Throwback Thursday: Bobby Flay at the Beard House

 

In this week’s Throwback Thursday, we look at the very first JBF Greens event, held way back on February 15, 1996. The dinner, titled Mediterranean Magic, showcased the talents of Stephen Kalt, Matthew Kenney, Mario Batali, and none other than this year’s Chefs & Champagne guest of honor, Bobby Flay. The menu remains surprisingly relevant, featuring dishes like chickpea pancakes and squid-ink pasta. In 1996, chef Flay was the “desperado of cocina espagnole at his hotter-than-hot Bolo.” Today, almost twenty years later, he’s still receiving rave reviews at his newest hit restaurant, Gato. Read on for the full menu for Mediterranean Magic, and see Flay’s acclaimed cooking in action at Chefs & Champagne on July 26!

 

 

Mediterranean Magic

 

Mario Batali, Pò, NYC

 

Bobby Flay and Pastry Chef Julie O’Brien, Bolo, NYC

 

Stephen Kalt, Spartina, NYC

 

Matthew Kenney, Bar Anise, NYC

 

 

Menu

 

Hors d’Oeuvre

 

Crostini Toscana

 

Baked Eggplant and Manchego Sandwiches with Balsamic Glaze

 

Pissaladière

 

Chickpea Pancakes with Salmon and Caviar

 

 

Dinner

 

Mario Batali > Mixed Antipasti

 

Bobby Flay > Squid Ink–Angel Hair Pasta with Sea Scallops, and Saffron–Yellow Pepper Sauce

 

Stephen Kalt > Roasted Red Snapper in Celery–Leek Broth with Provençal Vegetable Ravioli

 

Matthew Kenney > Moroccan Baby Lamb Shanks

 

Julie O’Brien > Chocolate-Covered Almond Ice Cream Bombe

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