Talking Tacos with Jordana Rothman and Alex Stupak


Earlier this month, we welcomed chef and restaurateur Alex Stupak along with his longtime friend and business partner Jordana Rothman to the Beard House as a part of our Beard on Books series to discuss their new cookbook, Tacos: Recipes and Provocations. Once an acclaimed pastry chef, Stupak exchanged his piping bags for tortilla presses when he left a career in fine-dining establishments like Alinea and WD-50 to open his own Mexican-focused restaurant, Empellón Cocina, in 2011. Stupak’s budding empire now encompasses three establishments, with plans for a fourth, and he continues to create some of the city’s most popular Mexican cuisine. Rothman, the former food & drink editor at Time Out New York, teamed up with Stupak to write the cookbook, motivated by a desire to unpack the larger narrative behind Mexican cooking, a story many... Read more >

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Beard House Recipe: Lamb’s Neck with Duck Yolk Custard, Pickled Radishes, and Sunchokes


Lamb’s Neck with Duck Yolk Custard, Pickled Radishes, and Sunchokes / Cambridge Cookout


Earlier this fall, a formidable group of culinary colleagues packed up their knives and embarked on a road trip to the Beard House for a decadent feast celebrating innovative Boston-area fare. From seaweed crackers with beets, ricotta, hazelnut, and orange to grassfed Black Angus rib roast with wild bay leaves, kombu, compressed heirloom tomatoes, mussel sabayon, and sea rocket purée to beach plum tarts with sunflower seeds, yogurt, beach rose–Champagne sorbet, and fennel pollen, the entire evening was an edible study of the rich flavors of New England terroir. While Bean Town is only an Amtrak ride from New York City, we couldn't fathom going without a repeat serving of the fork-tender lamb course before our next journey up... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of November 30


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


Tuesday, December 1, 7:00 P.M.

Basque Holiday

Atlanta hot spot Cooks & Soldiers draws its name from the annual Tamborrada festival in San Sebastián, where costumed locals march to the beat of drums and feast on Basque cuisine. Join us at the Beard House as Landon Thompson and John Castellucci transport guests to Spain for a sumptuous dinner sure to get your toes tapping.


Wednesday, December 2, 7:00 P.M.

East Meets West

After working his way through several high-end restaurants along the Pacific, chef Tin Vuong set his sights on BlackHouse Hospitality, where he now oversees the group’s ultra-hip cuisine. Join us for a taste of Little Sister’s European-inflected... Read more >

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Beard House Highlight: Smoked Deviled Eggs with Crispy Bacon, Pickled Jalapeños, and Chives

Photo by Fortunato M. Ramin


Beard House Highlight: Smoked Deviled Eggs with Crispy Bacon, Pickled Jalapeños, and Chives / Bay Area Brilliants


We live in a world where showstoppers reign supreme. Our social media feeds are crammed full of Cronuts and Nutellasagnas, whole-pig roasts, and foie gras hot dogs. But sometimes the most telling evidence of an expert hand comes from the more subtle tweaks, as was the case at our star-studded Bay Area Brilliants dinner, which featured Jennifer Puccio and JBF Award winners Emily Luchetti and Jonathan Waxman. Puccio kicked off the night with these stunning smoked deviled eggs she serves at Park Tavern in San Francisco, immediately winning over Beard House guests with her elevated take... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of November 23


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


Tuesday, November 24, 7:00 P.M.

La Dolce Vita

Emmy Award–winning chef Giada De Laurentiis will flaunt her casual elegance, contagious smile, and California-influenced Italian fare at the Beard House for a night of savory indulgence. Highlighting the best of her new Las Vegas restaurant, Giada at the Cromwell, the Food Network star will give diners a decadent taste of Sin City that’s sure to be anything but a gamble.


Thursday, November 26, 6:00 P.M.

New England Thanksgiving

Join us at the Beard House this Thanksgiving for a New England–influenced feast as acclaimed restaurateur Nancy... Read more >

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Beard House Highlight: Rabbit Ragù with Ricotta Cavatelli, Lima Beans, and Ricotta Salata


Rabbit Ragù with Ricotta Cavatelli, Lima Beans, and Ricotta Salata / Delaware Artisan


As plunging mercury and brightly colored foliage signal that fall is here in full swing, there’s nothing I crave more than a big bowl of comforting, hearty pasta. Much to my delight, at Bryan Sikora’s recent Beard House dinner, the 2014 JBF Award semifinalist delivered exactly that. For his third course of the evening, the seasoned chef (now at La Fia in Wilmington, Delaware, after stints at two acclaimed Philly restaurants, Django and Talula’s Table) treated guests to a rustic bowl of rabbit ragù with homemade cavatelli. The light-as-air pasta was elevated to new levels by the rich rabbit... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of November 16


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


Monday, November 16, 7:00 P.M.

Road Trip: Montreal

With numerous New York Times raves under his belt, David DiBari has been praised for his creative energy and boundary-pushing menus at his two Westchester hot spots. This brazen culinary charmer will use his soulful, lusty cuisine to take Beard House diners on a journey inspired by his passion for Montreal's decadent food scene.


Tuesday, November 17, 7:00 P.M.

An Edible Expedition

Known among epicureans and Sex and the City fans the world over for its trailblazing Japanese, Brazilian, and Peruvian fare, the SushiSamba empire is once again forging new territory. Be there when the... Read more >

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Hugh Acheson, Vinny Dotolo, and Jon Shook Team Up for the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® in Los Angeles


JBF Award–winning chef Hugh Acheson touched down in Los Angeles to join forces with Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo and other fantastic L.A. talent for a weekend of local flavor.


“We’re just discovering all of the amazing diversity we have in this country,” Taste America All-Star chef Hugh Acheson said of America’s rich culinary bounty while in Los Angeles for the last stop of the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America tour.


James Beard Foundation brought its annual Taste America culinary tour to Los Angeles—a city of sunshine and shining stars of the food world, like Local Stars Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook of Animal, who joined Acheson in the kitchen to cook dinner on Friday night for 300 people at the Ebell of Los Angeles.

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9 (More) Fall Food Trends at the Beard House


Want to know what’s cooking in American restaurants right now? Look no further than the James Beard House kitchen, where dozens of chefs from all over the country come to cook each month. Our last dispatch had the trends of early fall: deli fare, egg yolks, and lardo, to name a few—and as we transition from fall to winter, the cooking is getting heartier, and chefs are reimagining familiar items from ice cream sundaes to bacon. Read on to see what’s popping up on our November and December Beard House menus.

1) Duck, Duck…Duck

“Duck is an elegant and versatile protein,” says Izabela Wojcik, director of James Beard House programming. And as the holidays approach, chefs are getting their duck on. “Not just the expected breast or leg confit,” says Wojcik, “but an exciting and creative range that includes a duck sundae with duck... Read more >

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Why Beard House Chef Michael Fiorelli Wants to Have Dinner With Eric Ripert

Photo by Andrea Bricco


As the driving force behind his Manhattan Beach–based restaurant, Love & Salt, chef Michael Fiorelli exudes California cool with respectable seriousness when it comes to cooking classic Italian cuisine. Fiorelli was in New York City last month for his James Beard dinner, and we chatted with the acclaimed chef about his favorite restaurant in the city, what he thinks the Big Apple is missing, and why he wants to grab dinner with Eric Ripert... Read more >

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