On the Menu: Valentine's Day Seduction

Ricco-Ong We’ll always love the tried and true chocolate and roses, but this year we’re excited for something extra on Valentine's Day: a sexy menu from the renowned team from Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Spice Market. Chef Anthony Ricco’s reinvented Asian fare will be on display, as well as tasty sweets by the restaurant’s original pastry chef, Pichet Ong. Check out the menu below (warning: heart palpitations may occur): Shaved Tuna with Chili Tapioca and Coconut-Lime Broth Spiced Chicken Samosas with Cilantro Yogurt Cod with Malaysian Chile Sauce and Thai Basil Red Curried Duck with Pineapple Sambal Tropical Fruit Sundae with Passion-Fruit Foam and Basil Seeds Ovaltine Kulfi with Spiced Chocolate Sauce and Muckwa Chocolate Cupcake with Salted Caramel and Vietnamese Coffee To view the entire menu, visit the official event page.

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On the Menu: JBF Haiti Benefit with the Oak Room

Eric Hara Hungry to make a difference? This Thursday's Beard House dinner, which features David Burke alum Eric Hara of the Oak Room, will benefit victims of the earthquake in Haiti. All event proceeds will go toward the International Rescue Committee and its efforts on the island. Here's what's on the menu: Kumamoto Oysters2 > Warm with Osetra Caviar and Truffle Glaçage; and Cold with Pineapple–Vanilla Emulsion Sautéed Foie Gras with Chestnut–Celery Soup and Roasted Bosc Pears Lobster and Sweetbread Potpie with Périgord Truffle–Lobster Sauce Short Rib Pot-au-Feu with Crayfish Dumplings, Bone Marrow Custard, Gremolata, and Shellfish Consommé Lemon Pavlova with Lemon Sorbet and Rose Water Click here to view the full menu and reserve a seat.

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On the Menu: The Farm in the City

Adam Cooke At the much lauded Barn at Blackberry Farm, where the distance between product and plate is measured in footsteps, chef Adam Cooke has cultivated the ultimate model of local cuisine. He and his team will bring a taste of pastoral Tennessee to the Beard House kitchen this Saturday night; see what's on the menu below: Olive Oil–Confited Columbia River Sturgeon with American Sturgeon Caviar, White Wine–Poached Green Apples, and Mustard-Preserved Winter Root Vegetables Raw Sheep’s Milk Cooked–Anson Mills Grits with Egg Yolk, Tennessee Black Truffles, and Ham Hock Consommé Jelly Roasted Four Story Hill Farm Quail with Warm Onion–Field Pea Salad and Hickory Gastrique Chestnut and Mustard Green–Stuffed Lamb Loin with Lamb Bacon and Caramelized Turnips Blackberry Farm Singing Brook Cheese with Apple Stack Cake, Black Walnut Compote, and Local

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On the Menu: Gotham Bar and Grill

Alfred PortaleAfter Alfred Portale wowed us with his braised artichoke ravioli at last year's gala auction, we've been counting down the days until the iconic chef's Beard House dinner. The highly anticipated meal is going down tomorrow night, for which Portale will round up his New York team (as well as the crew from his semi-new Miami outpost, Gotham Steak) to prepare this New American menu: Cauliflower Custard with Santa Barbara Sea Urchin, Golden Osetra Caviar, and Aged Soy Sauce Hamachi Sashimi with Asian Pear, Radishes, Honshimeji Mushrooms, and Soy–Yuzu Sauce Truffle-Crusted Atlantic Halibut with Romanesco Cauliflower, Marcona Almonds, and Vermouth Emulsion 50-Day-Aged Niman Ranch Sirloin with Market Carrots, Vidalia Onion Rings, Bone Marrow, and Bordelaise Meyer Lemon

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On the Menu: A Top Chef Comes to Dinner

Stephanie Izard For those of you experiencing Top Chef withdrawal, here's a little fix: Stephanie Izard, winner of season 4, is cooking at the Beard House on Monday. Take a look at her menu: Hors d’Oeuvre Foie Gras Torchon with Kumquats Broiled Oysters with Horseradish Aïoli and Pancetta Nantucket Bay Scallops with Acorn Squash and Brown Butter Dinner Sweet Onion Soup with Florida Stone Crab Duck Fat–Poached Alaskan Halibut Cheeks with Duck Confit Ravioli, Honeycrisp Apples, and Apple Jus Pan-Roasted Triggerfish with Smoked Goat Ragoût and D’Anjou Pears Roasted Lamb Medallions with Spiced Raisin Sauce and Niçoise Olives Rogue Creamery Smokey Oregon Blue Cheese with Bacon-Glazed Apples and Marcona Almond Butter To view Izard's official event page,

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On the Menu: Bobby Hellen Cooks a Dream Feast for Meatavores

Bobby Hellen We're doing things a little differently at the Beard House tonight: revered meat "prodigy" and Resto chef Bobby Hellen is roasting an entire pig and lamb for a nose-to-tail, family-style meal of meat mania (we won't tell your doctor if you don't tell ours). Check out the evening's goods: Boudin Noir Tart with Cheddar–Apple Purée Crumble; and Lamb Heart Confit with Celeriac and Chestnuts Pig’s Leg Salad with Chicory, Pig’s Ears, and Warm Guanciale Vin Lamb Neck Salad with Banyuls and Caramelized Yogurt Porchetta with Fennel Pollen, Rosemary, Thyme, and Pig Liver Lamb Roulade with Lemon Zest and Parsley Pork Ribs with Salt and Pepper Lamb Ribs with Belgian Carbonnade Sauce and Pickled Carrots Charcuterie Plate > Boudin Blanc, Lamb–Pepper Sausage, Pork–Garlic Sausage, Andouille Sausage, Pork Liver Pâté, and Head Cheese, Served with Whole-Grain Mustard, Apples, and Frisée From the

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On the Menu: 8th Annual Greens Holiday Party

ornaments It's never too early to get your holiday cheer on, especially if fantastic food and cocktails are involved! Come help us kick off the season at the 8th annual Greens Holiday Party. Even if your inner Grinch is recoiling, we're sure the menu below will make you have a change of heart. The festivities start at 6:00 P.M. sharp on Sunday, December 6, at the historic James Beard House. Call 212.627.2308 to reserve. Cocktails by Michael Waterhouse of Dylan Prime and Drink Tank Ltd., NYC Bull Dog Cinnamon Pear > Bull Dog Gin, Maple Syrup, Fresh Pear, Cinnamon, and Lemon Pepper Bull > Bison Grass Vodka, Apple Cider, and Freshly Ground Black Pepper Rhubarb Sparkle > Aperol, Rhubarb Bitters, and Cinzano Sparkling Wine Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, and Leffe Blonde Twin Vines Vinho Verde 2008 Periquita 2006

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On the Menu: American Icons Gala Auction and Dinner

American Icons More than 35 years after James Beard wrote American Cookery, American chefs have transcended their underdog status. Among those chefs who have achieved celebrity in their own right, some have even become icons. At this year's gala dinner and auction we're celebrating American cuisine and the icons who helped create it. And what better way to do so than a fantastic multi-course menu? Here's a preview of what will grace the tables at Wednesday's sold-out event at the Four Seasons Restaurant: Reception JBF Award Winner Fabio Trabocchi, The Four Seasons Restaurant, NYC Otoro with Fennel Pollen Kumamoto Oysters with Cauliflower and Lobster Aspic Parsnip Cappuccino with Périgord Black Truffles Foie Gras Sandwiches on Pain d'Epice Nantucket Bay Scallops with Parsley and Piment d'Espelette Dinner JBF Award Winner Dan Barber

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Food Matters: James Beard–Themed Dining in Hawaii

When one of our board members mentioned that they had gotten wind of a yearly James Beard–themed dinner in Hawaii, we knew we had to investigate. We eventually tracked down Hilo resident Mike Middleworth, a member of a group called Wine Connection that stages wine and culinary events throughout the year. "I have always enjoyed James Beard's recipes, so it seemed very logical to produce a dinner with a menu of his dishes that call for a wine as an ingredient," Middleworth explained. "We then drink the same wine for the pairing."

This is the fourth year that Middleworth has hosted the dinner, which is attended by anywhere from 30 to 50 people, and it's always a huge success. "Beard's recipes, of course, are richer than today's healthy cooking, but you can't beat the results," says Middleworth.

The menu for the event, which was held last weekend, is below. We're charmed to see that the spirit of the dean of American cookery is alive and well in the 50th state.

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