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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On the Menu: August 8 through August 14

Beard House Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Tuesday, August 10, 7:00 P.M. Best of D.C. It’s comforting to know that no matter what is happening in the House and the Senate, Washington, D.C.’s dynamic food scene remains as deliciously compelling as ever. Find out for yourself when this group of D.C. power chefs visits us at the Beard House. Wednesday, August 11, 7:00 P.M. Great Friends, Great Chefs For years this powerhouse group of Beard House alums has collaborated on Taste of the NFL, an event that raises money to fight hunger and whose founder, Wayne Kostroski, won JBF’s 2010 Humanitarian of the Year award. Eager to reunite, they’ll be cooking together in our kitchen for the first time ever. Thursday, August 12, 7:00

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On the Menu: July 18 through July 24

Guests enjoy dinner in the Beard House dining room. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Tuesday, July 20, 6:30 P.M. Sunset Summer Cruise Looking for dinner and a view? Guests on this sumptuous sunset cruise will enjoy panoramic vistas of the New York City skyline and an impeccable, regionally inspired menu of canapés prepared by Larry Forgione protégé Philip Campanella while sailing around Manhattan on the magnificent Valiant Yacht. Tuesday, July 20, 6:30 P.M. The Farm Stand The JBF Greens and Food Bank For New York City Young Professionals are joining forces once again for an evening of all things local and sustainable. Guests will sample great food prepared by some of New York City's most talented farm-dedicated chefs and herb

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On the Menu: July 11 through July 17


Beard House Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Tuesday, July 13, 7:00 P.M. Summer Rosé Dinner Scott Anderson is a chef to watch. Endlessly creative, he’s got the technical chops to back up his interpretive American cuisine, an enticing blend of seasonal ingredients, and edgy preparations. Find out why critics think Elements has just the right chemistry at this summer-inspired dinner accompanied by rosé wines from around the world. Wednesday, July 14, 12:00 P.M. Beard on Books In Hay Fever: How Chasing a Dream on a Vermont Farm Changed My Life, Angela Miller tells the story of how she fled her

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On the Menu: July 4 through July 10

Guests mingle in the Beard House. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Wednesday. July 7, 7:00 P.M. Handcrafted American Unilaterally declared “the best restaurant in Phoenix” by Elan Head of Phoenix magazine, Quiessence has come into its own under the direction of chef Gregory LaPrad, who rewrites the farm-inspired menu daily to highlight local ingredients. This dinner will also feature a selection of wines from the chef’s favorite Arizona winemakers. Thursday, July 8, 7:00 P.M. Waterside Italian For some teams, a winning streak lasts a couple of months; the lucky ones hang on for a few seasons. But the partnership between Andy Nusser, Mario Batali, and Joe Bastianich—of Babbo and Casa Mono fame—has been going strong for

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On the Menu: June 27 through July 3


Walking up the Beard House back stairs Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, June 28, 7:00 P.M. Atlanta’s Rising Star A 2010 JBF Rising Star award semifinalist, Kevin Gillespie gave the Voltaggio brothers a run for their sous vide machines during last year’s Top Chef. The executive chef and co-owner of Woodfire Grill, Gillespie wowed the show’s judges with the same unpretentious, seasonally inspired cuisine with which he regularly impresses Atlanta diners. Tuesday, June 29, 7:00 P.M. Softshell Crab Extravaganza To help us celebrate one of the most precious moments of the culinary calendar year, David C. Felton, pastry chef Jessica Knik, and sommelier Brooke Sabel, of New Jersey’s much-buzzed-about Ninety Acres at Sir Richard

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On the Menu: June 20 through June 26

Beard House dining room Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week:

Monday, June 21, 7:00 P.M. Savoy 20th Anniversary and Reunion It’s hard to believe it was 20 years ago that Peter Hoffman opened Savoy in the heart of NYC’s Soho. At the time, the chef’s passion for seasonal, local cuisine was seen as eccentric; in hindsight it’s clear that Hoffman helped spark a gastronomic movement that has fundamentally changed the way America cooks. Celebrate this anniversary with a stellar cast of chefs and alumni. Tuesday, June 22, 6:30 P.M. Greens: Bowling Night The James Beard Foundation Greens are hitting the lanes. Join us for a night of bowling, good food, and fun times at Brooklyn Bowl, the hot new bowling

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On the Menu: June 13 through June 19

Beard House Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Monday, June 14, 7:00 P.M. Willamette Wine Country Dinner Inspired by the restored Victorian home in which it is housed, the Painted Lady restaurant seamlessly melds timeless techniques with stunning modern flourishes. Join chef and co-owner Allen Routt and vintner Josh Bergström of Bergström Wines for an inspired menu showcasing the food and wines of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Tuesday, June 15, 7:00 P.M. Seasoned in the South Described as “sacred ground for Southern foodies” by Bryan Miller in the New York Times, Crook’s Corner is a Chapel Hill institution known as the place

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