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

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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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