Ask a Chef: Gina DePalma

Gina DePalma JBF Award–winning pastry chef Gina DePalma certainly has a way with flavor, be it bold or subtle. We asked her for the best combinations—check them out here.

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On the Menu: Food Meets Fashion

Food Meets Fashion Trio Diners at Saturday night's New York City Wine and Food Festival event will witness a huge first: Acclaimed American designer and accomplished cook Zac Posen will set aside the muslin and pick up the sauté pan. The Food Network's Giada De Laurentiis and JBF Award winner Marcus Samuelsson will join him in the kitchen, and the trio will prepare an eclectic fall menu. Here's a look at what they'll serve: Hors d’Oeuvre Giada Butternut Squash Soup with Fontina–Sage Croutons Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto Zac Purple Peruvian Potatoes with Crème Fraîche, Chives, and Caviar Basil-Baked Yellowtail in Rice Paper Marcus Gravlax on Crisp Bread Herring with Trout Roe Dinner Zac F

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Jobs We Love: Jenn Smith

Jenn Smith Think long-distance running isn't relevant to running a food and wine business? Think again. Jenn Smith, general manager of the Astor Center, believes that our backgrounds, whatever they may be, can positively impact our job performances in the present. Read about her life as the woman behind one of New York City's premiere culinary centers here.

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Eye Candy: Peanut Butter–Bacon Pie

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Gourmet's frozen peanut butter mousse and candied bacon pie, made by Cia Glover. Although our office birthdays usually call for Amy’s pink cake, in light of recent events, we searched recent issues of Gourmet for a more fitting treat in honor of VP Mitchell Davis’s birthday. The result was this deliciously (not too) sweet, salty, and crunchy frozen peanut butter and candied bacon pie. Recreate our simple homage to Gourmet at home.

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On the Menu: The Modern’s Alsatian Oktoberfest

Gabriel Kreuther The streets of Munich may no longer be flooded with beer and revelers, but Oktoberfest will have a reprise at the Beard House this Friday, featuring the refined Alsatian cuisine of Gabriel Kreuther and a range of hearty brews. Here's a preview of the menu: Hors d’Oeuvre Liverwurst Toasts Tarte Flambé Beef Tartare with Quail Eggs Mushroom Tartlets Crispy Shrimp Tuna Tartare Dinner Baekoffe Terrine with Potato Salad Roasted Foie Gras with Beerewake Fruit Chutney and Brown Beer Reduction Horseradish-Crusted Scottish Salmon with Cabbage and Riesling Sauce Alsatian Country Sausage with Caramelized Turnips Madeira-Braised Short Ribs with Spaetzle Baba au Kirsch To view the full menu with all artisanal beer pairings, click

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Recipe: Lemon Cheese

lemon cheese Tangy and tart, this spreadable lemon-scented cheese is a great topping for crackers and toast. It also pairs nicely with beets or, as chef Kirsten Dixon prefers, a tomato–basil bisque.

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On the Menu: Dinner with Alain Ducasse

Alain Ducasse Our first New York City Wine and Food Festival event is headlined by luminary French chef Alain Ducasse. He'll be joined by Adour's Joel Dennis and Benoit Bistro's Pierre Schaedelin in the Beard House kitchen, where the trio will prepare the ultimate dégustation of la grande cuisine française. Feast your eyes on the menu below: Hors d’Oeuvre Miniature Tarte Flambé Herb and Ricotta Barbajuan Gougères Mornay Head Cheese Jumbo Lump Crab with Celeriac and Apple Rémoulade Citrus-Marinated Hamachi with Celery Hearts and Radishes Wagyu Beef Tartare Canapés Dinner Foie Gras and Quince Terrine with Quince Marmalade and Gelée and Country Toast Pumpkin Velouté with Golden Crouton Steamed Halibut with Porcini Tarte Tatin Roasted Pennsylvania Squab with Glazed Turnips and Sauce Salmis App

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Eat this Word: Vol-au-vent

vol-au-ventWHAT? French pot-pie. "This entrée is pretty and good, without a doubt," famed French pastry chef Carême is quoted in Larousse Gastronomique as saying. "It is almost always eaten with pleasure for its extreme delicacy and lightness, but to cook it perfectly demands the utmost care." Carême should know. He is credited with inventing the vol-au-vent, a puff pastry box (with lid) that usually encases a savory mixture of creamed vegetables, meat, fish, or chicken. The name itself means "flying in the wind" and refers to the lightness of the pastry. Not as long ago as you think, it was the height of culinary fashion in America to dine at a stuffy French restaurant run by an enormous French chef who frequently yelled at his staff. What would you have been eating? Vol-au-vent, bien sûr. WHERE? Doug Psaltis and Cedric Tovar's Beard House di

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