Our Favorite Quotes from Beard on Books with Elizabeth Bard, Author of "Picnic in Provence"

 

Earlier this month, we welcomed journalist and author Elizabeth Bard to the Beard House to discuss her newest work, Picnic in Provence: A Memoir with Recipes, for the most recent installment of our Beard on Books series. Bard traveled to New York from the beautiful village of Céret, deep in the heart of southern France, to share her enchanting real-life fairy tale. Bard’s first book, the New York Times bestseller Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes, details her journey to love, marriage, and a dream life in Paris. Picnic in Provence picks up with a happily-married and pregnant Bard, whose life turns upside-down once more when a spontaneous trip to Provence takes her to places she never thought possible. Bard shared intimate moments from her life with great detail, captivating the audience with every word.  

 

Here are some of our favorite moments from her reading:

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On the Menu: Week of July 27

 

Here’s what’s coming up at the James Beard House and around the country:

 

Tuesday, July 28, 7:00 P.M.

Sophisticated Duet

With a combined 26 years in the industry, including the kitchens of Per Se, the French Laundry, Alinea, and El Bulli, chefs Kim Floresca and Daniel Ryan have brought their modernist sensibility to [ONE], winning the 2014 Food & Wine People’s Best New Chef Southeast award along the way.

 

Wednesday, July 29, 7:00 P.M.

Beard’s Barbecue Joint

Michael Solomonov has brought great Texas barbecue to Philly at Percy Street Barbecue, where chef Erin O’Shea cooks her brisket low and slow just like they do in the Lone Star State. Join O’Shea, who originally wowed Philadelphia with her Southern-style cooking at Marigold, at the Beard House for our... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of July 20

 

Here’s what’s coming up at the James Beard House and around the country:

 

Tuesday, July 21, 7:00 P.M.

Summer Seafood Celebration

Named for a region in northern India known for its decadent cuisine, Awadh is run by chef/owner Gaurav, who employs the ancient technique of pukht, or slow fire-roasting, to brilliant effect. Find out why the Village Voice named Awadh the best Indian restaurant of 2014 at this elegant seafood dinner.

 

Wednesday, July 22, 7:00 P.M.

New American

Dallas hot spot Proof + Pantry draws crowds with its eclectic cocktails and whimsical take on American cuisine, serving up inspired bites like bone marrow with onion marshmallows. Join us as chef Kyle McClelland brings diners to the edge of our national culinary frontier through seasonal fare and innovative... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Tickets Now on Sale!

 

The James Beard Foundation is pleased to announce the third consecutive year of our Taste America®: “Local Flavor from Coast To Coast” national epicurean tour, which will visit ten American cities this fall. Spanning six weekends between September 18 and November 7, 2015, the program will stop in Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle. Each city will enjoy a special evening that starts off with a walk-around tasting reception from a lineup of celebrated local chefs, followed by a one-of-a-kind, four-course dinner crafted in collaboration with a Taste America All-Star and a Local Star chef. Tickets are on sale now at jbftasteamerica.org.

 

The Taste America 2015 program will send each All-Star on the road to host local events and act as ambassadors for JBF... Read more >

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Beard House Dishes: June Highlights

 

Asking us to pick our favorite dishes at the Beard House is a little like asking a mother to pick her favorite child, but to give you a taste, here are a few decidedly summery highlights served up during the month of June.

 

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Montreal Short Rib with Cucumber Salad, Coleslaw, Mustard, and Jewish Rye / Sexy New Jewish Cooking

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On the Menu: Week of July 13

 

Here’s what’s coming up at the James Beard House and around the country:

 

Tuesday, July 14, 7:00 P.M.

Bastille Day Fête

Vive la France! Celebrate Bastille Day at the Beard House with chef Frédéric Robert of Brooklyn’s newly opened L’Antagoniste, whose sister restaurant is Manhattan’s Le Philosophe. The chef will be serving a classic French menu in the grand style, all paired with beautiful French wines, bien sûr.

 

Wednesday July 15, 12:00 P.M.

Beard on Books

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Expo Milano: Cesare Casella, Corby Kummer

The USA Pavilion at Expo Milano

 

On any given day at Expo Milano, the first-ever food-focused world's fair that's now open in Milan, visitors can experience a veritable buffet of international cuisine, state-of-the-art tech and design, and food-themed programming. Here's a sampling of what's happening at the USA Pavilion, which was produced by JBF and the International Culinary Center:

 

Terrace Talks: held on the roof of the pavilion, Terrace Talks hosts speakers and panels on a variety of food topics. The Atlantic's Corby Kummer visits tomorrow for a discussion on how people, companies, and countries use sustainability to define their identities. 

 

James Beard American Restaurant: modeled after our own James Beard House in New York City, the USA Pavilion–affiliated... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of July 6

 

Here’s what’s coming up at the James Beard House and around the country:

 

Tuesday, July 7, 7:00 P.M.

Boston Softshell Crab Blowout

Who better to headline our annual softshell crab extravaganza than a group of wicked talented Boston-area chefs? They’ll be collaborating on a bold, New England–inspired menu featuring the limited-time-only, crave-worthy crustacean in every savory course.

 

Wednesday, July 8, 12:00 P.M.

Beard on Books

Ex-pat Elizabeth Bard thought she had the life of her dreams with a gorgeous French husband and a home in the heart of Paris, but a chance trip to... Read more >

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Trending: July and August at the Beard House

 

Arguably the most compelling part about dining at James Beard’s historic townhouse in New York City’s West Village is experiencing the constantly evolving snapshot of what’s happening in restaurants around the country. Over 250 nights per year, celebrated chefs from coast to coast take the stage in our kitchen, preparing one-night-only menus that showcase their culinary style. 

 

Summer is in full swing because here at the Beard House, menus are bursting with heirloom tomatoes, sweet corn, and watermelon in ways we never imagined (watermelon butter, anyone?). In July and August we're featuring the renowned international cuisines of Oaxaca, Lima, Austria, as well as chefs and restaurants closer to home—Indianapolis, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Virginia Beach. We caught up with JBF director of house programming Izabela Wojcik to fill us in on what's trending this month.

 

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Expo Milano: Chief Creative Officer Mitchell Davis in the Globe and Mail

 

What does it take to execute what's possibly the biggest culinary event in modern history? At Expo Milano, the first-ever world's fair that's all about food, on view since May 1 and through October 31, JBF executive vice president Mitchell Davis serves as chief creative officer of the USA Pavilion, a showcase of American culinary innovation and potential policy solutions to feeding the global population. (There are more than 140 countries participating in the expo, whose theme is "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.") A Toronto native, Davis recently appeared in the Globe and Mail, where he describes his myriad duties throughout this ambitious project, and offers glimpses into his daily life alla Milanese.... Read more >

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