On the Menu: Middle Eastern Magic

Ana Sortun JBF Award winner Ana Sortun and Maura Kilpatrick of Boston’s Oleana and Sofra are bringing their inventive take on Eastern Mediterranean cuisine to the Beard House on Thursday with a mezze-inspired menu. Former Oleana sommelier Theresa Paopao will select the wine pairings, and Siena Farms will provide the locally grown produce. Here's what's on the menu: Hors d’Oeuvre Cheese Puffs with Persian Carrot Jam Kumquats with Goat Cheese and Halvah Brussels Sprout Dolmades with Sesame Seeds, Walnuts, and Pomegranate Kingfish Nayeh with Pickled Red Onions and Herb Salad Monkfish with Black Garlic–Tahini Sauce and Fried Pita Bread Pairing: Prosecco Cocktails with Winter Citrus and Persian Spices Dinner Assorted Mezze > Braised Gigante Beans with Whipped Feta and Wild Greek Herbs; Winter Green Vegetable Tzatziki on Za’atar Bread; and Fattoush with Escarole, Apple,

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Recipe: Ana Sortun's Fattoush with Escarole, Parsley, and Sumac

Fattoush with Escarole, Parsley, and Sumac Eating healthy after the gluttony of the holidays doesn't have to be a drag. Ana Sortun's delicious recipe for fattoush—an Arabic salad made with vegetables, pita, and sumac—is helping us stick to our resolutions...at least for another day or two.

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Recipe: Nougat Glacé

Nougat GlacéThis fragrant white nougat has firmly remained on Oleana's dessert menu for nearly a decade. When pastry chef Maura Kilpatrick served the signature dish at a spiced-themed Beard House dinner, she added mish mish, a blend of lemon, crystallized honey, and saffron. You can order it from La Boîte à Epice.

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On the Menu: Ana Sortun Spices Things Up

Ana Sortun Ana Sortun, who received our Best Chef: Northeast award in 2005, takes over the Beard House kitchen tomorrow night, and her menu has us intrigued. She's preparing an ambitious seven-course, Mediterranean-inflected dinner, building her dishes around exotic spice blends provided by spice expert Lior Lev Sercarz. Here's a preview of the menu: Hors d’Oeuvre Artichoke Spanakopita with Za’atar Apricot Dolmades with Loukanika Sausage, Cumin, and Orange Yogurt Lentil Sliders with Cumin, Coriander, and Pickled Eggplants Berkshire Pork Belly au 9 Poivres with Muscovado Caramel Butternut Squash Falafel with Black Garlic and Sesame Dinner Amuse Bouche Duo > Roasted Chicken Croquette

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