Recipe Contest for NYC Public Schools

vegetables Anyone who has a little eater in their life knows it’s challenging to instill them with an appreciation for a healthy meal. It takes a bit of talent and ingenuity to make some green beans appear more finger-licking-good than a carton of french fries. Think you’re up to the task? We're teaming up with the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food, the NYC Office of SchoolFood, and Candle Café/79 to develop healthy, plant-based, and meatless entrées to be served at NYC public school lunches. If you're a restaurant chef and would like to participate, send a recipe to info@healthyschoolfood.org by November 30. All qualifying entries will be judged by a panel of food experts and discriminating students at the James Beard House, and the winning recipes will be made available to all New York City public schools early next year. Our ultimate goal is to see system-wide inclusion of plant-based

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JBF News: Win DBGB Sausages and Beer

Daniel BouludOne of the most enthusiastically received restaurants to open this year, Daniel Boulud’s DBGB anchors hearty brasserie cuisine within the edgy spirit of New York’s Lower East Side. With a menu that encourages sharing, an energetic ambiance, and the seemingly infinite beer selection, it’s the perfect venue for a large and lively get-together. And now, as part of our online auction, you can win the ultimate DBGB fête! The winning bidder will enjoy an unforgettable evening with 13 friends at the restaurant’s private Kitchen Table, complete with a three-course dinner featuring delicious housemade sausages and sommelier-selected craft beers. Click here to view all the package details.

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Recipe: Scallops with Apple Gastrique

scallopsThis perfectly balanced scallop dish, which also features beets and Brussels sprouts, was served at Leo Bushey's Beard House dinner. You can use just one variety of beet if you wish, but the contrasting colors make for greater visual impact.

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On the Menu: November 1 to November 7

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, November 1, 12:00 P.M. Day of the Dead Brunch On the Day of the Dead, families in Mexico lure departed spirits back for a visit with lavish banquets in their honor. At our celebration, chefs Margaritte Malfy and Barbara Sibley will delight diners—and wandering souls—with authentic Mexican delicacies from NYC’s La Palapa and their new cookbook, Antojitos! Monday, November 2, 7:00 P.M. The Pig and The Malt Gastro-pub pioneer April Bloomfield of the Spotted Pig wows critics, locals, and celebrities with British-inflected dishes prepared with a Chez Panisse–inspired attention to ingredients. Join us for a taste of the cuisine that launched the bar food craz

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Eye Candy: Beard House

dessert garnish At Friday's Beard House dinner, chefs from the Apicius International School of Hospitality in Florence prepared a dessert course of miniature ricotta tarts along with these sculptural garnishes: a nest of spun sugar cradling berries and poppy seed–studded gelées. See more images from the event here. (Photo by Philip Gross)

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Food Matters: James Beard–Themed Dining in Hawaii

When one of our board members mentioned that they had gotten wind of a yearly James Beard–themed dinner in Hawaii, we knew we had to investigate. We eventually tracked down Hilo resident Mike Middleworth, a member of a group called Wine Connection that stages wine and culinary events throughout the year. "I have always enjoyed James Beard's recipes, so it seemed very logical to produce a dinner with a menu of his dishes that call for a wine as an ingredient," Middleworth explained. "We then drink the same wine for the pairing."

This is the fourth year that Middleworth has hosted the dinner, which is attended by anywhere from 30 to 50 people, and it's always a huge success. "Beard's recipes, of course, are richer than today's healthy cooking, but you can't beat the results," says Middleworth.

The menu for the event, which was held last weekend, is below. We're charmed to see that the spirit of the dean of American cookery is alive and well in the 50th state.

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Eat This Word: Mostarda

The James Beard Foundation on mostarda
WHAT? Pungent preserves. No, mostarda is not the Italian word for mustard. Though the words sound similar, this sweet-and-spicy condiment is only distantly related to the hot dog's favorite sidekick. To make mostarda, fruit is preserved in sugary syrup and given a slight kick with the addition of mustard seeds or powder. According to food writer Elizabeth David, this jam-like spread is a descendant of "the honey, mustard, oil, and vinegar condiments of the Romans, who also preserved roots such as turnips in this mixture." Cherries, figs, pears, and apricots are the most common ingredients in mostarda, but different variations include candied melon, pumpkin, or oranges. The piquant fruit accompaniment is enjoyed with boiled white meats or cheeses throughout Northern Italy. The most famous and popular variation is from Cremona, a small town in Lombardy, and includes pears, quince, peaches, cherries, and mandarins.

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Ask a Chef: What is your favorite Halloween candy?

“Candy corn.” –Eric Hara, The Oak Room, NYC “Candy corn.” –Akhtar Nawab, formerly of Elettaria, NYC “Candy corn. Candy corn is a good time.” –Marc Forgione, Marc Forgione, NYC

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