Eye Candy: Beard House

Roasted Heirloom Beets

Roasted heirloom beets with Hudson Valley goat cheese, American black walnut vinaigrette, and micro-herbs—the first course at Philip Campanella's Beard House lunch. June 5, 2009, The Beard House, NYC (Photo by Erin Gleeson)

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Eat this Word: Bagna Cauda

Bagna CaudaWHAT? A hot soak for your veggies. Bagna cauda, Italian for hot bath, is a very old dish with a Piedmont pedigree. Once considered a poor man's meal, bagna cauda has become one of the region's most popular foods. The "bath" is a tangy sauce made from garlic, olive oil, and anchovy; butter is often added in as well. To keep the sauce hot, it's typically served over a flame. Raw, or sometimes lightly cooked vegetables, cut into bite-size pieces, are dipped into it using a long-pronged fork. In Piedmont, fennel, cauliflower, cabbage, and red peppers are the veggies of choice, but any vegetable that's good to eat raw works well with bagna cauda, too. WHERE? Enzo Fargione's Beard House dinner WHEN? June 17, 2009

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On the Menu: June 14 to June 20

Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week: kitchen3akrishnadayanidhi Monday, June 15, 7:00 p.m. New England Summer Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier, Arrows and MC Perkins Cove, Ogunquit, ME / Jim Gallagher, Summer Winter at Boston Marriott Burlington, Burlington, MA / Ian Miller, MC Perkins Cove, Ogunquit, ME / Justin Walker, Arrows, Ogunquit, ME Tuesday, June 16, 7:00 p.m. Kansas City Steak Feast Charles d’Ablaing, Webster House, Kansas City, MO Wednesday, June 17, 7:00 p.m. Cucina Moderna Enzo Fargione, Teatro Goldoni, Washington, D.C. For details and reservations, visit

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Georgia Pecan Panna Cotta

Georgia pecan panna cotta with strawberry–rhubarb jam, the finale of Atlanta chef Carvel Grant Gould's Beard House dinner. May 14, 2009, The Beard House, NYC (Photo by Michael Johnston)

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On the Menu: June 8 to June 13

Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week: kitchen1aeileenmiller Monday, June 8, 7:00 p.m. Boutique Napa Wine Dinner Joel Harloff, Dali Wine Bar, Dallas / Proprietor Kathryn Walt Hall, Hall Wines Napa Valley, St. Helena, CA Wednesday, June 10, 12:00 p.m. Beard on Books Tyler Colman, A Year of Wine: Perfect Pairings, Great Buys, and What to Sip for Each Season Wednesday, June 10, 7:00 p.m. Summer Sail Ben Pollinger and Pastry Chef Jansen Chan, Oceana, NYC For details and reservations, visit www.jamesbeard.org or call 212.627.2308. (Photo by

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Bollito Misto

A bowl of bollito misto gets a spoonful of seasoning during a dinner in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Marc Vetri's eponymous restaurant.

May 28, 2009, The Beard House, NYC

(Photo by Geoff Mottram)

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Potato-Wrapped Octopus

Fried potato-wrapped octopus with avocado and chipotle, one of the many hors d'oeuvre prepared by Brendan McHale of Jack's Luxury Oyster Bar in New York. May 19, 2009, The Beard House, NYC (Photo by Lisa Ozag)

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On the Menu: Porkapalooza

Tomorrow night we're bringing pigging out to a whole new level. For a special Greens event—part of our ongoing programming for foodies under 40—Sara Jenkins, Anita Lo, Nick Morgenstern, and Ryan Skeen are preparing a dinner that will feature pork in every course. The menu includes such porcine morsels like tête de cochon sandwiches, a baby pig tasting, and apple pie with a pork lard crust—and there will be plenty of premium beer and wine pairings to wash it all down. See the complete Porkapalooza menu here.

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Tastebud: An Encore for the Intermezzo

Intermezzi make a comeback at the James Beard House

Italian for “interval,” an intermezzo is an icy interlude, a small dish to be consumed between courses, rejuvenating the palate and prepping it for the rest of the meal. Also known as palate cleansers, intermezzi tend to be sorbets, granitas, or other icy treats that are usually flavored with fruit, especially highly acidic citrus. While the fat and salt of previous courses deaden your taste buds, acidity perks them up; following a couple of savory dishes with a spoonful of lemon sorbet is like hitting a “reset” button on your tongue. Auguste Escoffier encouraged chefs to serve sorbets or other ices between courses, which helped popularize the intermezzo in 19th-century Europe. (The French legend himself was fond of Punch Romaine, an alcoholic lemon–orange ice that refreshed the tongues of diners aboard the Titanic.)

Over the past year intermezzi have popped up on an unusually high number of Beard House menus. We've seen a wide range of

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A Voce Pasta

Taleggio-filled handmade pasta with peas and speck, part of Missy Robbins's ingredient-driven Italian dinner.

April 22, 2009, The Beard House, NYC (Photo by Geoff Mottram)

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