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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Recipe: Carolina Gold Rice Soup with Peanuts, Scallions, and Quail

Carolina Gold rice soup Chef Shaun Doty’s creamy, porridge-like soup is made with heirloom Carolina Gold rice, enriched with fried quail eggs, and topped with sprinkles of crunchy peanuts and scallions. It's a satisfying bowl of Southern heritage that will warm you on the inside.

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JBF News: School Food is Cool

students in the kitchen Something special happened at the Beard House last Thursday night. There wasn’t a famous chef in the kitchen or wine waiting to be poured. Instead we welcomed a group of students from New York City’s public schools to help judge the ten final dishes in our NYC Public Schools Recipe Contest. Student judges came from Eagle Academy middle school in Brooklyn, Dewitt Clinton high school in the Bronx, and East Village Community School in Manhattan. students judge the dishes In addition to six students between the ages of 7 and 18, we had a number of important foodies and NYC school food bigwigs join us to help with the judging, including NYC Office of SchoolFood’s executive chef Jorge Collazo, top SchoolFood execs Stephen O’Br

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Recipe: Smoked Bluefish with Potato Pancakes, Greek Yogurt, and Dill

smoked bluefish with pancakes We love the sound of these rich, savory pancakes from chef Jason Weiner. Topped with smoked bluefish and tangy Greek yogurt, they also get some crucial bite from minced red onion and zesty lemon. Double or triple 'em up for a light brunch, or serve the pancakes individually as hors d'oeuvre.

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