Our Favorite Beard House Dishes in September

Chris Jaeckle at the Beard House

 

At the Beard House last month, we watched summer recede and the flavors of fall advance. Below, our editors' favorite dishes from September.

 

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Cresta de Gallo Pasta with Hen of the Woods Mushrooms, Roasted Yeast, and Parmesan at the Beard House

 

Cresta de Gallo Pasta with Hen of the Woods Mushrooms, Roasted Yeast, and Parmesan / Chef Collaboration

 

"I was especially taken with by this dinner’s pasta course. The pasta, molded in the shape of a rooster’s crest, had a dense enough texture to stand out amongst the robust mushrooms, while the yeast and Parmesan foam hit some soulful and satisfying umami notes. The dish is straight... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of October 20

 

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

 

Monday, October 20, 7:00 P.M 
Urban Mediterranean 
At Pittsburgh’s Cure, James Beard Award nominee Justin Severino has been garnering acclaim for his innovative approach to charcuterie and Italian–American cooking. Discover the restaurant’s signature “urban Mediterranean” cuisine at this Beard House dinner, as Severino takes a seasonal approach to nose-to-tail dining.

 

Tuesday, October 21, 7:00 P.M.
Maine Marvel 
“This is Portland dining at its finest,” wrote Katie Chang in Food Republic of David’s Opus Ten, adding that the restaurant-within-a-restaurant’s food is “understated, quietly confident, and unquestionably delicious.” Helmed by veteran chef David Turin, the dining destination is an intimate, 18-seat space that... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of October 13

 

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

 

Wednesday, October 15, 7:00 P.M 
Toast of the Rockies 
Acclaimed chef and restaurateur Mark Fischer has assembled a dynamic team to highlight the best of his Roaring Fork Valley empire. Combining Eastern flavors from his flagship Phat Thai with the farm-to-table movement he helped bring to the valley, this dinner is guaranteed to add Colorado to your culinary can’t-miss list.

 

Thursday, October 16, 7:00 P.M.
Grand Italian Autumn Feast 
John Korycki, a Spiaggia veteran and Paul Bartolotta protégé, spins Michigan’s local bounty into delectable Northern Italian fare at Zazios, where his 14-seat chef’s table is one of Kalamazoo’s most in-demand reservations. Help us give a warm welcome to chef Korycki at his return... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of October 6

 

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

 

Monday, October 6, 6:00 P.M 
Friends of James Beard Benefit: Tampa
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, October 6, 7:00 P.M.
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On the Menu: Week of September 29

 

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

 

Monday, September 29, 7:00 P.M 
California Wine Country Excursion 
Winemaking and culinary creation go hand-in-hand with this award-winning team from Wente Vineyards. Priding themselves on a strong family legacy and sustainable, local ingredients, chef Matt Greco and fourth-generation winegrower Carolyn Wente will showcase all that the Livermore Valley has to offer.

 

Tuesday, September 30, 7:00 P.M 
Four Seasons Finesse
From cosmopolitan chic to resort retreat, the Four Seasons brand defines luxury. Leave your suitcase behind and join us for a chance to savor the myriad cuisines available at Four Seasons properties around the U.S.—you’ll have a five-star vacation without leaving your seat.... Read more >

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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

 

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

 

"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... Read more >

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