On the Menu: October 18 to October 24

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, October 18, 5:00 P.M. Friends of James Beard Benefit: Chicago The talented team behind acclaimed Chicago restaurants Blackbird, Avec, and the Publican has designed a unique evening to benefit the Beard Foundation. For one night only guests are invited to make a reservation to enjoy this ingredient-driven menu with wine pairings at the time of their choosing. Monday, October 19, 6:30 P.M. Lunedi Cena: Monday Night Supper The weather has finally turned chilly and nothing warms you up like the soul-satisfying, rustic foods of Italy. Join us for a Monday night supper of family-style classics created by executive chef Mirco Grassini at the newly opened Trattoria Cinque. Paired with this hearty fare? Vintages from some

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Eat this Word: Pouilly-Fumé

Pouilly-FuméWHAT? Not what you're thinking. Many wine dilettantes confuse this grassy white wine from the central part of France's Loire Valley with the pretentiously expensive and even-more-difficult-to-pronounce Pouilly-Fuissé [fwee-SAY] of Burgundy's Maconnais region. The former is a crisp, tart 100 percent Sauvignon Blanc wine often described as having a smoky (fumè in French) or flinty flavor. The latter is a lightly oaked 100 percent Chardonnay wine that became de rigueur in expensive French restaurants in the United States during the 1950s and '60s. In the hands of the best producers, both wines can be exquisite. WHERE? Bruno Brazier's Beard House dinner WHEN? October 15, 2009 HOW?

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On the Menu: October 11 to October 17

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, October 11, 12:00 P.M. Jacques Torres & Friends Chocolate Brunch At his beloved chocolate shops, JBF Award winner Jacques Torres turns out handcrafted sweets featuring classic ingredients and some unexpected surprises. At this decadent brunch, Torres and his friends from the French Culinary Institute (where he’s the dean of pastry arts) will prepare a delicious sweet and savory chocolate-laden menu. Sunday, October 11, 7:00 P.M. Don Q Celebrates Flavors From The Land of Rum It’s sure to be an unforgettable evening when Top Chef alums Jeff McInnis and Fabio Viviani team up with mixologist Esteban Ordonez to create an exciting multi

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On the Menu: DonQ Celebrates Flavors From the Land of Rum

Don Q Rum For our final event with the New York City Wine and Food Festival, we're bringing a couple of Top Chefs to the Beard House kitchen: season five's Jeff McInnis and Fabio Viviani. Mixologists Jacopo Falleni and Esteban Ordonez will also be on hand to shake up some cocktails featuring premium Don Q rum. Take a look at the menu below: Hors d'Oeuvre Fabio Viviani Quail Skewers with Puerto Rican Caponata and Rum Demi-Glace Chicken Liver Brioche with Celery and Orange–Rum Beurre Blanc Potato Tostones with Tuna Tartare and Aged Balsamic Vinegar Jeff McInnis Grilled Peaches and Serrano Ham with Arugula and Queso Blanco Lobster–Mascarpone Arepas with Green Onions and Cilantro Yuca Blini with Caviar, Lime Cream, and Chives Dinner For the

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Eat this Word: Vol-au-vent

vol-au-ventWHAT? French pot-pie. "This entrée is pretty and good, without a doubt," famed French pastry chef Carême is quoted in Larousse Gastronomique as saying. "It is almost always eaten with pleasure for its extreme delicacy and lightness, but to cook it perfectly demands the utmost care." Carême should know. He is credited with inventing the vol-au-vent, a puff pastry box (with lid) that usually encases a savory mixture of creamed vegetables, meat, fish, or chicken. The name itself means "flying in the wind" and refers to the lightness of the pastry. Not as long ago as you think, it was the height of culinary fashion in America to dine at a stuffy French restaurant run by an enormous French chef who frequently yelled at his staff. What would you have been eating? Vol-au-vent, bien sûr. WHERE? Doug Psaltis and Cedric Tovar's Beard House

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On the Menu: October 4 to October 10

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week: Tuesday, October 6, 7:00 P.M. Languedoc Wine Lovers’ Dinner Once best known for producing the table wines that kept French soldiers sated during both world wars, the Languedoc region now yields some of the most exciting wines made today. Sample them alongside an equally intriguing menu prepared by Country alum Doug Psaltis and Languedoc native Cedric Tovar. Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 P.M. Alaskan Luxury Retreat Kirsten Dixon’s trio of luxurious Alaskan resorts are some of the most remote in the world, but the Le Cordon Bleu Paris–trained chef’s cuisine has put them on the map. For this dinner, she and her daughter, pastry chef Mandy Dixon, have created a menu that highlights the best of the region’

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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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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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