Throwback Thursday: Thanksgiving with a Southern Twist

 

Turducken may be old hat at this point, but only at the Beard House could you taste a Turduckgras meatball—that’s turkey, duck, and foie gras. This TBT, we’re looking back at these unusual bird balls that were served as part of our 2012 Thanksgiving with a Southern Twist dinner, where Scott Varnedoe of Baton Rouge’s Stroubes showed us how they properly celebrate below the Mason Dixon. With a menu ranging from Roasted Butternut Squash–Louisiana Jumbo Lump Crab Cappuccino with Red and Green Chili Oil, Allspice Whipped Cream, and Toasted Chestnut Dust to Individual Apple–Pecan Pies with Buttermilk–Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Calvados Caramel, and Dehydrated Apple Baklava Sticks, Beard House diners were treated to a Southern feast that left them with nary a thought of Mom’s candied yams.

 

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Reel Food: Behind the Scenes at the Beard House with Pearl & Ash's Richard Kuo and Patrick Cappiello

 

What do you get when you put a wd~50 kitchen alum and former Gilt wine director together? The highly-praised Pearl & Ash. Chef Richard Kuo and wine director Patrick Cappiello showed off the eclectic and exciting fare that's garnered them so much buzz at their recent Beard House dinner, which featured a reception with passed canapés followed by a five-course tasting menu—with a whopping three wine pairings for each course! Watch the video above to go behind the scenes at their dinner, discover the origin of their dynamic partnership, and see how they infused the Beard House with a little renegade style for one epic night.

 

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Reel Food: Behind the Scenes at the Beard House with Michael Carrino

 

At his recent Naples-inspired Beard House dinner, New Jersey–based chef Michael Carrino crafted a tantalizing menu featuring his innovative, Italian-inflected culinary sensibility and superb pairings from rocker-turned-winemaker Maynard James Keenan’s exclusive portfolio. Watch the video above to go behind the scenes at Carrino’s dinner and learn the poignant story of how cooking helped the now-acclaimed chef manage a neurological disability, overcome social anxiety, and funnel his creativity into a career he’s deeply passionate about.

 

Michael Carrino is the chef/owner at Pig & Prince Restaurant & Gastrolounge in Montclair, NJ. This was his sixth time cooking at the Beard House, and he will be joining us again for our Wild About Game dinner in November.

 

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October Menus: It’s Crunch Time

Monkfish with Chicken Skin and Smoked Chile Sauce

 

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 signature culinary style. We like to think of the Beard House as a real-time barometer of American cuisine, pumping out an edible readout of how chefs are approaching or rethinking ingredients, flavor profiles, techniques, and even cuisines. The farm-to-table trend came out in full force in the mid-aughts, while vegetable cookery has been picking up steam as of late. Based on recent tallies, some of us have predicted the rise of togarashi, green strawberries, labne, and benne seeds on menus everywhere.

 

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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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Eat This Word: Asian Pears

Asian Pear

 

WHAT? Sometimes called apple-pears, Asian pears are not, in fact, a cross between the two, but are rather the pear varieties that grow in China and Japan. (For the last century, we’ve grown them in the United States as well, mostly in the Northwest.) But Asian pears, though juicy like a pear, are apple-shaped and have the crispness of a good apple. In Japan, where they are known as nashi, they are a popular autumn dessert, served in neatly peeled slices. Asian pears come in various shades of russet and yellow, depending on the variety. They may be the ancestor of our more familiar Western pears.​

 

WHERE? Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner in Walla, Walla, WA

 

WHEN? July 18, 2014 

 

HOW? Blue Cheese with Asian Pears 

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Ingredient Spotlight: Labneh

 

Greek yogurt is everywhere. In our granola bars, our hummus, even our shower gel. When a foreign health food becomes the official state snack of New York, you know it’s hit the mainstream. But one unexpected advantage of Greek yogurt’s ubiquity is the piquing of the American palate for thick, tangy spreads, and chefs are constantly looking to regional Mediterranean cuisines for similar ingredients. We noticed labneh, the Middle Eastern iteration of strained yogurt, popping up on Beard House menus this spring and summer, and realized that this spread is on the rise across the country.

 

It turns out that what we think of as "Greek Yogurt" is really just one member of the family of strained yogurts that grace most tables of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and North African countries. In Greece, it’s called straggistó giaoúrti, in Egypt, ... Read more >

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Ingredient Spotlight: Green Strawberries

green strawberries

 

When strawberries arrive at markets in spring, brightening folding tables like rescue flares, they affirm the mantra of the seasonal eater: good things come to those who wait. But some chefs have intercepted the fruits before peak ripeness, and now green strawberries, more tart and acidic than their red elders, are showing up on menus at the Beard House and at high-end restaurants around the country.  

 

Whether it signals a new, more subtle shading on the palate of seasonality, or a more elastic idea of what's edible, the trend itself has been developing for a while: in the first season of The Mind of a Chef, aired in 2012, René Redzepi improvised a dish of raw scallops, pea juice, and raw green strawberry slices for David Chang.

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Eat This Word: Marcona Almonds



WHAT? Prized around the world, Marcona almonds are round, flat, and tan, and the trees on which they grow require tender, loving care. Marconas, which come from Spain, are typically eaten peeled, fried in olive oil, and salted. Spanish cuisine may have more uses for almonds than any other cuisine in the world. Although we once read that almonds "exert a relaxing effect and enhance intellectual activity," we suspect the real reason the Spanish eat so many of them is simpler—taste. It's no wonder they have been called the "queen of almonds."

 

WHERE? Bay Area Brasserie

 

WHEN? June 20, 2014

 

HOW? Crispy Quail Quarters with Fig–Balsamic Sauce, Marcona Almonds, and Piment d’Espelette

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On the Menu: Week of March 16

Photo taken by Max Flatow

 

Here's what's on the Beard House calendar this week:

 

Tuesday, March 18, 7:00 P.M.
La Fiesta di San Giuseppe

Assuming you can’t make it to Sicily, the next-best place to celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph is the Beard House, where we’ll be gathering the day before the beloved Italian holiday for an incredible, seafood-rich dinner prepared by acclaimed Atlanta-area chef Michael Bologna.

 

Wednesday, March 19, 12:00 noon 
Beard on Books
In A Passion for Bread: Lessons from a Master Baker, author Lionel Vatinet shares an encyclopedic knowledge of bread, passed down from a long line of French artisan bakers, with detailed instructions and dozens of step-by-step photographs. Join us when Vatinet (whose career trajectory goes from an apprenticeship in France to the... Read more >

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