On the Menu: Monkey Business

Damon Wise Several new restaurants opened in 2011, but perhaps the most anticipated debut of the year was Graydon Carter’s revamped Monkey Bar. And with former Craft executive chef Damon Wise on board, this restaurant is sure to endure as a New York icon. Tomorrow night, Damon Wise and the rest of the Monkey Bar crew will take over the Beard House kitchen—and we still have some seats left! Have a look at the menu below, then click here to make your reservation. Hors d’Oeuvre Cod Brandade with Sweet-and-Sour Peppers Duck Ham–Wrapped Dates Peekytoe Crab with Avocado Raw Tuna with Smoked Mushrooms and Blood Oranges Celery Root Purée with Truffle Vinaigrette Guinea Hen Rillettes with Cape Gooseberries Heritage Pork Terrine with Pickled Vegetables Pairing: Champagne

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On the Menu: Champagne Elegance

Champagne

At tomorrow's Beard House event, we’re celebrating everyone's favorite bubbly beverage in proper style. Returning chef Todd Hogan and his team will be serving up a showstopping menu of sustainable farmhouse dishes that will pair perfectly with the evening’s selection of Champagne. Check out the fizz-filled menu below, then click here to make your reservation. Hors d’Oeuvre Hot-Smoked Lamb Loin with Sweet Potato Cake and Spicy Tomato Jam Corn-Dusted Smelts with Lemon Aïoli Fava Bean Hummus with Black Truffle Pâté Housemade Duck Prosciutto with Blackberry Conserve and Bleu de Chèvre Pairing: Iron Horse Vineyards Unoaked Chardonnay 2008 Dinner

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Video: Peter Chang Cooks at the James Beard House

For years, in-the-know food lovers have been in hot pursuit of Peter Chang, the exceptionally talented Chinese chef who famously flits among restaurants. (Calvin Trillin reported on the elusive Chang for a New Yorker profile, which you can read here—subscription required.) At Monday night's Beard House dinner, lucky guests got to taste Chang's renowned Sichuan cuisine at a special celebration of the Chinese New Year. Below is a short video from the event:

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On the Menu: January 28 through February 4

Beard House Monday, January 30, 7:00 P.M. Chinese New Year Celebration For years in-the-know food lovers (Calvin Trillin among them) have been in hot pursuit of Peter Chang, the exceptionally talented chef who famously flits among restaurants. Now we’re in luck, for Chang will cook his renowned Sichuan cuisine at this special celebration of the Chinese New Year, which will also feature wines from Jefferson Vineyards. Tuesday, January 31, 7:00 P.M. A Celebration of Southern Cuisine Join us as four-time JBF Award nominee Linton Hopkins returns to the Beard House with a third helping of his contemporary Southern fare. The chef’s ingredient-based approach celebrates the rich bounty of Georgia by

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On the Menu: December 24 through December 31

Wednesday, December 28, 7:00 P.M. Elaborate Formal Holiday Dinner Join us for a grand dinner inspired by The French Menu Cookbook, by Richard Olney, legendary cook, author, and personal friend of James Beard. Chef Jonathon Sawyer, known for his commitment to sustainable food, is also a JBF Rising Star semifinalist and 2010 Food & Wine Best New Chef. Saturday, December 31, 9:00 P.M. New Year's Eve Celebration Ring in the new year with a festive Beard House dinner party! This impressive team of Art Institute culinary masters has created a lavish menu to usher in the coming year with gusto. The meticulously prepared dinner, with wines from the family-owned Coturri Winery, will make the perfect

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On the Menu: December 17 through December 24

Monday, December 19. 7:00 P.M. (Di)Vine Inspiration Rock-star-turned-winemaker Maynard Keenan and his partner Eric Glomski have found a kindred spirit in French cuisine–loving chef Mike Carrino. These friends are collaborating on an exciting meal that will be paired with and inspired by Arizona Stronghold wines, which Carrino himself helped produce. Tuesday, December 20, 7:00 P.M. Steakhouse Holiday After graduating at the top of his class from London’s Le Cordon Bleu, chef Ronnie Killen cooked at top restaurants throughout the U.S. before returning to his hometown of Pearland, Texas, to open his own modern chophouse. Come see

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Our Favorite Dishes of 2011

Another year gone by, another flurry of meals and plates licked clean. As all food lovers can attest, it’s not easy to single out a mere handful of dishes to top our year-end list of favorites, especially after a year that brought us plenty of promising chefs, gutsy cooking, and delicious food. With that in mind, here’s a look back at what we loved in 2011. Our tummies are already growling for next year.

 

polenta with marinara


Polenta with Marinara (Modernist Cuisine)
When we saw Nathan Myhrvold speak at ICE, we also got to sample dishes from his team’s kitchen laboratory. Our favorite: a bowl of homey grits that had been cooked at... Read more >

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On the Menu: December 10 through December 17

Sunday, December 11, 12:00 P.M. Best Friends Holiday Brunch When best friends and Top Chef alums Lee Anne Wong and Zac Young join forces, it promises to be a good time. Both chefs have gained a reputation for beautifully styled, flavor-packed food, the best of which will be showcased at this special holiday brunch. Sunday, December 11, 5:00 P.M. Friends of James Beard Benefit: Palm Beach, FL Located in the lush and sophisticated Brazilian Court resort, this outpost of Café Boulud delivers the JBF Award winner’s signature brand of French dining to luxury-seeking travelers and locals. Join Boulud and his colleagues

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Taste of the NFL and JBF Team up to Kick Hunger

Last month we partnered with Taste of the NFL (whose founder, Wayne Kostroski, received our Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2010) to raise awareness of the organization's fight against hunger. Bobby Flay, Bob Costas, and other special guests from the worlds of sports and food came by to honor the nonprofit. Watch a short clip about the event below. (You can watch more videos about Taste of the NFL's efforts to kick hunger here.)

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On the Menu: December 3 through December 10

On the Menu Sunday, December 4, 6:00 P.M. 10th Annual Holiday Party Join the James Beard Foundation Greens when we toast to the season at the 10th Annual JBF Greens Holiday Party. Don't miss this chance to explore our muse's home and sample culinary delights from some of the New York City's most exciting chefs. There will also be a tasting table of patés, mousses, and terrines from Trois Petits Cochons, as well as a selection of cocktails by Purity Vodka, fine wines from Palm Bay Imports, and beers from Stella Artois. Guests will leave with a goodie bag and heaps of holiday cheer. Tuesday, December 6, 7:00 P.M. Winter Truffle Extravaganza For years Angelo Elia has been wowing Floridians and travelers with

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