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  1. 2017 James Beard Awards

    My partner and I like to play a game whenever we watch TV. We live in one of the least diverse cities in the country -- San Francisco, where the percentage of African-Americans is actually decreasing (I can't remember official statistics but it's something like 8% in 2015, now 6% in 2017) -- and the commercials reflect that demographic. We say a commercial is diverse if at least 50% of the people in the commercial are women and people of color. Double points if it's a woman who's also a person of color. As you can imagine, most of what gets shown fails this test.
  2. 2017 James Beard Awards

    I don't know how you guys split quotes into manageable pieces. I looked for the on/off html switch but couldn't find it. This sentence: "In the first 20 of the World's 50 Best Restaurants, 3 are Asian, 1 is Indian and 5 come from central/southern America." is meaningless to me. So 9 out of 20 restaurants -- still less than 50% mind you -- are non-European/nonwhite establishments that may be owned by people of color. So what? What about the rest of the 50 restaurants? 9 out of 50 is less than 20%. Kind of pathetic, and both fail my diversity test. Yes, it is true that being nominated is an honor, and yes it is true, that winning an award is an honor and validation by peers. But if women and people of color routinely lose to white men, then one can't help but think that another message is being sent however unconscious it seems. One's life experience dictates one's opinion and world view.
  3. 2017 James Beard Awards

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  4. 2017 James Beard Awards

    The restaurant and hospitality industry already suffers from a diversity problem in case you haven't noticed, and just because they're head chefs or sous chefs or chefs down the ladder doesn't mean their problems and challenges should be trivialized as you seem to be doing here. Awards shows that don't represent women very well are part of the problem because they send a message that the white male patriarchy is very much in place, that the JBF folks favor men over women. It's the height of irony that a foundation that was named for an LGBT person routinely reinforces an anti-diversity message where women and people of color lose to white men. This year's awards results are slightly better which is to say that no significant improvement occurred at all. You missed the point of the New York Times infographic completely -- it is true that the awards and the Oscars are verbal masturbation; that was never in doubt. White Americans are the people who decide what books should be written, what laws are passed, what movies get produced, who own the majority of companies and business organizations and sports teams, who lead most cities, and who comprise the majority of the most important of our elected leaders. It should be no surprise whatsoever that the restaurant industry mirrors this dynamic. Minority voices are not a significant part of this picture, if ever they were. For minority chefs, how many well-known black and Latino chefs have won at the JBF awards or placed highly amongst Michelin apart from Marcus Samuelsson? I can't think of another chef, can you? If you want real change, then it starts with the customer base...namely, us. The same is true for the rest of the foregoing problems. If we want more minority representation in every aspect of life in this country, we have the power to effect change. Anything else is just a waste of time, and I don't have TIME to waste time. Defending the system is a waste of time. It doesn't sound like you care very much about these real issues which do exist, affect real people and are a challenge that doesn't get sufficient air time. This paragraph: "Women make up 50.8% of the general American population (58.5% of the labor force and), but not of the industry (closer to 15%) and people of color/LBGT even less. If LBGT people of color make up 15% of the chef population, then one can expect 10%-30% winners, but not more. That's just a matter of numbers and calculations and it would be a stretch to implicate 10th Century Arabs in the numerical conspiracy to deprive minorities from awards shows a millennium later. " sounds like a bunch of excuses and was a waste of my time to read. We probably don't have very many LGBT chefs who are award-winners. The point is that more is better than none. I can't believe I had to fucking type that. I wouldn't put too much stock in statistics which can be manipulated to produce any outcome you want. As far as I'm concerned, those are about as useful as pages from the Bible which are good for nothing but toilet paper. 50% or more of the voters in this country are registered Democrats and women, and yet we ended up with an orange hamster who plays with his wheel. Why am I bothering to speak to privileged white folks? Good question.
  5. 2017 James Beard Awards

    The JBF Awards, the Michelin star business and the 50 Greatest Restaurants or whatever it is are basically a bunch of (mostly) rich white people congratulating a bunch of white men with the occasional token woman or person of color so they can feel good about being diverse without actually showing any diversity. Lists tend to reflect the values of the list-makers after all. In other words, business as usual. In case you need reminding: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/02/26/us/race-of-american-power.html Why should the restaurant industry be any different? I expect it to mirror America. #sarcasm Yes, congratulations to all, but let's be realistic about exactly what it is that is being won. I'm jaded, bitter and cynical -- don't mind me. Also this year's awards are automatically better than last year's since at least THREE women were winners of Best Chef: Regional. Well, better than one I suppose. #damningwithfaintpraise There is harm if you care about diversity in the restaurant and hospitality industry, and by "diversity", I don't mean tokens but actual meaningful change. As a person of color, "diversity" to me means 50% or more of the industry consists of women, people of color and LGBT. Not this ridiculous word that doesn't mean anything because execution doesn't tee up with expectations. If the folks at JBF want more women in the industry, they could start by nominating more women, having more women finish as semi-finalists and finalists, and have more women win. They have a long way to go and it seems I'm not the only one who feels that way.
  6. 2017 James Beard Awards

    Will the James Beard Awards prove that in 2017 that they support non-white/female chefs or will women and minorities be tokens (as in the 2016 awards) once again where only 1 woman out of 11 total chefs for Best Chef: Regional was female? And of those 11, only one was a person of color. They couldn't even reach 10 percent, the poor dears. #oldboysclub #sameoldsameold #ChefsSoWhite #ChefsSoMale #zzzz
  7. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    BTW, you know it's true love when your partner spends Friday night by helping you peel 3 lbs. of fava beans for meals during the weekend.
  8. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    April 30, 2017: Poached salmon with parsley, dill and butter sauce Asparagus and leeks vinaigrette
  9. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    April 29, 2017: Asparagus, fava bean and herb salad Clams and mussels with bacon, thyme and fava beans
  10. We had Japanese brunch on Saturday at Okane (669 Townsend at 18th in South of Market), a sister restaurant of Omakase. House salad, rice cracker, ume vinaigrette. Miso soup. Tsukemono. You can really tell how good a restaurant is by whether the kitchen pays attention to detail, and these were no exception. Pictured are kyuri-zuke (pickled Japanese cucumber) and asa-zuke (zucchini, carrot and onion quick pickle). Oysters with tobiko (flying fish roe) and scallion. Clockwise from bottom center: stewed pork belly, green onion; sesame tofu with cucumber and wasabi; soy-glazed smoked salmon; broth with daikon radish, hon-shimeji mushrooms, chicken and watercress; tamago-zushi (egg omelette cooked with mirin and dashi, wrapped around Japanese rice with nori seaweed). This was served with a bowl of Japanese rice. The salmon was a tad overcooked, but otherwise everything else was spot on. We were comped a plate of tuna and salmon sashimi that the kitchen sent out because the oysters took about 15 minutes to get to our table. A very nice gesture on their part. Really great value for the price. Total bill was $67 for 2 people not including a 20% tip.
  11. Tips on Tipping

    I always tip 20%. I view it as part of the price for eating out. For me, it doesn't matter if the restaurant in question is Per Se, Applebee's or something in between. While I would never go to Applebee's, you get my point. What staff does with it after I'm out of the picture isn't my business. *shrug* ETA: Just read the link and noted the date (2005). That's great! But I don't think that service model will catch on in the U.S. as widely as I would hope, which is a pity.
  12. Poke

    Lots of places have it on their menu and based on my experiences, these range from cheap and rushed to sublime. A pet peeve: the use of kale in poke which transforms it into a fusion version of chirashizushi and rabbit food. Don't do that and we'll get along swimmingly.
  13. I hadn't been to Masa before because: (1) I could never afford that kind of meal until my move to San Francisco; and (2) since its rating dropped, I figured that it might not be worth it for the amount of money spent, so automatically removed it from consideration. But seeing your post might make me rethink. That being said, a visit won't be forthcoming when we return to NYC in May as we've already made plans for other venues.
  14. And was it worth it to him? There are restaurants in San Francisco that charge nearly as much for one person, like Saison.
  15. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Roast chicken and vegetable salad, shallot vinaigrette The salad is a little involved and looks are deceiving. You will need leftover roast chicken, salad greens and an assortment of vegetables. We used green beans, potatoes, red onion, tomato and celery. The vegetables were each prepped separately. You can use any kind of vegetable you have on hand. It's a great way to clean out your vegetable crisper. Strip the leftover meat from your roast chicken carcass. Tear into bite-size pieces. Trim the green beans, then either steam them or simmer them for 5 minutes in lightly salted water. If you simmered them in water, blanch them in ice water to preserve the color. Dice the tomatoes and place in a bowl. Set aside. Slice the celery thinly and place in a bowl. Set aside. Steam the potatoes whole, then peel and cut into chunks. Slice 1/2 red onion thinly and soak in ice water for 15 minutes, then drain. This will help eliminate any harsh "bite". When you're ready to assemble the salad, combine the salad greens, chicken, green beans, tomatoes, celery, potatoes and red onion in a large salad bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, and sprinkle with 1 tbsp. each minced flat-leaf parsley and thyme. Add 3-4 tbsp. salad dressing (recipe follows), then toss to ensure that the salad ingredients are lightly coated. Serve at once. Salad dressing: 1 shallot, finely minced sea salt 1 tbsp. sherry vinegar 1 clove garlic 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard 1 tbsp. thyme leaves 1 tbsp. white wine vinegar or lemon juice 1 tbsp. sherry vinegar a pinch of sugar sea salt black pepper 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil Combine shallot, a pinch of salt and sherry vinegar in a small bowl. Macerate shallots for 5 minutes. After the 5 minutes are up, grate some garlic with a microplane grater over the shallots (or alternatively, you could pound the garlic into a paste with a little salt in a mortar and pestle). Add the mustard, thyme, white wine vinegar or lemon juice, remaining 1 tbsp. sherry vinegar, sugar, salt and black pepper. Whisk in extra-virgin olive oil in a thin stream or until dressing becomes emulsified. Use as desired. Keeps in your fridge for up to a month.