Beard House Dishes: April Highlights

 

Asking us to pick our favorite dishes at the Beard House is a little like asking a mother to pick her favorite child, but to give you a taste, here are a few highlights served up during the month of April. These spectacular dishes were brought to us by a three-starred Northern California haven, a Laotian New York City hotspot, and a rustic Southern California kitchen helmed by an acclaimed JBF Award nominee. 

 

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Fernet Ice Cream with Gingerbread and Coca-Cola Syrup / Spring in Marin

 

There was a lot to like about Todd Shoberg’s elegant but approachable Beard House dinner, which showcased the ingredient-driven cooking that earned his Bay Area restaurant, Molina, a three-star review from Michael Bauer. But my favorite... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of May 11

 

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

 

Monday, May 11, 7:00 P.M.
Heirloom Elegance 
Spring has finally sprung, and we couldn’t imagine a better way to celebrate the season than through the vibrant, vegetal bounty of Quarry Hill Farm and its partner restaurant, Mainland Inn. After lauded stints at the French Laundry and Morimoto Napa, chef Ezra Duker brings classical training and technique to the restaurant’s menu, delighting diners with its seasonal, organic, sustainable, and absolutely delicious fare.

 

Tuesday, May 12, 7:00 P.M.
Malt Luxury 
Aficionados of the finest brown spirits—think Scotch, bourbon, and Cognac—know to head to the luxurious Le Malt, where exquisite dishes prepared by Caribbean-born chef Duke Estime pair perfectly with the extensive spirits and well-... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of May 4

 

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

 

Monday, May 4, 6:00 P.M.
The 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards: Chicago
It’s an exciting year for the James Beard Awards: we’re celebrating this prestigious program’s 25th anniversary, and, for the first time ever, the Awards gala will take place in the city of Chicago. For our gala reception, we’ve invited a talented group of chefs from around the country, many of whom are recent JBF Award winners, to create a dish that expresses their signature style.

 

Wednesday, May 6, 7:00 P.M.
Grace Bay Beach Chic 
From a hit restaurant in Chile to his stint at Ferran Adrià’s El Bulli, Cristian Rebolledo brings a world of experience to the restaurants he helms at three boutique resorts in the picturesque Turks and... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of April 27

Photo by Lisa Ozag

 


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

 

Monday, April 27, 7:00 P.M.
Dynamic Duo 
At his storied Pig & Prince, Michael Carrino embodies the farm-to-table movement by curing his own meats, assisting at a nearby greenhouse, and working with local livestock breeders to thoughtfully source every element on his menu. Now the chef-on-the-rise will team up with rocker-turned-winemaker Maynard James Keenan, who applies the same philosophy to his craft, for a stellar representation of American terroir.

 

Tuesday, April 28. 7:00 P.M.
Beltane in the Berkshires 
Praised by Food & Wine for his “skillful modern cuisine,” chef Dan Smith is making waves at his Berkshires restaurant, John Andrews, where he and his team spin locally sourced... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of April 20

 

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

 

Tuesday, April 21, 7:00 P.M.
Local and Salted, Pacific Northwest 
A selmelier is a sommelier for salt, an expert in the use of culinary finishing salts. At this dinner, chef Michael Stanton of the esteemed Heathman Restaurant & Bar in Portland, Oregon, will partner with pioneering selmelier Mark Bitterman to create a gorgeous, French-inspired, Pacific Northwest feast.

 

Wednesday, April 22, 7:00 P.M.
Women of the Wild West 
Alberta may be known as the home province of the Calgary Stampede, but cattle are just one small aspect of the region’s native bounty. We’ve gathered an acclaimed all-female lineup for an eye-opening and hearty feast that... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of April 13

Photo by Eileen Miller

 

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

 

Monday, April 13, 7:00 P.M.
The Titanic Returns: Captain's Table 
To commemorate the anniversary of the Titanic’s fateful voyage, chef Rob McCue has designed a menu that invokes the opulence and grandeur of the meals served to the most elite passengers at the coveted captain’s table. Join us for an epic journey through a long-gone era during this elegant and historically inspired dinner.

 

Tuesday, April 14, 7:00 P.M.
Songkran: Lao New Year 
January may have come and gone, but in Laos the New Year is just getting started. Celebrate Songkran with chef Phet Schwader and the rest of the team behind Khe-Yo, one of New York City’s... Read more >

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Our Favorite Beard House Dishes in March

 

Last month's stand-out Beard House dishes brought us decidedly verdant plates that served as a much-needed nod to spring. Below, our editors' picks for the best of March.

 

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Sweet English Peas with Bittersweet Chocolate, Virgin Butter, and Mint / Bay Area Spring

 

After suffering through New York's agonizingly long winter, I found a cure for my seasonal fatigue in Mark Liberman’s Beard House menu, replete with Bay Area asparagus, leeks, and artichokes. I especially loved his play on the homey classic of peas and butter, reimagined as a modern dessert: a bright orb of English pea ice cream, accessorized with pea shoots, butter mousseline, chocolate sablé crumble, and a mint, chicory, and pennyroyal granita. 

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On the Menu: Week of March 30

Photo by Clay Williams

 

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

 

Monday, March 30, 6:30 P.M.
The From Scratch Sessions: An Evening of Armagnac 
Join the JBF Greens (foodies under 40) for a class on France’s oldest spirit, Armagnac, at New York’s new high-end, low-key bar, The Up & Up. Wine educator and Armagnac ambassador, May Matta-Aliah, will lead us through a tasting of Armagnacs, exploring the region, production process, and differences in styles and ages. The Up & Up owner Matt Piacentini... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of March 23

 

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

 

Monday, March 23, 7:00 P.M. 
Louisville Young Guns and Bourbon 
The rising stars of the Louisville food scene are collaborating on an epic ode to their mentors, who will be dining with us that evening. The menu will showcase the best of the Bluegrass State, including, of course, bourbon, which will be incorporated into many of the dishes and also served as a pairing with each course.

 

Tuesday, March 24, 7:00 P.M.
Taste of Nantucket 
With its renowned beaches, historic homes, and succulent seafood, Nantucket isn’t just a tourist destination—it’s a way of life. We’ve gathered the cream of its culinary crop for a celebration of the island’s bounty, guaranteed to have you planning your summer getaway before dessert... Read more >

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Eye Candy: Egg Yolk Confit with Curry, Cauliflower, and Salmon Roe

 

Awarded a coveted Michelin star just four months after opening, the Musket Room has already left an impressive mark on the New York City dining scene. At the restaurant's recent Beard House dinner, guests enjoyed chef Matt Lambert’s dynamic fusion of American and New Zealand fare. One of the highlights of the event was this vibrant and decadent egg yolk confit with curry, cauliflower, and salmon roe—which enlisted the evening's guests to join the ranks of diners lining up at this Nolita hot spot. 

 

View this event's menu and details here... Read more >

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