Next Week at JBF


Here’s what’s coming up at the James Beard House and around the country:

Monday, March 21, 7:00 P.M.

Norouz: Persian New Year Celebration

Named for the famous 13th-century poet, Rumi’s Kitchen in Atlanta is lauded for its ambitious, modern Persian cuisine. For our annual celebration of Norouz, the culture’s holiday welcoming the new year, we’ve tapped the restaurant’s esteemed chef/owner Ali Mesghali to pay homage to the 3,000-year-old tradition with a delectable spread.


Tuesday, March 22, 7:00 P.M.

American Gastropub

A shining star in the Annapolis food scene, Fox’s Den is a cozy gastropub where Josh Brown’s modern comfort fare is complemented by the innovative beverage program curated by Tommy Burns. Join us as the duo craft a hearty supper brimming with e... Read more >

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What We're Reading This Week


Making homemade bread can be intimidating, but these recipes make it accessible, fun, and rewarding. [MUNCHIES


Local farmers oppose governor Cuomo’s proposal to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour at restaurant chains. [Grub Street]


Let your St. Patrick’s Day celebration continue into the weekend with these Irish Guinness floats. [Bon Appétit


What it takes to produce brighter, tastier, more nutritious eggs. [Modern Farmer


From crabcakes to kimchi to sage and chocolate ice cream, these seven cookbooks are guaranteed to inspir... Read more >

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On the Menu: Friday, March 18, 2016


Here’s a taste of what’s on tap this weekend at the Beard House and around the country.


Friday, March 18
South Bay Elegance, 7:00 P.M.
Peter Armellino
Plumed Horse, Saratoga, CA


An alum of Gramercy Tavern and Gotham Bar & Grill, chef Peter Armellino now helms the kitchen at Northern California’s splurge-worthy Plumed Horse. Tonight the Iron Chef America winner returns to the Big Apple to give Beard House guests a taste of his Michelin-starred food. The menu, Armellino explains, is “a presentation of some of my favorite dishes from the last couple of menus at the Plumed Horse.” Prepare yourself for a luxe feast full of top-shelf ingredients with tongue-in-cheek flare, such as California Caviar CannoliDavenport Abalone with Sea Urchin... Read more >

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In Season: Brussels Sprouts


It’s nearly spring, but that doesn’t mean that farmers’ markets have caught up yet. While you wait patiently for nature’s vernal delights (Fiddleheads! Ramps! Rhubarb!) to pop up, here are some delicious ways to riff on one of our all-time favorite winter vegetables: the humble Brussels sprout. As JBF Award winner and Top Chef judge Hugh Acheson put it: “Look, Brussels sprouts get a bad name. Most of the bad rap comes from being forced to eat drastically overcooked, mushy, under-seasoned versions when we were young.” Try your hand at his Southern-inflected shaved Brussels sprout salad, JBF Award winner Jimmy Bannos Jr.’s crispy fried variation with lemon and chile flakes, or any of the other recipes below to open your eyes to the wonderful side of the oft-maligned vegetable. ... Read more >

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How to Make Polenta Like Chef Christian Petroni


With two iterations of Fortina, an imaginative take on Italian fare, in Westchester and Stamford, Connecticut, chef Christian Petroni has a good handle on the nearby NYC foodie scene. On Saturday, March 19, Petroni will showcase his epicurean prowess at a St. Joseph’s Feast Dinner at James Beard House. The event will start off with hors d’oeuvres like burrata balloons with prosciutto and giardiniera and move on to mains like canederli bread dumplings with sardines, raisins, pine nuts, fennel, and garlic before finishing off with tartufo with burrata gelato, wood-roasted almonds, amarena cherries, struffoli, chocolate sauce, and rainbow sprinkles. We spoke with Petroni before the big day to get his scoop on top New York food spots, how to make a quick and delicious polenta, and thoughts on up... Read more >

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Eat This Word: Canederli


WHAT? The love-child of gnocchi and leftover bread. Much of World War I took place along the border of Italy and Austria, in an area known as Trentino-Alto Adige. After the war, most Austrians returned to their German homeland, but some decided to remain, combining their heritage with native Italians to form a blend of cultures resulting in new traditions and dishes. One such specialty is canederli, also known as the “Italian Knödel.” These simple dumplings are commonly referred to as “cucina povera,” or “cuisine of the poor,” because of their cheap ingredients: stale bread, milk, flour, and eggs. The most difficult step when preparing this dish is deciding how long to soak the bread. Too much moisture can result in a fragile ball, but too much flour can yield a stiff texture. When the perfect balance is achieved, the dumplings are flavored with fresh cheese or speck to add a bit of variety, and vegetarians can add chopped spin... Read more >

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Beard House Recipe: Spiced Butternut Squash Cake with Brown Butter Caramel

Photo by Jeff Gurwin


Mid-Atlantic beachgoers revere the Delaware coast for its relaxed vibe, beautiful surf, and fresh seafood—perhaps the best of which can be found at SoDel’s empire of coastal-inspired kitchens, which dot the shoreline. At his recent Beard House dinner chef Doug Ruley cooked up a sumptuous spread of his signature “farmer-meets-fisherman” style, but when it came to the dessert course, Ruley revealed a decidedly terrestrial sweet tooth. The grand finale of the evening was this butternut squash cake, which adds a savory tinge of curry powder to the typical seasonal spice assortment of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Doused in a luscious brown butter caramel and served à la mode with apple–walnut ice cream (an optional but thoroughly recommended addition), baking up this over-the-top treat at home will make getting your daily vegetables any... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: Josh Brown Talks Burgers and More


A shining star in the Annapolis food scene, Fox’s Den is a cozy gastropub where Josh Brown’s modern comfort fare is complemented by the innovative beverage program curated by Tommy Burns. Next week, the two will craft a hearty supper brimming with early spring flavors, Maryland brews, and inspired cocktails at the Beard House. In anticipation of this event, we spoke to Brown about his love for classic diner burgers, the best advice he's ever received, his last great meal, and more.




What is your inspiration behind the menu for this Beard House event?

My inspiration for the menu is comfort food flavors in a more modern style. Since the... Read more >

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On the Menu: Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Photo: Little, Brown and Company


Here’s a taste of what’s on tap today at JBF.

Enlightened Eaters, 6:30 P.M.
JBF Award Winner Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern, NYC
God’s Love We Deliver, 166 Avenue of the Americas, NYC

V is for Vegetable

JBF Award winner Michael Anthony has been wowing diners of all stripes for years with his lauded seasonal cooking at New York City's Gramercy Tavern. While writing the restaurant’s cookbook, he found himself drawn to the most vegetable-forward items on the menu and quickly decided he needed to share his passion for produce with the public. The result of his efforts is V is for Vegetables, a new tome written for the home cook and featuring options for herbivores and omnivores alike. Organized in a charmingl... Read more >

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The 2016 James Beard Award Nominees


Didn't catch today's nominee announcement? Don't worry: we've got the entire list is below.


The 2016 James Beard Awards, hosted by Carla Hall, will be held at Lyric Opera of Chicago on

Monday, May 2. Ming Tsai will host our Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards, taking

place at New York City's Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on Tuesday, April 26.


On to the nominees!


The 2016 James Beard Awards are presented in-association with: 

HMSHost | Lexus | Mariano's 



2016 James Beard Foundation Book Awards

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