On the Menu: October 22 through October 29

Whether it's a black pudding tart, smoked Nantucket Bay scallop, or Ligurian-style braised beef, there's something for every palate this week at the Beard House. Saturday, October 22, 7:00 P.M. Iconic British Brasserie A longtime favorite among royals and celebrities, iconic London restaurant Le Caprice has recently opened an NYC outpost where Ed Carew, Michael White’s former chef de cuisine at Fiamma, turns out cutting-edge brasserie fare. For this dinner, Carew will join forces with his British counterpart, Tim Hughes, to prepare a meal fit for a king. Sunday, October 23, 5:00 P.M. Atlanta: Friends of James Beard Benefit Our perennially popular Sunday Supper series is returning to Atlanta for a second year of fantastic food and festivities. Hosted by JBF Award winners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison, this family-style feast will be prepared by the best and brightest chefs of the South. Monday, October 24, 7:00 P.M. Taste of Nantucket The requisite “lobstah” is just the tip of the iceberg of the offerings at this festive New England–themed dinner. Some of Nantucket’s most sought-after chefs have created a menu of meticulously prepared coastal cuisine highlighting the island’s seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Tuesday, October 25, 7:00 P.M. Michelin Star Siblings Twin brothers Robert and Tom Aikens share more than just DNA: they’re both gifted chefs cooking at Michelin-starred restaurants. A household name in the U.K., Tom Aikens serves inventive modern cuisine at his eponymous London restaurant, while his brother, Robert Aikens, cooks upscale British gastropub fare at the Dandelion, owned by Stephen Starr. Wednesday, October 26, 7:00 P.M. Autumn in Vermont Drawing inspiration from Baltic and Asian cuisines, chef Joshua Duda pushes the limits of the traditional Irish-American menu at Vermont’s acclaimed Simon Pearce Restaurant. He’ll bring his globally influenced interpretation of New England country cooking to the Beard House for this special harvest-themed dinner. Thursday, October 27, 7:00 P.M. America's Top Table As the chef of L’Espalier, JBF Award winner Frank McClelland has designed a sophisticated, French-inflected menu that reads like a love letter to New England ingredients. The 2007 Best Chef: Northeast, who also owns bistro and boulangerie Sel de la Terre, coaxes elegant, complex flavors from local foods, including vegetables grown on his own organic farm. Friday, October 28, 12:00 P.M. Italian Riviera Lunch The picturesque Italian Riviera, spanning northern Tuscany and Liguria, plays home to a dynamic interchange of cuisine and culture. At the heart of this intersection of flavors are Gabriella Ganugi and her team of chefs from Florence’s Apicius cooking school, who return to the Beard House with an elegant lunch inspired by the coastal region. Saturday, October 29, 7:00 P.M. Italian Riviera Dinner If you don’t get your fill of Gabriella Ganugi’s delicious fare at lunch the day before, join us for a second helping of this special Italian Riviera feast. The menu, which marries Ligurian cuisine with that of Tuscany’s northern coast, reflects the heritage of both chef Trapani and wine director Camilla Carrega. For details and reservations, visit www.jamesbeard.org/events or call 212.627.2308.

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