On the Menu: October 3 through October 9

Walking up the Beard House back stairs Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, October 4, 7:00 P.M. Bay Area Asian All-Stars The San Francisco Bay Area has long been home to some of the best Asian cuisine in the country. These days, much of the credit is due to the cooking of this esteemed group of chefs, who will be joining us at the Beard House for an extraordinary showcase dinner. Tuesday, October 5, 7:00 P.M. Hawaiian Surf and Turf In the not-always-temperate climes of the Windy City, the Hawaiian-inspired cuisine at Sola is a welcome oasis. Run by California native and self-proclaimed “surfer girl” Carol Wallack along with chef de cuisine Aleksiy Shalev, the critically lauded Sola features Pacific Rim

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On the Menu: September 26 through October 2

Beard House dining room Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, September 26, 6:00 P.M. JBF Greens: Brooklyn Cooks For one night only we’re bring the best of Brooklyn to the Beard House. Join us for a special multi-course menu prepared by the chefs, wine experts, butchers, ice cream makers, and bakers that make Brooklyn the city’s most creative food borough. Tuesday, September 28, 7:00 P.M. Las Vegas Luxury Known for setting new standards for luxury in Las Vegas, Steve Wynn has outdone himself with his latest property, Encore. Join the talented chefs from Wynn’s empire for a meal that will span the culinary stratosphere, from innovative pan-Asian to Sinatra-inspired modern Italian. Tuesday, September 28, 7:00 P.M.

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On the Menu: September 19 through September 25

Beard House Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, September 20, 7:00 P.M. Artisanal Wine Celebration Husband-and-wife team Gabe and Katherine Thompson, along with business partner Joe Campanale, have hit three home runs with their unassuming trattorias and wine bars in the West Village. Former disciples of Batali and Bastianich, this talented trio has wowed trendy downtowners and critics alike with their carefully selected wine lists and delicious Italian fare. Tuesday, September 21, 7:00 P.M. California Dreams At the Desert Springs Resort & Spa, a luxurious oasis in the Coachella Valley, the hotel’s culinary program highlights the produce of this prolific agricultural region. The resort’s

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On the Menu: September 12 through September 18

A view of the Beard house from the back patio. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, September 12, 12:00 P.M. Best of Boston Brunch Beloved Boston chef Andy Husbands is famous for the raucous pajama brunches he serves at Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel, where his big-flavored, globally inspired plates can rouse even the sleepiest of diners. For this NYC rendition, Husbands’s adventurous American cuisine will be accompanied by wines from Miner Family Vineyards. Monday, September 13, 7:00 P.M. Celebrity Chef Tour: Toronto Host Celebrity Chefs Lynn Crawford and Lora Kirk Guest Celebrity Chef Jonathan Waxman Barbuto/ NYC Celebrity Chef Tour events are dinners that benefit the James Beard Foundation, in

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On the Menu: September 5 through September 11

Guests mingle before dinner at the Beard House. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Friday, September 10, 12:00 P.M. Harvest Lunch The former executive chef of the Harrison and Citarella, Brian Bistrong has an impressive New York pedigree as well as a strong sensibility for what the city’s discerning diners want to eat. His menu at Braeburn transcends the traditional confines of comfort food, delivering dishes as sophisticated as they are crave-worthy. Saturday, September 11, 7:00 P.M. Sizzling Summer Barbecue True barbecue enthusiasts know that the country’s best offerings can be found at cutthroat ’cue competitions. Now you can also find them at the Beard House, where the championship-winning IQUE BBQ Cooking Team—a

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On the Menu: August 29 through September 4

Guests enjoy dinner at the Beard House. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Tuesday, August 31, 7:00 P.M. Mediterranean Reflection The carefully curated menu at Adrian Richardson’s La Luna Bistro in Melbourne, Australia, reflects the chef’s Mediterranean heritage as well as his restraint and precision. Though his popular cooking show has made him a national celebrity, Richardson says he’s still most comfortable in the kitchen. September–October 2010 Greenhouse Gallery: Mushrooms Gloria Cunnick’s “Mushrooms” series evokes the mysterious and magical nature of fungi. With a BFA from Long Island University, Cunnick has shown her work in local, national, and international settings, and has been mentioned in the New York Times,

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On the Menu: August 22 through August 28

Walking up the Beard House back stairs Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Monday, August 23, 7:00 P.M. Four-Diamond Farmland Feast The bucolic Joseph Decuis offers guests a unique culinary experience at its AAA Four-Diamond eatery, boutique inn, heritage farm, and Wagyu-raising cattle ranch. Executive chef Aaron Butts, who completed high-profile stages at the Fat Duck and El Bulli, oversees the modern American cuisine. Wednesday, August 25, 7:00 P.M. Seasonal Seafood Celebration Chef and owner Mike Stollenwerk has been reeling in the praise from critics like the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig LaBan, who raved that Stollenwerk “ranks among the city’s best seafood cooks,” while Philadelphia magazine recently declared

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On the Menu: August 15 through August 21

Guests enjoy dinner in the Beard House dining room. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, August 16, 7:00 P.M. American Artisan Dinner At their beloved cheese shop and bistro in Providence, Matt and Kate Jennings serve diligently sourced, honest, handmade food inspired by the seasons and their New England setting. The talented chefs conceived this exquisite dinner as an ode to American artisanal dairy products, which will be featured in each course. Tuesday, August 17, 7:00 P.M. Italian Gem Though some New Yorkers have a policy against eating anywhere north of 23rd Street, the Upper East Side’s Spigolo, which received two stars from Times critic Frank Bruni, has convinced many a

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Eat this Word: Sformato

Corn Sformato with Pancetta, Tomato, English Peas, and FontinaWHAT? Cooking out of the box. Sformato is ubiquitous on restaurant menus throughout Italy, yet its definition is elusive. The consonant-clustered name comes from the Italian verb sformare, meaning, “to unmold.” Predictably, the dish is cooked in a mold, or forma, and turned out onto a plate to serve. Sformati (that’s plural) can qualify as just about anything from vegetable side dishes to meaty main courses or even desserts. With a texture that can best be described as somewhere between a soufflé and flan, sformati almost always include eggs, but additional ingredients are up to the cook. Popular savory flavors include spinach, peas, or potatoes, but sweet renditions made with zabaglione, fruit, or chocolate are not uncommon. WHERE? Scott Fratangelo and Pastry Chef Jen Eunji Kim's Beard House

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Eat this Word: Purslane

PurslaneWHAT? In the weeds. The Forme of Cury, the earliest known English cookbook (published around 1390 by Richard II's cooks), asks for "purslarye" in a salad recipe; colonists brought the plant to America, where they used it as an herb and pickled it for a condiment; and a few sources say it was Ghandi's favorite vegetable. It's a main ingredient in fattoush, a Middle-Eastern bread salad, and Arabs once believed that if sprinkled around the bed, the small, oval-shaped leaves could chase away erotic dreams. (Why they'd want to, we don't know.) At some point in this country, purslane fell into disfavor. Waverly Root quotes a certain William Cobett on purslane in 1819: "a mischievous weed that Frenchmen and pigs eat when they can get nothing else." Happily, American chefs are rediscovering the herb's subtly tart pleasures. WHERE? Tom Crenshaw's Beard House Dinner

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