On the Menu: Week of December 16

Chefs assemble in the kitchen at the Beard House.


Here's what's happening at the James Beard House and around the country next week:


Friend of James Beard Benefit Dinner: Las Vegas

Monday, December 17, 5:30 P.M.

Join internationally renowned chef and television personality Gordon Ramsay and executive chef Kevin Hee for a spectacular five-course feast at this very special Friends of James Beard Benefit dinner. The much sought-after steakhouse will serve as the backdrop for this elegant Sin City affair.


Capital Christmas

Monday, December 17, 7:00 P.M.

In a city with no shortage of power dining spots, the Federalist sets itself apart with an incredible farm-to-table menu created by Bacchanalia and Vidalia alum Harper McClure, a spectacular cocktail menu, and a... Read more >

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Recipe: White Chocolate–Cassis Crème Brûlée

Recipe for white chocolate–cassis crème brûlée, adapted by the James Beard Foundation


These days a crème brûlée needs to be pretty unique to get our attention. Chef Travis Brust, who helms the kitchen at the historic Williamsburg Inn, has a bi-level version that succeeds. He makes a syrup of crème de cassis, port, cinnamon, and star anise, then drizzles it into ramekins before adding the requisite custard, which he soups up with white chocolate. The syrup needs to be heated to 228°F in order to reach the correct consistency (pastry chefs will recognize this as the thread stage), so make sure your candy thermometer is taking accurate readings.

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Video: The James Beard Foundation Scholarship Program

A cookbook author and teacher, James Beard was dedicated to educating and mentoring generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts. In honor of his supportive spirit, the James Beard Foundation established the JBF Scholarship Program in 1991. Since its inception, the program has awarded over $4.2 million in financial aid to over 1,400 deserving recipients. At last month's Silver Anniversary Gala, we debuted the following video that highlights this important aspect of our mission and features interviews with three scholarship winners. Watch below:


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Test Your Eat-Q: Holiday Cookies Around the World

Test your knowledge of holiday cookies from across the globe with this Eat-Q test from the James Beard Foundation


You know shortbread and sugar and oatmeal and pecan, nougat and sablé and snowball and linzer, but do you recall the name of the cookie that Swiety Mikolaj gifts to Polish children on December 6? Test your knowledge of lesser-known holiday cookies from other countries with our latest Eat-Q test.  

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On the Menu: Week of December 9

Behind the scenes in the Beard House kitchen


Here's what's happening at the James Beard House and beyond next week:


The Ryland Inn Revisited

Monday, December 10, 7:00 P.M.

One of New Jersey's most storied restaurants, the Ryland Inn was once known for training some of the Garden State's top culinary talent. Shuttered for renovations, the renowned temple of fine dining recently reopened under the direction of talented chef Anthony Bucco, who is ready to start a new tradition of fine dining at the historic inn.


Beard on Books

Wednesday, December 12, 12:00 P.M.

Tap into the minds of world-renowned chefs with photographer Melanie Dunea’s book, My Last Supper: 50 Great Chefs and Their Final Meals. The stunning collection of portraits, which... Read more >

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JBF Kitchen Cam