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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The Bookshelf: Marcus Samuelsson's New American Table

New American TableIn spite of yesterday's bleak weather, Beard on Books had a full house for JBF Award Winner Marcus Samuelsson's poignant discussion of his new cookbook, New American Table. An Ethiopian who grew up in Sweden, trained in France, and fearlessly crossed the pond to the States in his early twenties, the chef has a refreshingly unique perspective on American cuisine and a moving affection for its regional cooking traditions. His new book is not only a tribute to our food, but a token of gratitude as well. "I put all of my chips on food when I was young, but my other big decision was to go to the diverse universe of America," Samuelsson remarked. "I wanted to be in a place where people wouldn't focus on my background, and I knew I could find that in New York City." The chef recounted his determination to get to Manhattan (the French chef he worked for told him he couldn't "leave the macaron for

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The Bookshelf: Marcus Samuelsson's New American Table

New American TableIn spite of yesterday's bleak weather, Beard on Books had a full house for JBF Award Winner Marcus Samuelsson's poignant discussion of his new cookbook, New American Table. An Ethiopian who grew up in Sweden, trained in France, and fearlessly crossed the pond to the States in his early twenties, the chef has a refreshingly unique perspective on American cuisine and a moving affection for its regional cooking traditions. His new book is not only a tribute to our food, but a token of gratitude as well. "I put all of my chips on food when I was young, but my other big decision was to go to the diverse universe of America," Samuelsson remarked. "I wanted to be in a place where people wouldn't focus on my background, and I knew I could find that in New York City." The chef recounted his determination to get to Manhattan (the French chef he worked for told him he couldn't "leave the macaron for

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Eye Candy: NYCWFF at the Beard House

Reports touting the success of the Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival have flooded the internet, and we're pleased to hear that the Beard House events were no exception to the rule. Over the next couple of days we will be linking to photo galleries on our website—today we have a slideshow of Saturday's Food Meets Fashion event, featuring Zac Posen, Giada De Laurentiis, and Marcus Samuelsson. Here are some our favorite shots from the long weekend: Alain Ducasse

Alain Ducasse and an assistant plate foie gras–quince terrines with quince marmalade and gelée Alain Ducasse and crew... Read more >

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On the Menu: Food Meets Fashion

Food Meets Fashion Trio Diners at Saturday night's New York City Wine and Food Festival event will witness a huge first: Acclaimed American designer and accomplished cook Zac Posen will set aside the muslin and pick up the sauté pan. The Food Network's Giada De Laurentiis and JBF Award winner Marcus Samuelsson will join him in the kitchen, and the trio will prepare an eclectic fall menu. Here's a look at what they'll serve: Hors d’Oeuvre Giada Butternut Squash Soup with Fontina–Sage Croutons Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto Zac Purple Peruvian Potatoes with Crème Fraîche, Chives, and Caviar Basil-Baked Yellowtail in Rice Paper Marcus Gravlax on Crisp Bread Herring with Trout Roe Dinner Zac

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On the Menu: October 4 to October 10

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week: Tuesday, October 6, 7:00 P.M. Languedoc Wine Lovers’ Dinner Once best known for producing the table wines that kept French soldiers sated during both world wars, the Languedoc region now yields some of the most exciting wines made today. Sample them alongside an equally intriguing menu prepared by Country alum Doug Psaltis and Languedoc native Cedric Tovar. Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 P.M. Alaskan Luxury Retreat Kirsten Dixon’s trio of luxurious Alaskan resorts are some of the most remote in the world, but the Le Cordon Bleu Paris–trained chef’s cuisine has put them on the map. For this dinner, she and her daughter, pastry chef Mandy Dixon, have created a menu that highlights the best of the region’

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On the Menu: Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival

If you’re as big of a food fan as we are, you’ve probably already marked your calendar for this year’s Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival. This year the James Beard Foundation is partnering with the festival to bring you an exciting line-up of exclusive dining events at the Beard House! While our dinners prepared by Alain Ducasse and the trio of Marcus Samuelsson, Giada De Laurentiis, and Zac Posen (yes, that Zac Posen) have already sold out, there are still seats available for an incredible Oktoberfest celebration with JBF Award winner Gabriel Kreuther and a sinful chocolate lovers’ brunch prepared by Mr. Chocolate himself, Jacque Torres, along with chefs from the French Culinary Institute. Tickets are going quickly, so call 866.969.2933 or visit www.nycwineandfoodfestival.com to reserve seats at these one-of-a-kind events!

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