On the Menu: Monkey Business

Damon Wise Several new restaurants opened in 2011, but perhaps the most anticipated debut of the year was Graydon Carter’s revamped Monkey Bar. And with former Craft executive chef Damon Wise on board, this restaurant is sure to endure as a New York icon. Tomorrow night, Damon Wise and the rest of the Monkey Bar crew will take over the Beard House kitchen—and we still have some seats left! Have a look at the menu below, then click here to make your reservation. Hors d’Oeuvre Cod Brandade with Sweet-and-Sour Peppers Duck Ham–Wrapped Dates Peekytoe Crab with Avocado Raw Tuna with Smoked Mushrooms and Blood Oranges Celery Root Purée with Truffle Vinaigrette Guinea Hen Rillettes with Cape Gooseberries Heritage Pork Terrine with Pickled Vegetables Pairing: Champagne

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Reel Food: Mitchell Davis Talks Taste at TEDxManhattan

At last month's TEDxManhattan event, "Changing the Way We Eat," our very own Mitchell Davis gave a thought-provoking talk about the importance of taste and the role it should play in improving the American food system. A video of his speech is below; you can watch the other food-related talks that were given at the event here.

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Our First Cookbook is Now Available for Preorder

The James Beard Foundation's Best of the Best

As we've mentioned earlier, the James Beard Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012! We'll be toasting this milestone throughout the year in a number of exciting ways, including the release of our first cookbook, The James Beard Foundation's Best of the Best: A 25th Anniversary Celebration of America's Outstanding Chefs. This collectible book honors James Beard's legacy and celebrates the accomplishments of the 21 incredible chefs who have earned our coveted Outstanding Chef Award, from Wolfgang Puck to Tom Colicchio. Featuring intimate profiles written by author Kit Wohl, a foreword by Martha Stewart, gorgeous photography, and plenty

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Valentine's Day Recipe: Chocolate–Rosemary Bombolini


Given the recent remaking of the doughnut from a greasy junk-food symbol to a well-crafted artisanal treat, it's high time that anyone on the hunt for a special Valentine's Day gift should consider the various forms of the fritter. We think that dainty, sugar-dusted bombolini, the Italian analogue of the doughnut hole, are the perfect candidate, and we'd be thrilled to receive a box from Washington-based pastry chef Matthew Kelley; his elegant, pillow-soft bombolini are filled with a silky chocolate ganache that's brightened with the lush scent and flavor of rosemary. Get the recipe here.

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On the Menu: Champagne Elegance

Champagne

At tomorrow's Beard House event, we’re celebrating everyone's favorite bubbly beverage in proper style. Returning chef Todd Hogan and his team will be serving up a showstopping menu of sustainable farmhouse dishes that will pair perfectly with the evening’s selection of Champagne. Check out the fizz-filled menu below, then click here to make your reservation. Hors d’Oeuvre Hot-Smoked Lamb Loin with Sweet Potato Cake and Spicy Tomato Jam Corn-Dusted Smelts with Lemon Aïoli Fava Bean Hummus with Black Truffle Pâté Housemade Duck Prosciutto with Blackberry Conserve and Bleu de Chèvre Pairing: Iron Horse Vineyards Unoaked Chardonnay 2008 Dinner

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Awards Watch: Charlie Trotter Named Humanitarian of the Year

Charlie Trotter

We are pleased to announce that Charlie Trotter, a legendary chef and generous philanthropist, will receive our 2012 Humanitarian of the Year award. Since he established the Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation in 1999, Trotter has worked hard to encourage and support the pursuit of culinary education among Chicago-area students. Read the full press release.

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Super Bowl Recipe: Linton Hopkins's Shrimp Rillettes

shrimp rillettes

Your football buddies might raise an eyebrow if you serve this oh-so-French-sounding spread from Atlanta-based chef Linton Hopkins at your Super Bowl party. But once they get a taste of the sweet shrimp paste that's been whipped with cayenne pepper and a generous dose of butter, they'll be parked by the ramekin for the rest of the game, alternating between rillettes-slathered chips and slugs of all-American lager. Get the recipe here.

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