Recipes: Flexitarian Favorites

April Bloomfield's acquacotta It's easy to cut down on meat consumption without following a strict vegetarian diet. All of the following veggie-packed recipes can easily be tailored to your personal culinary preferences. April Bloomfield's Acquacotta Acquacotta, a humble, traditional Tuscan soup, translates to "cooked water." For a vegetarian version of Bloomfield's dish, omit the clams and bacon and add a handful of diced Parmigiano-Reggiano rind. Walter Plendner's Wild Mushroom Goulash For best results, splurge on the mushrooms and serve this rich goulash over a fluffy mound of polenta. Eric Hara's Stewed Big

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On the Menu: Valentine's Day

Eric Hara Lovebirds dining at the Beard House tonight will savor a romantic menu prepared by David Burke alum Eric Hara of the recently debuted 9 Restaurant. The chef’s playful yet elegant approach to classic American cuisine lets top-quality ingredients shine in simple dishes that please the eye as well as the palate. Have a look at the menu below, and find the full event details here. Hors d’Oeuvre Sea Urchin and Cauliflower Panna Cotta Tuna Tartare with Watermelon and Pickled Beech Mushrooms Lobster and Caviar Tacos Escargot Dumplings à la Antiboise Dinner Cured Fluke with Candied Olives and Yuzu Sautéed Foie Gras with Roasted Peach Pudding, Fingerling Potatoes, and Truffle Jus Poached Maine Lobster with Stewed Big Bean Cassoulet Braised Flatiron Steak with Potato Purée, Crayfish, and Crayfish Bordelaise 24-Karat Gold–Coated

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On the Menu: February 13 through February 19

Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Sunday, February 13, 4:00 P.M. Valentine's Tea Treat your valentine to a romantic afternoon tea prepared by an all-star group of New York chefs. The incredible talents collaborating on this feast will tempt diners with a decadent selection of delicate savories and tempting sweets. Monday, February 14, 7:00 P.M. Valentine's Day Celebration Join us at the Beard House this Valentine’s Day for a romantic menu prepared by David Burke alum Eric Hara of the recently debuted 9 Restaurant. The chef’s playful yet elegant approach to classic American cuisine lets top-quality ingredients shine in simple dishes that please the eye as well as the palate. Wednesday, February 16, 7:00 P.M.

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Recipe: Eric Hara's Big Bean Cassoulet

Eric Hara's recipe for big bean cassoulet Eric Hara's trimmed-down version of cassoulet sticks to just beans and vegetables (the traditional dish is enriched with duck confit, sausage, and other meat products), but it doesn't taste like a sacrifice. It's flavored with sweet lobster stock and topped with a buttery blanket of panko. Check out the recipe here.

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Eye Candy: Cooking for Haiti

pavlova Eric Hara of the Oak Room served this lemon pavlova, lemon sorbet, and rose water syrup dessert at last week's Beard House benefit for Haiti. The dinner raised over $4,000 for the International Rescue Committee and its support of the country's earthquake victims. See more photos from the evening here. (Photo by Bobbi Lin)

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On the Menu: JBF Haiti Benefit with the Oak Room

Eric Hara Hungry to make a difference? This Thursday's Beard House dinner, which features David Burke alum Eric Hara of the Oak Room, will benefit victims of the earthquake in Haiti. All event proceeds will go toward the International Rescue Committee and its efforts on the island. Here's what's on the menu: Kumamoto Oysters2 > Warm with Osetra Caviar and Truffle Glaçage; and Cold with Pineapple–Vanilla Emulsion Sautéed Foie Gras with Chestnut–Celery Soup and Roasted Bosc Pears Lobster and Sweetbread Potpie with Périgord Truffle–Lobster Sauce Short Rib Pot-au-Feu with Crayfish Dumplings, Bone Marrow Custard, Gremolata, and Shellfish Consommé Lemon Pavlova with Lemon Sorbet and Rose Water Click here to view the full menu and reserve a seat.

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Ask a Chef: What is your favorite Halloween candy?

“Candy corn.” –Eric Hara, The Oak Room, NYC “Candy corn.” –Akhtar Nawab, formerly of Elettaria, NYC “Candy corn. Candy corn is a good time.” –Marc Forgione, Marc Forgione, NYC

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MemorEATS: Eric Hara

“I was in the middle of service on a Saturday night at David Burke & Donatella and our hood system went off. Then all the electricity and gas also shut down, so we ended up cooking salmon in the dishwasher. The whole dining room had already been sat and we had to feed them with salmon from the dishwasher.” –Eric Hara, The Oak Room, NYC

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