Eat this Word: Pouilly-Fumé

Pouilly-FuméWHAT? Not what you're thinking. Many wine dilettantes confuse this grassy white wine from the central part of France's Loire Valley with the pretentiously expensive and even-more-difficult-to-pronounce Pouilly-Fuissé [fwee-SAY] of Burgundy's Maconnais region. The former is a crisp, tart 100 percent Sauvignon Blanc wine often described as having a smoky (fumè in French) or flinty flavor. The latter is a lightly oaked 100 percent Chardonnay wine that became de rigueur in expensive French restaurants in the United States during the 1950s and '60s. In the hands of the best producers, both wines can be exquisite. WHERE? Bruno Brazier's Beard House dinner WHEN? October 15, 2009 HOW?

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On the Menu: October 11 to October 17

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, October 11, 12:00 P.M. Jacques Torres & Friends Chocolate Brunch At his beloved chocolate shops, JBF Award winner Jacques Torres turns out handcrafted sweets featuring classic ingredients and some unexpected surprises. At this decadent brunch, Torres and his friends from the French Culinary Institute (where he’s the dean of pastry arts) will prepare a delicious sweet and savory chocolate-laden menu. Sunday, October 11, 7:00 P.M. Don Q Celebrates Flavors From The Land of Rum It’s sure to be an unforgettable evening when Top Chef alums Jeff McInnis and Fabio Viviani team up with mixologist Esteban Ordonez to create an exciting multi

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On the Menu: DonQ Celebrates Flavors From the Land of Rum

Don Q Rum For our final event with the New York City Wine and Food Festival, we're bringing a couple of Top Chefs to the Beard House kitchen: season five's Jeff McInnis and Fabio Viviani. Mixologists Jacopo Falleni and Esteban Ordonez will also be on hand to shake up some cocktails featuring premium Don Q rum. Take a look at the menu below: Hors d'Oeuvre Fabio Viviani Quail Skewers with Puerto Rican Caponata and Rum Demi-Glace Chicken Liver Brioche with Celery and Orange–Rum Beurre Blanc Potato Tostones with Tuna Tartare and Aged Balsamic Vinegar Jeff McInnis Grilled Peaches and Serrano Ham with Arugula and Queso Blanco Lobster–Mascarpone Arepas with Green Onions and Cilantro Yuca Blini with Caviar, Lime Cream, and Chives Dinner For the

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On the Menu: Jacques Torres & Friends Chocolate Brunch

Jacques Torres As part of our partnership with the New York City Wine and Food Festival, we've invited Jacques Torres (along with FCI faculty members Marc Bauer, Nils Norén, and Alain Sailhac) to prepare a special brunch featuring chocolate in every course. Anyone who has paid a visit to one of Jacques Torres's candy shops understands that the JBF Award winner knows a thing or two about the addictive sweet stuff. Here's a sneek peek of the menu: Hors d’Oeuvre Miniature Mole-Glazed Chicken Drumsticks Miniature Thyme, Aged Gruyère, and Chocolate Vol-Au-Vent with Wild Mushroom Ragoût Savory Chocolate Napoleons with Spicy Cream Cheese Chocolate Gougères with Gorgonzola and Walnuts Grilled Cocoa Nib–Infused Polenta with Chile-Spiced Beef Tenderloin Brunch Foie Gras with Pear and Chocolate

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On the Menu: Food Meets Fashion

Food Meets Fashion Trio Diners at Saturday night's New York City Wine and Food Festival event will witness a huge first: Acclaimed American designer and accomplished cook Zac Posen will set aside the muslin and pick up the sauté pan. The Food Network's Giada De Laurentiis and JBF Award winner Marcus Samuelsson will join him in the kitchen, and the trio will prepare an eclectic fall menu. Here's a look at what they'll serve: Hors d’Oeuvre Giada Butternut Squash Soup with Fontina–Sage Croutons Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto Zac Purple Peruvian Potatoes with Crème Fraîche, Chives, and Caviar Basil-Baked Yellowtail in Rice Paper Marcus Gravlax on Crisp Bread Herring with Trout Roe Dinner Zac

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On the Menu: The Modern’s Alsatian Oktoberfest

Gabriel Kreuther The streets of Munich may no longer be flooded with beer and revelers, but Oktoberfest will have a reprise at the Beard House this Friday, featuring the refined Alsatian cuisine of Gabriel Kreuther and a range of hearty brews. Here's a preview of the menu: Hors d’Oeuvre Liverwurst Toasts Tarte Flambé Beef Tartare with Quail Eggs Mushroom Tartlets Crispy Shrimp Tuna Tartare Dinner Baekoffe Terrine with Potato Salad Roasted Foie Gras with Beerewake Fruit Chutney and Brown Beer Reduction Horseradish-Crusted Scottish Salmon with Cabbage and Riesling Sauce Alsatian Country Sausage with Caramelized Turnips Madeira-Braised Short Ribs with Spaetzle Baba au Kirsch To view the full menu with all artisanal beer pairings, click

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On the Menu: Dinner with Alain Ducasse

Alain Ducasse Our first New York City Wine and Food Festival event is headlined by luminary French chef Alain Ducasse. He'll be joined by Adour's Joel Dennis and Benoit Bistro's Pierre Schaedelin in the Beard House kitchen, where the trio will prepare the ultimate dégustation of la grande cuisine française. Feast your eyes on the menu below: Hors d’Oeuvre Miniature Tarte Flambé Herb and Ricotta Barbajuan Gougères Mornay Head Cheese Jumbo Lump Crab with Celeriac and Apple Rémoulade Citrus-Marinated Hamachi with Celery Hearts and Radishes Wagyu Beef Tartare Canapés Dinner Foie Gras and Quince Terrine with Quince Marmalade and Gelée and Country Toast Pumpkin Velouté with Golden Crouton Steamed Halibut with Porcini Tarte Tatin Roasted Pennsylvania Squab with Glazed Turnips and Sauce Salmis

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Eat this Word: Vol-au-vent

vol-au-ventWHAT? French pot-pie. "This entrée is pretty and good, without a doubt," famed French pastry chef Carême is quoted in Larousse Gastronomique as saying. "It is almost always eaten with pleasure for its extreme delicacy and lightness, but to cook it perfectly demands the utmost care." Carême should know. He is credited with inventing the vol-au-vent, a puff pastry box (with lid) that usually encases a savory mixture of creamed vegetables, meat, fish, or chicken. The name itself means "flying in the wind" and refers to the lightness of the pastry. Not as long ago as you think, it was the height of culinary fashion in America to dine at a stuffy French restaurant run by an enormous French chef who frequently yelled at his staff. What would you have been eating? Vol-au-vent, bien sûr. WHERE? Doug Psaltis and Cedric Tovar's Beard House

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On the Menu: October 4 to October 10

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week: Tuesday, October 6, 7:00 P.M. Languedoc Wine Lovers’ Dinner Once best known for producing the table wines that kept French soldiers sated during both world wars, the Languedoc region now yields some of the most exciting wines made today. Sample them alongside an equally intriguing menu prepared by Country alum Doug Psaltis and Languedoc native Cedric Tovar. Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 P.M. Alaskan Luxury Retreat Kirsten Dixon’s trio of luxurious Alaskan resorts are some of the most remote in the world, but the Le Cordon Bleu Paris–trained chef’s cuisine has put them on the map. For this dinner, she and her daughter, pastry chef Mandy Dixon, have created a menu that highlights the best of the region’

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