Recipes: Meatball Madness

Spicy Pork Meatballs with Spicy Meat Sauce and Soft PolentaThe Meatball Shop's Spicy Pork Meatballs with Spicy Meat Sauce and Soft Polenta

Though meatball madness may have officially peaked last year, at least according to our well borne-out 2010 food trend predictions, we still can't get enough of this classic comfort food. Here are a few of the meatball recipes we keep going back to: Michael White's Braised Sicilian Lamb Meatballs Pine nuts and raisins add a Sicilian touch to chef White's deeply satisfying meatballs.

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More JBF LTD Dinners Now on Sale

JBF LTDReservations for another batch of dinners at JBF LTD are now available for booking! We've got Michelle Bernstein on April 26; a series of dinners featuring the guys of Animal in Los Angeles and Frankies Spuntino and Prime Meats in New York; and Craig Deihl (whom we profiled last year) on May 2. Get 'em while they're hot!

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On the Menu: Georgia Wine Table

Steven Hartmand and Maria Le RouxSteven Hartmand and Maria Le Roux

American wine aficionados know that a winery renaissance is taking place across North Georgia, where a new wave of vintners is producing wines of truly exceptional quality. One such winemaker is Maria Le Roux of Montaluce Winery, who will be pairing her vineyard’s offerings with the artisan-inspired cuisine of executive chef Steven Hartman at tomorrow night's Beard House dinner. Check out the tempting menu below, then click here to make a reservation. Hors d’Oeuvre Springer Mountain Chicken Liver Mousse with Mead Macarons and Honey-Roasted Peanuts Pickled

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On the Menu: Bryan Voltaggio

Bryan Voltaggio Since making it to the finale on Top Chef, Bryan Voltaggio has been on fire, earning a 2010 JBF Best Chef nomination and the widespread praise of critics and diners. At tonight's Beard House dinner, chef Voltaggio will treat guests to a taste of his electrifying, modern cuisine. The event is booked solid, so we're left to only imagine what it will be like to feast on his menu, which is listed below: Hors d’Oeuvre Celeriac Macarons with Foie Gras and Cara Cara Orange Lobster Crackers with California Estate Osetra Caviar, Chives, and Crème Fraîche Chips and Dip > Ibérico Lomo and Barbecue Potato Chip Edible Mojitos with Sea Foam Crispy Hay–Smoked Oysters with Ramps Pairing: Champagne Gardet Chigny-Les-Roses Brut Reserve NV Dinner Spring Garden > Beets with Timothy Hay–Smoked Carrots, Radishes, Soil, Fiddleheads, and Sheep’s

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JBF LTD Opens Today!

JBF LTD After weeks of planning (and, admittedly, a little flying by the seat of our pants), JBF LTD is opening its doors! The gorgeous space will be open every day (except Mondays) from 11:00 to 4:00, with café-style lunch prepared and sold by Great Performances. Each day will also include delicious daytime programming starting at 2:30. Katherine Alford, vice president of the test kitchens at Food Network and Cooking Channel, is our first afternoon guest (you can see the full schedule of daytime programming here), while Laurent Gras will kick off our series of nightly dinners. (Read our interview with the Michelin three-star chef

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Q & A with Rising Star Nominee Christina Tosi

Anna Mowry interviews James Beard Award–nominated Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar

Ever since Momofuku Milk Bar opened over two years ago, pastry chef Christina Tosi has delighted New Yorkers with her clever and nostalgic sweets. We talked to the 2011 Rising Star Chef of the Year Award nominee about her path to Momofuku, her favorite New York eats, and her earliest memory of getting a sugar high.

JBF: How did you come to work for David Chang?

CT: I had just finished as a pastry cook at wd~50. Dave needed some help writing a HACCP plan for sous-vide cooking, and since we had just successfully been approved for our plan at wd~50, Wylie sent me to help out his bud. 
Dave ended up hiring me as his et cetera gal, basically to fill in the holes of his growing crew. I recognized the opportunity to be a part of a one-of-a-kind team, and I love me a good challenge. I was not hired to be a pastry chef, to work pastry, or to make desserts in any capacity.

JBF: When

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Catch a Deal at JBF's Biannual Cookbook Sale this Saturday

Cookbooks UPDATE! There will also be assorted glassware and silverware on sale. Come early, that stuff goes fast! Calling all bargain-hunting foodies! Our biannual cookbook sale will be held in the Beard House’s dining room this coming Saturday, April 16. From 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. (doors open at 9:30 A.M. for JBF members), you can browse through hundreds of new and used cookbooks priced from one to three dollars. All proceeds will benefit the James Beard Foundation.

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