On the Menu: Week of March 30

Photo by Clay Williams

 

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

 

Monday, March 30, 6:30 P.M.
The From Scratch Sessions: An Evening of Armagnac 
Join the JBF Greens (foodies under 40) for a class on France’s oldest spirit, Armagnac, at New York’s new high-end, low-key bar, The Up & Up. Wine educator and Armagnac ambassador, May Matta-Aliah, will lead us through a tasting of Armagnacs, exploring the region, production process, and differences in styles and ages. The Up & Up owner Matt Piacentini... Read more >

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14 Inspiring Quotes from Our 6th Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change

Photo by Ron Calamia

 

At last week’s sixth JBF Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change, 14 chefs gathered on Avery Island in Louisiana to take part in intensive workshops to learn how to use their powerful voices to help create a more fair, just, nutritious, sustainable, and delicious food system for everyone. Here are some of the most inspiring quotes from the two-day retreat:


"Food is the cornerstone of health and wellness. It shouldn't be a privilege just for the wealthy."--Seamus Mullen @SeamusMullen

 

“There is no place for hunger in our world. It’s a travesty that must be eradicated.” --Asha Gomez @AshaGomez

 

“If you eat a chicken finger every day for ten years it's poison. If it poisoned and killed you instantly... Read more >

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Beard on Books: Dana Cowin

Dana Cowin

 

Dana Cowin stopped by the Beard House this week to discuss her new book for the latest installment of Beard on Books. The 20-year editor-in-chief of Food & Wine charmed the standing-room-only crowd with excerpts and stories from Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen, which combines recipes and tales of cooking mishaps with tips and tricks.

 

Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation, introduced Cowin with high praise of the chefs’ helpful tips included in the book, specifically when it came to Thomas Keller’s secret to roast chicken: “I’ve read his version of his recipe, but I didn’t understand it until I read her version.”

 

After a slight microphone glitch (“The kitchen here is the place... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of March 23

 

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

 

Monday, March 23, 7:00 P.M. 
Louisville Young Guns and Bourbon 
The rising stars of the Louisville food scene are collaborating on an epic ode to their mentors, who will be dining with us that evening. The menu will showcase the best of the Bluegrass State, including, of course, bourbon, which will be incorporated into many of the dishes and also served as a pairing with each course.

 

Tuesday, March 24, 7:00 P.M.
Taste of Nantucket 
With its renowned beaches, historic homes, and succulent seafood, Nantucket isn’t just a tourist destination—it’s a way of life. We’ve gathered the cream of its culinary crop for a celebration of the island’s bounty, guaranteed to have you planning your summer getaway before dessert... Read more >

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Expo Milano: Vertical Farm Installation

The vertical farm at the USA Pavilion

 

Over in Milan, the future USA Pavilion is inching closer and closer to completion. Our construction team recently installed the internal frame for the structure's state-of-the-art vertical farm, which will serve as an homage to America's farming history and to Expo Milano's commitment to a sustainable future. A variety of crops will grow on panels that rotate for maximum sunlight exposure and will be harvested for on-site dining events throughout Expo's six-month run. A rendering of the completed design feature is below.

 

 

The vertical farm at the USA Pavilion

 

As we’ve been reporting for several weeks now, we’re... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of March 16

Photo by Jeffrey Gurwin

 

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

 

Monday, March 16, 7:00 P.M. 
The American Table: Rustic and Refined 
JBF Award winner R.J. Cooper treats discerning D.C.-area diners to modernist American cuisine with fanciful 24-course menus at one of his restaurants and an intimate study of Mid-Atlantic farmland at the other. Join us at the Beard House for his elaborate Brandt Beef dégustation and the opportunity to taste both of his lauded concepts under one roof.

 

Wednesday, March 18, 12:00 P.M.
Beard on Books: Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen
In her new book, Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen, the longtime editor-in-chief of Food & Wine reveals her deep, dark secret: she couldn’t cook. Thankfully, she had an... Read more >

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Expo Milano: Meet Our Student Ambassadors

 

Over on the USA Pavilion blog, our planners have introduced the Pavilion's official Student Ambassadors, who will serve as docents and first points of contact for visitors to the site. These American students hail from 94 colleges and 34 states, and they collectively speak 28 foreign languages. Learn more about them and their enviable roles here.

 

As we’ve been reporting for several weeks now, we’re leading the conception and buildout of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, the first world’s fair to focus exclusively on food. View... Read more >

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Our Favorite Beard House Dishes in February

Chef Richard Hales in the Beard House kitchen

 

Last month's stand-out Beard House dishes came from a Bon Appétit Best New Restaurant nominee, a JBF Award–winning Southerner, and former Top Chef competitor Bart Vandaele. Below, our editors' picks for the best of February.

 

 

 

Dan dan nooles at the Beard House

 

Dan Dan Noodles / Chinese New Year Celebration

 

Richard Hales’s interpretation of dan dan noodles gets an assist from sesame paste, its creaminess providing some relief from the scorch of Sichuan chili oil. This dish is ridiculously easy to make at home,... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of March 9

 

Monday, March 9, 7:00 P.M.
Berkshires' First Taste of Spring 
Known as much for its rich culinary culture as for its glorious highlands, the Berkshires boasts some of the country’s best farm-to-table restaurants, including Bo Peabody's and Nancy Thomas’s Allium and Mezze. Join us as we toast to spring over a stunning early-season menu that will showcase the area’s top toques.

 

Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 P.M.
New York Icon, Reinvented 
After three decades at his trailblazing Chanterelle, JBF Award winner David Waltuck has embarked on a new chapter at the critically acclaimed élan. Come see what this iconic New York chef has been up to when he brings a menu of modern, whimsical fare to the Beard House.

 

Wednesday, March 11, 7:00 P.M.
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Expo Milano: Donut Casino Flashback

 

Don't you wish you could travel back in time and visit Doughnut Corporation of America's "Donut Casino" at the 1939 World's Fair? We sure do.

 

Here the next best thing: the next world's fair, also known as Expo Milano 2015, is coming to Milan this May. It's a safe bet that there will be plenty of food-themed marvels to explore.

 

As we’ve been reporting for several weeks now, we’re leading the conception and buildout of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, the first world’s fair to focus exclusively on food. Construction of the pavilion is humming along, and we've booked a... Read more >

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