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

"Spaghetti with sea urchin and limpets, but only if I could gather them from the shores of Sicily. Otherwise, because it's my last day on earth and I don't care about cholesterol and blood pressure, I would want a four-pound aged steak with a large side of pommes soufflé." –Fortunato Nicotra, Felidia, NYC

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On the Menu: Catalan Food and Wine

Croquettes

Barcelona, the capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is well known for its vibrant markets and rich food culture. At Mercat (“market” in Catalan) and sister restaurant Mercat Negre, chefs Jalinson Rodriguez and Oriol Sala Colomer, along with wine director Carl Wisegart, capture this dynamic quality in their bold, regional Spanish cuisine. The Mercat crew will be cooking at the Beard House this Wednesday; check out their menu below. Hors d’Oeuvre Traditional Gazpacho Assorted Croquettas > Shrimp; Chicken; and Spinach Shrimp and Chorizo Skewers Salmon Ceviche with Avocado and Popcorn Dinner Sardine with Roasted Vegetables and Sherry Reduction Sautéed Wild Mushrooms with Fried Egg, Shoestring Potatoes, and Truffle Vinaigrette Monkfish with Summer Squash Romesco and Dried Fruit

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Recipe: Cauliflower Fritters

cauliflower fritters

Top Chef's Sam Talbot served these crunchy cauliflower fritters at his late-spring Beard House dinner. Creamy florets are puréed with honey and cream cheese, dredged in flour and panko, and fried to golden brown perfection. With a yield of two dozen fritters, this recipe makes enough for seconds—and thirds—at a small cocktail party.

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Eye Candy: Bluegrass State Dessert

strawberry, Kentucky brie, and black walnut cobbler with blackberry–buttermilk ice cream and bourbon-smoked sea salt

For a preview of our partnership with the World Equestrian Games, JBF rounded up a group of Kentucky chefs for an evening of sophisticated, traditional Southern fare. The team served this strawberry, Kentucky brie, and black walnut cobbler with blackberry–buttermilk ice cream and bourbon-smoked sea salt for dessert. See more photos of the dinner here.

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On the Menu: June 20 through June 26

Beard House dining room Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week:

Monday, June 21, 7:00 P.M. Savoy 20th Anniversary and Reunion It’s hard to believe it was 20 years ago that Peter Hoffman opened Savoy in the heart of NYC’s Soho. At the time, the chef’s passion for seasonal, local cuisine was seen as eccentric; in hindsight it’s clear that Hoffman helped spark a gastronomic movement that has fundamentally changed the way America cooks. Celebrate this anniversary with a stellar cast of chefs and alumni. Tuesday, June 22, 6:30 P.M. Greens: Bowling Night The James Beard Foundation Greens are hitting the lanes. Join us for a night of bowling, good food, and fun times at Brooklyn Bowl, the hot new bowling alle

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On the Menu: JBF Greens' Bowling Night

Brooklyn Bowl

The James Beard Foundation Greens are hitting the lanes. Join us for a night of bowling, good food, and fun times at Brooklyn Bowl, the hot new bowling alley and restaurant housed in a renovated Williamsburg iron foundry. It’s the city’s first LEED-certified green bowl-o-drome. To keep our energy up while we aim for a three hundred game, there will be a buffet of bowling-friendly classics updated by the culinary team at Blue Ribbon Brasserie, as well as plenty of beer and wine. Click here to see the menu. Call 212.627.2308 to reserve your lane!

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On the Menu: JBF Celebrates Gay Pride on Both Coasts

gay pride flag

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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