On the Menu: April 11 through April 17

Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Tuesday, April 13, 6:00 P.M. Friends of James Beard Benefit At Deseo, JBF Award winner Douglas Rodriguez has created a hybrid cuisine that combines Southwestern style with bold Latino flavors. For this year’s iteration of the Kierland Resort’s annual benefit, Rodriguez and his co-hosts have planned an incredible Italian-inspired dinner in support of the Beard Foundation. Tuesday, April 13, 7:00 P.M. Spiaggia’s 26th Anniversary Longevity is rare in the restaurant industry; lasting relevance, even rarer. But 26 years after Spiaggia redefined Italian

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MemorEATS: Douglas Rodriguez

"My first memory of eating something was a negative experience. I ordered a Spanish tortilla omelet when I was traveling in Spain with my family. I asked for ketchup and the waiter brought me diluted tomato paste, and my father made me eat the omelet with it. It tasted horrible." –JBF Award Winner Douglas Rodriguez, Alma de Cuba, Philadelphia; Deseo at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ; and OLA at the Sanctuary Hotel, Miami Beach, FL

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