On the Menu: Meatballs Galore

Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow Partners Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow have made a ballsy foray into the Lower East Side dining scene with the opening of their singularly focused eatery, the Meatball Shop. Holzman, whose culinary credits include San Francisco’s Fifth Floor and Jardinière, elevates the humble classic with a meatball-centric menu as cheeky as it is delicious. The duo will prepare a one-of-a-kind luncheon at the Beard House this Friday (book here); here's what's on the menu: Hors d’Oeuvre Miniature Maryland Crabmeat and Potato Chip Meatballs with Old Bay Dipping Sauce Miniature Buffalo Chicken Meatballs with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce Reuben Meatball Sliders with Sauerkraut and Thousand Island Dressing Pairing: Ca’ Furlan Cuvée Beatrice Prosecco NV Luncheon Mu

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James Beard's Recipe Box: Leg of Pork with Cider and Cream

flaming the roast with applejackWelcome to our latest guest post about recipes from James Beard’s American Cookery. Today we hear from JBF Award winner and chef/owner of Paley's Place, Vitaly Paley, who prepares an homage to Beard's recipe for Leg of Pork with Cider and Cream. ( You can read an archive of

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Eat this Word: Farofa

farofaWHAT? Flour power. "The farofa is an acquired taste that, once actually acquired, is difficult to give up," according to the website of the Brazilian Embassy in London. They've definitely acquired it in Brazil, where the fried manioc (cassava or yuca) flour can be found on tables across the country. It can be fried in butter, pork fat, or oil, and cooked with onions, raisins, sausage, bacon, bananas, olives, eggs, or cabbage (among hundreds of other options that depend on the cook's creativity). It's eaten hot or at room temperature, and its addictive crunchy yet starchy texture, as well as its sauce-soaking quality, make it an essential topping for a variety of dishes, including the nationally acclaimed feijoada. WHERE? Adam Schop's Beard House dinner WHEN?

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What We Loved in 2010

Curtis Duffy's dish at the James Beard Awards; Karen DeMasco's budino at Chefs & Champagne

The JBF editors collectively checked in at hundreds of restaurants and events in 2010; here are a dozen dishes that made us sit up and pay attention (and lick our plates clean):

Curtis Duffy's Alaskan King Crab with Cucumber Consommé, Kalamansi, Floral Cream, and Lemon Balm at the James Beard Awards
The ingredient list reads like a perfume label, but there was nothing overpowering about this dish: the aromatics perfectly complemented the creamy chunks of crab. We also loved the Grant Achatz protégé’s artful presentation.

Linton Hopkin's Roast Sou... Read more >

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Recipe: Rodolfo Contreras's Pork Belly with Apple Cider Jus

Pork belly with Apple Cider JusThis playful pork-belly appetizer features some disguised garnishes; your guests will be pleasantly surprised when they take a bite.

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