On the Menu: Week of December 29

Upcoming events at the James Beard Foundation

 

Here's what's on the Beard House calendar next week:

 

Tuesday, December 31, 9:00 P.M.

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Ring in 2014 with good cheer and incredible food at our annual New Year’s Eve celebration. The teams from the International Culinary School at the Art Institute have planned an extravagant menu that is sure to make this year’s fête our most festive yet.

 

Thursday, January 2, to Friday, February 28, 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Greenhouse Gallery

Cheryl Brock

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Cheryl Brock's artwork is built upon intensely patient observations. In this exhibit, she presents pieces of produce with the detail of an individual’s port... Read more >

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The Bookshelf: What’s a Hostess to Do?

What’s a Hostess to Do? by Susan Spungen (Artisan Books, 2013)

 

Want to entertain flawlessly? So do we, so we enlisted recipe developer, food stylist, and author Susan Spungen to share five tips from her new book, What’s a Hostess to Do?, an invaluable resource chock-full of guidance, recipes, and helpful illustrations to help you become a party-throwing pro.—JBF Editors

 

 

Make It Ahead

Unless you’re a very confident cook, avoid last-minute cooking at all costs. A frantic or absent chef does not put guests at ease. For many of us, salads and stews are saviors.

 

Cook What You Know

The day of your party is not the time to practice something fancy that you’ve never even tasted, let alone cooked. Your tried-and-true pot roast may not seem exciting to you, but a solid dish done well is always better than a flashy one gone awry.

 

Think Like a Chef

Putting all of your ingredients in place befo... Read more >

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Raising the Bar: How to Make Better Cocktails at Home with Audrey Saunders

Audrey Saunders of New York City's Pegu Club

 

We tapped the Pegu Club owner and 2013 JBF Gala mixologist to share her tips for better at-home mixology.

 

Simple Syrup, Simply Put

When it comes to cocktails, we don’t want to cook simple syrup; that increases its viscosity. There are exceptions, but we generally don’t want heaviness in a cocktail. Fill a bottle halfway with superfine sugar, which is gritless and dissolves instantly. (I like to repurpose 10-ounce glass soda bottles. They’re ideal for home use and a speed pourer fits perfectly into them.) Fill the other half with filtered, room-temperature water. Cap and shake well. The mixture will appear cloudy at first but will quickly settle. Top off with more water. When it’s transparent, it’s ready for use.

 

Vermouth: Smaller Is Better

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JBF on the Air: Allen Salkin

Allen Salkin on Taste Matters

 

On last week's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis invited author and former New York Times reporter Allen Salkin to join him in Heritage Radio Network's Brooklyn studios. He recently penned the book From Scratch: Inside the Food Network, a behind-the-scenes look at the big personalities, high drama, and cultural juggernaut of the famed television network. Allen filled Mitchell in on his writing process and provided a glimpse into the company's fascinating roller-coaster ride from chaos to conquest. Click here to listen to the full episode.

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JBF on the Air: Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson

Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson on Taste Matters

 

On last week's episode of Taste Matters, host Mitchell Davis welcomed cultural sociologist and Columbia University professor Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson into Heritage Radio Network's Brooklyn studios to discuss just why it's so vital to keep the conversations about food flowing. The pair mulled over food writing, the landscape of our current culinary culture, the impact of social media, and much more. Click here to listen to the full episode. 

 

Taste Matters is a radio program dedicated to taste: as a sense, cultural construct, and culinary phenomenon. However much we talk about where our food comes from, how it’s produced, wh... Read more >

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Our Favorite Dishes (and Drinks!) of 2013

 

Recaps of trends and memes are all well and good, but we like to define a year of eating in more satisfying terms: the food that really delivered. Herewith, our favorite dishes of 2013. And, for the first time ever, we’re including a handful of drinks that wowed us, too.

—Anna Mowry, Senior Editor

 

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FOOD

 

Bacalhau with Olives, Chilies, and Mint from Fat Rice in Chicago

 

Bacalhau with Olives, Chilies, and Mint

Fat Rice, Chicago

 

At Logan Square’s Fat Rice, owners Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo recast Macanese cuisine as “Euro-Asian comfort food,” cherry-picking the larders of Portugal, India, China, and Southeast Asia to craft a menu that feels at once novel and familiar. Some dishes, like braised sweet-and-sour pork belly with tamarind, pineapple, and chichar... Read more >

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