On the Menu: Week of September 21

A Reception at the James Beard House

 

Here's what's coming up at the James Beard House and around the country:

 

Monday, September 22, 6:00 P.M
Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner: Chicago 
If you’re interested in hosting a benefit or would like to learn more, please contact Diane Harris Brown at dhbrown@jamesbeard.org or 212.627.1128. Proceeds support the Foundation’s scholarships and culinary programs.

 

Monday, September 22, 7:00 P.M 
Modern Venetian 
After collecting résumé bullets from Eleven Madison Park, Morimoto, and Ai Fiori, to name a few, Chris Jaeckle teamed up with restaurateur Chris Cannon to open All’onda, a modern, Venetian-inspired hot spot with a bill of fare praised as “elegant” in a rave from the New York Times.

 

Tuesday, September 23, 7:00 P.M 
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Eat This Word: Cassoulet

 

Cassoulet

 

 

WHAT? “There are many versions of cassoulet, all of them good and all monumentally substantial,” wrote James Beard in The Armchair James Beard. It appears that chefs across the country couldn’t agree more—versions of the classic dish will be served at three Beard House dinners this month. Cassoulet comes from the southwest Languedoc and Toulousain regions of France and is rumored to have first appeared in the seventeenth century (when the key ingredient—white beans—were brought over from the New World). Although it’s one of France’s most famous dishes, there is little consensus within the country about what constitutes a classic cassoulet. The recipe varies from region to region and from cook to cook, though it always contains various meats, beans, and vegetables that are prepared separately before being arranged in layers in a cassole—the glazed earthenware pot from which the dish gets its name. The cassoulet is then topped with a heavy sprinkling of fine breadcrumbs and... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of September 15

Beard House

 

Here's what's on our calendars next week:

 

Monday, September 15, 7:00 P.M 
South by Northeast: A Civil Creation 
Barry Maiden has been steadily gathering accolades for his Boston-area eatery, Hungry Mother—the 2009 Food & Wine Best New Chef was also a JBF Award nominee for Best Chef: Northeast in 2013 and 2014. Join us at the Beard House for a taste of Maiden’s signature Southern fare made with local New England ingredients.

 

Tuesday, September 16, 7:00 P.M 
Denver Women Chefs Rule 
Our annual Denver Five dinner returns with an all-star, all-female lineup. This powerhouse group will take you on a culinary tour of Colorado’s fertile fields, showcasing local ingredients from Kokanee salmon to Palisade peaches, and crafting a menu that proves these Mile High City... Read more >

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Greenhouse Gallery: "America’s First Foodie" Exhibit

 

America's First Foodie

 

Now on display in the Beard House's Greenhouse Gallery, "America's First Foodie" is a companion exhibit to the upcoming film of the same name, which celebrates James Beard and his influence on the farm-to-table movement. Featuring iconic portraits and vintage cooking paraphernalia, the show proves that Beard was indeed the father of American cuisine.

 

Get more details about the current Greenhouse Gallery show here. Watch a trailer for the film below:

 

 

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Our Favorite Beard House Dishes in August

Evan Rich

 

 

Summer's bright flavors were in ample supply at the Beard House last month. Below, our editors' top dishes from August's visiting chefs:

 

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Scallops with Cauliflower, Sugar Snap Peas, and Radishes / Renegade Wine Dinner

 

Scallops with Cauliflower, Sugar Snap Peas, and Radishes

 

"When New York's Pearl & Ash cooked at the House, guests were treated to an innovative menu from chef Richard Kuo and a whopping 15 wine pairings curated by sommelier Patrick Cappiello. I loved Kuo's first course: an elegant scallop crudo with creamy cauliflower, bright sugar snap peas, and... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Interesting Ice Cream at the Beard House

Blue Berry Ice Cream

 

From celery sorbet to Thai basil ice cream, unusual frozen treats are all the rage at upcoming Beard House events. In his Spring 1996 Beard House Magazine article, “I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for… Crab Ice Cream?”, former JBF associate editor Adam Rapoport, whom we all now know as Bon Appétit's editor-in-chief, reported on a similar phenomena. Check out some of the funky flavors that appeared at Beard House dinners in 1996, then continue reading for a preview of the innovative ice creams at our upcoming events.

 

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Eye Candy: White Chocolate Mousse with Geranium Ice Cream and Huckleberries

 

Even if you make it out to the Bay Area this year, chances are you’d have to pull a few strings to get into Sons & Daughters, the Michelin-starred, constantly evolving, 28-seat hot spot helmed by chef Teague Moriarty. Luckily, last month Beard House guests were able to reserve seats for a taste of his team’s modern New American cuisine. For dessert, the innovative chefs served this stunning white chocolate mousse with geranium ice cream and huckleberries—and from the oohs and ahs in the dining room, its virtues weren't solely aesthetic.  

 

View this event's menu and details here. For upcoming Beard House dinners, check out our events calendar. Photo by Tom Kirkman.

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Eye Candy: Beausoleil Oysters with Santa Barbara Uni, Ikura, Tobiko, and Ponzu Crème Fraîche

 

The brainchild of Japanese chef Ken Tominaga and JBF Award winner Michael Mina, PABU has introduced Baltimore to Japan’s version of the gastropub, or izakaya, where soulful small plates are the name of the game. At his recent Beard House dinner, executive chef Jonah Kim shared his take on this unique dining tradition with these elegant and eye-catching Beausoleil oysters with Santa Barbara uni, ikura, tobiko, and ponzu crème fraîche. Served by the spoonful during the cocktail reception hour, these passed canapés were a perfect one-bite flavor bomb. 

 

View this event's menu and details here. For upcoming Beard House dinners, check out our events calendar. Photo by... Read more >

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JBF in the News: James Beard Foundation's Taste America® in Food Arts

James Beard Foundation's Taste America

 

Over at Food Arts, executive editor Beverly Stephen has written a recap of the James Beard Foundation Taste America® launch party, which took place at the Beard House last month. The piece highlights the event menu (bagels and lox in canapé form), captures our All-Star chefs' excitement about traveling to new cities (Barbara Lynch: "Hotlanta! I've never been there!"), and introduces the newest member of the JBF family, our miniature James Beard cutout, shown above with JBF president Susan Ungaro and Taste America All-Star Daniel Boulud.

 

Tickets for James Beard Foundation's Taste America are now on sale. Purchase them and get more details about the ten-city culinary tour here.

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On the Menu: Week of June 30

Clipping Microgreens at the Beard House

 

Here is what's happening at the Beard House: 

 

Monday, June 30, 7:00 P.M
Savoring Sicily and Apulia 
The Momofuku Group’s Jordan Frosolone assembled a team of renowned chefs—who have mentored him on his way to becoming the corporate chef for one of the country’s most innovative and successful restaurant empires—for this unique Italian-inspired dinner.

 

Tuesday, July 1, 7:00 P.M 
Boston Softshell Crab Blowout
For our annual softshell crab dinner, we’ve enlisted some of Boston’s brightest stars to pay homage to the crave-worthy crustacean, which is available only a few months a year. Join us for this scrumptious Beard House feast, which will feature the fleeting delicacy in each savory course.

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