Recipe: Farmers' Market Salad with Crab-Stuffed Fried Green Tomato “Croutons” and Lemon–Vanilla Vinaigrette

Fried Green Tomatoes Diners at tonight's Beard House dinner will enjoy fried green tomatoes and other Southern classics prepared by chef Jim Foss of Georgia Brown's. The D.C.-based chef, who has cooked for the Obamas, was kind enough to send us his recipe for a summer salad that includes these crunchy treats stuffed with blue crab and goat cheese.

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Worth Waiting For: Donut Man

Strawberry-Filled Doughnuts Summer's days are numbered, which means that only a little time is left to eat at our favorite seasonal spots. We urge our West Coast readers to pay a visit to the Donut Man stand in Glendora, California, which will shutter for the year at the end of this month. The line may be long when you arrive, but Jim Nakano's fruit-packed doughnuts make the wait more than worth it.

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Field Trip: Winehaven at Outside Lands

qupe_200x250Bob Lindquist loves baseball, rock n’ roll, and wine. He’s been in the wine business since 1975 and a winemaker since 1982, when he founded Qupé in the Central Coast appellation of California. Bob’s main focus is Rhône varietals, produced using grapes from some of the best vineyards in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, most notably Bien Nacido Vineyard, which Bob founded with Au Bon Climat’s Jim Clendenen (a JBF Award winner) and where Qupé is located. So, what does this prolific California winemaker think about music and wine? James Beard Foundation: Are there foods or flavors that inspire your winemaking style? Bob Lindquist: Our winery has grown parallel to the evolution of “California cuisine” and the search for fresh local ingredients

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Recipe: Grilled Texas Goat Cheese Sandwiches with Pickled Peaches

Texas goat cheese sandwiches Jason Dady, who runs the kitchen at the Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills in San Antonio, will serve these tiny grilled cheese sandwiches at tonight's Beard House dinner. While the recipe makes eight hors d'oeuvre, you can opt to leave the brioche slices whole for larger sandwiches.

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Field Trip: Winehaven at Outside Lands

The Winehaven tent at Outside Lands is going to be packed with some of California's best winemakers, all serving their favorite blends and vintages. To familiarize ourselves with what's to come we took some time to interview a few of these talented vintners. First up, Morgan Twain-Peterson from Bedrock Wine Co. He may only be 28, but Morgan has been making wine for more than 20 years. He grew up among the vines at Ravenswood, his father's winery,  and it proved to be an excellent classroom. Morgan began making small lots of Pinot Noir at the age of five. Vino Bambino Pinot Noir, as the wine came to be known, was made from 1986 to 2001 and has been featured on the wine lists of Craft, Gramercy Tavern, and Blue Hill as well as other fine-dining establishments. At Bedrock, he is intimately involved in every stage of producing his small lot, heirloom wines. We asked Morgan about making wine in California, the co

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Tweet Eats: Our Twitter Cook-off Winner!

The recipes have been made, the dishes have been tasted, and the results have been tabulated. We have a winner for our first ever Twitter Cook-off! Before we announce the results, we thought it would be fun to give everyone a taste (pun intended) of what went down at the Beard House on Friday afternoon. judges Despite the steamy and sticky heat outside, our four Judges arrived ready to sample and score the five finalists that you picked earlier in the week. We asked them to rate each dish on a scale of 1 to 5 in two categories: first, the effective and creative use of Twitter as a medium to convey the recipe, and second, taste. The JBF office/kitchen team, tasked with translating the recipes and executing the dishes, scored each tweet on a scale of 1 to 5 for

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Staff Recipe: Eggplant Focaccia

Eggplant"When I can find them, I use a variety of eggplants of different sizes and colors to make an attractive pattern and to give a more complex eggplant flavor," says JBF Vice President Mitchell Davis of this summery focaccia from his cookbook, Kitchen Sense.

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On the Menu: August 23 to August 29

Kitchen There's always something delicious happening at the Beard House: Tuesday, August 25, 7:00 P.M. Cooks’ Reunion Jason Dady, Daniel Patino, and JBF Award winner Christopher Lee met years ago as students at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Now established and esteemed chefs working in different cities, the three old cooking-school buddies will reunite at the Beard House to collaborate on this spectacular meal. Wednesday, August 26, 7:00 P.M. Savoring Southern Seafood In business for more than 15 years, Georgia Brown’s still attracts D.C.’s most discerning diners—even the Obamas have stopped by to sample Jim Foss’s award-winning cuisine. Join chef Foss at the Beard House when he prepares a delicious seafood menu with flavors straight from t

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