Eye Candy: Beard House

Enzo Fargione While plating the first course of his inventive and ambitious dinner, Enzo Fargione finished his branzino carpaccio with a citrus dressing. Every Beard House diner received the course in their own cigar box, which chef Fargione pumped full of smoke for added flavor and theatrical effect. June 17, 2009, The Beard House, NYC (Photo by Tom Kirkman)

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On the Menu: July 13 to July 18

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, July 13, 6:30 P.M. Friends of James Beard Benefit: Chefs for Scher Chef Laurent Tourondel of the BLT empire hosts a group of illustrious chefs—including Bobby Flay, Scott Conant, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten—at this exciting walk-around tasting event in celebration of late restaurateur Steven Scher. Proceeds will benefit the Steven Scher Memorial Scholarship for Aspiring Restaurateurs and the Beard Foundation. Monday, July 13, 7:00 P.M.

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Eye Candy: Beard House

Monkfish Last month Top Chef alum Ariane Duarte prepared some special dishes—including this monkfish with New Jersey corn salsa and mushroom broth—to pair with exceptional summer rosés. June 29, 2009, The Beard House, NYC (Photo by Joan Garvin)

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Eye Candy: Beard House

WingsJoshua Thomas's sticky tamarind–glazed chicken wings, one of the many foods served at a special cocktail party honoring the Stonewall Riots and New York's Gay Pride Week. June 27, 2009, The Beard House, NYC (Photo by Philip Gross)

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On the Menu: July 5 to July 12

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Thursday, July 9, 7:00 P.M. Georgia Peach JBF Award nominee Hugh Acheson made a name for himself with his genre-bending, Southern-inspired food at Georgia’s highly praised Five and Ten restaurant. Now also a partner at the National, Acheson and chef Peter Dale have created this elegant and intriguing homage to their state’s favorite fruit. Saturday, July 11, and Sunday, July 12 Legends of Wine IV Hosted by chef Ken Frank of La Toque at the Westin Verasa in Napa, this special weekend celebration will honor one of the most respected winemaking families in the world—the Barrett Family of the acclaimed Chateau Montelena. For details and reservations, visit

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Eye Candy: Beard House

Charcuterie Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier of Arrows and MC Perkins Cove served this housemade charcuterie at their strictly farm-to-table dinner; it included pepperoni, vintage 2007 prosciutto, quail sausage, and garlic sausage. June 15, 2009, The Beard House, NYC (Photo by Joan Garvin)

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Eat this Word: Limoncello

LimoncelloWHAT? Lemon-aid. "Sweet, fragrant, powerful and very easy to drink," says World Food Italy guidebook about the traditional lemon-scented digestif from the Amalfi coast. Culinaria: Italy adds that limoncello is "just as essential an end to a Campanian meal as grappa or anise liqueur is in other regions." Until recently, limoncello was hand produced by artisans, or made at home from prized recipes; lately, commercialization of the liqueur has begun, often substituting inferior products. Authentic limoncello is made from Italy’s indigenous, aromatic Nostrano lemons, but it is possible to make an approximation of the intensely citrusy drink by infusing alcohol with lemon peel for 20 days or more, then mixing it with sugar syrup. Can't get your hands on Nostrano lemons? The next best thing is to have a lemon tree, or a friend with a lemon tree. Serve limoncello very cold in very small glasses. WHERE?

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Eye Candy: Beard House

Dacquoise Haznelnut dacquoise with chocolate chantilly cream, Hawaiian sea salt, and gold leaf, the dessert served at Dominic Zumpano's stylish, multicultural dinner. May 27, 2009, The Beard House, NYC (Photo by Tom Kirkman)

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On the Menu: June 28 to July 4

Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week: kitchen1aeileenmiller Monday, June 29, 7:00 P.M. Summer Rosé Celebration Top Chef fans, take note: talented former contestant Ariane Duarte will be packing her knives and coming to the Beard House for this spectacular wine lovers’ dinner. The chef and owner of the acclaimed CulinAriane, Duarte has designed an artfully composed menu to pair with summer rosés from wine store Amanti Vino. Wednesday, July 1, 7:00 P.M. Canada Day: Newfoundland On July 1, 1867, British Parliament united the four provinces of Canada under one federation, and a country was born. To mark the majestic nation’s birthday, we’ve invited this talented group of Newfoundland chefs to the Beard House

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On the Menu: Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival

If you’re as big of a food fan as we are, you’ve probably already marked your calendar for this year’s Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival. This year the James Beard Foundation is partnering with the festival to bring you an exciting line-up of exclusive dining events at the Beard House! While our dinners prepared by Alain Ducasse and the trio of Marcus Samuelsson, Giada De Laurentiis, and Zac Posen (yes, that Zac Posen) have already sold out, there are still seats available for an incredible Oktoberfest celebration with JBF Award winner Gabriel Kreuther and a sinful chocolate lovers’ brunch prepared by Mr. Chocolate himself, Jacque Torres, along with chefs from the French Culinary Institute. Tickets are going quickly, so call 866.969.2933 or visit www.nycwineandfoodfestival.com to reserve seats at these one-of-a-kind events!

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