On the Menu: Meatballs Galore

Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow Partners Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow have made a ballsy foray into the Lower East Side dining scene with the opening of their singularly focused eatery, the Meatball Shop. Holzman, whose culinary credits include San Francisco’s Fifth Floor and Jardinière, elevates the humble classic with a meatball-centric menu as cheeky as it is delicious. The duo will prepare a one-of-a-kind luncheon at the Beard House this Friday (book here); here's what's on the menu: Hors d’Oeuvre Miniature Maryland Crabmeat and Potato Chip Meatballs with Old Bay Dipping Sauce Miniature Buffalo Chicken Meatballs with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce Reuben Meatball Sliders with Sauerkraut and Thousand Island Dressing Pairing: Ca’ Furlan Cuvée Beatrice Prosecco NV Luncheon

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Eat this Word: Farofa

farofaWHAT? Flour power. "The farofa is an acquired taste that, once actually acquired, is difficult to give up," according to the website of the Brazilian Embassy in London. They've definitely acquired it in Brazil, where the fried manioc (cassava or yuca) flour can be found on tables across the country. It can be fried in butter, pork fat, or oil, and cooked with onions, raisins, sausage, bacon, bananas, olives, eggs, or cabbage (among hundreds of other options that depend on the cook's creativity). It's eaten hot or at room temperature, and its addictive crunchy yet starchy texture, as well as its sauce-soaking quality, make it an essential topping for a variety of dishes, including the nationally acclaimed feijoada. WHERE? Adam Schop's Beard House dinner WHEN?

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What We Loved in 2010

Curtis Duffy's dish at the James Beard Awards; Karen DeMasco's budino at Chefs & Champagne
 

The JBF editors collectively checked in at hundreds of restaurants and events in 2010; here are a dozen dishes that made us sit up and pay attention (and lick our plates clean):

Curtis Duffy's Alaskan King Crab with Cucumber Consommé, Kalamansi, Floral Cream, and Lemon Balm at the James Beard Awards
The ingredient list reads like a perfume label, but there was nothing overpowering about this dish: the aromatics perfectly complemented the creamy chunks of crab. We also loved the Grant Achatz protégé’s artful presentation.

Linton Hopkin's Roast... Read more >

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Eat This Word: Chai

The James Beard Foundation on chai

WHAT? Spicy sipper. Chai is the Hindi word for “tea,” which makes a coffeehouse order of a “chai tea latte” redundant. (The word passed into Chinese and Japanese as “cha.”) The fragrant, milky beverage we’re referring to goes by “masala chai” in India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Tibet, where it is an integral part of every social gathering. To make the tea, a combination of sweet and savory spices such as cloves, star anise, peppercorn, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and fennel are ground, boiled in water, steeped with black tea, strained, and mellowed with milk and honey. According to Indian cooking expert Julie Sahni, “The people in cooler parts of India have traditionally added spices to their tea, not just for flavoring, but also to induce heat in the body. Spiced teas are particularly welcome after an Indian meal, because they provide a gentle, more graceful ending to the intricately spiced Indian dishes.” She adds, “A plain

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On the Menu: Michael Chiarello

Michael Chiarello Many vintages ago at Tra Vigne, Top Chef Masters finalist Michael Chiarello’s local, Italian-inspired cooking helped define Napa Valley’s wine-friendly cuisine. Now at Bottega on his own vineyard, he and chef de cuisine Nick Ritchie continue to craft a personal, Mediterranean-based cuisine. Here's what he'll be serving at the Beard House this Wednesday: Hors d’Oeuvre Pesto and Burrata Arancini Grilled Lamb Spiedini with Coal-Roasted Vegetable Purée and Pine Nut Agrodolce Ancient Grain Polenta with Wild Mushrooms and Balsamic–Game Sauce Pairing: Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs 2006 Dinner Angry Ahi Tuna Crudo with Crispy Basil, Garlic, Serrano Chilies, and Orange Pairing: Ruinart Blanc de Blancs NV Roasted Butternut Squash with Porcini, Caramelized Shallots, Burrata, and Balsamic Caviar Pairing: Chiarello Family Vineyards

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On the Menu: Richard Blais

Richard Blais Fans of Top Chef know Richard Blais for his hyper-modern technique and creative reinventing of classic cuisine. For tonight's unique event, the superstar chef will stay true to form, serving a menu of elegant dishes inspired by the haute hamburgers offered at his renowned Flip Burger Boutique. Here's the menu: Hors d’Oeuvre Scotch Eggs with Chorizo and Pimentón Spanish Mackerel Tartare with Passion Fruit Thai-bouleh Swedish Meatballs Chaud-Froid Pairing: Champagne Henriot Brut Souverain Dinner An Egg with Breakfast Flavors Pairing: Trimbach Cuvée Frédéric Émile Riesling 2004 Spanish Mackerel Crudo with Fried Chicken and Sesame Seed Ice Cream Pairing: Hubert Lamy Les Tremblots Puligny-Montrachet 2007 Border Spring Farms Lamb with Aromatic Yogurt and Kaffir Lime Pairing:

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On the Menu: December 5 through December 11

A view of the Beard house from the back patio. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, December 5, 6:30 P.M. 9th Annual Greens Holiday Party Join the James Beard Foundation Greens (foodies under 40) as we celebrate the holidays with great food and drink at the 9th Annual JBF Greens Holiday Party at the historic James Beard House.  Don't miss this chance to explore our muse's home and sample culinary delights from some of the city's most exciting chefs. A selection of fine wines from Palm Bay Imports and Stella Artois beers will be served to keep everyone in good spirits. Guests will leave with a goody bag and heaps of holiday cheer. Monday, December 6, 6:00 P.M. Friends of James Beard Benefit: Richmond, VT Winter Feast in

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On the Menu: Midwest Bounty

Jonathon Sawyer As the first certified green restaurant in Ohio, the Greenhouse Tavern scores big with environmentalists, but it’s chef Jonathon Sawyer’s “smart, simple dishes that keep food lovers coming back,” according to Bon Appétit. Sawyer, a 2010 Food & Wine Best New Chef and JBF Award semifinalist, is a foraging enthusiast with a passion for Buckeye State ingredients. He's also preparing dinner at the Beard House tomorrow (you can reserve a seat here); take a look at the menu: Hors d’Oeuvre Walleyed Quenelles with Tomato Coulis, Tomato Butter, and Parmesan Foie Gras–Steamed Clams with Red Onion Brûlée, Late Harvest Viognier Vinegar, and Grilled Bread Dry-Aged Beef Tartare with Mustard Sabayon and Onions Black Walnut Soup en Croûte with Country Ham, Sage, and Wood-Ear

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On the Menu: Old World Meets New World

Anthony Bucco Set in a lovely small town, Uproot is proof that avant-garde elegance can succeed outside of major cities. With an AAA Four-Diamond award to his name, chef Anthony Bucco has created a sophisticated contemporary American menu of classic dishes enhanced with modern techniques and ingredients. Here's what's on the menu (and click here to reserve your seat): Hors d’Oeuvre Foie Gras Torchon with Elderflower Meringue, Hazelnut Butter, and Fried Brioche House-Cured Organic Salmon with Watermelon Radishes and Bitter Chocolate Whiskey-Spiked Pears with Deep-Fried Pork Belly and Cinnamon Hamachi with Green Apple Mustard and Cider Gelée Pairings: Spiked Uproot Apple Cider Punch; Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut NV Dinner Barnegat Light Black Bass with

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On the Menu: Harvest to Heat

Harvest to Heat The just-published Harvest to Heat cookbook celebrates the collaborative efforts of the visionary small-scale farmers, artisanal producers, and prescient chefs who are leading the charge to shape the future of our food world. Monday night's Beard House dinner will showcase five of the book’s influential chef-advocates and their exquisite farm-to-table cuisine. Check out the menu below (and click here to make your reservation): Hors d’Oeuvre Chilled Island Creek Oysters with Crisp Shiitakes, Scallion Spears, and Roasted Shiitake Mignonette Crisp Pete’s Farm Pork Cheeks with Apple Butter and Candied Bacon Baffoni’s Poultry Farm Chicken Liver Pâté with Hazelnuts, Late-Summer Berry Preserves, and Raw Local Honey on House-Baked Brioche Cured Foie Gras with Autumn Fruit

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