On the Menu: July 25 through July 31

Walking up the Beard House back stairs Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Wednesday, July 28, 7:00 P.M. Antebellum Luxury Once a grand estate house then occupied by Union soldiers, the impeccably restored Monmouth Plantation is now a small luxury hotel and the site of restaurant 1818, named for the year the plantation was built. At this dinner, acclaimed chef Scott Varnedoe will serve refined Southern fare with Au Bon Climat wines paired by vintner Jim Clendenen. Thursday, July 29, 7:00 P.M. Best of BLT It’s hard to believe it has only been six years since the opening of the universally lauded BLT Steak. Join us as chefs from the BLT empire celebrate their accomplishments at an incredible dinner accompanied by selections from boutique winemaker

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Eye Candy: A Toast to Chanterelle

Chanterelle crew Former Chanterelle operators Karen and David Waltuck (third and fourth from left) and their crew raise glasses for a closing toast. The husband-and-wife team reunited with their old staff to prepare a special Beard House dinner honoring the New York institution. View more photos from this event here. (Photo by Eileen Miller)

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Recipe: Coconut–Cardamom Rice Pudding with Rhubarb and Kumquats

(Photo by Kent Miller)

(Photo by Kent Miller)

A toasty, creamy mound of rice pudding hugged by a delicate shell, this lovely dessert gets an extra boost from the tartness of rhubarb and kumquats. Prepared by Chanterelle's Kate Zuckerman at the Beard Awards, it was one of our favorite dishes served at the reception. Luckily, Zuckerman was kind enough to share the recipe with us.

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