Eye Candy: French–Asian Fusion

torte A group of Philadelphia-area chefs gathered at the Beard House last month to prepare a menu of French classics with decidedly Asian ingredients. For dessert, the group served a Valrhona white chocolate torte with yuzu curd and green tea mousse. See more photos from the event here. (Photo by Bobbi Lin)

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On the Menu: February 7 through February 13

on-the-menu-erin gleeson Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week: Tuesday, February 9, 7:00 P.M. Southern Roots An Alabama native who trained under Susan Spicer and Frank Stitt, Mike Davis has made his own mark on the Southern food tradition at Terra, where he turns out contemporary dishes accented with the flavors of the region. Taste the terroir in his palate-expanding cuisine at this homage to the South. Wednesday, February 10, 7:00 P.M. Seasonal Italian At Seattle’s Cantinetta, executive chef Brian Cartenuto serves up serious, soulful Italian food. Hewing to a style he describes as refined simplicity, Cartenuto has wowed critics with “assured cooking” that combines “a wonderful balance of flavors with an element of su

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On the Menu: JBF at the Bocuse d'Or USA Finals

Bocuse d'Or While most folks are counting down the days until the Vancouver Olympics, we're fired up for one of the most spectacular events in the wide world of food: the Bocuse d'Or USA Finals at the Culinary Institute of America. It all kicks off this morning with demonstrations, book signings, and panels on the school's Hyde Park campus. The official competition, where twelve finalists will cook and painstakingly plate several dishes for a chance to represent America at the 2011 Bocuse d'Or world competition in Lyon, starts at 8:00 A.M. on Saturday. JBF president Susan Ungaro will host demos by JBF Award winners Eric Ziebold and Charlie Trotter, and will also emcee tomorrow's main event. "I really think that this year's finalists represent the best of America's chefs," Ungaro says. "I'm very excited that JBF i

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Reel Food: Sichuan Buttons Tingle Tongues at the Beard House

As we noted in Tuesday's New Feed, a handful of adventurous chefs are experimenting with sichuan buttons, the yellow flower buds that tingle and numb the tongue when eaten. And sure enough, the unusual ingredient popped up in the Beard House kitchen that very same day. Check out this clip of Bryan Forgione, brother of Marc and son of Larry, discussing the effects of the sichuan button while he preps for their Beard House event:

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Eye Candy: A Badge of Honor

Beard Tattoo An invitation to cook at the James Beard House is an honor that chefs take very seriously. For chefs Michael Giletto and Alina Eisenhauer, who recently prepared a fête to fennel at the House, it was an experience they never wanted to forget. After their dinner these friends (they met while competing on Food Network's Chopped) decided to create a tattoo that would commemorate the night for all time. We think it's pretty cool. Check out gorgeous shots of the dishes from their dinner here.

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Worth Waiting For: Pizzeria Bianco

Pizzeria Bianco

To the despair of pizza lovers in Phoenix and beyond, Pizzeria Bianco's Chris Bianco recently revealed that he has stepped away from his flour and ovens due to health concerns. While the Neapolitan-style pies at his legendary restaurant may no longer bear his own touch, the JBF Award winner is staying active in the front of the house, ensuring that every pizza meets his exacting standards. If they're even half as magical as what JBF vice president Mitchell Davis waited three hours to taste in 2008, we know we can rest easy.

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Eye Candy: Geoduck Crudo

geoduck spoons Chef Ethan Stowell served this hors d'oeuvre of geoduck with basil–avocado mousse and sliced radishes at his Beard House dinner in late January. Aided by his wife, staff from his various restaurants, and even Top Chef contestant and fellow Seattleite Ashley Merriman, Stowell put out a fantastic tasting of seaworthy dishes. See more photos of the evening here. (Photo by Michael Johnston)

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