JBF on the Air: Good Times at Gotham

Gotham Bar and Grill's Bret Csencitz and Ron Paprocki on Taste Matters with Mitchell Davis


On yesterday's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis got the inside scoop on one of New York City's most iconic restaurants, Gotham Bar and Grill. Managing partner Bret Csencitz and pastry chef Ron Paprocki joined Mitchell at Heritage Radio Network's Brooklyn studios to discuss how they've adapted to new dining trends, keeping their tables as packed as ever. To learn more about the nearly 20-year-old restaurant, the talent behind its success, and its refreshingly accessible contemporary American cuisine, listen below.


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On the Menu: August 1 through August 7

Guests mingle in the Beard House. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, August 2, 6:00 P.M. Enlightened Eaters: A Workshop Our series on cooking seasonally continues when Top Chef contestant and natural foods chef Andrea Beaman returns to teach guests how to prepare delicious summer dishes with just-picked ingredients from local markets. Participants will learn how to maximize the health benefits of locally sourced food by cooking meals packed with nutrients as well as flavor. Tuesday, August 3, 7:00 P.M. Modern Asian When former Buddakan NYC chef Michael Schulson opens a new restaurant, Asian food lovers sit up and take notice. Schulson, as per Frank Bruni, “breathes intelligence and creativity” into his

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On the Menu: Gotham Bar and Grill

Alfred PortaleAfter Alfred Portale wowed us with his braised artichoke ravioli at last year's gala auction, we've been counting down the days until the iconic chef's Beard House dinner. The highly anticipated meal is going down tomorrow night, for which Portale will round up his New York team (as well as the crew from his semi-new Miami outpost, Gotham Steak) to prepare this New American menu: Cauliflower Custard with Santa Barbara Sea Urchin, Golden Osetra Caviar, and Aged Soy Sauce Hamachi Sashimi with Asian Pear, Radishes, Honshimeji Mushrooms, and Soy–Yuzu Sauce Truffle-Crusted Atlantic Halibut with Romanesco Cauliflower, Marcona Almonds, and Vermouth Emulsion 50-Day-Aged Niman Ranch Sirloin with Market Carrots, Vidalia Onion Rings, Bone Marrow, and Bordelaise Meyer Lemon

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Reel Food: JBF Award Winner Alfred Portale on the Early Show

American icon and JBF Award winner Alfred Portale is cooking his way through the media circuit before he puts on his toque for our gala auction and dinner tomorrow. Check out his appearance (after a brief commercial) on this morning's Early Show on CBS:

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JBF News: Gala Auction Online Bidding Now Open

American Icons The JBF annual gala dinner and auction, our most anticipated event of the season, is still several weeks away, but bidding for our gourmet silent auction is already up and rolling online. The packages are as exciting as ever, including a spot in a baking class taught by doughmaster Jim Lahey, a five-course tasting menu for four diners at New York's Gotham Bar and Grill, and a spirit-reviving getaway to Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa in Arizona. Visit www.jbfauction.cmarket.com to learn more. We're adding new packages all the time, so check back often! Bidding will remain open through November 9, with the silent auction taking place on November 11 at the Four Seasons Restaurant. As always, all proceeds will go toward supporting the James Beard Foundation.

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