RI Restaurants and Chefs Named to 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards Semifinalists List

The 2013  James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists were announced today and a number of Rhode Island chefs and restaurants are included on this year’s list. The semifinalists in our area are: Outstanding Bar Program: Cook & Brown Public House Outstanding Service: Persimmon Best Chef: Northeast: Matt Jennings of Farmstead Inc. Champe Speidel
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Chefs Jennings & Vestal’s Julia Child 100th Birthday Dinner at the James Beard Foundation

Last fall, Matt Jennings, Chef and Co-Owner of Farmstead, Inc., and Beau Vestal, Chef and Co-Owner of New Rivers, teamed up to prepare a  Happy 100th Birthday to Julia Child dinner at the James Beard Foundation House in New York. I was invited to document their time in the storied kitchen. In addition to the
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Time-lapse video of Chefs Jennings & Vestal’s Julia Child Birthday Dinner

Watch video in full screen HD on Vimeo site. On Tuesday, September 18, 2012, Chef Matt Jennings of Farmstead Inc. and Chef Beau Vestal of New Rivers prepared dinner at the James Beard House in New York. Their menu was a tribute to and celebration of Julia Child who would have had her 100th birthday
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Chef Jamie Bissonnette Wins Cochon 555 Boston 2012

Chef Jamie Bissonnette of Coppa and Toro in Boston was the winner of the fourth annual Cochon 555 Boston competition. The event, held this year at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Boston was even more over-the-top than years past with a packed ballroom of people eating outstanding pork dishes from Bissonnette along with the four other competitors, Chefs
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