Interview with Oustanding Chef Award Nominee Marc Vetri

Marc Vetri is a nominee for the 2014 James Beard Award for Oustanding Chef

 

When Marc Vetri opened his eponymous restaurant on Philadelphia’s Spruce Street 15 years ago, he served spicy penne with tomatoes and capers, a daily risotto, and other dishes that might seem light years away from what we see on current modern Italian menus. But today's bucatini-and-budino world remains undeniably linked to his emphasis on quality over quantity. We spoke to the Outstanding Chef award nominee, whose seventh restaurant will open this year, for details about his forthcoming pasta book and his new obsession with wheat.

 

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JBF: You celebrated Vetri's 15th anniversary last year. How has your experience with Vetri influenced how you open new concepts and maintain them?

 

MV: Vetri is its own thing. It can’t be reproduced in another restaurant. It’s way too personal, so I try to not compare any new project to it. It... Read more >

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Now that's Italian! The JBF Gala & Auction in Photos

Here are some photos of the fabulous food, chefs, and guests at last night's gala dinner and auction at Guastavino's in New York City. We'll be adding more photos to our Facebook page soon! (Click on thumbnails for larger images. Photos by Ken Goodman, Mark Von Holden, and Mira Zaki.) [gallery orderby="ID"]

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On the Menu: October 24 through October 30

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, October 24, 12:00 P.M. Tutto Toscana Brunch The classic Italian brunch may be the simple duo of cappuccino and cornetto, but we knew the country’s culinary crema would do wonders with the American breakfast when given the chance. In their farewell to the Apicius culinary school’s Tutto Toscana series, the faculty will prepare a delicious brunch that draws on Tuscany’s culinary traditions. Monday, October 25, 7:00 P.M. East Coast Meets Spain Named after the Spanish word for “foam,” Espuma also evokes the Delaware restaurant’s coastal locale, which offers endless inspiration for Jay Caputo’s New American cuisine.

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Food Matters: What We Loved in 2009

As we resolve to eat less and exercise more at the start of this new year, we can't help but think of some of the delicious stand-outs we enjoyed in 2009. (Does dreaming burn calories?) Even in such an unsettling year for the industry, there was no shortage of fantastic food. Below are the dishes that left us satisfied, smiling, or even speechless. We can't wait to taste what's in store for 2010.


Sun Gold tomatoes with parsley and olive oil panna cotta / Hugo’s, Portland, ME
JBF Award Winner Rob Evans once worked at the French Laundry, and he masters its philosophy in this sublime appetizer: tasteful creativity paired with ingredients in their prime.


Crispy pig's ear salad with tarbais beans, chicory, tomato confit, truffle vinaigrette, and poached quail egg / Pig and Pinot Feast, James Beard House

2009 may have been an errant year for Ryan Skeen, but memories of his superb Beard House dinner have us... Read more >

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JBF News: JBF Award Winners Saddle Up for the World Equestrian Games

John Besh, Marc Vetri, and freshly enthroned Iron Chef Jose Garces are just a few of the JBF Award–winning toques who will join forces with the 2010 World Equestrian Games and the James Beard Foundation to put on Cookin’ in the Bluegrass, a 16-night dinner series in Lexington, KY. The program, taking place at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Farmhouse restaurant, will also feature local talent and strive to recreate the lavish events held at the historic James Beard House in New York City. Click here to find out more.

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Eye Candy: Beard House

Bollito Misto

A bowl of bollito misto gets a spoonful of seasoning during a dinner in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Marc Vetri's eponymous restaurant.

May 28, 2009, The Beard House, NYC

(Photo by Geoff Mottram)

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Q & A: Marc Vetri

Marc Vetri

JBF Award Winner Marc Vetri, who joined us at the Beard House last night to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his eponymous restaurant, answers our questions about lessons learned in the kitchen, artisanal products, and his least favorite food (it may surprise you).

James Beard Foundation: What would you eat for your last meal on earth? Marc Vetri: Pork, pork, and then maybe some pork. JBF: What’s your least favorite food? MV: Garlic. JBF: What’s your earliest food memory? MV: Sunday dinners at my grandmother’s. JBF: What life lessons have you learned in the kitchen? MV: Integrity, passion, diligence, comraderie, balance, self-respect, and humility. JBF: Why do you support local, artisanal producers? MV:... Read more >

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