On the Menu: September 13 to September 19

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week and around the country next week: Monday, September 14, 7:00 P.M. Daniel Boulud Dinner Over the past three decades, iconic chef Daniel Boulud has helped reinvent French cuisine in the United States, inspiring myriad chefs to strive for culinary greatness along the way. Join us when the top toques in Boulud’s empire come together to celebrate their mentor at this extraordinary culinary homage. Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 P.M. Spanish Wine Lovers’ Dinner Innovative NYC chef Josh DeChellis has turned his attention to Spain at the much-raved-about La Fonda del Sol, the reincarnation of the ahead-of-its-time namesake eatery that was once in the same location. For this dinner the talented chef wil

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Wine Wisdom: Daniel Johnnes's Wine Picks

wine The beauteous hills of peaches and corn at the farmers' stands won't be around much longer, so make the most of the last summer produce by introducing some great wine pairings to your market haul. JBF Award winner Daniel Johnnes of the Dinex Group recommends some bottles to go with this end-of-summer menu of James Beard dishes (and you can find all of the recipes on our website!)

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Recipe: Wild Mushroom Crostini

Mushroom Crostini Jamie West of the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai, CA, served these mushroom crostini during the reception of last night's Beard House dinner. You can use any variety of wild mushroom—black trumpet, chanterelle, shiitake—or even a combination.

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Eye Candy: Beard House

Plating Cheeses Two crew members plate cheese courses for Beard House diners on August 27, 2009. The chef, John Newman of Newmans at 988 in Cannon Beach, OR, served a selection of artisanal Oregon cheeses like Three Ring Farm's Rivers Edge Chèvre and Rogue Creamery's Rogue River Blue Cheese. Check out more photos from this late-summer dinner. August 27, 2009, The Beard House, NYC (Photo by Tom Kirkman)

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Eat this Word: Speck

SpeckWHAT? Mrs. Sprat's preferred bacon. Writing in The Food of Italy about the Italian Alps region, Waverly Root called speck "the ultimate in pork preparation." Its preparation, incidentally, can't be hurried. The meat is slowly smoked over several months for a few hours a day. "The theory is that if the smoking were done all at the same time," Root writes, "only the outer layer of meat would be really smoked, whereas the slower process smokes it through and through." Cold temperatures and high altitudes also contribute to the process. Speck yields large quantities of fat when rendered. The fat is occasionally poured over bread or used to fry potatoes, and the speck itself is often used as a garnish. WHERE? Wolfgang Ban and Eduard Frauneder's Beard House dinner WHEN?

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Eat-Q: School Lunch

school lunch We've arrived at day 3 of our school lunch trivia week. Think you got yesterday's question about sloppy joes right? You did if you answered D. The “sloppy joe” sandwich—made of ground beef, onions, and sweetened tomato sauce, served on a hamburger bun—is referred to as a “slushburger” in North Dakota, a “yip yip” in southwestern Illinois, and a “wimpy” in northeastern Pennsylvania. [poll id="6"]

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Jobs We Love: Cricket Azima

Cricket Azima Once a planner of political events, Cricket Azima combined her love of food with her passion for working with children and fashioned a career that fuses culinarian with kindergarten teacher. Find out more about the profession that always puts a "bounce in her step," even at the end of the day.

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