On the Menu: Week of June 9

Upcoming events at the James Beard House

 

Check out these great upcoming events at the James Beard House and beyond:

 

Sunday, June 9, 6:00 P.M.

Friends of James Beard Benefit: San Francisco

M.Y. China, the latest restaurant from our longtime friend Martin Yan, will play host to this special benefit in San Francisco. Join him and other culinary talents—including JBF Award winner Charlie Trotter—for a celebration of the family table, along with wines from Michael Mondavi Family Estate.

 

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

James Beard House: Willamette Wine Country

Described by Gerry Frank of The Oregonian as “the best dinner house in the Willamette Valley and arguably in all of Oregon,” the Painted Lady seamlessly melds timeless techniques with stunning modern flourishes.... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Janna Gur

 

On this week's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis chats with Janna Gur, a food writer, editor, cookbook author, and leading expert on Israeli and Jewish cuisine. They discuss the difference between Jewish and Israeli food, the history behind Israeli cuisine (from the beginnings of the "Seven Species" to present-day social attitudes towards food in our own households), and the current state of Jewish cuisine in America. Listen below to learn more!

 

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Recipe: Vanilla–Pisco Flan with Roasted Strawberries

Ricardo Zarate's recipe for Recipe: Vanilla–Pisco Flan with Roasted Strawberries, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

Anticuchos. Tiradito. Costillitas. For the uninitiated, dinner at Picca, Ricardo Zarate's Peruvian cantina in Beverly Hills, can be a revelatory foray. Even flan, the Latin world's totemic dessert, is rebooted with the addition of mosto verde pisco, the crème de la crème of South American brandy. The spirit is distilled from partially fermented must, which lends greater complexity and freshness to the finished product. Zarate crowns his flan with strawberries that have been cooked in brown sugar, lemon, honey, and more brandy.

 

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In Season: Rhubarb

Rhubarb recipes from the James Beard Foundation

 

This rosy-hued stalk is one of our favorite spring ingredients. Tart and tangy, it brightens the flavors of seasonal fruit when paired in desserts (there's a reason strawberry and rhubarb is a classic combination) and has a welcome sour note that plays well off of pork and poultry in savory dishes. Rhubarb is also delicious on its own: to make a super-simple compote, place rhubarb in a saucepan with sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice and cook gently until the stalks soften and begin to break down. Cool and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

 

How to Store: Store rhubarb in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. No time to cook it before it goes bad? Rhubarb freezes very well. Clean and dry each stalk and trim the bottom end. Use your knife to peel off any tough outer skin (it will come off easily in strips) and slice the rhubarb into 1/2-inch chunks. Seal in an airtight bag and freeze for up to a year.... Read more >

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Recipe: Port-Poached Rhubarb with Ricotta and Walnut Crumble

Ryan Bartlow's recipe for Port-Poached Rhubarb with Ricotta and Walnut Crumble, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

Its moniker may be the "pie plant", but rhubarb shouldn't always be destined for crust. When Ryan Bartlow of Frankies Spuntino 570 cooked at the Beard House last month, he served this relaxed and rustic dessert of poached rhubarb topped with buttery walnut crumble and the restaurant's signature ricotta. Bartlow mellows the rhubarb's tartness by cooking it in a blend of port, sugar, vanilla pods, and a pinch of whole black peppercorns. Naturally, the recipe is inspired by his mother's strawberry–rhubarb pie. 

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JBF on the Air: Andrew Zimmern

 

What's on television personality Andrew Zimmern's mind? Find out on last week's episode of Taste Matters as he chats with JBF's Mitchell Davis about travel, taste, and gastronomy. Andrew Zimmern is the co-creator, host, and consulting producer of the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods. A multiple JBF Award winner and the honoree at this year's Chefs & Champagne New York, Andrew discusses how small, remote pockets of the world have changed his perspective on culture and humanity, why he thinks walnuts are the most disgusting thing to eat, and the importance of travel. Listen below:

 

 

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