Food Matters: Haute Dogs Revisited

Hot dogs

As we pointed out a month ago, last year we published an article that wondered if the humble hot dog—typically found between innings in baseball or bobbing in a city street cart—would ever get the gourmet treatment from chefs. After all, the hamburger managed to beat the odds and shed its low brow-status when Daniel Boulud introduced his DB Burger, a once unimaginable marriage of foie gras and truffles to beef and bun. Would the hot dog ever reach such heights?

It appears that it has. We've seen perfected traditional dogs like Akhtar Nawab's (he'll be serving them at the Beard House later this month) and dogs with Far East accents like the Fatty Dog at Fatty Crab UWS. Let's Be Frank, the popular B... Read more >

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Q & A: Colman Andrews

Colman AndrewsHe's written thousands of articles, several fantastic cookbooks (and more on the way), and was one of the founders of Saveur magazine. We caught up with accomplished writer and editor Colman Andrews, who told us about working with Ruth Reichl early in their careers, what he really thinks about the changes in the American culinary scene in the 25 years since he was inducted into the Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America, and much more.

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Eye Candy: Beard House

Pistachio Crème Brûlée

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Tel Aviv, Israeli chef Meir Adoni prepared an elegant and complex menu teeming with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences; it ended with this pistachio crème brûlée with roasted apricots, spiced ice cream, and vanilla–cardamom crumble.

May 20, 2009, The Beard House, NYC

(Photo by Joan Garvin)

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On the Menu: Porkapalooza

Tomorrow night we're bringing pigging out to a whole new level. For a special Greens event—part of our ongoing programming for foodies under 40—Sara Jenkins, Anita Lo, Nick Morgenstern, and Ryan Skeen are preparing a dinner that will feature pork in every course. The menu includes such porcine morsels like tête de cochon sandwiches, a baby pig tasting, and apple pie with a pork lard crust—and there will be plenty of premium beer and wine pairings to wash it all down. See the complete Porkapalooza menu here.

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Tastebud: An Encore for the Intermezzo

Intermezzi make a comeback at the James Beard House

Italian for “interval,” an intermezzo is an icy interlude, a small dish to be consumed between courses, rejuvenating the palate and prepping it for the rest of the meal. Also known as palate cleansers, intermezzi tend to be sorbets, granitas, or other icy treats that are usually flavored with fruit, especially highly acidic citrus. While the fat and salt of previous courses deaden your taste buds, acidity perks them up; following a couple of savory dishes with a spoonful of lemon sorbet is like hitting a “reset” button on your tongue. Auguste Escoffier encouraged chefs to serve sorbets or other ices between courses, which helped popularize the intermezzo in 19th-century Europe. (The French legend himself was fond of Punch Romaine, an alcoholic lemon–orange ice that refreshed the tongues of diners aboard the Titanic.)

Over the past year intermezzi have popped up on an unusually high number of Beard House menus. We've seen a wide range of f

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On the Menu: May 31 to June 6

Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week: 1beardhouse03amitzimorris1 Monday, June 1, 7:00 p.m. Bordeaux Wine Lovers’ Dinner Mitchell Altholz, Highlawn Pavilion and the Manor, West Orange, NJ Wednesday, June 3, 7:00 p.m. Luxurious Retreat Brian Lewis, The Farmhouse at the Bedford Post, Bedford, NY Thursday, June 4, 7:00 p.m. Key West Seafood Celebration Chris Otten and Owner/Wine Director Stuart Kemp, Nine One Five, Key West, FL Friday, June 5, 7:00 p.m. Sophisticated Summer Luncheon Philip Campanella, Liberty House Rest

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Q & A: Marc Vetri

Marc Vetri

JBF Award Winner Marc Vetri, who joined us at the Beard House last night to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his eponymous restaurant, answers our questions about lessons learned in the kitchen, artisanal products, and his least favorite food (it may surprise you).

James Beard Foundation: What would you eat for your last meal on earth? Marc Vetri: Pork, pork, and then maybe some pork. JBF: What’s your least favorite food? MV: Garlic. JBF: What’s your earliest food memory? MV: Sunday dinners at my grandmother’s. JBF: What life lessons have you learned in the kitchen? MV: Integrity, passion, diligence, comraderie, balance, self-respect, and humility. JBF: Why do you support local, artisanal producers? MV:... Read more >

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Eye Candy: Beard House

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Plates of flourless chocolate cakes with dark chocolate–Grand Marnier truffle centers, milk chocolate domes, almond tuiles, and almond cream line the Beard House kitchen counter during Rossano Giannini's Tuscan dinner. May 15, 2009, The Beard House, NYC (Photo by Erin Gleeson)

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Recipe: Carrot–Vadouvan Soup

Carrot–Vadouvan Soup

Named Chef of the Year by Esquire in 2008, Dominique Crenn is at the helm of San Francisco’s Luce, where she expertly prepares internationally influenced California cuisine. At her Beard House dinner this past February, Crenn served this sophisticated vegetarian soup, which is accented with vadouvan, a fragrant spice blend from southern India.

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Eat this Word: Conch

ConchWHAT? Multi-purpose mollusk. Over the centuries, Caribbean islanders have played tunes on the conch, drunk from it, made tools from it, adorned homes with it, used it as a primitive form of money, and--best of all--eaten it. "There is no doubt that since time immemorial, man has been breaking open conch shells in order to get at the succulent flesh inside," according to Culinaria, A Culinary Discovery: The Caribbean. The meat of this sea snail is tough and needs tenderizing with lime or by pounding before cooking. Its taste has been compared to clams and scallops. Conch, which propels itself along the ocean floor with its foot-like muscle, is used to make stews, chowders, and fritters. In the 17th century, the beautiful spiraled pink shell of the Queen Conch was prized in Europe. Today, entire conch orchestras make beautiful music in Key West at the island's annual Conch Blowing Contest. WHERE?

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