On the Menu: November 14 through November 20

Walking up the Beard House back stairs Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, November 14, 6:00 P.M. Friends of James Beard Benefit: Pismo Beach, CA Enjoy breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean while feasting on chef Evan Treadwell’s California coastal cuisine. Treadwell takes seasonal and local cooking seriously, changing the menu with each solstice and equinox and airing his regionally sourced creations with exciting and often little known Central Coast wines. Monday, November 15, 7:00 P.M. Taste of the NFL An all-star group of Texas and New York chefs is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Taste of the NFL, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting hunger whose founder, Wayne Kostroski, won our 2010 Humanitarian of the Year a

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Eye Candy: Gala Dinner and Auction

Here's the first batch of photos of Wednesday's spectacular event at the Four Seasons. Check back later for more! chefs

Giants of French gastronomy: Guy Savoy, François Payard, Alain Ducasse, Joël Robuchon, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten

foie gras lollipops

Foie gras lollipops with quince gelée

The Pool Room at the Four Seasons

The Pool Room at the Four Seasons

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Beverage Wisdom: Thanksgiving Brews from Colin Alevras

Rumor has it that the Mayflower was originally bound for Georgia but ended up docking at Plymouth Rock because the ship had run out of beer. Colin Alevras, the beverage director at David Chang’s Momofuku and Má Pêche, thinks the Pilgrims had their priorities straight. Below, he explains why beer is a perfect match for the Thanksgiving meal.

 

Before you get suckered into drinking some mass-produced Beaujolais Nouveau swill for the holidays, don’t forget about beverages other than wine for your Thanksgiving dinner. The nature of this holiday meal itself—long, varied, and tethering back and forth between sweet and savory—calls for beverages that are low in alcohol content and versatile enough to be paired with a wide selection of food. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you beer: an excellent beverage choice for your next Thanksgiving.

 

Beer has just as much variety in flavors and textures as wine. With the recent resurgence of microbreweries, it’s easy to access great local, regional, and heritage beers. Beer is also affordable, a bonus during the indulgences of the holiday season.

 

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On the Menu: Gala Dinner and Auction

2010 James Beard Foundation Gala Auction and DinnerAnywhere in the world the names Ducasse, Payard, Robuchon, Savoy, and Vongerichten are synonymous with the best of modern French cuisine. Tomorrow evening these giants of gastronomy are joining forces in the Four Seasons kitchen for an unforgettable celebration, a tribute to the interconnectedness of French and American food cultures, and a fundraiser for the James Beard Foundation. Here's what's on the menu: Larry Finn and Pecko Zantilaveevan of the Four Seasons Foie Gras Lollipops with Quince Gelée Cucumber-Wrapped Citrus-Cured Hamachi Tuna and Santa Barbara Sea Urchin Ravioli Charred Eggplant with Harissa and Pappadam Chips Baby Lettuce and Herb Hand Rolls Corn Pudding with Chanterelles and Black Truffles Beef Tartare with Caviar and Pommes Gaufrettes Forest Mushroom Tartlets with Crème Fraîche and Fines Herbes Duck Burgers with Sun-Dried Cherrie

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Thanksgiving Beers with Momofuku's Colin Alevras

Thanksgiving Brews from Colin Alevras Since we've already covered which wines to drink with Thanksgiving, we called up Colin Alevras, beverage director of Momofuku group and the brains behind the beer program at DBGB, to tell us which suds to enjoy with your Turkey Day spread.

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The Bookshelf: Chefs at Home

Gary Danko's butternut squash soup To the chefs who spend their days plating with tweezers and funneling through a chinois, the chance to prepare an honest meal at home can hold a special, or even escapist, appeal. That's the concept behind Relais & Châteaux's new cookbook, Chefs at Home. While it spotlights elite chefs who prepare elegant and technically demanding cuisine at luxurious properties, the collected recipes are simple and satisfying—this is the food that chefs relish on a night off from the professional kitchen. Looking through the book, we learn that Christopher Brooks of Blantyre loves slow-roasted pork with roast potatoes and savoy cabbage, while JBF Award winner Gary Danko enjoys the ease and versatility of a butternut squash bisque. (Get the recipe here.) Lest we forget that these chefs perform stu

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