Eye Candy: Seasonally Sweet

Philadelphia chef Terence Feury, who has garnered raves at Fork, served this rhubarb tart topped with almond crumble and strawberry swirl gelato at his Beard House dinner last month. See more photos of his menu here.

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Recipe: Hawaiian Hearts of Palm Pad Thai

Gregory Short's take on pad thai brings in most of usual suspects, like peanuts, bean sprouts, red chile, and tamarind. But for a twist, he switches out the rice noodles for skinny slices of hearts of palm. It's a transporting taste of the tropics that's still weeknight friendly.

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Giveaway: Know Your Coffee?

Italy takes its coffee seriously—so seriously, in fact, that the country has its very own Università del Caffè.  The coffee-centric educational mecca was founded by illy in Trieste and they have since opened nine international locations, each dedicated to disseminating knowledge about the origins, harvest, and preparation of world-class coffee. This year illy’s Master Barista (and Università del Caffè professor) Giorgio Milos is on a mission to bring some serious coffee knowledge to America’s java hounds. Lucky for us, his itinerary includes monthly stops at the Beard House where he chats with Beard on Books attendees and pours a mean espresso. For the next

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The Bookshelf: The Charleston Chef's Table

As we scanned the names and dishes that fill the pages of food writer and critic Holly Herrick’s new cookbook, The Charleston Chef’s Table, something struck us: the city of Charleston, where Herrick works and lives, boasts three back-to-back medals for Best Chef: Southeast, with Robert Stehling, Mike Lata, and Sean Brock winning in 2008, 2009, and 2010, respectively. If that streak doesn't convince you to hightail it to the Lowcountry culinary mecca, perhaps Herrick’s book will: it profiles more than 60 of the city’s restaurants, complete with beautiful photography, appealing regional recipes, and bits of local culinary history. To entice you even more, Herr

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On the Menu: May 9 through May 15

Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, May 10, 7:00 P.M. Malaysian Kitchen We’re honored to be hosting the closing dinner of NYC’s Luckyrice Festival, a celebration of the depth and breadth of Asian cuisine. We’ll be joined by Malaysian-inspired chef Zak Pelaccio and Malaysian-born Simpson Wong for a meal filled with the rich flavors of this multicultural cuisine. Tuesday, May 11, 6:00 P.M. The Great South African Wine Show Join us at the breathtaking Tribeca Rooftop for the largest tasting of South African wines in United States history. At this walk-around event you will be able to taste over 400 wines from over 8

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On the Menu: Zak Pelaccio and Simpson Wong

At Monday night’s Beard House dinner, we’re celebrating the tasty side of multiculturalism: Zak Pelaccio and Simpson Wong will prepare a meal that showcases the vibrant cuisine Malaysia, where Indian, Chinese, and Thai influences have intermingled for centuries. See what’s on the menu below:

Roasted Hudson Valley Duck and Mango Salad

Curry Laksa > Traditional Northeastern Malay Noodle and Fish Soup with Coconut Broth

Halibut with Malaccan Pineapple Curry

Slow-Cooked Short Rib Rendang with Aromatic Curry and Coconut Rice

Assorted Malay Desserts:
Coconut Cream Panna Cotta
Pudding Raja > Duck Egg Yolk Threads with Aromatic Sweet Syrup
Rhubarb Sticky Rice with Crème Anglaise

Seats are still available, so visit the official event page to... Read more >

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On the Menu: China's Famous Ducks

At Tuesday night’s Beard House dinner we were lucky to welcome a delegation of chefs and VIPs from the Beijing Tourism Administration. The highlight of the evening’s menu? Beijing’s famous Quanjude roast duck. After hanging in the Beard House kitchen for two days (the extended hanging allows the skin to thoroughly dry, ensuring that classic crispy skin), the ducks received a basting of a secret sweet sauce, then went into a 500-degree oven to roast until golden brown. After a tableside carving, the duck was served with all the traditional accoutrement, including pancakes, cucumbers, and that classic sweet sauce. Although the delicious Chinese delicacies certainly had everyone talking, what really got the room buzzing was the announcement of our upcoming

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