Eye Candy: Foie Gras–Black Pepper Macarons

Foie Gras–Black Pepper Macarons with Blackberry Jelly

 

From cosmopolitan chic to resort retreat, the Four Seasons brand defines luxury. At their recent dinner, guests were invited to leave their suitcases behind and savor the myriad cuisines available at Four Seasons properties around the U.S. right here at the Beard House—a chance to experience the flavors of a five-star vacation without straying far from home. During the Champagne reception hour, diners were served a bevy of bite-sized treats, including this delight: foie gras–black pepper macarons with blackberry jam. Whimsical, decadent, and almost too cute to eat, these canapés were a standout of the evening's cuisine. 

 

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Eye Candy: Roasted Lamb Chops with Polenta and Smoked Chiles

Roasted Lamb Chops with Crunchy Polenta and Smoked Chiles

 

After honing his skills as Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s youngest-ever sous chef and Nougatine’s executive chef, Westchester native Beck Bolender has returned to his roots at the newly revamped One Twenty One, where he has rebooted the menu with an innovative, globe-spanning selection of small plates. At his recent Beard House dinnerBolender treated guests to a luxurious six-course tasting menu of his signature elegant fare—including this spectacular treat: roasted lamb chops with crunchy polenta and smoked chiles. This robust, juicy, stick-to-your-ribs dish emerged as favorite among Beard House diners and is sure to have Manhattanites hopping on the commuter rail to Westchester county for an encore feast.  

 

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What We're Reading: October 9, 2014

 

In case you don’t feel like carving: the best pumpkins for cooking and baking. [The Kitchn

 

Tackling the timeless challenge of getting your kids to try new foods. [NYT

 

How to shoot, edit, and act your best while Instagramming your meal. [Epicurious

 

Kickin’ it truly old school: what to drink at ten of the nation’s oldest bars. [... Read more >

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Eye Candy: Duck Pho with Seared Foie Gras

Leah Cohen's Duck Pho with Seared Foie Gras

 

Leah Cohen first rose to fame as a Top Chef contestant, but she proved her culinary chops with the opening of the New York Times two-starred Pig and Khao, where she serves contemporary iterations of the foods from her mother’s native Philippines. For her Beard House dinner this summer, Cohen designed a menu to showcase cuisines from several Southeast Asian countries. One of the locales on her culinary tour was Vietnam, with this show-stopping duck pho with seared foie gras. Silky, rich, and intensely flavorful, this traditional Vietnamese noodle soup was a hit with Beard House diners, pho sure

 

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Eye Candy: Oysters with Horseradish Ice and Caviar

Oysters with Horseradish Ice and Caviar

 

New York City epicureans flock to Brooklyn's Maison Premiere for its innovative cocktail program, sumptuous seafood offerings, and sultry, Belle Époque–inspired atmosphere. At our recent Chefs & Champagne®, JBF's annual summer tasting party in the Hamptons, Maison Premiere chef Lisa Giffen served these elegant oysters with horseradish ice and caviar. Our guests at the outdoor fête paired Giffen's refreshing oysters with flowing Champagne Taittinger​ and the wines of Wölffer Estate Vineyard for a perfect summer bite.

 

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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.

 

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Eye Candy: Valrhona Caraïbe Chocolate–Apricot Parfait with Rice Krispies–Cocoa Nib Crunch

Valrhona Caraïbe Chocolate–Apricot Parfait with Rice Krispies–Cocoa Nib Crunch

 

Here's another mouthwatering snapshot from last weekend's Chefs & Champagne®, our annual summer tasting party in the Hamptons, where we honored James Beard Award–winning chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, and media personality Bobby Flay. Our much-anticipated fête featured flowing Champagne Taittinger​, the wines of Wölffer Estate Vineyard, and delectable culinary offerings from a select group of over 40 celebrated chefs. Among them was this innovative Valrhona Caraïbe Chocolate–Apricot Parfait with Rice Krispies–Cocoa Nib Crunch crafted by pastry chef George McKirdy of Astor Bake Shop in Queens, NY. These sweet little bites were so popular that many guests went back for seconds (and thirds!) before finishing their rounds through the savory courses. Now that's... Read more >

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Eye Candy: Tristar Strawberry–Blond Chocolate Tarts with Marshmallow and Lemon Verbena

Tristar Strawberry–Valrhona Dulcey Blond Chocolate Tarts with Marshmallow and Lemon Verbena

 

At last weekend's Chefs & Champagne®, our annual summer tasting party in the Hamptons, we honored James Beard Award–winning chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, and media personality Bobby Flay with flowing Champagne Taittinger​, the wines of Wölffer Estate Vineyard, and delectable culinary offerings from a select group of over 40 celebrated chefs. During our much-anticipated fête, pastry chef Stephen Collucci from New York City's renowned Colicchio & Sons served these stunning treats: bite-sized tarts made with tristar strawberries, Valrhona dulcey blond chocolate, marshmallow, and lemon verbena. They were almost too pretty to eat—but, rest assured, not a single one went to waste. 

 

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Eye Candy: Shrimp Toasts with Black Pepper Caramel

Shrimp Toasts with Black Pepper Caramel

 

Each spring the people of Thailand mark the beginning of the New Year by celebrating Songkran, an elaborate tradition named for the Sanskrit word meaning “passing” or “approaching.” To fête the occasion at the Beard House this past April, we enlisted a dynamic group of Thai talent to collaborate on a festive menu, which was paired with modern cocktails. During the reception hour, chefs Pichet Ong, Jet Tila, and Hong Thaimee served these delicate shrimp toasts with black pepper caramel to our guests. The canapés went fast and whetted everyone's appetites for the elaborate Thai feast to come.

 

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Eye Candy: Deviled Eggs with Lobster Bottarga

Deviled Eggs with Lobster Bottarga

 

Jason Weiner’s unpretentious, ingredient-focused cuisine shines at New York City's L&W Oyster Co., where Weiner serves spot-on clam-shack fare at lunch and an elegant seafood menu at dinner. At Almond, Weiner’s beloved Hamptons and NYC farm-to-table mecca, the chef’s bold, locally sourced takes on classic dishes anchor this rising hot spot. During his seafood-centric Beard House dinner, Weiner and his colleague David Belknap served these decadent deviled eggs with lobster bottarga during the reception. We're always fans of a good deviled egg (as was James Beard himself—he famously cited it as his one of this all-time favorite party foods), but the vibrant color and luxurious cured lobster roe made these canapés a delight for both the palate and the eyes. 

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