Recipe: Fabio Trabocchi's Bucatini with Sardines, Almonds, and Dill

 

James Beard Award winner Fabio Trabocchi of Washington, D.C.'s Fiola proves that fish from a tin has much more potential than a tuna fish sandwich in this salty, savory pasta. He infuses olive oil with garlic, then builds flavor with Espelette, chives, and tomato-packed sardines. The final result is a light yet rich sauce with layers of briny and herbal depth. Top it off with crunchy Marcona almonds and fresh dill, and you have yourself an easy pasta dinner. As always, it's important to salt the pasta water, because, as Trabocchi says, it's the only opportunity to properly season the pasta. For lighter sauces such as this one, go heavier on salting the boiling water, as opposed to the seasoning the finished dish.

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America's Classics: Jose Garces on Ben's Chili Bowl in D.C.

Photo by James Collier

 

Ben’s Chili Bowl
Washington, D.C.

 

The first time I visited Ben's Chili Bowl was on a solo mission during the fall of 2011, while I was visiting D.C. to explore the market for restaurant opportunities. I had heard tons about it from chef and industry friends there. Before I even set foot inside, I loved seeing the various hot dogs and sausages that were in the storefront window on a plancha, and the aroma that hung in the air of beef franks being cooked was a fantastic sign for what was to come.

 

Jose Garces, JBF Award Winner

 

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On the Menu: August 15 through August 21

Guests enjoy dinner in the Beard House dining room. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, August 16, 7:00 P.M. American Artisan Dinner At their beloved cheese shop and bistro in Providence, Matt and Kate Jennings serve diligently sourced, honest, handmade food inspired by the seasons and their New England setting. The talented chefs conceived this exquisite dinner as an ode to American artisanal dairy products, which will be featured in each course. Tuesday, August 17, 7:00 P.M. Italian Gem Though some New Yorkers have a policy against eating anywhere north of 23rd Street, the Upper East Side’s Spigolo, which received two stars from Times critic Frank Bruni, has convinced many a

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On the Menu: August 8 through August 14

Beard House Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Tuesday, August 10, 7:00 P.M. Best of D.C. It’s comforting to know that no matter what is happening in the House and the Senate, Washington, D.C.’s dynamic food scene remains as deliciously compelling as ever. Find out for yourself when this group of D.C. power chefs visits us at the Beard House. Wednesday, August 11, 7:00 P.M. Great Friends, Great Chefs For years this powerhouse group of Beard House alums has collaborated on Taste of the NFL, an event that raises money to fight hunger and whose founder, Wayne Kostroski, won JBF’s 2010 Humanitarian of the Year award. Eager to reunite, they’ll be cooking together in our kitchen for the first time ever. Thursday, August 12, 7:00

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