On the Menu: Friday, April 8, 2016

Photo: Jeff Gurwin

 

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

Friday, April 8, 2016
Friends of James Beard Benefit / Palm Desert, CA, 11:30 A.M.
Palm Desert Food and Wine Festival at the Gardens on El Paseo

 

This four-course gourmet luncheon benefiting JBF features spring-forward dishes by top female toques Cat Cora, JBF Award winner Gale Gand, Valerie Gordon, and Suzanne Tracht. Expect seasonal plates like English Pea Purée Crostini with Spring Radishes and Humboldt Fog, and Arctic Char with Satsuma–Habanero Glaze, Meyer Lemon Couscous, and Hot House Cilantro, which will waken diners’ palates and serve as the perfect kick-off to the Palm Desert Food and Wine Festival.

 

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Beard House Recipe: Baked Texas Oysters with Tasso Ham

Photo by Ken Goodman

 

There are some universal objectives for winter comfort food: it should be rich, creamy, hearty, and warm—and we've got a recipe that hits all the right marks. Although Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen chef Kenny Gilbert calls Florida's sunny Fernandina Beach his home, the Southern native proved he has a knack for satisfying the chilled bones of New York City diners at his recent Beard House dinner. Gilbert’s baked Texas oysters fall somewhere between chicken pot pie and clam chowder, the briny oysters doused in an addictive combination of half-and-half and Boursin cheese, spiked with fatty tasso ham, and speckled with a dusting of homemade cornbread gratin.... Read more >

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What New York Food Does Chef Kenny Gilbert Crave "All the Time?"

 

If Oprah likes your food, you’ve pretty much made it—big time. Such is the case with beloved Top Chef alum Kenny Gilbert of Gilbert's Underground Kitchen in Fernandina Beach, Florida, who brings his Southern fare to the Beard House on January 26Gilbert’s fun dinner starts off with a gator reception, which means the famous Florida-based chef will serve parts of alligator with gourmet riffs on favorite Southern fixin’s like South Carolina mustard barbecue sauce. The meal goes on to feature creative takes on the cuisine’s touchstones like baked Texas oyster with Tasso ham, creamed mustard greens, and cornbread gratin, and KG’s banana pudding with banana–bourbon panna cotta for dessert. ... Read more >

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Farm to Table...to Farm

 

Restaurateurs Hari and Jenneffer Pulapaka Serve Up Their Leftovers to Community Farms

 

It’s an issue that has swiftly gained more attention: food waste is overflowing in our landfills. We know that from farms to supermarkets and school cafeterias to home kitchens, food is regularly discarded without much thought about where it ends up. 

 

In restaurants, food waste can be uneaten bread, vegetable scraps, accidentally overcooked fish, a forgotten take-out box, or the uneaten food on a customer’s plate. Even at a small establishment like Cress in Deland, Florida, the sheer volume of trash-bound edibles made owners Hari and Jenneffer Pulapaka start thinking about ways that they could cut down on their share of landfill-clogging leftovers. We spoke with them about the solutions they’ve implemented.

 

JBF: About two years ago, you started recycling food waste in your restaurant. How did you come... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of May 18

 

A reception at the James Beard House

 

Monday, May 19, 7:00pm
Exuberant Italian 
After summers spent off the coast of Naples, chef Christian Petroni has taken his Italian childhood food memories and adapted them to fit today’s palate at his Westchester eatery, Fortina. Petroni also runs a well-loved take-out shop, Cooked & Company, which reflects a similar ethos of rustic Italian farmhouse traditions with an exuberant, modern spin.

 

Wednesday, May 21, 7:00pm 
Los Angeles Hot Spot 
At the tender age of 25, chef Miles Thompson is already revolutionizing the Los Angeles dining scene with his intriguing spin on avant-garde comfort food. Originally a pop-up concept, Thompson’s build-your-own-tasting-menu experience has matured into a sought-after restaurant offering progressive haute cuisine.

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Staff Pick: End-of-Winter Citrus from the Orange Shop

Citrus from the Orange Shop in Florida
Last call for winter citrus: orange and grapefruit lovers have only a few more weeks to indulge before the season is over. We plan to make the most of it with a couple of boxes of temple oranges, honey tangerines, and ruby red grapefruit from the Orange Shop. Described by Tampa Bay Times writer Jeff Klinkenberg as “North Florida’s last honest-to-God citrus stand,” the Orange Shop is run by third-generation orange growers Pete and Cindy Spyke, who use all-but-organic farming methods in their groves.

The result is the best citrus we’ve ever had. Sweet, intensely juicy, and deeply fragrant, citrus from the Orange Shop is utterly different than supermarket fruit. Only four days off the tree by the time it arrives at your door, this fruit is as close to fresh-picked as you’ll find north of

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On the Menu: July 11 through July 17


Beard House Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Tuesday, July 13, 7:00 P.M. Summer Rosé Dinner Scott Anderson is a chef to watch. Endlessly creative, he’s got the technical chops to back up his interpretive American cuisine, an enticing blend of seasonal ingredients, and edgy preparations. Find out why critics think Elements has just the right chemistry at this summer-inspired dinner accompanied by rosé wines from around the world. Wednesday, July 14, 12:00 P.M. Beard on Books In Hay Fever: How Chasing a Dream on a Vermont Farm Changed My Life, Angela Miller tells the story of how she fled her

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On the Menu: June 20 through June 26

Beard House dining room Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week:

Monday, June 21, 7:00 P.M. Savoy 20th Anniversary and Reunion It’s hard to believe it was 20 years ago that Peter Hoffman opened Savoy in the heart of NYC’s Soho. At the time, the chef’s passion for seasonal, local cuisine was seen as eccentric; in hindsight it’s clear that Hoffman helped spark a gastronomic movement that has fundamentally changed the way America cooks. Celebrate this anniversary with a stellar cast of chefs and alumni. Tuesday, June 22, 6:30 P.M. Greens: Bowling Night The James Beard Foundation Greens are hitting the lanes. Join us for a night of bowling, good food, and fun times at Brooklyn Bowl, the hot new bowling

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JBF Kitchen Cam