Trending: July and August at the Beard House

 

Arguably the most compelling part about dining at James Beard’s historic townhouse in New York City’s West Village is experiencing the constantly evolving snapshot of what’s happening in restaurants around the country. Over 250 nights per year, celebrated chefs from coast to coast take the stage in our kitchen, preparing one-night-only menus that showcase their culinary style. 

 

Summer is in full swing because here at the Beard House, menus are bursting with heirloom tomatoes, sweet corn, and watermelon in ways we never imagined (watermelon butter, anyone?). In July and August we're featuring the renowned international cuisines of Oaxaca, Lima, Austria, as well as chefs and restaurants closer to home—Indianapolis, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Virginia Beach. We caught up with JBF director of house programming Izabela Wojcik to fill us in on what's trending this month.

 

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Trending: June at the Beard House

Chocolate Budino

 

 

Arguably the most compelling part about dining at James Beard’s historic townhouse in New York City’s West Village is experiencing the constantly evolving snapshot of what’s happening in restaurants around the country. Over 250 nights per year, celebrated chefs from coast to coast take the stage in our kitchen, preparing one-night-only menus that showcase their signature culinary style. This month, we'll be tasting spring turn to summer with chefs from Oakland, Charleston, Miami, Denver, Honolulu, New York City (of course), and just across the Hudson in New Jersey. The menus reveal what we all know—chefs love spring ingredients (asparagus salad! lacto-fermented ramp sabayon!)—and what we all want to eat right now: strawberries, greens, lamb, and local fish in all forms. We asked JBF director of house programming Izabela Wojcik to fill us in on the tasty trends she's seeing this month. 

 

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JBF on the Air: The 100th Episode

Karen Karp and JBF’s Izabela Wojcik on Taste Matters

 

On last week’s episode of Taste Matters, host Mitchell Davis was joined by producer Ashley Kosiak, food consultant Karen Karp, and JBF’s director of house programming Izabela Wojcik for a lively discussion to mark the show’s 100th episode. The group chewed over history, perspective, presentation, ingredients, and community in our food system, and also analyzed the cultural shift towards more organic, sustainable, and locally produced foods. With our nation’s top toques building menus around their local greenmarkets, many consumers have begun follow in their footsteps. Listen below to learn more:

 

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JBF on the Air: The James Beard Awards

Emily Luchetti on Taste Matters

 

On yesterday's episode of Taste Matters, guest host and JBF's director of house programming Izabela Wojcik discussed desserts and the James Beard Awards with two-time JBF Award winner and our current Board of Trustees chair, Emily Luchetti. Listen below to learn about the road to prestige as a pastry chef, the JBF Awards process from the perspective of both a voter and winner, and how our dessert culture is evolving:

 

 

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