Eye Candy: Beet Meringues with Crème Fraîche and Caviar

George Mendes, who has earned raves for his Iberian-inspired cuisine at Aldea, prepared these ethereal beet meringues at his recent Beard House dinner. Click here to see more photos of his gorgeous menu.

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Eye Candy: Cheese Illustrated

We adored these cheese sketches (complete with accoutrements) that graced the cheese platters at Chelsea Market Sunday Supper. Diners referred to the illustrations to identify the various farmstead cheeses that were served during the meal. (JBF Award winner Anne Quatrano prepared the accompaniments.) The folks at Metromix have put together a gorgeous slideshow of the event, which you can see here.

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Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower Risotto

This flavorful, hearty risotto is perked up with sunny saffron and Capriole Mont St. Francis, one of artisan cheesemaker Judy Schad's signature goat cheeses. You can order her product from her website, or simply substitute another semi-hard goat cheese.

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Eye Candy: Bombster Scallop Crudo

Chefs Richard Garcia and Matthew Maue prepared this gorgeous bombster scallop crudo—accompanied by whipped salsify, blood orange, caramelized pears, lime, and marcona almond gremolata—at their Beard House dinner earlier this month. Click here to see more photos of their celebration of Spanish cuisine.

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Recipe: Café Brûlot

Imagine starting your Monday with a cup of coffee like this: scented with citrus and cinnamon, spiked with liqueur, and... set on fire! While we don't recommend that you actually try making this popular New Orleans drink after rolling out of bed, we do think it would make for a eye-popping dinner party finale.

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On the Menu: March 28 through April 3

Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, March 28, 6:00 P.M. Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market Lined with grocers and charming eateries, Chelsea Market is New York’s one-stop shop for every gourmand’s needs. Back by popular demand, this convivial Friends of James Beard Benefit will feature a diverse group of talented chefs who will gather under its roof to prepare the ultimate family-style meal. Wednesday, March 31, 7:00 P.M. Kentucky Bluegrass Chefs When you bring six of Kentucky’s top chefs and some of the best handmade bourbon money can buy up to the Beard House, the upshot is bound t

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