On the Menu: July 26 to August 1

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Tuesday, July 28, 7:00 P.M. Swine and Wine Though the Year of the Pig is technically over, chefs across the country are still going hog-wild for pork. Join us for a spectacular snout-to-tail dinner that will be prepared by chefs Brad Farmerie and Christopher Rendell of the perennially popular Public and newcomers Double Crown and the Monday Room. Wednesday, July 29, 7:00 P.M. Best of D.C. Chefs It’s a new day in the nation’s capital: there’s a new President, a new majority in the Senate, and a new way of doing things. Change is good, but we’re happy to report that Washington, D.C.’s dynamic food scene remains as deliciously compelling as ever. Find out for yourself when this g

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Recipe: Drunken S'more Cake

S'moreAfter posting an Eat this Word about s'mores last month, we heard from several readers about their favorite versions of this marshmallow treat, as well as requests for the recipe for Michael DiBianca's Drunken S'more Cake. We tested it, and we're happy to report that it's some seriously good stuff. A riff on the composition of a s’more, this dessert was the finale of chef DiBianca’s playful and flavorful Beard House dinner. His version calls for the nutty Nocello and Frangelico, but we think that fruity liqueurs, like Grand Marnier or Chambord, would work nicely, too. Whatever you choose, just be sure to top this treat with a mighty dollop of whipped cream.

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Recipe: Drunken S'more Cake

S'moreAfter posting an Eat this Word about s'mores last month, we heard from several readers about their favorite versions of this marshmallow treat, as well as requests for the recipe for Michael DiBianca's Drunken S'more Cake. We tested it, and we're happy to report that it's some seriously good stuff. A riff on the composition of a s’more, this dessert was the finale of chef DiBianca’s playful and flavorful Beard House dinner. His version calls for the nutty Nocello and Frangelico, but we think that fruity liqueurs, like Grand Marnier or Chambord, would work nicely, too. Whatever you choose, just be sure to top this treat with a mighty dollop of whipped cream.

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Awards Watch: Beard Awards Make Gourmet Beam

Ruth Reichl Reading Ruth Reichl’s letter in the latest issue of Gourmet, we’re pleased and humbled by her gratitude for the four Beard Awards that the magazine received this past May. She describes the recognition as “an incredible honor,” and it’s an honor for us to salute such outstanding contributions to the culinary world. Reichl is most proud of earning the medal for Multimedia Writing on Food, awarded specifically for “The Test Kitchen” series on gourmet.com. For an archive of “The Test Kitchen” episodes, as well as links to other JBF Award–winning media, click here.

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MemorEATS: Lidia Bastianich

"I was making dinner for 150 people in Napa in a kitchen that was set up like a theater. An assistant started the plating for the first course by inserting a glass pitcher into hot soup. The pitcher cracked and, of course, we couldn’t use any soup from that pot. Luckily, I did have a second, smaller pot going, and after an announcement of what was going on and a little “magic,” everyone got an espresso cup full of soup."

–JBF Award Winner Lidia Bastianich, owner of NYC's Felidia, host and author of Lidia’s Italy, and special guest aboard our exclusive Silversea cruise through the Mediterranean

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On the Menu: Summer's Bounty

Chefs & Champagne The open sky, a beautiful field, and one big tent. Nothing says summer to us like our annual Chefs & Champagne event in the Hamptons. There’s sunshine, lots of bubbly, and of course, the best food of the season. All the usual suspects are there—heirloom tomatoes, strawberries, and plenty of fresh fish—lovingly dressed up by some of the most acclaimed chefs in the nation. What are we looking forward to? Missy Robbins’ ricotta sformato with zucchini, mint, and lemon; Marc Forgione’s watermelon soup with jumbo lump crab and wild clover honey; Craig Hopson’s duck confit and green mango salad with mizuna and honey vinaigrette; and

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Ask a Chef: Grant Achatz

Grant Achatz Grant Achatz, who took home a 2009 Beard Award for his Alinea cookbook, shares his recommendations for Chicago restaurants. Find out where he likes to go for some late night grub, a date, or a lazy Sunday brunch.

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Recipe: Limoncello Cheesecake

Limoncello CakeItalian-born Pino Posteraro’s Mediterranean-inspired meal at the Beard House included this light and delicious cheesecake. Its delightful, refreshing lemon taste comes from limoncello, a lemon-scented digestif from Italy—perfect for warm summer days by the sea. To simplify the recipe, you can serve the cake on its own or with store-bought orange marmalade.

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