On the Menu: Week of September 23

Chefs assemble in the kitchen at the Beard House.

 

Here's what's on the JBF calendar next week:

 

Sunday, September 23, 12:00 noon

Let's Do Brunch!

Philadelphia diners flock to husband-and-wife duo Andrew and Kristin Wood’s Russet for their elegant, ingredient-focused fare—and on weekends, it’s tough to snag a seat for their deliciously rustic brunch. Set in a historic Rittenhouse Square townhouse, the intimate eatery offers a daily-changing menu of Italian- and French-inspired cuisine.

 

Monday, September 24, 7:00 P.M.

Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner: Philadelphia

Join host chef Jon Cichon and some of his esteemed colleagues at the renowned Philadelphia eatery Lacroix at the Rittenhouse for a very special Friends of James Beard Benefit dinner. To celebrate ten... Read more >

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Recipe: Bacon Rillettes

John Folse's recipe for bacon rillettes, courtesy of the James Beard Foundation

 

Preparing rillettes can require tedious dicing or shredding, but a food processor makes quick work of this bacon-based version from John Folse of Restaurant R’evolution in New Orleans. Folse's unconventional use of tomato paste adds some sweet richness and balancing acid; he also includes a welcome pour of rye whiskey.

 

Get the recipe here.

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Partnerships: The Emperor's Banquet in Times Square

 

Celebrate 5,000 years of Chinese culture and cuisine on September 27 at the Emperor's Banquet, a feast of the finest traditional Chinese cuisine hosted by New Tang Dynasty Television. The culmination of NTD's International Chinese Culinary Competition in Times Square, the Emperor's Banquet will feature a sumptuous, eight-course dinner showcasing Sichuan, Shandong, Cantonese, Huaiyang, and Northeastern Chinese cuisines. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the James Beard Foundation's NTD Chinese Culinary Scholarship for the Underprivileged. Click here to reserve your seat.

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Partnerships: The Las Vegas Wine & Food Festival

The Las Vegas Wine & Food Festival, benefiting the James Beard Foundation

Swinging through Sin City this weekend? Be sure to check out the Las Vegas Wine & Food Festival, which will take place at the Red Rock Casino & Resort Pool. The draw: oodles of local talent, flowing drinks, and Vegas-inspired entertainment. Best of all? The James Beard Foundation is the sole beneficiary of proceeds raised at the event.

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Recipe: Truffle–Ricotta Panna Cotta with Lamb's Lettuce

Recipe for ricotta panna cotta, courtesy of the James Beard Foundation

 

We see a lot of chefs making panna cotta at the James Beard House. It's easy to see why: since the dish requires several hours of chilling in order for the gelatin to set, it's an obvious make-ahead dessert for a large crowd. At Sean Woods's recent Beard House event, he brought panna cotta over to the savory side, combining the requisite cream with a premium ricotta and some truffle oil. To offset the richness, Woods garnishes the starter with crisp lamb's lettuce and matchsticks of quick-pickled radishes.

 

Get the recipe here. 

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