On the Menu: October 3 through October 9

Walking up the Beard House back stairs Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, October 4, 7:00 P.M. Bay Area Asian All-Stars The San Francisco Bay Area has long been home to some of the best Asian cuisine in the country. These days, much of the credit is due to the cooking of this esteemed group of chefs, who will be joining us at the Beard House for an extraordinary showcase dinner. Tuesday, October 5, 7:00 P.M. Hawaiian Surf and Turf In the not-always-temperate climes of the Windy City, the Hawaiian-inspired cuisine at Sola is a welcome oasis. Run by California native and self-proclaimed “surfer girl” Carol Wallack along with chef de cuisine Aleksiy Shalev, the critically lauded Sola features Pacific Rim

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Recipe: Dark Chocolate–Passion Fruit Tart

Megan Romano's recipe for Dark Chocolate Passion Fruit Tart, from the James Beard Foundation When Charlie Palmer's team claimed the Beard House kitchen earlier this month, Megan Romano and Jennifer Yee, who supervise sweets at Aureole's Las Vegas and New York locations, respectively, put out two technically impressive desserts. Romano contributed this towering tropical tart, joined by passion fruit semifreddo, passion fruit–tangerine sorbet, and tangerine gelée. If you're looking for a challenge, this is it. (Yee served a plum soup with green grape sorbet, horchata gelée, and rice cluster,

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Eye Candy: Granola and Fruit Parfait

fruit parfait This is what we wish we were having for breakfast this morning: a berry parfait with housemade granola, Ward’s Berry Farms honey, and housemade yogurt. The multilayered dish was served by the team at Boston's Tremont 647 at a recent Beard House brunch. See more photos from the brunch here.

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Recipe: Grilled Loup de Mer with Braised Fennel

Recipe for Grilled Loup de Mer with Braised Fennel and Sauce Vierge, from the James Beard Foundation Also known as branzino and sea bass, loup de mer is a white, delicately flavored fish that works well in a variety of preparations. In this recipe from Robert Sisca, the fish is quickly grilled and joined by braised fennel and a citrus sauce.

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Eye Candy: Beets and Berries

Matthew Lighnter's beets, berries, and meringue at the James Beard House Matthew Lightner, chef of Castagna in Portland, Oregon, and one of Food & Wine's 2010 Best New Chefs, served this unique and texturally playful dessert at his recent Beard House dinner. It was composed of dehydrated beets, Oregon berries, salted meringue, and tarragon. See more photos of his menu here.

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