Eye Candy: Fabulous Focaccia

focaccia Lorenzo Polegri—chef at the famed Zeppelin in Orvieto, Italy—served these tiny cornmeal and rosemary focaccia rounds with gorgonzola mousse and chives during the reception of his Beard House dinner. You can see more photos of the Italian feast by clicking here.

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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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Jobs We Love: Paul Lang

Paul LangHe started out as a film student waiting tables at restaurants like No. 9 Park in Boston and Al Forno in Providence, but eventually Paul Lang set off to travel throughout Italy to learn more about food and wine. Eventually he opened his own company, A Casa, which specializes in bringing exciting, personalized, and delicious wine dinners and events to people’s homes. Recently he has also taken on the role of wine director at NYC’s Il Buco restaurant. We caught up with him to find out how he does it all. James Beard Foundation: What’s your job description? Paul Lang: I create and prepare personalized Italian wine dinners in people’s homes. JBF: How did you get your job? PL: I worked as chef for the Capezzana Estate in Tuscany. Then I served as sommelier at Babbo restaurant in NYC. I left Babbo to start A Casa.

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The Bookshelf: Beard on Books Recap

olives and orangesYesterday, at Beard on Books, Sara Jenkins discussed her cookbook Olives & Oranges: Recipes and Flavor Secrets from Italy, Spain, Cyprus & Beyond with guests at the Beard House. She joked that she is “really a home cook who got misplaced in a professional kitchen,” and in testing recipes for the book she happily rediscovered the joys of home cooking. Jenkins truly believes that simplicity rules: “The greatest thing you can do to food is not mess it up.” As the daughter of a foreign correspondent, Jenkins grew up throughout the Mediterranean. While in Italy, Lebanon, and Cyprus, she was exposed to a rural existence where electricity was a novelty and eating with friends and family was at the heart of life. Her memories are filled with good food and wonderful

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