Eye Candy: A Toast to Chanterelle

Chanterelle crew Former Chanterelle operators Karen and David Waltuck (third and fourth from left) and their crew raise glasses for a closing toast. The husband-and-wife team reunited with their old staff to prepare a special Beard House dinner honoring the New York institution. View more photos from this event here. (Photo by Eileen Miller)

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On the Menu: The Farm in the City

Adam Cooke At the much lauded Barn at Blackberry Farm, where the distance between product and plate is measured in footsteps, chef Adam Cooke has cultivated the ultimate model of local cuisine. He and his team will bring a taste of pastoral Tennessee to the Beard House kitchen this Saturday night; see what's on the menu below: Olive Oil–Confited Columbia River Sturgeon with American Sturgeon Caviar, White Wine–Poached Green Apples, and Mustard-Preserved Winter Root Vegetables Raw Sheep’s Milk Cooked–Anson Mills Grits with Egg Yolk, Tennessee Black Truffles, and Ham Hock Consommé Jelly Roasted Four Story Hill Farm Quail with Warm Onion–Field Pea Salad and Hickory Gastrique Chestnut and Mustard Green–Stuffed Lamb Loin with Lamb Bacon and Caramelized Turnips Blackberry Farm Singing Brook Cheese with Apple Stack Cake, Black Walnut Compote, and Local

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JBF News: NYC Public Schools Recipe Contest Semifinals

Recipe contest Now that the deadline for our healthy school lunch recipe contest has come and gone, it's time for the fun to begin: the judging! On Monday night at the New York City Food and Finance High School, over 25 plant-based recipes were prepared and served to a panel of judges that included pastry chef François Payard, NYC public schools executive chef Jorge Collazo, and elementary and high school students. The judges whittled down the entries to ten finalists, which will be cooked and sampled at the Beard House tomorrow evening. Stay tuned for the the results and photos! Special thanks to our partners, New York Coalition for Healthy School Food, the NYC Office of SchoolFood, Candle Café/79, and the New York City Food and Finance High School, for helping our kids eat well.

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On the Menu: Gotham Bar and Grill

Alfred PortaleAfter Alfred Portale wowed us with his braised artichoke ravioli at last year's gala auction, we've been counting down the days until the iconic chef's Beard House dinner. The highly anticipated meal is going down tomorrow night, for which Portale will round up his New York team (as well as the crew from his semi-new Miami outpost, Gotham Steak) to prepare this New American menu: Cauliflower Custard with Santa Barbara Sea Urchin, Golden Osetra Caviar, and Aged Soy Sauce Hamachi Sashimi with Asian Pear, Radishes, Honshimeji Mushrooms, and Soy–Yuzu Sauce Truffle-Crusted Atlantic Halibut with Romanesco Cauliflower, Marcona Almonds, and Vermouth Emulsion 50-Day-Aged Niman Ranch Sirloin with Market Carrots, Vidalia Onion Rings, Bone Marrow, and Bordelaise Meyer Lemon

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Eye Candy: Icewine–Pear Granité

pear granite Chef Jason Parsons surprised guests with this extra course at last Thursday's Beard House dinner. He combined pear juice and icewine to create a tart granité, and garnished the intermezzo with flower petals, gold flakes, and a delicate twig from an icewine vine. See more photos of Parsons's elegant menu here. (Photo by Geoff Mottram)

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Eye Candy: The Final Touch

Plating foie A crew member seasons a quince, completing a plate of foie gras and Sauternes sauce. Click here to see more photos from Kevin Penner and Matt Birnstill's Beard House dinner. (Photo by Joan Garvin)

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Eye Candy: Maple–Gingerbread Cake

maple gingerbread cake Dan Kardos served this toasty maple–gingerbread cake with roasted pumpkin, granola, and cinnamon crème fraîche for the finale to his holiday Beard House dinner. Click here to see more photos from the evening. (Photos by David Braunstein)

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Eye Candy: Ringing in the New Year at the Beard House

New Year's Eve Sarah Langan, instructor at the New England Culinary Institute, places housemade crackers on cheese plates, which featured Vermont Butter and Cheese Company Coupole, Jasper Hill Farm Bayley Hazen Blue, and fresh cheeses made by NECI students. Click here to see more photos from our New Year's Eve dinner. (Photo by Tom Kirkman)

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Eye Candy: Bone Marrow Flan

Bone marrow flan A chef removes foil wrappings from roasted bones for the first course of the Benchmark Holiday Dinner held on December 17. The marrow was puréed, incorporated into a base of eggs and cream, and poured back into the bones to create a savory flan. See more photos from the multi-chef dinner here. (Photo by Eileen Miller)

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