On the Menu: September 27 to October 3

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House and around the world next week: Tuesday, September 29, 7:00 P.M. Old World Opulence The Mercuri family name is synonymous with fine dining in Montreal, and Michele Mercuri—the man behind the luxurious fare at XO Le Restaurant—is no exception to the rule. Join us for a taste of his showstopping cuisine that earned a rare four-star rave from the Montreal Gazette. Thursday, October 1, 7:00 P.M. Pike Place Fish Feast There are few Seattle restaurant locations better than Pike Place Market, where chefs have access to just-picked Washington State produce, the finest artisanal cheeses, and seafood fresh out of the Pacific. Enjoy a taste of the area’s bounty when chef Chester Gerl of Matt’s in the

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The Bookshelf: New York Cooks (with recipe!)

New York CooksNew York City's restaurant scene moves at a breakneck speed, a fact not unnoticed by Joan Krellenstein and Barbara Winkler, who recently published New York Cooks: 100 Recipes from the City's Best Chefs. In the introduction the authors acknowledge that by the time the book would hit stores earlier this month, a few of its featured chefs will have moved on, some leading other kitchens, others traveling in search of inspiration. It's a realistic admission that rings with greater solemnity in light of the recent spate of restaurant closings we've seen in this industry that often seems unstoppable. It's also what makes this cookbook feel so special: Krellenstein and Winkler have given us a time capsule that captures the enduring spirit, resolve, and creativity of our city's chefs—proof

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On the Menu: September 20 to September 26

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week: Monday, September 21, 7:00 P.M. Oahu Farm to Table The weather is unmatched and the scenery is sublime, but these days Oahu’s multifaceted farm to table cuisine is one of the island’s greatest attractions. Experience a true taste of paradise when culinary ambassadors JBF Award winner George Mavrothalassitis, Kevin Chong, and pastry chef Leigh Ann Seto create a menu highlighting Hawaii’s unique ingredients. Wednesday, September 23, 7:00 P.M. All-Starr Steak-Out The constellation of Stephen Starr–owned steakhouses running along the Eastern seaboard serves as a North Star of sorts for true steak lovers, pointing the way to an incredible chophouse meal from Fort Lauderdale up to Atlantic City. And now

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On the Menu: September 13 to September 19

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week and around the country next week: Monday, September 14, 7:00 P.M. Daniel Boulud Dinner Over the past three decades, iconic chef Daniel Boulud has helped reinvent French cuisine in the United States, inspiring myriad chefs to strive for culinary greatness along the way. Join us when the top toques in Boulud’s empire come together to celebrate their mentor at this extraordinary culinary homage. Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 P.M. Spanish Wine Lovers’ Dinner Innovative NYC chef Josh DeChellis has turned his attention to Spain at the much-raved-about La Fonda del Sol, the reincarnation of the ahead-of-its-time namesake eatery that was once in the same location. For this dinner the talented chef

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On the Menu: September 6 to September 12

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week: Thursday, September 10, 7:00 P.M. Taste of Ojai Valley The beautiful Ojai Valley is famous for its brilliant, pink-hued sunsets and the luxe, historic Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. There, chef Jamie West creates globally influenced seasonal cuisine inspired by the homegrown offerings from the two-acre chef’s garden on the property of the elegant five-diamond resort. Saturday, September 12, 7:00 P.M. Austrian Wine Lovers’ Dinner At the critically acclaimed Seäsonal, tradition and invention happily share the same plate. For this special dinner, Wolfgang Ban and Eduard Frauneder will prepare a fantastic menu of Viennese fare that’s equal parts classic and modern—but wholly delicious and impressive—to

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On the Menu: August 30 to September 5

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week: Tuesday, September 1 Michael Harlan Turkell: Greenhouse Gallery Michael Harlan Turkell, a once aspiring chef, now freelance photographer and a photo editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan magazines, has been photographing the inner workings of kitchens for his award-winning "Back of the House" project, which documents the lives of chefs in their restaurant world. Wednesday, September 2, 7:00 P.M. Melbourne’s Modern Mediterranean Adrian Richardson’s straightforward philosophy on food—local and seasonal or nothing at all—shines through in his pure and honest cooking at the critically-acclaimed La Luna Bistro in Melbourne. Richardson, one of the most popular chefs Down Under, will prepare a menu of

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On the Menu: August 23 to August 29

Kitchen There's always something delicious happening at the Beard House: Tuesday, August 25, 7:00 P.M. Cooks’ Reunion Jason Dady, Daniel Patino, and JBF Award winner Christopher Lee met years ago as students at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Now established and esteemed chefs working in different cities, the three old cooking-school buddies will reunite at the Beard House to collaborate on this spectacular meal. Wednesday, August 26, 7:00 P.M. Savoring Southern Seafood In business for more than 15 years, Georgia Brown’s still attracts D.C.’s most discerning diners—even the Obamas have stopped by to sample Jim Foss’s award-winning cuisine. Join chef Foss at the Beard House when he prepares a delicious seafood menu with flavors straight from

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On the Menu: August 16 to August 22

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week: Tuesday, August 18, 7:00 P.M. Legends of Barbecue Barbecue legend Ed Mitchell is famous for his succulent North Carolina–style chopped whole hog—served with the area’s tangy apple cider vinegar sauce, of course—but he has also made a name for himself by recruiting area hog farmers to raise the fatty, pastured pigs whose flavorful meat he remembers from childhood. Wednesday, August 19, 7:00 P.M. Bold Taste of Charlotte The boldest food in Charlotte these days? It’s coming out of the kitchen of a 28-seat restaurant in the Marriott City Center. At the dramatic Savannah Red, chef de cuisine Jason Gray has blown away area critics and diners with his fearless, witty takes on traditional Southern

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