On the Menu: August 1 through August 7

Guests mingle in the Beard House. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, August 2, 6:00 P.M. Enlightened Eaters: A Workshop Our series on cooking seasonally continues when Top Chef contestant and natural foods chef Andrea Beaman returns to teach guests how to prepare delicious summer dishes with just-picked ingredients from local markets. Participants will learn how to maximize the health benefits of locally sourced food by cooking meals packed with nutrients as well as flavor. Tuesday, August 3, 7:00 P.M. Modern Asian When former Buddakan NYC chef Michael Schulson opens a new restaurant, Asian food lovers sit up and take notice. Schulson, as per Frank Bruni, “breathes intelligence and creativity” into his

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Eye Candy: Big Gay Ice Cream Truck

Big Gay Ice Cream Truck Bryan Petroff and Doug Quint wave from the window of the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, which parked in front of the Beard House on the night of the Second Annual Gay Soirée. View more photos of the event here.

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Eye Candy: We All Scream for Teeny Ice Cream

Blueberry ice cream For a sweet amuse, chefs Michael Weisshaupt and John Benjamin topped miniature cones with tiny orbs of New Jersey blueberry ice cream. The bite-sized desserts were shuttled from table to table in a repurposed wooden wine box, inspired by the event's rare-wine theme. Check out more images here.

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Eye Candy: Tattooed Top Chef

Kevin Gillespie of Top Chef The heavily-inked Kevin Gillespie, who repeatedly wowed the judges on the last season of Top Chef, pipes a cream sauce onto fig and country ham canapés in the Beard House kitchen. Check out more photos of the chef's Southern-style meal.

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Eye Candy: Berry Sweet

Chèvre Cheesecake with Blueberry Compote; Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Huckleberries; and Strawberry Parfait Allen Routt of the Painted Lady in Newberg, Oregon, served this berry dessert trio at a recent Beard House dinner; it included chèvre cheesecake with blueberry compote; buttermilk panna cotta with huckleberries; and strawberry parfait. See more photos here.

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Eye Candy: Get Your Beef On

springtime barbecue trio At his mid-spring ode to barbecue, Tim Byres of Dallas's Smoke Restaurant served this Texas beef trio. It included coffee-cured brisket, a smoked paprika hot link, and short ribs, served with Dallas Farmers’ Market creamer peas and hominy casserole. Salivate over more photos here.

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Eat this Word: Hominy

hominyWHAT? Indigenous edible. This venerable grain is in fact dried corn kernels that have been processed with an alkali—traditionally a lye or limewater solution—to remove their tough outer skins. Its consumption dates back to ancient Mesopotamian cultures; in her book Crazy for Corn, Betty Fussell referred to hominy as “the world’s oldest chemically processed food.” Hominy was a staple of the Native American diet, and vestiges of its past can be found in Mexican soups and stews like menudo and posole. Its most common contemporary American iteration is as grits, the Southern staple in which dry hominy is ground, simmered over slow heat, and served with butter and cream in either savory or sweet variations. WHEN? Marc Dunham’s Beard House dinner WHERE?

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Reel Food: Wüsthof Butchering Demonstration

Did this morning's grilling Q & A put you in a carnivorous mood? Get a fix from this video of our recent whole-hog butchering demonstration, performed by Joshua Applestone of Fleisher's in Kingston, NY. (Julie Powell fans may recognize the Fleisher's name—it's where she honed her butchering chops in her latest book, Cleaving.) Though Applestone is said to be able to break down whole beasts in 44 seconds or less, he slowed down the pace for this Wüsthof-hosted Beard House event. Check out his mad skills after the jump!

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Eye Candy: You Say Kataifi, I Say Kanafeh

chamomile parfait, semolina cake, and kataifi-wrapped strawberries

At the end of his forward-thinking Greek dinner, Pano Karatassos served a dessert of chamomile parfait, semolina cake, and kataifi-wrapped strawberries. Kataifi—also known as kanafeh—is an Arabic pastry made of fine threads of pastry dough or shredded phyllo. It is common in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean bakeries. Click here for more photos of chef Karatasso's dinner.

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On the Menu: Catalan Food and Wine

Croquettes

Barcelona, the capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is well known for its vibrant markets and rich food culture. At Mercat (“market” in Catalan) and sister restaurant Mercat Negre, chefs Jalinson Rodriguez and Oriol Sala Colomer, along with wine director Carl Wisegart, capture this dynamic quality in their bold, regional Spanish cuisine. The Mercat crew will be cooking at the Beard House this Wednesday; check out their menu below. Hors d’Oeuvre Traditional Gazpacho Assorted Croquettas > Shrimp; Chicken; and Spinach Shrimp and Chorizo Skewers Salmon Ceviche with Avocado and Popcorn Dinner Sardine with Roasted Vegetables and Sherry Reduction Sautéed Wild Mushrooms with Fried Egg, Shoestring Potatoes, and Truffle Vinaigrette Monkfish with Summer Squash Romesco and Dried

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