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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Eat this Word: Croquettes

CroquettesWHAT? Dinner, recycled. Croquettes, originally a French term, were introduced into English cookery in the 18th century, Alan Davidson writes in his Oxford Dictionary of Food. The name comes from the French croquant, which means crunchy or crisp. Although the contents vary widely, croquettes are consistently small rounded shapes, ranging in size from a walnut to an egg, which are coated in egg and breadcrumbs and then fried, to a golden brown. Larousse writes that the filling of croquettes is a mixture of vegetables or cooked meats, usually leftover from another use, chopped fine and mixed with béchamel or brown sauce. Some of the most popular are chicken, ham, and salmon. Although in the United States, croquettes are associated, disparagingly, with '50s ladies' luncheons, their image is better elsewhere. Croquetas are eaten as sandwich fillings in Latin America and arancini, a form of Italian crocchetta, are beloved by Italian children.

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On the Menu: June 25th

cocktailsandcanapes Tomorrow at the Beard House we're welcoming some of New York City's hottest chefs for an intimate and delicious cocktail party. The selection of nibbles being passed sounds so good that we just can't help but share the mouthwatering menu. There's still room for minglers at this unique event, so reserve your spot now! Alexandra Guarnaschelli, Butter Restaurant Wild Mushroom Pizzas with Homemade Ricotta and Herb Pesto Sardine and Romesco Bruschetta Warm Brie Sandwiches with Truffle Oil and Sea Salt Peas with Bacon and Basil Akhtar Nawab, Elettaria Homemade Hot Dogs with Elettaria Mustard and Ketchup Tuna with Tapioca, Pickled Celery, and Sea Urchin Roasted Hampshire Pork Ribs with Lychee Purée and Garam Masala Jason Neroni, 10 Downing

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Assorted sashimi

A plate of assorted sashimi—tuna, shrimp, salmon, bass, Spanish mackerel, and snapper—served by Yoshi Kousaka and Hiroko Shimbo.

May 11, 2009, The Beard House, NYC

(Photo by Philip Gross)

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Spring Pea Soup

A crew member tops shot glasses of spring pea soup with jamón ibérico froth during a dinner prepared by Mitchell Altholz of Highlawn Pavilion and the Manor in New Jersey.

June 1, 2009, The Beard House, NYC

(Photo by Bobbi Lin)

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On the Menu: June 21 to June 27

Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week: 1beardhouse03amitzimorris1 Monday, June 22, 7:00 P.M. Artisanal European Wine Dinner Not long ago Shin Thompson and friends began hosting an underground dining club out of their tiny Chicago apartments; within a couple of years they had opened a restaurant. Today Bonsoirée thrills diners with carefully composed tasting menus, all of which feature chef Thompson’s imaginative French cuisine presented with Japanese precision. Tuesday, June 23, 7:00 P.M. Chefs of Steel At the D.C. area’s acclaimed 2941 restaurant, chefs Jonathan Krinn and Jon Mathieson won awards and accolades for their creative modern American cuisine. Now, as co-chefs of Inox (French

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Tastebud: Introducing the Sudachi

Looking to put some pep on your plate? Consider the zesty sudachi, a prized Japanese citrus that remains largely unknown to American diners. Despite its humble size—its average weight hovers between one and one and a half ounces—a sudachi packs more zippy flavor than lemons or limes. The perfume of its skin fades as the fruit matures, so growers harvest the sudachi when still green and unripe. Japanese chefs use it to garnish sashimi and season grilled fish, soups, and hot pot dishes. Sudachi trees thrive in the warm, gentle climate of Tokushima, a prefecture on the southern coast of Japan, where they are a cheap commodity. But throughout the rest of the country sudachi are considered a delicacy and fetch sky-high prices. Beyond Japan’s borders, the fruit is rarely seen.

Fortunately, chefs who cooked at the Beard House this spring gave diners a taste without asking to see a passport: Asiate’s Brandon Kida served sudachi granita, while David Myers and Noriyuki Sugie paired sudachi with fluke sashimi. And next Monday, Shin Thompson of Chicago’s Boinsoirée will serve the citrus with sea beans, pickled radishes, duck skin,... Read more >

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Wild Alaskan Coho Salmon Burger

A wild Alaskan coho salmon burger, part of the seafood-driven dinner prepared by Ben Pollinger and Jansen Chen of Oceana in New York.

June 10, 2009, The Beard House, NYC

(Photo by Geoff Mottram)

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