Recipe: Pegu Club's Gin-Gin Mule Cocktail

Pegu Club's Audrey Saunders and her Gin-Gin Mule cocktail

 

This fresh and vibrant cocktail is one of Pegu Club’s signature drinks. “The trick is the homemade ginger beer, which is non-negotiable," says Audrey Saunders, who opened the bar in 2005. “Commercially produced ginger beer is laden with sugar, which suppresses the bright, bold flavor profile of this drink.” Thankfully, the accompanying ginger beer recipe yields a whole gallon, so your Gin-Gin Mules will only be a few shakes away for weeks to come. Get the recipe here.

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Bar Wisdom: Beverage Classes Around the Country

James Beard Foundation senior editor Anna Mowry reports on beverage classes around the country

 

Bars have always been dependable places to unwind, enjoy a drink, and get some therapy (or even plot a revolution). But lately some watering holes, including the below semifinalists for our new Outstanding Bar Program award, are also offering their customers an education. Here's what you can learn at the following spots.

 

Anvil Bar & Refuge, Houston (anvilhouston.com)
Located in a remodeled, half-century-old tire store, this establishment is owned and operated by a trio of professed “cocktail freaks.” You can sense their enthusiasm through the generous offerings at the bar’s monthly classes: guests typically get to taste up to eight spirits and three cocktails per session.

 

Rivera, Los Angeles (riverarestaurant.com)
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Q & A with Seamus Mullen of Tertulia

Seamus Mullen of Tertulia, interviewed by the James Beard Foundation

 
 

A Vermont-raised chef may not be the likeliest candidate to serve the most sought-after tapas in New York City, but ever since Seamus Mullen and his slow-grilled turbot scored a rave from the Times, it’s been nearly impossible to score a seat at his restaurant, Tertulia. If you have eaten there, you know why it’s nominated for a Best New Restaurant award. Read on to see what Mullen told us about the lessons he learned while cooking in Spain, the challenges of cooking authentic Spanish cuisine in America, and where he likes to nosh on his days off. 

 
 
JBF: What’s the story behind the name Tertulia?
 
SM: In Spanish a tertulia translates to a chat or a get-together. It's usually accompanied by wine and, inevitably, food. When I was in college studying Spanish literature, we had a weekly tertulia at my pro

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On the Menu: April 14 through April 21

The Beard House

 

Here’s what JBF has planned for next week:

 

Monday, April 16, 7:00 P.M.
Bill Telepan and Friends
What’s better than a market-driven dinner created by chef Bill Telepan? How about a feast of local, seasonal, sustainable cuisine prepared by Telepan and like-minded chefs from around the country right here at the Beard House? Join us as we welcome some of America’s top chefs for a spectacular spring dégustation.

 

Tuesday, April 17, 7:00 P.M.
Notes of the Northwest
Nestled on 18 acres of restored wetlands, the progressive Cedarbrook Lodge has a deep commitment to sustainable practices that extends to its culinary endeavors: the chefs hand-pick their ingredients from local farms, ranches, waters, and their own sprawling on-site garden. Jo... Read more >

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Q & A with Fiola's Fabbio Trabocchi

Fabbio Trabocchi of Fiola, nominated for the James Beard Foundation's Best New Restaurant award

 

When the Washington, D.C.-based eatery Fiola opened its doors in 2011, it was immediately met with rave reviews for its seasonally driven Italian cuisine—and now it's nominated for our Best New Restaurant award. We got in touch with chef/owner and JBF Award Winner Fabio Trabocchi to discuss what inspired him to become a chef, his favorite spring dish, and what he considers to be the best resource on authentic Italian cuisine.

 

JBF: What’s the significance of the name Fiola?
 
FT: It’s a word from an Italian dialect from the Le Marche region of Italy, which is where I’m from. It’s comparable to "sweetheart" in English.
 
JBF: What’s your favorite dish on the menu right now and why?
 
FT: Anything that involves shellfish, seafood, and spring vegetables. One of my favorite di... Read more >

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2012 JBF Scholarship Applications Now Available

Volunteers from the Institute of Culinary Education

 

Are you eager to attend culinary school, but are in need of a boost? Applications for James Beard Foundation scholarships and professional grants are now available online. You’ll find information about eligibility, a list of the scholarships we award, and all the necessary paperwork. Learn more here.

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