On the Menu: JBF Celebrates Gay Pride on Both Coasts

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Each June, revelers across the country and the world celebrate Gay Pride with parades, pageantry, and parties. The James Beard House is no exception, and this month we're planning two fantastic events to honor the gay community. First there's the San Francisco Pride Soirée at 12 Gallagher Lane, where Gary Danko, Emily Luchetti, and other JBF Award–winning Bay Area stars will present a delicious walk-around tasting and cocktail party. (See the menu here.) The next night we're holding the Second Annual Gay Soirée at the historic Beard House in New York's West Village, featuring chefs from 10 Downing, the Meatball Shop, the

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Ask a Chef: Mike Lata, What Are Your Favorite Summer Ingredients?

Mike Lata 2009 JBF Award winner Mike Lata is the chef of the celebrated FIG (Food Is Good) restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina. He recently talked to us about his favorite summertime foods.

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Eye Candy: Ceviche as Art

Eleven Madison Park's Daniel Humm, who earned four stars from the New York Times last year, served this elegant diver scallop ceviche with fennel, yuzu, and rhubarb at a Beard House dinner last month. Click here to see more photos of the stunning menu. (Looking for an easy ceviche that you can make at home? Check out Monday's recipe.)

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America's Classics: Calumet Fisheries, Chicago

America’s Classics Award–winning restaurants have timeless appeal and are beloved in their regions for quality food that reflects the character of their community. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be spotlighting the eateries that earned this prestigious distinction in 2010. Chicago’s 95th Street Bridge, which spans the Calumet River on the city’s South Side, is known for two things. One, in the movie The Blues Brothers, Elwood demonstrated the capabilities of his new car by jumping the bridge. Two, it’s the home of Calumet Fisheries, a stand-alone hutch that has been frying and smoking seafood since 1948, when brothers-in-law Sid Kotlick and Len Toll opened the place. To this day, the Kotlick and Toll families run the joint. It’s strictly carryout. No seating, no bathroom, no credit cards. And, if you believe the ominous street sign, no parking. The place draws a working-class, melting-pot crowd, and a fair number of amateur fishermen. (The murky Calumet is a good place to find bluegill.) Fried perch, smelts, and frogs’ legs are big here, but they also bring in scallops, crab, catfish, and oysters. The fried stuff is very good, but what you really wa

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Ask a Chef: What Would You Eat for Your Last Meal on Earth?

"My mom's lasagna, finished with a slice of strawberry cheesecake and a glass of my dad's Moroccan tea with fresh mint." –James Kent, Eleven Madison Park, NYC; U.S.A.'s Bocuse d'Or Representative

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Tastebud: Panna Cotta

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Hailing from the Northern Italian regions of Val d’Aosta and Piedmont, classic panna cotta is a combination of sugar and cream or milk (or both!). True to its name (which is Italian for “cooked cream”), the dessert is made by heating the ivory base, adding gelatin (we prefer sheets over powder for the satiny texture they produce), pouring the mixture into round containers to set, and releasing the jelled result. Panna cotta pulls off a miraculous texture that’s both effortlessly light and mouth-caressingly rich.

In Gastronomy of Italy, Anna del Conte writes that while the dessert is occasionally flavored with peach eau-de-vie or paired with fresh fruit, the traditional, unadulterated version prevails throughout the boot. But Beard House chefs have broken the panna cotta mold: Dean James Max an

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Recipe: Scallop Ceviche

scallop ceviche Though summer doesn't arrive for another week, we've already begun to suffer the season's swelter. If you're looking for something to make for dinner that doesn't require turning your oven dials from the "off" position, try this tangy scallop ceviche from Ivy Stark of Dos Caminos. Like all ceviches, this one is "cooked" with lime juice instead of heat. (Technically, the acid denatures the proteins, resulting in seafood that's firm and opaque.)

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