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: American Artisan Dinner

Kate and Matt Jennings Thanks to dairy pioneers like the Kehler brothers and Angela Miller, American cheesemaking has come a long way from the age of processed “cheese product.” Chefs also play an important role in helping these artisanal offerings reach our plates. One of them is Master Cheesemonger Matt Jennings: after apprenticing with cheesemakers all over Europe, he now spreads the good cheese gospel at Farmstead & La Laiterie, a restaurant and cheese shop in Providence. (He will also judge cheese at the Good Food Awards

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Q & A with Angela Miller, American Cheesemaker

Angela Miller's Hay FeverEver wonder what it’s like to move out to a farm, raise a few goats, and craft artisanal cheese? Well, Angela Miller, high profile Manhattan career woman, decided to do just that. Unsatisfied with her life as it was, Miller and her husband purchased a farm in Vermont, restored it to its old glory, and started raising Oberhaslis goats. We caught up with her recently at Beard on Books (discussing her new book, Hay Fever) to chat about the positive, the negative, and how she wouldn’t change a thing about her life on the Consider Bardwell Farm. Describe an average day on the farm. I’m off and running as soon as I wake up at 5:00 A.M. First my team and I have to sanitize the milking equipment,

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Eat this Word: Burrata

burrataWHAT? Cream cheese. On the outside, burrata appears to be fresh mozzarella. But the inside holds a surprise—an unctuous mix of cream and cheese curds. Burrata originated in Apulia and Basilicata in southern Italy and is one of several pasta filata cheeses. These cheeses—mozzarella, provolone, and cacicovallo are examples—begin with the formation of curd. The curd is heated in hot water so that it becomes melted and smooth, and then stretched, which forms the characteristically smooth surface. Burrata can also be filled with butter or a butter-and-sugar paste, hence its name. Another variation is Burrata di Andria, which is wrapped in the leaves of the aromatic asphodel plant, a member of the lily family. WHERE? Philip Campanella's Summer Sunset Cruise WHEN?

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Eye Candy: Cheese Illustrated

We adored these cheese sketches (complete with accoutrements) that graced the cheese platters at Chelsea Market Sunday Supper. Diners referred to the illustrations to identify the various farmstead cheeses that were served during the meal. (JBF Award winner Anne Quatrano prepared the accompaniments.) The folks at Metromix have put together a gorgeous slideshow of the event, which you can see here.

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