Eye Candy: Aperol Spritzes

aperol spritzes

 

Gabe and Katherine Thompson’s intimate downtown restaurants offer discerning New York City diners soulful Italian cuisine with a modern spin. At their recent Beard House reprise, the powerhouse husband-and-wife team crafted a menu of sumptuous fare paired with exquisite wines and cocktails chosen by their talented partner and beverage director, Joe Campanale. Guests kicked off the spirited evening by sipping on Campanale's Aperol spritzes, pictured above. Light, refreshing, and elegant, it was the ideal aperitivo to stimulate the appetite before a luxurious Italian meal. 

 

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Our Favorite Beard House Dishes in January

Chef Josh Boeckleman in the Beard House kitchen

 

 

At the Beard House, 2015 arrived full of promise, bringing us delicious, thought-provoking flavors from Philadelphia, New Orleans, and Kansas City, Missouri. Here are our editors' favorite dishes from January. 

 

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Périgord Black Truffles with Farm Egg, Farro Verde, and Sunchokes

 

Périgord Black Truffles with Farm Egg, Farro Verde, and Sunchokes / The New Classic

 

Layers of umami-packed, freshly shaved black truffles? Check. Luxurious egg yolk? Trendy grain with an ancient pedigree? Perfect balance of texture and flavor? Check, check, and check. Just one look at the menu description of this... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of February 2

 

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

 

Monday, February 2, 7:00 P.M.
The Mighty Virginia Shack
Dubbed “the Incredible Restaurant that Nobody Knows About” by Josh Ozersky, the Shack—a tiny, 16-seat phenomenon—is run by pedigreed chef and JBF Award semifinalist Ian Boden. The chef’s ambitious tasting menu is usually served on weekends only, but he’s bending the rules for this not-to-be-missed Beard House event.

 

Tuesday, February 3, 7:00 P.M.
Bottega: Italy to Spain with a Southern Accent
Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to experience JBF Award winner Frank Stitt’s legendary cooking. A local-food pioneer and Southern culinary stalwart, Stitt brought exceptional, Italian-inflected cuisine to Alabama with the opening of Bottega in 1988.... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of January 26

 

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

 

Monday, January 26, 7:00 P.M.
The Butcher and The Chef
As a young apprentice butcher at Jefferson Market, Salvatore Petruso delivered meats to James Beard at the icon’s Greenwich Village townhouse. Now at the helm of Westwood Prime Meats, Petruso is teaming up with chef John Vitale of Tuscan-inspired Caffe Anello for an evening that will showcase some of Beard’s butcher-shop favorites.

 

Tuesday, January 27, 7:00 P.M.
New York Meets Copenhagen
At Noho hot spot Acme, well-heeled urban locavores clamor for a reservation to sample Noma co-founder Mads Refslund’s world-renowned Nordic fare. For this can’t-miss Beard House event, the Danish chef will bring his farm-to-table, hyper seasonal ethos to our diners with a winter menu... Read more >

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JBF in the News: Izabela Wojcik on WABC-TV New York

 

On Sunday our own Izabela Wojcik appeared on WABC-TV's Eyewitness News Sunday to talk about the Beard House and our guest chef dinner series. Wojcik, who has served as JBF's director of House programming since 2002, was joined by chef Josh Boeckelman, who represented his New Orleans–based restaurant, Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar, at the House last Friday. The guests and anchor Rob Nelson discussed a few of the dishes from Boeckelman's Beard House menu, including smoked trout rillettes, red snapper crudo, and a deconstructed crawfish boil.

 

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On the Menu: Week of January 19

 

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

 

Tuesday, January 20, 6:00 P.M.
Friends of James Beard Benefit  Dinner: NYC
Indulge in an evening of food, drinks, and music throughout all three floors of SD26! From pizza in the prep kitchen to salumeria in the bar and lounge or never-ending fresh pasta in the dining room, it will be a celebration to remember.

 

Wednesday, January 21, 7:00 P.M.
Enlightened Eaters: What the Fork Are You Eating?
With grocery store aisles overflowing with products claiming to be “low-fat,” “gluten-free,” or “natural,” it can seem almost impossible to know what’s actually good for you. That’s where certified chef and nutritionist Stefanie Sacks comes in with her new book, What the Fork Are You Eating?, a straightforward blueprint on how to shop... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of January 12

 

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

 

Monday, January 12, 7:00 P.M.
Eating the African Diaspora
One of the country’s hottest of-the-moment dining experiences, the Cecil is riding into the New Year on a wave of adoration, having just been crowned Esquire magazine’s restaurant of the year for 2014. Created by chef/owner Alexander Smalls and rising culinary talent JJ Johnson, the Harlem brasserie’s exciting menu uses African inspiration to create a global table.

 

Tuesday, January 13, 7:00 P.M.
Winter's Expression of Maine
Cooking exclusively with ingredients from Maine, where blizzards can strike from October to April, is no easy feat. But chef David Levi, who trained at the imaginatively resourceful Noma and Fäviken, has crafted a vibrant and... Read more >

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Eye Candy: Caviar Tacos with Hamachi and Santa Barbara Uni

caviar, hamachi, and uni tacos

 

Peek into Rose. Rabbit. Lie. and you’ll discover a revolutionary new supper club that’s redefining the Las Vegas social scene. At his recent Beard House dinner, the hotspot's chef Wesley Holton delighted guests with a taste of Sin City's opulence. During the reception hour, diners sipped Champagne and noshed on a bevy of bites like these miniature caviar tacos with hamachi and Santa Barbara uni tucked into Yukon Gold shells. Briny, luxe, and impossibly gorgeous, these canapés were anything but a gamble.

 

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Our Favorite Beard House Dishes in December

Chefs at the James Beard House

 

 

Looking back on our final Beard House meals of 2014, a trend emerges: surprising details in otherwise familiar dishes. Below, our editors' picks for December's standouts.

 

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Chicken Wings, Feet, and Cockscombs at the James Beard House

 

Chicken Wings, Feet, and Cockscombs / Mediterranean Winter Feast

 

I have never seen so much care given to a chicken foot. Beard Award winner Jimmy Bannos, Jr. saves these oft-discarded extremities to accessorize his excellent, sous-vide wings. The method for cooking them is something of a grim spa treatment: clip the talon-like nails, make a few... Read more >

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Eye Candy: Shiitake Flatbread with Fontina, Vidalia Onions, and Thyme

flatbread with shiitake mushrooms

 

Thirty-five years ago, Michael McCarty opened his eponymous restaurant in Santa Monica and put Southern California cooking on the map. The pioneering farm-to-table restaurant and its New York counterpart, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in November, launched the careers of chefs like Jonathan Waxman, Mark Peel, and Ken Frank and fundamentally influenced the country’s culinary evolution. To fête the combined anniversaries, Michael McCarty and his team prepared a lavish Beard House feast. During the reception hour, guests snacked on tasty treats such as this shiitake flatbread with fontina, vidalia onions, and thyme. Delicate yet packing a feisty umami punch, this canapé went fast—and had Beard House diners yearning for more.

 

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