On the Menu: January 31 through February 6

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week: Sunday, January 31, 12:00 P.M. Fabulous Mid-Winter Brunch Few people know how to brunch as well as New Yorkers do. And few restaurants know how to fill those eggs-Benedict-and-ricotta-pancake cravings as well as Almond, Jason Weiner’s unpretentious French bistros in NYC and the Hamptons. Join us as we chase off some winter blues with a menu of Weiner’s bold, expertly executed cuisine. Monday, February 1, 7:00 P.M. Organic Modern American Named by Travel + Leisure as one of the best new restaurants in 2009, Josh Adams’s June seamlessly blends a farm-to-table ethic with the tools of molecular gastronomy. Adams applies progressive techniques to pristine ingredients, many of which are

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Eat-Q: New Year's Traditions

Champagne Bubbly, oysters, caviar: these are the old standbys we love to eat as the clock ticks down to midnight. But what about revelers in other countries and time zones? We put together a little quiz to test how much you know about New Year's Eve food customs in other cultures. Give it a shot here.

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The Bookshelf: Gastropolis Discussion Recap

GastropolisA food-obsessed city with eight million people has eight million food voices, or at least that’s the premise behind the collection of 18 original essays that comprise Gastropolis: Food & New York City. The book’s editors, Annie Hauck-Lawson and Jonathan Deutsch, joined JBF vice president Mitchell Davis, who contributed to the project, for a fascinating Beard on Books reading and discussion on Wednesday. No book could contain all of the voices of a city, food or otherwise, Deutsch admitted, but in this project they attempted to capture emblematic stories of urban lives lived through food. Anchored in this multifaceted metropolis—where some grow and gather their food while others pay to be waited on and catered to—Gastropolis presents a pastiche of urban food experience, a gastro-polis, literally a city

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Food Matters: Angelic Edibles

Angelic EdiblesWhen we saw this Chicago Tribune article about mail-order foods from monasteries and convents, we knew we should report on two books recently published by JBF members: A Taste of Heaven by Madeline Scherb and Heavenly Feasts by Marcia Kelley. Scherb and Kelley have traveled the globe to taste countless heaven-approved treats, and now they've generously shared their findings with the rest of us. Read on to learn more about the authors and the fascinating foods they unearthed.

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On the Menu: November 1 to November 7

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, November 1, 12:00 P.M. Day of the Dead Brunch On the Day of the Dead, families in Mexico lure departed spirits back for a visit with lavish banquets in their honor. At our celebration, chefs Margaritte Malfy and Barbara Sibley will delight diners—and wandering souls—with authentic Mexican delicacies from NYC’s La Palapa and their new cookbook, Antojitos! Monday, November 2, 7:00 P.M. The Pig and The Malt Gastro-pub pioneer April Bloomfield of the Spotted Pig wows critics, locals, and celebrities with British-inflected dishes prepared with a Chez Panisse–inspired attention to ingredients. Join us for a taste of the cuisine that launched the bar food

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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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Field Trip: Food, Wine, and Music at San Francisco’s Outside Lands

fatted calf The weather defied everyone’s expectations—80-degree days are a real rarity in San Francisco. Perhaps that’s what had everyone in such high spirits at Outside Lands. Of course, it could also have been the amazing music, great food, and stellar wines. Music might have been the main draw, but we were content to spend our Festival days at the Outside Lands wine tent, sampling California wines and pairing them with some of the great food offerings (think Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt. Tam, Hog Island oysters barbecued or on the half shell, and Fatted Calf sausage sandwiches). The dish that had

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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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