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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Eye Candy: Chilled Heirloom Tomato–Berry Soup with White Chocolate Parfait, African Blue Basil, and Red Ribbon Sorrel

 

An equal-opportunity dining city, Charleston has everything from authentic Lowcountry fare to avant-garde tasting menus. At Tristan, Nate Whiting’s acclaimed cooking encompasses it all, offering creative, Southern-rooted dishes that “take diners on a delicious romp through modern cuisine,” as per the Charleston City Paper. At his recent Beard House dinner, chef Whiting served this vibrant chilled heirloom tomato–berry soup with white chocolate parfait, African blue basil, and red ribbon sorrel as the first course. Staying in step with the color palette, the delightful soup was paired with a crisp, salmon-hued rosé. 

 

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Daily Digest: April 2, 2014

communal table

 

We're all in this together: the return of communal restaurant tables. [The Atlantic

 

Introducing the gluten-free cosmopolitan. [LAT]

 

Four critics and one restaurant: an experiment on perspective. [WP]

 

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Daily Digest: March 6, 2014

Instagram

 

Calling all Instagrammers: learn how to step up your food photography skills with tips from leading experts. [Bloomberg]

 

Pringles launches its new sriracha-flavored chips, but there's a catch: you can only find them at one store. [LAT]

 

Emotional eating: scientists explore the relationship between how we feel and what we eat. [Atlantic]

 

Nostalgic for Lunchables? Oscar Mayer debuts a new line of portable protein packs for adults. [LAT]

 

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Up Your ’Gram Game

seafood stew

 

When pondering how to live better in 2014, we couldn’t help but think about improving our food photos—so we consulted an expert. Few people in the industry have greater knowledge of successful food photography than Bon Appétit’s creative director, Alex Grossman. The nominee for a 2012 JBF Award in Visual Storytelling (who also happens to have an enviable Instagram account of his own) sat down with us to share his expertise on capturing beautiful food images. Want to improve your skills? Read on! 

 

JBF: Why do you think Instagram has exploded with food photography? 

 

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