On the Menu: March 13 through March 19

On the Menu Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Sunday, March 13, 12:00 P.M. The Tipsy Brunch Julie Taras Wallach and Tasha Garcia Gibson have charmed New Yorkers with their refined comfort food at neighborhood favorites Little Giant and Tipsy Parson. Famous for their knockout brunches, this dynamic duo will bring their irresistible, Southern-inflected morning menu to the Beard House. Monday, March 14, 7:00 P.M. Channeling Charleston Sean Daly recalls the charm and culture of Charleston at his Cincinnati hot spot, Hugo. With a menu that features Low Country crawfish boils alongside nuanced renditions of shrimp and grits, Hugo is an elegant homage to sophisticated Southern cuisine. Tuesday, March 15, 7:00 P.M.

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Recipes: Doughnut Roundup

sweet potato churrosPaul Kulik's sweet potato churros

While nobody needs a nudge to eat a doughnut—especially with the plethora of creative options popping up—making them at home can feel daunting. We’re here with four tempting recipes to help you get over your fear of frying. You’ll be a seasoned doughmaster in no time. Bourbon-Glazed Doughnuts Why just spike your coffee when you can spike your doughnut, too? These bourbon-laced delights from Anthony David’s in Hoboken, NJ, taste best straight from the fryer. They’re also small, so no need to feel guilty about eating two or three (or four).

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Awards Watch: 2011 America's Classics Award Honorees

James Beard Awards medallion

Every year the James Beard Foundation inducts a handful of regional, characterful eateries into its America's Classics, a collection of restaurants known for quality food and lasting appeal. Whether it's the heart of a small community or a thriving vestige of a bygone era, every honoree has a treasured place in America's culinary culture. Today we're proud to announce the 2011 America's Classics inductees, which are listed below. You can read more about them here.

Chef Vola’s (111 South Albion Place, Atlantic City, NJ, 609.345.2022 – Owners:... Read more >

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On the Menu: The Madison Club

Daniel Fox and Jason Veal Although it boasts more than 100 years of history, the Madison Club is anything but old-fashioned, thanks to its talented chefs. Daniel Fox and Jason Veal bring a passion for locavore practices and handcrafted artisanal products to this historical venue. You can get a taste of the duo's Wisconsin-focused cuisine at tomorrow night's Beard House dinner. Check out the menu below and click here to reserve your seat. Hors d’Oeuvre Crispy Pork Belly with Star Anise–Crusted Nairagi, Pineapple–Kumquat Marmalade, and Verjus Reduction Petit Great Lakes Fish Fry Housemade Wisconsin Cheddar Bratwursts

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The Bookshelf: Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas

Life, on the Line

Grant Achatz, who is just 36, already has a staggering list of accomplishments: one Michelin three-star restaurant and two more venues, Next and Aviary, on the way; a groundbreaking cookbook and a moving memoir; a seemingly hopeless battle with cancer that he miraculously won. When we spoke with the so obviously driven chef and his business partner, Nick Kokonas, at the Institute of Culinary Education on Monday, we couldn’t help but wonder if this Beard Award winner was just getting started. Read on for the interview.

James Beard Foundation: In the book you talk about your activity on eGullet, the online forum for passionate chefs and food lovers, and how its membe

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Recipe: Michael Reardon's Chocolate–Caramel Tart with Fleur de Sel

Chocolate Caramel Tartlets The beloved combination of salt and caramel is famously addictive—so addictive that eating a single cellophane-wrapped confection does little to dispel our cravings. Thankfully, chef Michael Reardon sent us his recipe for these indulgent tartlets, which are enriched with a layer of chocolate ganache. It's the perfectly portioned salt-meets-sweet treat. Get the recipe here.

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