On the Menu: Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Here’s a taste of what’s on tap today at the Beard House and around the country.

Celebrity Chef Tour / Charleston, SC, 6:30 P.M.
Host Chef Amalia Scatena / Emily Hahn, Warehouse Bar + Kitchen, Charleston, SC / Kristen Kish, Boston / Jill Mathias, Chez Nous, Charleston, SC / Rebecca Wilcomb, Herbsaint, New Orleans / Pastry Chef Katy Keefe, McCrady’s, Charleston, SC

Celebrity Chef Tour, our national dinner series, is making a stop in the Holy City for a night of fine dining from top-notch female chefs. Diners will enjoy an exclusive menu from Amalia Scatena, Emily Hahn, Kristen Kish, Jill Mathias, Rebecca Wilcomb, and pastry chef Katy Keefe. 


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Recipe: Cauliflower with Tandoori Chicken Skin from Chicago's Parachute


The team from Chicago's Beard Award–nominated Parachute shows us how perfectly browned cauliflower is a blank canvas for flavor, which in this case comes from crisp spiced chicken skin and a bright herbaceous and tangy raita spiked with cilantro. We know, chicken skin in a recipe with no chicken? Yes, because you can always use chicken a million other ways. Call your butcher and ask for the skin, because they most often have extra. Maybe even ask for enough to make a double batch—because after you've rubbed it with tandoori masala and baked it until deep brown and crunchy, you might want to make more to throw on salads, sandwiches and even pasta. Watch the video below to learn how to make this tantalizing cauliflower dish from Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark​.

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Ask a Chef: Beard Award Semifinalist Paul Fehribach


A three-time James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef: Great Lakes, Paul Fehribach has earned critical acclaim at Chicago's Big Jones for his Southern heirloom cooking. For his upcoming Beard House dinnerFehribach will lead guests on a time-traveling sojourn to the winter of 1840 with a tavern-inspired menu as American as apple pie. We chatted with the insightful culinarian about what American cuisine really means, legendary chef Edna Lewis, and why he stopped second-guessing himself.




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Throwback Thursday: Highlights from the 2015 James Beard Awards


Roll out the red carpet: with the announcement of Oscar nominations today, it's officially awards season! Our 2016 Restaurant and Chef award semifinalists will be announced on February 17, 2015. To make sure you get your JBFA fix until then, we’re looking back at last year's bash, full of stars, songs, sips, snacks, and lots of celebration. Check out the video above for highlights from the 2015 Beard Awards, and start dusting those mothballs off your gowns and tuxedos for this year's fête.


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Caul Me Maybe: Jimmy Bannos Jr.'s Charred Cauliflower with Toasted Bread Crumbs, Cornichons, and Parsley


“I always bust my sous-chefs' chops and ask them, 'Do you have the balls to come up with a vegetable dish?'" That would be Jimmy Bannos Jr., the fourth-generation restaurateur who may be best known for his "Cheese, Wine, and Swine" menu at the Purple Pig on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. Believe it or not, when he starts talking about in-season produce, he lights up like a kid in a (dirt) candy store. "We laugh about this all the time," Bannos says. "There isn't even a spring here in Chicago. You can enjoy something for like three weeks, and it's gone. That's the beauty and the curse."


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Why is Boka Chef Lee Wolen Still Searching for a Favorite Mexican Restaurant in NYC?


Chef Lee Wolen knows New York dining—after all he spent three years as the sous chef at the city’s acclaimed Eleven Madison Park. But the Ohio native moved back to his Midwest home turf and now works as executive chef/partner at Chicago’s Michelin-starred Boka (1729 N. Halsted St., Chicago, 312-337-6070). This past week, Wolen returned to NYC for his Michelin Star dinner at the James Beard House. We asked Wolen for his NYC dining picks, and found out why he has yet to find a favorite Mexican spot in NYC.




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Video: JBF Award Winner Mark Ladner's Appetizing Advice


Hot off his win for Best Chef: New York City at last year’s Beard Awards, Del Posto's Mark Ladner made a triumphant return to Chicago earlier this fall as one of our JBF Taste America All-Stars. After leaving guests swooning the night before with a one-of-a-kind collaborative dinner, Ladner appeared at Sur La Table to prove that his lauded Italian fare can be translated to the home kitchen. Demonstrating two Italian-inspired canapés, lobster and mayonnaise tramezzini (classic Venetian tea sandwiches) and chickpea fritters with truffles and fontina cheese, Ladner advocated for the innate power of a gooey, molten cheese center, and advised starting all your parties as he does—with sparkling wine... Read more >

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Chef Mark Ladner and Windy City Chefs Join Forces for the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Events in Chicago

Mark Ladner's pork and veal agnolotti


This past weekend the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® tour landed in Chicago. For the third year in a row, the Foundation has been traveling to ten cities across the country to host one-of-kind fundraising dinners that highlight local cuisine and are headlined by a visiting All-Star chef and a Local Star chef. Each stop on the tour also includes cooking demos, artisanal tastings, and book signings. This was the Foundation’s second major event in Chicago this year, with the prestigious James Beard Awards gala taking place at the Lyric Opera of Chicago this past May.


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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Chicago


The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national epicurean tour continues this weekend with two days of star-studded events in Chicago, featuring Taste America All-Star and JBF Award winner Mark Ladner and Local Stars Johnny Clark and Beverly Kim. Friday night kicks off with a tasting reception from some of Chicago's finest, followed by an exclusive four-course dinner prepared by Ladner, Clark, and Kim. On Saturday the action moves to Sur La Table for cooking demos and book signings from Ladner and lauded chef Tanya Baker.


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What We're Reading: September 28, 2015


The real story behind mold: get the scoop on your cheese plate’s origins.​ [NYT]

Hot dog lovers, rejoice: Chicago's food carts are legalized! [Thrillist]


Back to the grind: the surprising reasons why you should a meat grinder to your kitchen wish list. [Bon Appétit]​

Don't have a chance to go apple picking this fall? With this apple pie–flavored sidecar, you'll forget you never stepped foot in an orchard. [... Read more >

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