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Chefs took center stage last night to celebrate the 2016 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards, which are two years into a three-year stint at Chicago’s Lyric Opera. Hometown pride was on full display, with Chicago’s high-concept culinary temple Alinea taking home the Outstanding Restaurant award. Mayor Rahm Emanuel helped kick off the evening, kidding, “Chicago is known for cuisine and the way we count ballots, so you might as well all go home — we won.”
Social media’s love affair with rainbow foods — swirly multicolored versions of bagels, pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches, cakes, cookies, coffee and more — may have reached its apex. (Or, who knows, maybe it will continue its skyward ascent before eventually, and inevitably, arching downward.)
But what, exactly, is driving the neon-food craze, which, as gluten-free, vegan blogger and cookbook writer Tess Masters recently observed to The Washington Post, seems, with its artificially created spectra, to run counter to our current preoccupation with all foods natural?
The television industry has the Emmys, the movie industry the Oscars, the theater industry the Tonys. In the food world, the James Beard Awards recognize the very best of what’s new and craveworthy, from cookbooks and food videos to what’s on the plate at big and small restaurants alike. Tuesday night the James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards took place at New York City’s Pier 60, where hundreds of culinary legends, industry newcomers and food fans came together to celebrate the role food plays in media of all kinds.
Never had a kouign amann? Never even heard of one? C’est terrible! It’s also pretty understandable. Even in much of France, the buttery, flaky, caramel-y confection isn’t terribly well-known or widely available.
Space food used to be about freeze-dried ice cream and Tang. Now it’s all about the humble spud.
A fridge is a fridge is a fridge — the trusty kitchen appliance that keeps your food and drink pleasantly cool and fresh. Maybe it also makes your ice or dispenses water. But even if you love your refrigerator, you probably don’t consider it a work of art. Smeg and Dolce & Gabbana’s Frigoriferi d’Arte is, though.
If seeing the Aurora Borealis is on your bucket list, maybe you should put it on your “cup” list instead. Now you can see the Northern Lights — a natural phenomenon in which charged solar particles collide with gases in Earth’s upper atmosphere and create a colorful light display that stretches across the sky — emerge every day with your morning coffee.