On the Menu: Week of December 29

 

Here's what's coming up at the James Beard House and around the country:

 

Wednesday, December 31, 7:00 P.M.
Chuckwagon Raconteur
What better way to ring in the new year than with an incredible meal at the James Beard House? Welcome 2015 while dining on an extravagant, festive menu created by winner of The Next Food Network Star and Colorado chef Lenny McNab.

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Expo Milano: USA Pavilion Gets Floors

 

As we’ve been reporting for several weeks now, we’re leading the conception and buildout of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, the first world’s fair to focus exclusively on food. For a visual timeline of the future pavilion's progress, take a look at this photo gallery. We just finished installing thousands of feet of wooden flooring—recycled from the former Coney Island boardwalk!

 

Be sure to also check out the official USA Pavilion blog for news about next year's programming and exhibits, upcoming USA Pavilion and Expo–related events, a... Read more >

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What We're Reading: December 24, 2014

 

A panettone you won’t want to re-gift: find the real deal in Philadelphia. [Serious Eats

 

Forgo the roasting on an open fire and tackle a few new chestnut recipes. [HuffPo

 

A new study questions the health benefits of the paleo diet. [FoodBeast

 

For Slovakians, Christmas dinner means carp in the bathtub. [NPR

 

Get a head start on your New Year’s resolutions by rebooting your lunch routine. [... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: Seafood Stews

 

Every year on Christmas Eve, Italians around the world gather at the table for an elaborate seafood dinner called the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Though the meal often includes a parade of classic dishes like salt cod (baccalà), seafood salad (insalata di mare), fried smelts, and spaghetti with clam sauce, a simpler menu could feature cold, briny oysters on the half-shell followed by a boldly seasoned seafood stew of any provenance. The beauty of the dish is its versatility: just add green olives and cumin for a Moroccan-style dish, potatoes and chorizo for Portuguese flavors, coconut milk and cilantro for a taste of the Caribbean, or, of course, tomatoes and red wine for a more traditional Italian dish.

 

Cioppino... Read more >

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America Cooks with Chefs: Episode Two

 

Hot on the heels of our first episode, America Cooks returns this week with its second installment. Each episode will follow one contestant as they go behind the scenes at a James Beard Award-winning chef’s restaurant to learn tips, tricks, and advice for cooking more nutritious meals.

 

Episode two follows Michael Angelo Gonzalez, a Miami native who loves his family’s African American and Cuban traditional foods, but is coming to understand that their diet is harming their health. Michael wants to make a change: he wants to learn budget-friendly cooking techniques so that he can continue to cook the foods his family loves, but in a healthier way.

 

We matched Michael Angelo with fellow Miami native and JBF Award winner Michelle Bernstein of the hot new restaurant... Read more >

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What We're Reading: December 23, 2014

 

A guide to maximize your steakhouse meal. [First We Feast

 

The Parisian plan to win back their reputation for culinary excellence. [Grub Street

 

What the heck is Ambrosia, and why is it a Southern Christmas must? [Serious Eats

 

Holy cow! Colorado nuns raise grass-fed beef. [NPR

 

Test yourself on some tater trivia. [FR

 

Would you dine with a polar bear? [... Read more >

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Unique Gift Ideas for Food Lovers

The James Beard House in New York City
 

Happy holidays from the Beard Foundation! If you still have some fellow food lovers on your holiday shopping list, look no further: below is a one-stop shop of unique culinary gifts, courtesy of JBF and some of our valued partners.

 

 

JBF GIFT CERTIFICATES

Give extraordinary dining experiences to your friends and family with James Beard House gift certificates. Dining certificates are available at any value for use toward all one-of-a-kind James Beard House events throughout the year. Purchase JBF gift certificates online or call 212.675.4984.

 

 

GIFTS FROM MELISSA’S

Got a great cook on your list? Longtime JBF sponsor Melissa’s has created an array of unique holiday gifts with the food lover in mind to support the James Beard Foundation. Through December 31, 15 percent of all sales on this selec... Read more >

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Doughnuts: A Hanukkah Miracle

Peanut Butter and Jelly Doughnuts

 

'Tis the season...for frying up delicious Hanukkah treats. We love latkes—we really love latkes—but sometimes we like to celebrate the festival of lights with something sweet. Sufganiyot, round jelly doughnuts topped with powdered sugar, are a Hanukkah tradition, but we'd happily welcome any of these deep-fried desserts to our holiday table:

 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Doughnuts

Malasadas (Portuguese Doughnuts)

Bourbon-Glazed Doughnuts

Chocolate–Rosemary Bombolini

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What We're Reading: December 22, 2014

 

One dough to rule them all: the ultimate sugar cookie recipe. [Epicurious]

 

Skip the crowded department stores and make these awesome, edible gifts. [Daily Meal]

 

Addicted to Seamless? You're not alone. [CBS]

 

What the new diplomatic development with Cuba means for U.S.–Cuba food relations. [NPR]

 

Take a sweet trip to Spain with this Casa Batlló gingerbread house recreation by Modernist Cuisine. [... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Holiday Dessert Pairings (Part III)

wine bottles

 

For those who are looking to make the holidays even merrier, we asked Bernie Sun, corporate beverage director of JBF Award winner Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurants, to suggest affordable wine pairings for the season’s classic desserts.

 

For our third installment, we asked Sun to recommend the perfect pairing for bread pudding​​​. His pick? Domaine de Durban Muscat... Read more >

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