Recipe: Ricotta Soup with Fried Eggplant

Ricotta Soup with Fried Eggplant We can always count on simple soups to get us through these final stretches of chilly weather. Here's a delicious and easy one from the team at the renowned Vetri in Philadelphia. The silky ricotta broth and crunchy eggplant garnish will perk up those winter-weary taste buds.

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On the Menu: Portland Panache

Chris Carriker While the Gilt Club brings a rare touch of glamour to the famously laid-back city of Portland, its food hits all the right notes for the community’s discerning locavores. Chef Chris Carriker will make his James Beard House debut this Saturday and there are still seats for the taking. Take a look at his menu of French-inflected Northwest cuisine below, then click here to make your reservation. Hors d’Oeuvre Foie Gras Terrine with Shortbread, Quince, and Sauternes Gelée Pheasant Boudin Blanc with Housemade Prune–Port Mustard Spring Chinook Salmon with Housemade Lardo and Smoked Salmon Caviar Oregon Elk Tartare and Quail Egg Toasts with Crispy Shallots and Shaved Black Truffles Pairing: Firesteed Riesling 2008 Dinner Housemade Charcuterie

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JBF LTD Launching April 12

JBF LTD If there's one trend that's already apparent in a still young 2011, it's the pop-up restaurant. We're getting in on the fun with our own temporary space called JBF LTD, which will be located in New York's Chelsea Market. It will feature nightly dinners by high-profile chefs; daytime café-style fare by Great Performances; and culinary programming and interactive food-themed experiences. Get all the details at the production's microsite, jamesbeard.org/popup.

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On the Menu: Shenandoah Splendor

The HomesteadThe Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia

Surrounded by Virginia’s majestic Allegheny Mountains, the luxurious Homestead resort offers guests a charming and historic Shenandoah Valley getaway. Nowhere is that distinctive Southern charm more fully on display than in the resort’s elegant dining room, where executive chef Mark Gallaudet serves playful renditions of classic regional dishes. Gallaudet and his team, Tom Ruth, Todd Bemis, and Pastry Chef Michel Finel, will present their tempting cuisine at tonight's Beard House dinner, and reservations are still available. Check out the menu below, then click here to secure your seat. Hors d’Oeuvre Lamb Rillettes with Stone-Groun

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Buy the 2011 Book Award Nominees in the JBF Amazon Store


Got some empty space on your bookshelf to fill? Already cooked your way through last year's best cookbooks? Have a look at the freshly released 2011 James Beard Book Award nominees in our Amazon store. Whether your purchase is destined for your kitchen counter or your coffee table, a portion of it will be contributed to JBF.

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Awards Watch: Final Nominees Announced

medallion After Sunday night's fantastic Beard in Oregon tasting event and rockin' afterparties at Clyde Common and the Ace Hotel, the James Beard Award nominees were finally unveiled yesterday at the Oregon Culinary Institute. In case you weren't parked in front of our busy Twitter page, you can get the full list of finalists at jbfawards.com. Next stop: Lincoln Center!

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