On the Menu: Week of June 15

 

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

 

Monday, Jun 15, 7:00 P.M.
Garden State Luxe 
Restaurateur Chris Cannon cut no corners when opening Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen: set in a restored historic mansion, the property features stunning architecture, a contemporary-art collection, an oyster bar, a sleek rathskeller that once housed the town jail cell, and a light-filled dining room where chef Kevin Sippel serves thoughtfully composed seasonal tasting menus.

 

Tuesday, June 16, 7:00 P.M.
Vermont Supper 
After its first iteration as a popular Burlington-area food truck, Aaron Josinsky and Nathaniel Wade’s Misery Loves Co. evolved into a bustling brick-and-mortar concept that includes a restaurant, bar, and bakery. Join us in sampling the rich flavors of Vermont’s terro... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: June 12, 2015

 

Is grassfed beef more drought-friendly? [Grist

 

Your gut microbiome is the life of the party: researchers have found that young adults who eat more fermented foods have less social anxiety. [MUNCHIES

 

A new study from the Mayo Clinic suggests that dietary guidelines are based on faulty data. [FWF

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Throwback Thursday: JBF Award Winner Patrick O'Connell

 

If anyone can pull off the overall–chef jacket combo, it’s JBF Award winner Patrick O’Connell. In fact, his sartorial style just might be the perfect metaphor for the celebrated chef’s intermingling of regional traditions with elevated techniques. This TBT, we’re looking back at O’Connell’s 1993 visit to the Beard House kitchen, but if you’re looking for a taste of his influential cuisine, give his recipe for truffled popcorn a whirl. O’Connell’s contributions to American cooking will also be highlighted at an upcoming Beard House dinner, where chef Robert J. Ciborowski will pay homage to gastronomic giants.

 

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Ask a Chef: Kyle Itani

 

On Friday, June 12, Kyle Itani will serve Beard House diners the Japanese-influenced American fare that earned his restaurant Hopscotch a rave review from the San Francisco Chronicle and a Michelin recommendation. For this dinner, he's preparing a meal ranging from elevated takes on childhood favorites to the latest creations on his restaurant's menu. We spoke to him about his favorite foods, the inspiration behind his Beard House menu, and what his next travel destination will be.

 

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

Bringing the flavors and history of Japanese-American food into the spotlight. Also, to bring a snapshot of what my incredible staff does each night in Oakland.

 

What's a dish on your Beard House event menu that you're especially excited about or proud of, and why?... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 11, 2015

 

You are what you drink: a new app aims to match drinkers to their perfect beer via genetic analysis. [MUNCHIES

 

Armed with a can of chickpeas, the possibilities are endless. [Serious Eats

 

Another reason to save your carrot tops and scallion ends: add a little light and water, and you’ll have a nearly unlimited supply. [... Read more >

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Recipe: Lemon Rice Chiffon Cake (Plus a Cookbook Giveaway!)

Lemon Rice Chiffon Cake from the JBF Award–winning cookbook Flavor Flours

 

For years flour played an essential but largely unobtrusive role in baking, like the foundations of a building. Wheat flour was king, and the main options were “all-purpose” or “bread.” Then came the rise of the gluten-free diet, accompanied by the surge in “alternative” flours. While not new to the market, these products have been game changers for the growing wheat-avoidant ranks, and have also helped gluten-free foods overcome their (often undeserved) reputation for being tough and bland bummers.

 

Thanks to Alice Medrich and her latest book, Flavor Flours, winner of the 2015 JBF Baking and Dessert Book Award, we might be seeing the dawn of yet another new age in baking, one that values the so-called alternatives not for what they lack, but for the unique and full flavors... Read more >

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JBF is Coming to a Town Near You!

JBF is going out on the road, and we may be coming to a city near you! Here's a taste of this summer's upcoming events around the country. For a complete listing, visit jamesbeard.org/events.

 

Saturday, June 13, 7:00 P.M.
Celebrity Chef Tour / Park City, UT
Riverhorse on Main
540 Main Street 
For reservations or more information, please call 1 435 649 3536 or click here.


Sunday, June 14, 5:30 P.M.
Friends of James Beard Benefit / Washington, D.C.
Sunday Supper at Union Market
Dock 5 at Union Market
1309 5th Street NE
For reservations or more information, please call 1 301 347 3491 or click... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 10, 2015

 

High-tech warming units are revolutionizing the way pitmasters treat their barbecue. [NPR

 

Grill your greens: tossing romaine on the grill could transform your cookout salads. [The Kitchn

 

Chipotle is now offering tuition reimbursement and paid vacation to all of its employees. [... Read more >

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Ask a Sommelier: Amanda Danielson

 

Adventurous oenophiles know that Michigan's Old Mission Peninsula has a lot to offer, as shown by the multiple accolades showered on Trattoria Stella by Wine Spectator. The restaurant's team will bring their sophisticated interpretations of Italian food and Traverse City Wine Trail selections to the James Beard House on Thursday, June 11. We spoke to wine director Amanda Danielson about the diversity of the Great Lakes, her inspiration behind her Beard House menu, and her dreams of serving royals.

 

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What’s your earliest food memory?

1970s Detroit: going into my grandparents’ cellar to pull up jars of canned fruits and vegetables that my grandmother preserved from items grown in their city garden.

 

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

The wines of Old Mis... Read more >

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Recipes: Strawberry Picking

 

A strange thing happens to many of us when we find ourselves face-to-face with a U-Pick field of June-ripened strawberries. Brought on, perhaps, by our intermittent modern-day exposure to nature and certain romanticized notions about the realities of farmwork and the size of our refrigerator's crisper drawer, we pick pounds and pounds of strawberries, filling our baskets until they overflow with the sweet, sun-warmed fruit.

 

Once we get home, reality sets in. We have three to four days to make the most of the endless pile of berries we've amassed before they start to go bad, thereby wasting an enormous amount of food and crushing any fantasies we may have harbored about our own old-fashioned resourcefulness. But here's the good news: strawberries cook down. A lot. So all we really need are a couple of hours in the kitchen and a few simple recipes, like the ones we've put together below, and our picking frenzy will be vindicated. Until blueberry season, that is.

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