On the Menu: May 22 through May 28

On the Menu Tuesday, May 24, 7:00 P.M. Relais & Châteaux Uncorked Long before “housemade” and “local” joined the popular culinary lexicon, JBF Award nominee Ryan Hardy was leading the country’s budding sustainability movement at Montagna, located in the Relais & Châteaux–designated Little Nell. For this special Beard House dinner, Hardy’s tempting cuisine will be paired with boutique wines from Betts & Scholl. Wednesday, May 25, 7:00 P.M. Vermont Heirloom Farm Dinner A native Vermonter committed to using local suppliers, chef Jason Merrill of the ultra-exclusive Quechee Club has designed an impeccable spring menu to showcase his favorite heirloom ingredients and growing practices. Each course will be accompanied by a biodynamic wine. For details and reservatio

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Recipe: Strawberry Pavlova with Saffron Custard

Strawberry Pavlova with Saffron Custard Like an elaborate ballgown, this gorgeous pavlova from New Zealand chef Ben Batterbury surprises and delights with its many beautiful layers. A savory saffron custard anchors the meringue, creamy mascarpone cuts through its sweetness, and a generous topping of ruby red strawberries makes it a dinner-party showstopper. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe: Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Rhubarb Consommé

Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Rhubarb Consommé In this striking dessert from Northern Spy Food Co.'s Nathan Foot, a disc of silky buttermilk panna cotta rests in a pool of vanilla-scented rhubarb consommé. Get the recipe here and serve it with some rosemary madeleines on the side.

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Recipe: Braised Rabbit with Herbed Dumplings

Braised Rabbit with Herbed Dumplings This dish of succulent rabbit and choux dumplings from Steven Satterfield of Atlanta's Miller Union is as flexible as it is tasty: you can finish the hearty mixture with whatever looks good at the farmers' market, or with whatever is kicking around in your refrigerator. Get the recipe here.

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Ask a Chef: Rob Evans, Where Should We Eat in Portland, Maine?

Rob Evans

Though it is said that Maine is the way life should be, it can't hurt to know where to find the state's best eats. We asked 2009 JBF Award winner Rob Evans of Hugo's to tell us about the best restaurants in the budding culinary mecca of Portland.

Late-Night
Boda (207.347.7557, 671 Congress Street)
“They have one of the best late-night snack menus in town, serving food until 1:00 a.m. They serve Thai tapas and even have an industry discount night.”

Quintessential Maine
Fore Street (207.775.2717, 288 Fore Street)
“The cornerstone of Portland restaurants. Fore Street always serves fresh local farm ingredients in an atmosphere that is timel

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Green & Black’s Taste Discovery Tour


JBF House Purveyor Green & Black’s wants you to know more about their chocolate, so they’ve hit the road with their Taste Discovery Tour. In a whirlwind trip that began at Vegas Uncork’d presented by Bon Appétit, with the most recent stop at the Beard Awards, the tour is off to an indulgent start. The next stop? The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. At each location Green & Black’s Discovery Taste Guide will be on hand to talk delicious organic chocolate and to encourage you to taste, taste, taste. Can

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Recipe: Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake

At Providence's La Laiterie, pastry chef Kate Jennings reboots the kitschy upside-down cake by swapping out pineapple for puckery rhubarb. We love how the stalks' tartness mellows out against the dessert's classic topping of buttery brown sugar. Get the recipe here.

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