Eat this Word: Huitlacoche

huitlacocheWHAT? Fancy fungus. A bulbous grey or black fungus that grows on ears of corn, huitlacoche used to be considered a nuisance by American farmers, who routinely destroyed crops "infected" with the blight and lobbied to make imports illegal. But in the late 1980s, chefs like Josephina Howard of NYC's Rosa Mexicano began promoting huitlacoche for its earthy, smoky flavor and its role in traditional Mexican cuisine. On September 12, 1989, Howard headlined a celebratory All Huitlacoche Dinner at the James Beard Foundation. Today, the delicacy is so savored that it is commonly referred to as the Mexican truffle. WHERE? Margaritte Malfy and Barbara Sibley’s Beard House brunch WHEN? November 1, 2009 HOW?

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On the Menu: April Bloomfield, Pork, and Malt

April Bloomfield When the Michelin Guide revealed its latest list of starred restaurants earlier this month, we saw that the Spotted Pig garnered a star for the fifth year in a row. The dedicated April Bloomfield undoubtedly has her fingerprints all over  the gastro-pub's ongoing success, and we'll be jockeying for seats at the Breslin when it starts serving lunch this week. We're also beyond excited that she's swinging by the Beard House next week to prepare an all-out pig-out. Here's a look at the menu: Hors d’Oeuvre Radishes with Pesto Jerusalem Artichoke Soup Cheese Beignets Sea Bream with Pomegranate Dinner For the table > Potato

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On the Menu: October 25 to October 31

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, October 25, 11:00 A.M. Reflections of Maremma Workshop Inspired by a Surrealist sculpture garden in a tiny village in the Maremma region of Tuscany, Gabriella Ganugi and her team of chefs from Florence’s Apicius cooking school designed a dinner menu reflective of this rugged, vibrant coastal part of Italy. This workshop will highlight some of Ganugi’s favorite dishes from that menu. Monday, October 26, 7:00 P.M. New England Catch of the Day The winner of Boston magazine’s “Best Seafood Restaurant” title for four years in a row, Catch is a brilliant showcase for seafood-savvy chef and owner Chris Parsons. A fourth-generation fly fisherman,

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Reel Food: The Chefs of Down Home to Downtown

Last night's Beard House event featured Josh Silvers and Jeff Mall, who prepared a dinner to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Rodney Strong Vineyards and the release of the cookbook Down Home to Downtown, which celebrates the Sonoma chefs' distinct approaches to food. In the video below, the guys discuss what cooking at the Beard House means to chefs, as well as the enduring mark that James Beard left on American cuisine. It's a sentiment that we often hear from chefs, and we're glad we can share this particular praise with our readers.

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Eat this Word: Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs

WHAT? Proustian picnic food. An American adaptation of a dish that has been eaten throughout Europe since Roman times, deviled eggs are beloved throughout the South and Midwest. Named for the fiery seasonings that give the dish its signature kick, the savory snack is the topic of rapturous remembrance on the Southern Foodways website. "Deviled eggs go down with surreptitious ease," waxed Richard A. Brooks on the site, "smooth and creamy, deceptively innocuous with all that hard-boiled whiteness topped by a relatively small dollop of yellow yolk and mysterious, secret flavorings." Though the preparation of the dish is simple—hard-boil eggs, mix the yolks with a creamy dip, season generously, and pipe into the halved egg whites—the relative merits of each family's deviled egg recipe can be endlessly debated. Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip? Dry mustard or French's? Cayenne or paprika? In their 2007 JBF

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News Feed: The Road to the Beard House

While most dinners at the Beard House appear to go off without a hitch, there are ample opportunities for a few snags behind the scenes—and not only in the kitchen. Endless planning goes into bringing chefs and their ingredients to our venue on West 12th Street in New York City, and the trip can involve countless people, more than one mode of transportation, and, in Pino Posteraro's case, a daunting passage through airport customs. Check out this article from Vancouver magazine, which follows the Canadian chef's footsteps as he endures the strenuous, but ultimately rewarding journey to the Beard House kitchen.

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Eye Candy: Beard House

Modern crew with beers Gabriel Kreuther and his team from the Modern toast to a job well done in the Beard House kitchen. Check out more photos from their Alsatian-themed Oktoberfest, part of the Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival. (Photo by Philip Gross)

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On the Menu: October 18 to October 24

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, October 18, 5:00 P.M. Friends of James Beard Benefit: Chicago The talented team behind acclaimed Chicago restaurants Blackbird, Avec, and the Publican has designed a unique evening to benefit the Beard Foundation. For one night only guests are invited to make a reservation to enjoy this ingredient-driven menu with wine pairings at the time of their choosing. Monday, October 19, 6:30 P.M. Lunedi Cena: Monday Night Supper The weather has finally turned chilly and nothing warms you up like the soul-satisfying, rustic foods of Italy. Join us for a Monday night supper of family-style classics created by executive chef Mirco Grassini at the newly opened Trattoria Cinque. Paired with this hearty fare? Vintages from some

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JBF News: Reserve Your Next Beard House Dinner on OpenTable

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The Beard House has always been one of the dining world's best-kept secrets: with a different chef in the kitchen nearly every night, it's the perfect way to taste the diversity of American cuisine and the talent of its chefs. Although our doors have always been open to the general public, we're continually striving to bring extraordinary culinary experiences to an even broader audience. With this goal in mind, along with the burgeoning trend of online reservations, we're happy to report that we have teamed up with OpenTable to give gastronomes another way to snare a chair at Beard House events. Just visit www.jamesbeard.org/opentable to view events that are open for online booking.

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Eye Candy: NYCWFF at the Beard House

Reports touting the success of the Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival have flooded the internet, and we're pleased to hear that the Beard House events were no exception to the rule. Over the next couple of days we will be linking to photo galleries on our website—today we have a slideshow of Saturday's Food Meets Fashion event, featuring Zac Posen, Giada De Laurentiis, and Marcus Samuelsson. Here are some our favorite shots from the long weekend: Alain Ducasse

Alain Ducasse and an assistant plate foie gras–quince terrines with quince marmalade and gelée Alain Ducasse and crew... Read more >

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