Jobs We Love: Kate Williams

Kate Williams Sure, we put on a fair share of events every month, but event planning major leaguer Kate Williams takes the cake. As the coordinator of the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, she oversees 120 tastings, demonstrations, and panels—all happening over the course of a mere four days. Read on to learn more about her work (and what's in store for the 2010 Festival). (Photo by Liz Brown)

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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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Eye Candy: Beard House

Modern crew with beers Gabriel Kreuther and his team from the Modern toast to a job well done in the Beard House kitchen. Check out more photos from their Alsatian-themed Oktoberfest, part of the Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival. (Photo by Philip Gross)

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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: DonQ Celebrates Flavors From the Land of Rum

Don Q Rum For our final event with the New York City Wine and Food Festival, we're bringing a couple of Top Chefs to the Beard House kitchen: season five's Jeff McInnis and Fabio Viviani. Mixologists Jacopo Falleni and Esteban Ordonez will also be on hand to shake up some cocktails featuring premium Don Q rum. Take a look at the menu below: Hors d'Oeuvre Fabio Viviani Quail Skewers with Puerto Rican Caponata and Rum Demi-Glace Chicken Liver Brioche with Celery and Orange–Rum Beurre Blanc Potato Tostones with Tuna Tartare and Aged Balsamic Vinegar Jeff McInnis Grilled Peaches and Serrano Ham with Arugula and Queso Blanco Lobster–Mascarpone Arepas with Green Onions and Cilantro Yuca Blini with Caviar, Lime Cream, and Chives Dinner For the

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On the Menu: Jacques Torres & Friends Chocolate Brunch

Jacques Torres As part of our partnership with the New York City Wine and Food Festival, we've invited Jacques Torres (along with FCI faculty members Marc Bauer, Nils Norén, and Alain Sailhac) to prepare a special brunch featuring chocolate in every course. Anyone who has paid a visit to one of Jacques Torres's candy shops understands that the JBF Award winner knows a thing or two about the addictive sweet stuff. Here's a sneek peek of the menu: Hors d’Oeuvre Miniature Mole-Glazed Chicken Drumsticks Miniature Thyme, Aged Gruyère, and Chocolate Vol-Au-Vent with Wild Mushroom Ragoût Savory Chocolate Napoleons with Spicy Cream Cheese Chocolate Gougères with Gorgonzola and Walnuts Grilled Cocoa Nib–Infused Polenta with Chile-Spiced Beef Tenderloin Brunch Foie Gras with Pear and Chocolate

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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: The Modern’s Alsatian Oktoberfest

Gabriel Kreuther The streets of Munich may no longer be flooded with beer and revelers, but Oktoberfest will have a reprise at the Beard House this Friday, featuring the refined Alsatian cuisine of Gabriel Kreuther and a range of hearty brews. Here's a preview of the menu: Hors d’Oeuvre Liverwurst Toasts Tarte Flambé Beef Tartare with Quail Eggs Mushroom Tartlets Crispy Shrimp Tuna Tartare Dinner Baekoffe Terrine with Potato Salad Roasted Foie Gras with Beerewake Fruit Chutney and Brown Beer Reduction Horseradish-Crusted Scottish Salmon with Cabbage and Riesling Sauce Alsatian Country Sausage with Caramelized Turnips Madeira-Braised Short Ribs with Spaetzle Baba au Kirsch To view the full menu with all artisanal beer pairings, click

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On the Menu: Dinner with Alain Ducasse

Alain Ducasse Our first New York City Wine and Food Festival event is headlined by luminary French chef Alain Ducasse. He'll be joined by Adour's Joel Dennis and Benoit Bistro's Pierre Schaedelin in the Beard House kitchen, where the trio will prepare the ultimate dégustation of la grande cuisine française. Feast your eyes on the menu below: Hors d’Oeuvre Miniature Tarte Flambé Herb and Ricotta Barbajuan Gougères Mornay Head Cheese Jumbo Lump Crab with Celeriac and Apple Rémoulade Citrus-Marinated Hamachi with Celery Hearts and Radishes Wagyu Beef Tartare Canapés Dinner Foie Gras and Quince Terrine with Quince Marmalade and Gelée and Country Toast Pumpkin Velouté with Golden Crouton Steamed Halibut with Porcini Tarte Tatin Roasted Pennsylvania Squab with Glazed Turnips and Sauce Salmis

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