Recipe: Bacon with Pineapple Jus and Bacon-Salted Peanuts

Bacon with Pineapple Jus and Bacon-Salted Peanuts David Katz went hog wild at Chefs & Champagne, serving this braised bacon with gently cooked pineapple and peanuts infused with bacon fat. Keep the heat very low when making the bacon-salted peanuts, or they will burn.

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Eye Candy: Top Taco

Seared Venison with Oak-Smoked White Jalapeño Salsa, Cucumber–Mint Salad, and Fennel Pollen Crema Rene Ortiz, who earned his chops under JBF Award winners Daniel Boulud, Jean-Louis Palladin, and Douglas Rodriguez before opening La Condesa in Austin, cooked up a contemporary Mexican menu at the James Beard House earlier this month. We're wishing we could have tried his funky tacos, stuffed with barely seared venison, oak-smoked white jalapeño salsa, cucumber–mint salad, and fennel pollen crema. Have a look at more photos here.

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On the Menu: Portland’s Rising Star

Matthew Lightner A recent JBF Rising Star Chef semifinalist and one of Food & Wine’s 2010 Best New Chefs, Matthew Lightner has been getting attention for his bold new way with seasonal cuisine at Portland's Castagna. He's taking over the Beard House next Wednesday, and we can't wait for a taste of his understated yet enticing menu. You can make a reservation by clicking here. Hors d’Oeuvre Lardo and Tomatoes on Brioche Salmon on Rye Toasts Cheese Puffs with Garlic Aïoli Crispy Pigs’ Ears with Radishes and Hazelnuts Pairing: Matello Ribbon Ridge Pinot Gris 2009 Dinner Willamette Valley Onion Salad with Caramelized Allium Vinegar, Herbs, and Crisp Vegetables

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Eye Candy: Food in Photos

food photos on wall At his recent Beard House dinner, chef Peter DeRuvo taped photos of his planned dishes on a wall in the James Beard House kitchen. See more photos here.

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On the Menu: August 22 through August 28

Walking up the Beard House back stairs Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Monday, August 23, 7:00 P.M. Four-Diamond Farmland Feast The bucolic Joseph Decuis offers guests a unique culinary experience at its AAA Four-Diamond eatery, boutique inn, heritage farm, and Wagyu-raising cattle ranch. Executive chef Aaron Butts, who completed high-profile stages at the Fat Duck and El Bulli, oversees the modern American cuisine. Wednesday, August 25, 7:00 P.M. Seasonal Seafood Celebration Chef and owner Mike Stollenwerk has been reeling in the praise from critics like the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig LaBan, who raved that Stollenwerk “ranks among the city’s best seafood cooks,” while Philadelphia magazine recently declared

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Ask a Chef: Holly Smith, What are Your Favorite Flavor Combinations?

Holly Smith Holly Smith, who won the JBF medal for Best Chef: Northwest in 2008, tells us her favorite flavor combinations.

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