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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On the Menu: August 9 to August 15

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week: Tuesday, August 11, 7:00 P.M. Del Frisco’s Divine Wine Dinner Moving beyond the chophouse template, the chefs at the helm of the acclaimed Del Frisco’s steakhouses have designed an elegant, European-inspired menu. Accompanying them at the Beard House will be the restaurant group’s wine director, David O’Day, who has chosen a heavenly selection of wines to pair with the meal. Wednesday, August 12, 12:00 P.M. Beard on Books In The Sweeter Side of Amy's Bread: Cakes, Cookies, Bars, Pastries and More from New York City's Favorite Bakery Amy Scherber shares recipes for the sweet treats that make Amy’s Bread a perennial NYC favorite. The veteran pastry chef offers her expertise on techniques

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On the Menu: August 2 to August 8

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week: Tuesday, August 4, 7:00 P.M. New England Garden Dinner How often can say you’ve eaten a pig raised specifically for your dinner? Chef Will Gilson, a JBF Award semifinalist this year, is doing just that for this special farm-to-table meal. Gilson’s seasonal, New England–inspired cuisine embodies the locavore movement—almost all of his ingredients come from his own farm. Wednesday, August 5, 7:00 P.M. From the Land and Sea This pair of modern Italian hot spots have considerable pedigree: they’re owned by François Rousseau, an alum of the Ryland Inn and Gramercy Tavern, developed in consultation with JBF Award winner Michael White, and presided over by talented chef Bill Dorrler, whose

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JBF News: Chefs & Champagne® Recap

Alex, Susan, Julian, and Roman

From left: Alex von Bidder, JBF President Susan Ungaro, Julian Niccolini, and Roman Roth of Wölffer Estate Vineyard

“This is the best damn party I’ve been to out here all year,” was the way one Hamptons reveler put it. The sun shone bright and clear as we kicked off our nineteenth annual Chefs & Champagne on Saturday. More than 500 gathered under the tent to enjoy an incredible summer menu prepared by a fantastic team of chefs and to fête guests of honor Alex von Bidder and Julian Niccolini of the Four Seasons.

We have always loved this event because the chefs participating have just as much fun as the guests attending. Seamus Mullen and Akhtar Nawab sported chic shades as they cooked up their mussels and octopus, respectively, while Jeff Rogers, who came from the Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club in Carmel, CA, made a decadent foie gras

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On the Menu: July 26 to August 1

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Tuesday, July 28, 7:00 P.M. Swine and Wine Though the Year of the Pig is technically over, chefs across the country are still going hog-wild for pork. Join us for a spectacular snout-to-tail dinner that will be prepared by chefs Brad Farmerie and Christopher Rendell of the perennially popular Public and newcomers Double Crown and the Monday Room. Wednesday, July 29, 7:00 P.M. Best of D.C. Chefs It’s a new day in the nation’s capital: there’s a new President, a new majority in the Senate, and a new way of doing things. Change is good, but we’re happy to report that Washington, D.C.’s dynamic food scene remains as deliciously compelling as ever. Find out for yourself when this

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On the Menu: July 19 to July 25

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Tuesday, July 21, 6:30 P.M. The Farm Stand Join us for a delicious evening filled with all things local and sustainable. Guests will sample great food prepared by some of New York City’s most talented farm-dedicated chefs, along with delectable New York State wines and beers. You’ll also have a chance to win restaurant gift certificates and other prizes as you support a great cause. Funds raised from this event will support both the James Beard Foundation and Food Bank For New York City. The proceeds will be used to purchase farm shares from Roxbury Farm, so members of the Food Bank's Community Kitchen will have access to fresh fruits and vegetables during the growing season. Wednesday, July 22, 7:00 P.M.

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On the Menu: July 5 to July 12

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Thursday, July 9, 7:00 P.M. Georgia Peach JBF Award nominee Hugh Acheson made a name for himself with his genre-bending, Southern-inspired food at Georgia’s highly praised Five and Ten restaurant. Now also a partner at the National, Acheson and chef Peter Dale have created this elegant and intriguing homage to their state’s favorite fruit. Saturday, July 11, and Sunday, July 12 Legends of Wine IV Hosted by chef Ken Frank of La Toque at the Westin Verasa in Napa, this special weekend celebration will honor one of the most respected winemaking families in the world—the Barrett Family of the acclaimed Chateau Montelena. For details and reservations, visit

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On the Menu: June 28 to July 4

Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week: kitchen1aeileenmiller Monday, June 29, 7:00 P.M. Summer Rosé Celebration Top Chef fans, take note: talented former contestant Ariane Duarte will be packing her knives and coming to the Beard House for this spectacular wine lovers’ dinner. The chef and owner of the acclaimed CulinAriane, Duarte has designed an artfully composed menu to pair with summer rosés from wine store Amanti Vino. Wednesday, July 1, 7:00 P.M. Canada Day: Newfoundland On July 1, 1867, British Parliament united the four provinces of Canada under one federation, and a country was born. To mark the majestic nation’s birthday, we’ve invited this talented group of Newfoundland chefs to the Beard House

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At the Beard House and Around the Country: May 10 to May 16

Here's what happening both at the Beard House and in a city near you next week:

Photo by Mitzi Morris

Monday, May 11, 7:00 p.m. Modern Sushi and Sake Dégustation Yoshi Kousaka, Jewel Bako, NYC / Hiroko Shimbo, Hiroko’s Kitchen, NYC / Sake Sommeliers Hiroko Furukawa and Rick Smith, Sakaya, NYC Tuesday, May 12, 7:00 p.m. Vermont Farm to Table Mark Timms, Topnotch Resort and Spa, Stowe, VT Wednesday, May 13, 12:00 p.m. Beard on Books Sara Jenkins and Mindy Fox, Olives and Oranges: Recipes and Flavor Secrets from Italy, Spain, Cyprus, and Beyond Wednesday, May 13, 7:00 p.m.

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Awards Watch: The Recap

There was plenty of excitement both on stage and off at this year’s Beard Awards. Everyone was in great spirits despite the bad weather, people cheered on their favorites, and the women chefs and mixologists put out an amazing spread that had folks clamoring for more. Here’s a recap of some of the best coverage of the night out in the blogosphere. Ed Levine got serious about the emotions behind

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