From Mexican street food-turned-haute cuisine to exquisite Mediterranean fare, tomorrow night's Beard House menu, created by the talented chefs of Honest Man Restaurant Group, reflects the laid-back elegance of the South Fork. Locally sourced ingredients support the sophisticated flavors that have turned these restaurants into the favored dining spots of the Hamptons elite.
To make a reservation for this event, which will also feature Long Island wines, click here
Montauk Lobster with Butter and Garden Thyme on Housemade Potato Buns
Housemade Foie Gras Torchon with Balsam Farms Strawberry–Garden Rhubarb Jam on Toasted Brioche
Diver Scallop Crudo with Grapefruit and Amagansett Sea Salt
Suppli di Telefono
What better way to welcome October than with a fall feast at the Beard House?
Monday, October 3, 7:00 P.M.
Diners at Drew’s Bayshore Bistro can enjoy a true down-home, low country meal without even leaving the tri-state area. Run by chef/owner Andrew Araneo, a 2010 JBF Award semifinalist for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic, Drew’s upscale bistro fare features the best of Gulf Coast cuisine: bold flavors, Cajun specialties, and spectacular seafood.
Tuesday, October 4, 7:00 P.M.
From Mexican street food–turned–haute cuisine to exquisite Mediterranean fare, the menu created by these talented chefs reflects the laid-back elegance of the South Fork. Locally sourced ingredients support the sophisticated flavors that have turned these restaurants
Revered root. Licorice root was so prized in ancient Egypt that generous supplies of it were found in King Tut’s tomb, and hieroglyphics suggest it was the starring ingredient in a popular beverage. Used to treat ailments from arthritis to ulcers, the root is said to promote vitality, soothe and detoxify the body, and act as an anti-inflammatory. The botanical name for this savory stem is Glycyrrhiza, which means “sweet root” in Greek. It is used to flavor cough drops and tonics, as well as certain beers, ice creams, and even meat products. Contrary to popular belief, however, it’s not licorice root that flavors the confection that bears its name—it’s aniseed.
WHERE? Steven Gugelmeier, Mark Steele, Scott Warrick, Russell Weir, Giuseppe Calabro's Beard House dinner
Great chefs know they are only as good as the people they hire. As the executive chef of both A Voce
outposts, Missy Robbins not only oversees the restaurants’ uniquely authentic-yet-modern Italian cuisine but has also assembled a top-notch team of chefs whose impressive skills highlight the striking talent of their mentor.
The A Voce crew will be cooking their signature Italian fare at the Beard House on Monday, September 19. Have a look at the menu below, then click here to make a reservation
Roasted Porchetta with Coriander Vinaigrette
Mozzarella di Bufala with Dried Olives and Calabrian Chilies
Zucchini–Bianchetti Fritti > Zucchini Fritters
Cured Sardines with
At charming West Village newcomer Spasso (Italian for “amusement”), executive chef Craig Wallen has created a crowd-pleasing menu of traditional and contemporary regional dishes. A Michael White protégé who also cooked with Mario Batali at Lupa, Wallen knows his way around an Italian kitchen and delivers the seasonal, osteria-inspired fare to prove it.
If you're looking for a leisurely way to spend this Friday's lunch hour, we invite you to join us at the Beard House for an Italian meal prepared by Wallen. Click here to make a reservation
Chicken Liver Crostini
Fried Oysters with Lemon–Caper Crema
Stracciatella Cheese on Grilled Bread
Pairings: Opera 02 Lambrusco Rosé 2009; Opera 02 Lambrusco Amabile 2009
Slithery sustenance. The Japanese love kabayaki—grilled eel in a sweet, soy-based sauce—so much, they have even dedicated an entire day to eating it. On Ushinohi, which is celebrated in August, eel restaurants all over Japan do a booming business; politicians are sometimes photographed smiling as they dine on their kabayaki; and, according to Charmaine Solomon’s Encyclopedia of Asian Food
, 900 tons of eel are consumed. The eel is served over rice and is thought to be restorative in the enervating August heat. A Dictionary of Japanese Food
calls kabayaki "one of Japan’s great treats," and a Japanese friend confirms that Japanese people would consider it right up there with sushi and tempura as a representative food of their country. These days though, she confesses, not everybody eats kabayaki straight from the grill as a connoisseur would insist. "Nowadays you can buy it in the supermarket and microwave it."
For the next installment of our Greens programming series
, we're bringing the best of Brooklyn to the Beard House! Join us on September 18 for a special multi-course dinner prepared by the chefs, wine experts, and butchers that make Brooklyn the city's most creative food borough. Participating chefs include Saul Bolton of Saul
, Jessica and Josh Applestone Fleisher's Grass-Fed and Organic Meats
, and George Weld of Egg
. The full lineup and menu, including some recently added wine pairings, can be found
WHAT? Hawaiian beef jerky. A traditional nibble at a Lu‘ au feast, pipikaula did, in fact, evolve from beef jerky. According to Time-Life’s Pacific and Southeast Asian Cooking, islanders were introduced to the snack by Yankee whalers who plied the seas around Hawaii. Traditionally, strips of beef are marinated in salt, soy sauce, and garlic, then dried outdoors in a screened box that keeps flies away. Contemporary recipes often give instructions for cooking in a very low oven. "Pipi," by the way, is the Hawaiian word for beef or cow; "kaula" the word for rope. It’s neither here nor there, but we were interested to learn that Tibetans make their own version of jerky from yak meat.
WHERE? Darren Demaya, Colin Hazama, and Jon Matsubara's Beard House dinner
WHEN? September 14, 2011
HOW? Keahole Lobster... Read more >
When Mike Isabella came to the Beard House last month, he swiftly dashed away any doubts that he could cook incredible food beyond the judges' table. His menu was stunning from start to finish, but we especially loved these delicate veal-sweetbread tortellini, which were surrounded by perfectly salted country ham broth, cauliflower purée, and pickled baby vegetables.
You can see more photos of Mike Isabella's Beard House dinner on our Facebook page
While summer in New York tends to encourage some kicking back, here at the James Beard Foundation we were rolling up our sleeves and getting to work on the renovation of our backyard garden. Beard House guests love to savor a cocktail and canapés in this intimate outdoor area during event receptions in the warmer months, so preserving its charming and cozy feel—including the beloved pig statue and bust of Beard that belonged to him—while also taking care of some much needed repairs and replanting, was our goal.
Under the direction of the editors of Garden Design
magazine, Paul Keyes of Paul Keyes Associates
, and our manager of house operations and house events, Victoria Jordan, the garden slowly bloomed into a lush, efficiently redesigned space over the course of six weeks. Bluestone tiles were torn up and