On the Menu: Tour of Thailand

Ty Bellingham Years of immersion in Thai cuisine, including extensive training under famed chef David Thompson of Sailors Thai in Sydney, Australia, made Ty Bellingham a natural fit to helm the kitchen at Kittichai in Soho’s swanky Sixty Thompson hotel. For tonight's Beard House dinner, Bellingham has designed an elegant menu that reflects Thailand’s diverse regional cuisines and traditions. Click here to make a reservation! Hors d’Oeuvre Crab with Caramelized Palm Sugar Dressing on Shiso Leaves Salted Organic Chicken and Lychees on Crisp Wafers Oysters with Crispy Shallots and Green Chile–Galangal Dressing Pairing: Champagne Huré Frères Brut Réserve NV Dinner Lobster in Egg Nests with Shredded Coconut

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On the Menu: I Cook Michigan

Steven Grostick As the former executive chef of Michigan’s Five Lakes Grill, Steven Grostick trained under renowned chef and JBF Award nominee Brian Polcyn for 11 years before taking over the kitchen at Toasted Oak Grill & Market. To showcase his beloved home state, Grostick has designed an elegant yet imaginative menu that incorporates Michigan ingredients into every course. Check out the menu below (Coney dogs!), then click here to make a reservation for a taste of the Great Lakes State. Hors d’Oeuvre Black Star Farms Riesling–Steamed and House-Smoked Trout Rillettes with Flatbread Crackers Michigan’s Famous Coney Dogs with Bad Axe Venison Coney Sauce Faygo Root Beer–Braised Short Ribs Liver and Onions > Tim’s Farmhouse Chicken Liver and

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On the Menu: Wine Lovers' Dinner

Brian Sode Certified master chef Brian Sode helps set the tone at the Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Florida—an ultra-exclusive golf club with only 250 members—with his exquisitely plated, French-inspired cuisine. Known for putting together impeccable winemaker dinners, Sode has created an elegant menu featuring wines from Terlato Wines International. Take a look at the enticing menu below, then click here to make your reservation. Hors d’Oeuvre Foie Gras Terrine with Cherry Gastrique Green Apple and Honey–Brined Trout Peekytoe Crab with Mâche and Corncakes Savory Goat Cheese, Cured Olive, and Tomato Tarts Pairing: Terlato Vineyards Pinot Grigio 2008 Dinner Smoked Sea Bass and Lobster

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On the Menu: July 18 through July 21

Beard House See what's cooking at the Beard House next week! Monday, July 11, 7:00 P.M. Summer Rosé Celebration The landmark Peacock Inn has long been considered one of Princeton’s top dining destinations, especially since Le Bernardin alum Manuel Perez took over the kitchen. Perez, who was formerly chef de cuisine at the acclaimed Restaurant Nicholas in Middletown, New Jersey, will be serving a New American summer menu paired with Rosé wines from select producers. Tuesday, July 19, 7:00 P.M. Wine Lovers' Dinner Certified master chef Brian Sode helps set the tone at the Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Florida—an ultra-exclusive golf club with only 250 members—with his exquisitely plated,

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Teach a Man To Fish: Group Presents Culinary Solution to Invasive Species Problem at Beard House Event

Invasive speciesKerry Heffernan in the James Beard House kitchen; the chef's Asian carp ceviche

Asian carp escabèche. Green crab bisque. Blue tilapia. Sounds like a simple seafood menu. Could it also be the answer to a looming environmental disaster? The Washington-based advocacy group Food & Water Watch brought chef Kerry Heffernan of South Gate to the Beard House to propose an unusual and delicious solution to the invasive species that are decimating America’s aquatic environments: eat them. As Heffernan demonstrated, in the hands of a talented chef, these invader fish can offer exciting new ingredients for the menu. Heffernan was impressed with the intense flavor of the green crabs, more intense than blue crabs, and the toothsome texture of blue tilapia, which he likened to monkfish, itself once an undesirable sea

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On the Menu: July 12 through July 15

There's a lot to savor about next week's lineup of Beard House events. Tuesday, July 12, 6:30 P.M. East Village Social One of NYC’s most historic and colorful neighborhoods, the East Village has experienced a culinary renaissance over the past few years with groundbreaking new restaurants popping up amid the skate stores and head shops. Guests at this walk-around tasting and cocktail party will enjoy a tantalizing tour of the East Village’s best eats. Wednesday, July 13, 12:00 P.M. Beard on Books: Harvest to Heat by Darryl Estrine and Kelly Kochendorfer Harvest to Heat pays homage to the farmers and artisans who supply America's restaurants with top-

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On the Menu: Virginia Summer Bounty

Christopher Edwards The Restaurant at the Patowmack Farm has been a farm-to-table fine-dining pioneer since its opening in the late 1990s, but the delicate touch of El Bulli–trained executive chef Christopher Edwards takes the concept to the next level. You can get a taste of his hyper-seasonal cooking when Edwards returns to the Beard House tomorrow night. Take a look at the menu below, then click here to make your reservation. Hors d’Oeuvre Pork-Fried Puffed Rice with Farm Egg Mimosa and Charcoal-Grilled Pork Barbecue Chilled Ajo Blanco with Asparagus and Virginia Surryano Ham Swiss Chard Marmalade and Cherry Glen Chèvre Doughnuts Pairings: Silvano Follador Prosecco 2008;

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Sodexo's Recipes for a Better Tomorrow Contest

Chef contestantsChef contestants in the Sodexo Recipes for a Better Tomorrow competition

As one of the largest foodservice companies in the world and one of the Founding Partners of the James Beard Foundation Annual Food Conference, Sodexo is committed to finding ways to maintain the high quality and nutrition of the 50,000,000-plus meals the corporation’s 15,000 chefs prepare daily. To that end, this May the James Beard Foundation hosted the final cook-off and judging for their Recipes for a Better Tomorrow culinary competition. The Beard House welcomed five finalists from the U.S. and Canada representing five divisions of Sodexo North America. We were joined by Sodexo’s culinary leadership within Sodexo and guest chefs like Sodexo’s Matthew Weingarten, chef of Manhattan’s Inside Park, and Barton Seaver, chef/owner of DC’s Hook and author

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On the Menu: Clyde Common

Chris DiMinno A protégé of JBF Award winner Dan Barber, Chris DiMinno has made a name for himself on the hot Portland food scene with Clyde Common, his ultracool European-style gastropub. At tomorrow night's Beard House dinner, DiMinno will pair his must-have Pacific Northwest ingredients with exquisite hand-crafted wines from Big Table Farm in Gaston, Oregon. You can make a reservation here. Hors d’Oeuvre Chicken-Fried Chicken Liver Skewers with Aïoli Clyde Common Charcuterie Smoked Trout Crostini with Sweet Onions and Crème Frâiche Farmer’s Cheese with Woody Herbs Pairing: Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s Barrel-Aged Negroni Dinner Northern Pacific Hay-Cured Salmon with Rye Panzanella Pairing: Big Table Farm Brooks Estate Vineyard Riesling 2009 Wild Mushroom Stew

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JBF Kitchen Cam