Eye Candy: Vanilla Bean Custard with Rhubarb and Anise Hyssop Shortbread

 

Two-time JBF Award semifinalist Giuseppe Trentori and his all-star team from Chicago’s Michelin-starred BOKA crafted a spectacular contemporary menu at their sold-out Beard House dinner last year. For the dessert course, pastry chef Sarah Jordan wowed diners with a vibrant vanilla bean custard with rhubarb and anise hyssop shortbread​. This eye-catching treat was paired with a fruit-forward Roussane from Villa Creek Cellars and promptly devoured by our satiated guests.

 

View this event's menu and details here. For upcoming Beard House dinners, check out our events calendar. Photo by Elana Iaciofano. 

 

Elena North-Kelly is senior editor at the James Beard Foundation. Find her... Read more >

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Recipe: Fresh Egg Custard with Pecan Shortbread

Egg Custard with Pecan Shortbread Always stocked on the shelves at your supermarket, eggs are easy to take for granted. But if you taste a fresh yolk from a nearby farm, where chickens lay eggs only in season instead being artificially induced to produce them year-round, you'll have a renewed appreciation for what's inside those cardboard cartons. Chef Steven Hartman of Georgia's Le Vigne Restaurant at Montaluce Winery makes the best of farm fresh eggs with this pure and simple custard, then serves it with delicate shortbread cookies. Get the whole recipe here.

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Recipe: Kyoto Matcha Custard

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