Ask a Chef: The Stockton Inn's Alan Heckman

 

Once a Prohibition speakeasy and a hub for literati like F. Scott Fitzgerald, the storied Stockton Inn has satisfied diners since 1710. This month, chef Alan Heckman joins us at the Beard House to showcase the restaurant’s imaginative colonial America–inspired cuisine for a feast worthy of the inn’s fabled past. In anticipation of Heckman’s upcoming dinner, we spoke with the chef about his love of braised meats, his culinary past, and his recent fabulous dinner at Le Bernardin.

 

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What is your inspiration behind the menu for this Beard House event?

My inspiration for the menu comes from all of my culinary experiences. I wanted to do something that showcased the moments that have had the most influence on me and my style of cooking. Each course is different in that... Read more >

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Raising the Bar: How to Make Better Cocktails at Home with Audrey Saunders

 

We tapped the Pegu Club owner and 2013 JBF Gala mixologist to share her tips for better at-home mixology.

 

Simple Syrup, Simply Put

When it comes to cocktails, we don’t want to cook simple syrup; that increases its viscosity. There are exceptions, but we generally don’t want heaviness in a cocktail. Fill a bottle halfway with superfine sugar, which is gritless and dissolves instantly. (I like to repurpose 10-ounce glass soda bottles. They’re ideal for home use and a speed pourer fits perfectly into them.) Fill the other half with filtered, room-temperature water. Cap and shake well. The mixture will appear cloudy at first but will quickly settle. Top off with more water... Read more >

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Edward Behr on How to Eat Better in 2016

 

In his cookbook, 50 Foods: The Essentials of Good Taste, noted culinary expert Edward Behr guides readers on how to select, prepare, and most importantly, enjoy, some of the world’s best foods. To help us get the new year started off right, here are Behr’s top ten tips for a delicious 2016.

 

1. Eat better apples.

Most of the apples in supermarkets have been picked too soon, and even if they were stored well, they’ve spent too long in the distribution pipeline and then sat too long in displays without refrigeration. They’re not at their best. Instead go to a farmers’ market or a store that cares about fruit and offers great varieties with real flavor, such as Ashmead’s Kernel, Duchess of Oldenburg, Esopus Spitzenburg, Newtown Pippin, Wickson Crab, Pink Pearl, and Macoun (the best of the McIntosh family). Any of those are... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: Chris Fischer of Martha's Vineyard's Beetlebung Farm

 

Chris Fischer earned his culinary chops in Babbo’s bustling kitchen, but he’s found his true calling on idyllic Martha’s Vineyard, which his family has called home for 250 years. Inspired by Beetlebung Farm, the five-acre farm that once belonged to his grandfather, Fischer has written a nationally-acclaimed cookbook, and now, will treat Beard House diners to a winter feast dedicated to the heritage of the land. In anticipation of his upcoming dinner, we spoke to Fischer about his family's culinary legacy, his yearly post-Thanksgiving feast with friends, and his idea of a quintessential New York City night.

 


What is your inspiration behind the menu for this Beard House event?

I’m very proud to be from Martha's Vineyard and this menu is meant to both showcase and celebrate... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: "Top Chef" Fan Favorite Kenny Gilbert

 

You may recognize Kenny Gilbert as a Top Chef fan favorite, but these days, he’s known for slinging seasonal Southern fare at his Florida hot spot, Gilbert's Underground Kitchen. With an impressive résumé and a roster of celebrity clients that includes Oprah, Gilbert is sure to impress Beard House diners next month with his sophisticated takes on Southern staples. In anticipation of his upcoming dinner, we spoke to Gilbert about his alligator-forward menu, his love for Asian food, and what his fellow Top Chef alums are up to.

 

What is your inspiration behind the menu for this Beard House event?

I want to showcase my current culinary path. I've come full circle in my... Read more >

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Why is Boka Chef Lee Wolen Still Searching for a Favorite Mexican Restaurant in NYC?

 

Chef Lee Wolen knows New York dining—after all he spent three years as the sous chef at the city’s acclaimed Eleven Madison Park. But the Ohio native moved back to his Midwest home turf and now works as executive chef/partner at Chicago’s Michelin-starred Boka (1729 N. Halsted St., Chicago, 312-337-6070). This past week, Wolen returned to NYC for his Michelin Star dinner at the James Beard House. We asked Wolen for his NYC dining picks, and found out why he has yet to find a favorite Mexican spot in NYC.

 

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What is your favorite place to... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: JBF Award Winner Jose Garces and the Garces Group Tell All

 

JBF Award winner Jose Garces oversees close to 20 restaurants across the country. At his upcoming Beard House dinner, we’ll be getting a taste of his Rural Society concept, a contemporary, Argentine-inspired steakhouse with locations in Chicago and Washington, D.C. In anticipation of the upcoming dinner, we spoke with Garces and two of his chefs, Louis Goral and Cory Morris, about the inspiration behind the menu, their guilty-pleasure foods, and the best places to chow down in our nation’s capital. 

 

What is your inspiration behind the menu for this Beard House event? 

Jose Garces: I’m really excited to highlight Rural Society, our Argentine parrilla. We've partnered with Loews Hotels in Washington, D.C. and Chicago to share the best of Argentina... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: November Beard House Toques Share the Best Advice They've Ever Received

 

As we bundle up and brace for the dropping temperatures, there's practically nothing we enjoy more than warming ourselves from the outside in by feasting on autumn's colorful bounty. With the frost setting in, we welcome a formidable roster of culinary talent to the Beard House. Highlighting cuisines and techniques from across the globe, these top toques bring tastes of Arizona, the Bay Area, Chicago, and the U.K. (just to name a few) to the Big Apple.

 

We asked our November guest chefs to share the most memorable and encouraging advice they've ever received—read on to see find out what tokens of truth these chefs hold near and dear.

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Ask a Chef: Thanksgiving Sides

 

We asked some of the country's top toques to tell us about their favorite dishes to serve with turkey:

 

“True to my upstate New York roots, I make good old-fashioned green bean casserole, with cream of mushroom soup, and French’s onions on top. We call them GBs at my house.”
—Anne Burrell, NYC

 

“If I were to serve a Thanksgiving dinner with no turkey and all sides, I would serve scalloped potatoes with Brussels sprouts and brown butter, and mashed sweet potatoes with homemade marshmallows on top.”
—Ben Ford, Ford’s Filling Station L.A. Live, Los Angeles

 

“I do the turkey thing, but I love brioche stuffing. I can’t get enough of it.”
—Michael Kramer, The Lazy Goat, Greenville, SC
 

*Get Michael Kramer’s brioche stuffing recipe... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: November Beard House Toques Share Their Guilty-Pleasure Foods

 

As we bundle up and brace for the dropping temperatures, there's practically nothing we enjoy more than warming ourselves from the outside in by feasting on autumn's colorful bounty. With the frost setting in, we welcome a formidable roster of culinary talent to the Beard House. Highlighting cuisines and techniques from across the globe, these top toques bring tastes of Arizona, the Bay Area, Chicago, and the U.K. (just to name a few) to the Big Apple.

 

We asked our November guest chefs to spill their favorite guilty-pleasure foods. Not surprisingly, grilled cheese, burgers, tacos, and ramen (amongst other hearty fare) made the cut. Read on to see what chefs really crave when their restaurant kitchens are closed.

 

November 2: Michael Langdon, Glenmaura National Golf Club, Moosic, PA

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