very own shows are nominated for Outstanding Culinary Program: Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction, Giada at Home, Guy’s Big Bite and Sandwich King.
Food Network is also nominated for the following awards:
Outstanding Lifestyle/ Culinary Host: Giada De Laurentiis for Giada at Home, Paula Deen for Paula’s Best Dishes and Sandra Lee for Semi-Homemade Cooking.
Outstanding Special Class Special: Thanksgiving Live!
Outstanding Directing in a Lifestyle/ Culinary Program: Giada at Home
by Cameron Curtis in Events, May 5th, 2012
On Monday night the food industry celebrated the best of the best from the past year at the 2012 James Beard Awards at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. Often referred to as the Oscars of food, the evening honored both well-known chefs (the James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Wolfgang Puck) and up-and-coming stars (Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar in New York won Rising Star Chef of the Year). Get the full list of winners here and check out our photos from the red carpet below.
James Beard Award-winner and Chopped host Ted Allen snapped his own photos.
by Sarah De Heer in Events, Food Network Chef, May 3rd, 2012
Friday night while guests dined on Alex Guarnaschelli’s delicious organic chicken with 40 cloves of garlic, among other tasty courses, the food industry celebrated Food Network’s very own. The awards, which were emceed by JBF award winners Michael Symon and Martha Teichner, celebrate excellence in food media. Chopped won the award for best Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location, category and Ted Allen took home the award for best Media Personality/Host, also for Chopped.
Ted thanked the 9 judges that he works with on Chopped including Marcus Samuelsson, Marc Murphy, Amanda Freitag and Scott Conant, who were also in attendance. He said, “The judges on our show are so much a part of what our show is … these are the people that make me look smart and teach me things.” After winning his second award of the night he mused, “Having one is nice but when they clink together …”
Congratulations to all of the 2012 James Beard Award nominees and winners.
by Sarah De Heer in Events, May 2nd, 2012
This coming Monday, the James Beard Foundation will host its annual Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception at Lincoln Center to honor the chefs and restaurateurs who made the food industry unforgettable in 2011. This year, the foundation has asked Food Network’s own Alton Brown to host the awards. A true entertainer and culinary superstar, Alton’s no stranger to hosting gigs. Between Next Iron Chef, Iron Chef America and previous seasons of Food Network Star, the James Beard Foundation should rest easy knowing they have a pro on stage.
Last year, Alton Brown was awarded the Best TV Food Personality Award for Good Eats. Prior to that, in 2003, he was awarded the Book Award in the Reference category for his first book, I’m Just Here for the Food (2002).
We recently caught up with Alton to ask him about this honor, especially since the foundation will be celebrating their 25th anniversary this year.
You’ve hosted numerous shows on Food Network, but this somehow seems different. What are you doing to prepare? Are you nervous?
Prepare? Absolutely. A couple of jokes and an escape route. Nervous? Let’s say I’m appropriately aware.
More from Alton after the jump
by Sarah De Heer in Community, Events, April 25th, 2012
This weekend, the James Beard Foundation will host it’s Journalism Awards dinner on Friday and Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception at Lincoln Center on Monday to honor the chefs and restaurateurs who made an indelible impression on the food industry in 2011. While this is a special occasion any year, this year it’s extra special as they celebrate their silver anniversary: It’s been 25 years since the James Beard Foundation officially opened the James Beard House as an American center for the culinary arts.
You’ve heard it before that these two events are like the Oscars of the food world. While we look forward to the food and newest , we wanted to know what Susan Ungaro, president of the foundation, was looking forward to the most.
1. Red Carpet Celebrity Chef Moments: It’s so exciting to greet all the special guest presenters and chef nominees as they arrive at Lincoln Center. Every one of them is a star for the evening. I’m especially looking forward to welcoming our Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Wolfgang Puck, who is being introduced this year by Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts.
More from Susan Ungaro
by Pat and Gina Neely in Events, Food Network Chef, April 12th, 2012
In honor of Mother’s Day, FN Dish is asking daddy bloggers to come together to celebrate a virtual Mother’s Day called The Communal Table, on Thursday, May 10, at noon EST.
Yes, our Communal Table events are usually open to everyone, but we wanted Mom to sit back today and watch as we aggregate recipes for a meal she’ll always remember. This is her big day, so we have to make sure we cover our ground for all possible meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.
Whether you’re a dad, grandfather, uncle, cousin or brother, we want you to participate. On Thursday, May 10, we’ll be launching our first dad-only Communal Table on the blog. Whether you write for a popular food website or you’re the owner of a small food blog, help us spread the word and pull up a chair.
by FN Dish Editor in Community, Events, April 11th, 2012
We thought we had done and seen it all, but the past few days have been a whirlwind of great memories. It all started Saturday night: It was our daughter Shelbi’s junior prom, and she looked as beautiful as her mom as she left to enjoy her amazing and memorable night.
As the sun came up on Easter Sunday morning, we got up and started packing for our flight to Washington, D.C., to attend the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. As soon as we landed, we were like kids on Christmas morning. We arrived at our hotel and turned in early so we would be ready to roll first thing the next day.
The car arrived promptly at our hotel at 8 a.m. Monday, and it was only then that our excitement started to turn to nerves. We were going to the White House. Not just for a group tour, but to meet the first lady as her official guests at the White House Annual Easter Egg Roll. We were also invited to host two cooking demonstrations for all of the guests, as well as the first family — that’s enough to give anyone a bubbly stomach.
Today there will be no swapping of recipes. Instead, the food community will gather at noon to educate, showcase and highlight local heroes and charities that are giving it their all to raise awareness to fight one of the nation’s biggest issues: hunger.
More specifically, one in every five children in the United States struggles with hunger. According to Congressman Jim McGovern, “We are the richest country on the planet and not a single community is hunger free.” Every year, 16 million children struggle with hunger — that’s the population of Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia and Chicago combined. There are no easy solutions, but we can’t afford to do nothing.
This Saturday evening, Food Network will premiere Hunger Hits Home, a documentary that gives viewers at home a firsthand look at the crisis of childhood hunger in America through the eyes of the parents, children, anti-hunger activists, educators and politicians.
One of the biggest misconceptions regarding hunger is that if a person works, there should be no reason he or she or their family should go hungry. And yet, 11 million children go to school having not eating breakfast.
Four ways to take action against childhood hunger today