Eye Candy: Duck Pho with Seared Foie Gras

Leah Cohen's Duck Pho with Seared Foie Gras

 

Leah Cohen first rose to fame as a Top Chef contestant, but she proved her culinary chops with the opening of the New York Times two-starred Pig and Khao, where she serves contemporary iterations of the foods from her mother’s native Philippines. For her Beard House dinner this summer, Cohen designed a menu to showcase cuisines from several Southeast Asian countries. One of the locales on her culinary tour was Vietnam, with this show-stopping duck pho with seared foie gras. Silky, rich, and intensely flavorful, this traditional Vietnamese noodle soup was a hit with Beard House diners, pho sure

 

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Eye Candy: Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change

 

The James Beard Foundation's Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change

 

 

Here's our group photo from last week's Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change in Bentonville, Arkansas. At this installment of Boot Camp, 15 chefs from around the country attended policy and advocacy workshops through the lens of food access and affordability. They also visited Ewe Bet Farm, home to grass-fed, pastured-raised lambs and humane husbandry practices. 

 

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Eye Candy: Summer Garden Lettuce Salad

Alice Waters's Summer Garden Lettuce Salad in the JBF Vegetables app

 

If there's anyone who knows vegetables, it's legendary chef, author, activist, and restaurateur Alice Waters. The pioneer of California cuisine shared her Summer Garden Lettuce Salad (pictured above) with us for our brand new recipe app, JBF Vegetables, which features mouthwatering vegetable recipes created by JBF Outstanding Chef award winners. Waters's simple yet vibrant salad calls for a mix of greens, radishes, and fresh herbs—the perfect dish to showcase that succulent summer produce before the season ends. 

 

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Eye Candy: Bittersweet Chocolate Terrine with Hazelnut Crema

Bittersweet Chocolate Terrine with Hazelnut Crema  

 

E. Michael Pagliarini, who has family ties to Umbria and trained under Grant Achatz and Heston Blumenthal, displays serious cooking chops and a profound understanding of classic Italian cuisine at Giulia, which earned an enthusiastic three-star review from the Boston Globe last year. At his recent Beard House dinner, the Boston-based chef served a decadent Bittersweet Chocolate Terrine with Hazelnut Crema and Baci di Dama Cookies. Luxurious and sophisticated, this eye-catching dessert was a hit with Beard House dinners. 

 

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Eye Candy: Raspberry–Pistachio Linzers

Raspberry–Pistachio Linzer

 

An enduring staple of New York City’s dining landscape, Gramercy Tavern beckons both loyal patrons and global travelers with its masterful contemporary American cuisine, warm atmosphere, and unparalleled hospitality. At our recent Chefs & Champagne®, JBF's annual summer tasting party in the Hamptons, the iconic JBF Award–winning restaurant's pastry chef, Miroslav Uskokovic, served these elegant raspberry–pistachio linzer cookies. Our guests at the outdoor fête paired Uskokovic's delightful treats with flowing Champagne Taittinger... Read more >

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Eye Candy: Oysters with Horseradish Ice and Caviar

Oysters with Horseradish Ice and Caviar

 

New York City epicureans flock to Brooklyn's Maison Premiere for its innovative cocktail program, sumptuous seafood offerings, and sultry, Belle Époque–inspired atmosphere. At our recent Chefs & Champagne®, JBF's annual summer tasting party in the Hamptons, Maison Premiere chef Lisa Giffen served these elegant oysters with horseradish ice and caviar. Our guests at the outdoor fête paired Giffen's refreshing oysters with flowing Champagne Taittinger​ and the wines of Wölffer Estate Vineyard for a perfect summer bite.

 

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Eye Candy: Vanilla Bean Custard with Rhubarb and Anise Hyssop Shortbread

 

Two-time JBF Award semifinalist Giuseppe Trentori and his all-star team from Chicago’s Michelin-starred BOKA crafted a spectacular contemporary menu at their sold-out Beard House dinner last year. For the dessert course, pastry chef Sarah Jordan wowed diners with a vibrant vanilla bean custard with rhubarb and anise hyssop shortbread​. This eye-catching treat was paired with a fruit-forward Roussane from Villa Creek Cellars and promptly devoured by our satiated guests.

 

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Eye Candy: Valrhona Caraïbe Chocolate–Apricot Parfait with Rice Krispies–Cocoa Nib Crunch

Valrhona Caraïbe Chocolate–Apricot Parfait with Rice Krispies–Cocoa Nib Crunch

 

Here's another mouthwatering snapshot from last weekend's Chefs & Champagne®, our annual summer tasting party in the Hamptons, where we honored James Beard Award–winning chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, and media personality Bobby Flay. Our much-anticipated fête featured flowing Champagne Taittinger​, the wines of Wölffer Estate Vineyard, and delectable culinary offerings from a select group of over 40 celebrated chefs. Among them was this innovative Valrhona Caraïbe Chocolate–Apricot Parfait with Rice Krispies–Cocoa Nib Crunch crafted by pastry chef George McKirdy of Astor Bake Shop in Queens, NY. These sweet little bites were so popular that many guests went back for seconds (and thirds!) before finishing their rounds through the savory courses. Now that's... Read more >

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Eye Candy: Tristar Strawberry–Blond Chocolate Tarts with Marshmallow and Lemon Verbena

Tristar Strawberry–Valrhona Dulcey Blond Chocolate Tarts with Marshmallow and Lemon Verbena

 

At last weekend's Chefs & Champagne®, our annual summer tasting party in the Hamptons, we honored James Beard Award–winning chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, and media personality Bobby Flay with flowing Champagne Taittinger​, the wines of Wölffer Estate Vineyard, and delectable culinary offerings from a select group of over 40 celebrated chefs. During our much-anticipated fête, pastry chef Stephen Collucci from New York City's renowned Colicchio & Sons served these stunning treats: bite-sized tarts made with tristar strawberries, Valrhona dulcey blond chocolate, marshmallow, and lemon verbena. They were almost too pretty to eat—but, rest assured, not a single one went to waste. 

 

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Eye Candy: Shrimp Toasts with Black Pepper Caramel

Shrimp Toasts with Black Pepper Caramel

 

Each spring the people of Thailand mark the beginning of the New Year by celebrating Songkran, an elaborate tradition named for the Sanskrit word meaning “passing” or “approaching.” To fête the occasion at the Beard House this past April, we enlisted a dynamic group of Thai talent to collaborate on a festive menu, which was paired with modern cocktails. During the reception hour, chefs Pichet Ong, Jet Tila, and Hong Thaimee served these delicate shrimp toasts with black pepper caramel to our guests. The canapés went fast and whetted everyone's appetites for the elaborate Thai feast to come.

 

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