Eye Candy: Sarma at the Beard House

 

Call us biased, but we think a night at the Beard House is a dining experience unlike any other. Guests sit in a historic New York City townhouse, while chefs cook in the kitchen where James Beard himself once held culinary court. Diners are at once rooted in history and experiencing the latest trends and techniques from around the country, as chefs whip up once-in-a-lifetime meals that are exclusive to their Beard House showcase.

 

Service in the Beard House kitchen is a madcap adventure of gastronomic acrobatics, careful planning, and unanticipated improvisation (you try cooking six courses for 80 people in your home kitchen). The photos below, from 2016 JBF Award semifinalist Cassie Piuma’s recent Beard House dinner, show the intensity of concentration, the joy in teamwork,... Read more >

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On the Menu: Thursday, April 7, 2016

 

Here’s a taste of what’s on tap today at the Beard House.
 

Coastal Texas Flavors and Microbrews, 7:00 P.M. 
Jeff Balfour and Brewmaster Les Locke Jr., Southerleigh, San Antonio
 

When most people think of “Texan cuisine,” brisket, burnt ends, and bowls of chili are likely to be the first things that come to mind. But the Lone Star State also contains a sizable coast on the Gulf of Mexico, offering up a cornucopia of sea-dwelling delicacies to rival its pitmasters’s finest. Set in the historic former home of the Pearl Brewery, San Antonio’s Southerleigh combines modern coastal cuisine, Southern comfort fare, and housemade craft beers. Join us at the Beard House as chef Jeff Balfour and brewmaster Les Locke Jr. treat guests to a wide-ranging menu that runs from reel to ranch, with dishes such as Chille... Read more >

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Beard House Recipe: Arroz con Leche with Horchata, Cinnamon Tuile, and Sesame Seeds

 

Arroz con Leche with Horchata, Cinnamon Tuile, and Sesame Seeds / Vibrant Mexican

 

At his charming New Hampshire eatery, Vida Cantina, chef and owner David Vargas combines the flavors of his family’s Mexican heritage with masterful technique and local terroir. Vargas recently brought his lauded cuisine to the Beard House for a one-night-only tasting menu packed with vibrant bites, beverages, and New England–sourced ingredients. Course after course, guests were impressed with Vargas's rustic yet refined dishes, from... Read more >

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Scholarship Spotlight: Q&A with Semilla’s José Ramírez-Ruiz and Pam Yung

Photo by Signe Birck

 

José Ramírez-Ruiz and Pam Yung have set hearts aflutter at their Michelin-starred Brooklyn vegetable mecca, Semilla. Since opening its doors in 2014, the 18-seat restaurant has earned rave reviews from Eater and the New York Times, appeared on the Bon Appétit's “hot ten” list, and garnered two James Beard Award semifinalist nods: Best New Restaurant in 2015 and Rising Star Chef of the Year for Ramírez-Ruiz in 2016. Before Semilla broke onto the New York dining scene, however, the pair were recipients of our own Jean-Louis Palladin grants, traveling across the U.S. and the world to further their culinary knowledge. Yung explored grain and bread cultures with growers in Copenhagen, Sweden, and at Anson Mills in Columbia, SC, while Ramírez-Ruiz honed his craft at Els Ca... Read more >

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On the Menu: Wednesday, April 6, 2016

 

Here’s a taste of what’s on tap today at the Beard House and around the country.
 

Beard on Books, 12:00 P.M.
Katja Goldman, Judy Bernstein Bunzl, and Lisa Rotmil, The Community Table: Recipes and Stories from the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan and Beyond

 

Chefs and longstanding members of JCC Manhattan Katja Goldman, Lisa Rotmil, and Judy Bernstein Bunzl came together over a love for food, community, and friendship to create and share recipes that reflect the international melting pot of modern Jewish cooking, including Bulgur Salad with Pomegranates and Pine Nuts; Chicken Soup with Cilant... Read more >

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Recipe: Vietnamese Lemongrass–Chile Chicken from JBF Award–Nominated "A Bird in the Hand" Cookbook

 

Cookbook queen Diana Henry has created a legion of loyal readers with her series of reliable, accessible titles that transform the home kitchen into a vehicle for global exploration. With her ninth and most recent venture, A Bird in the Hand: Chicken Recipes for Every Day and Every Mood, Henry conquers the versatile protein with recipes that are seen on the dinner table in Vietnam, the U.K., Greece, and all around the globe. Nominated for our 2016 JBF Award for Best Cookbook: Single Subject, this ode to chicken demonstrates how and why the familiar fowl is enjoyed as a comfort food and eaten during celebrations across nations. With this easy-to-follow recipe for a quick chicken stir-fry, it's easy to see why Henry has such a dedicated following. Fragrant lemongras... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: Loyal Nine's Marc Sheehan

 

Loyal Nine may have been inspired by a clandestine group of American colonists, but the buzz around this restaurant has risen far above a hush. Thanks to the talents of Menton and Bondir alum (and 2016 JBFA Rising Star semifinalist) Marc Sheehan, Loyal Nine was one of Boston’s best-received restaurants last year. A lucky group of guests will be able to sample Sheehan’s culinary prowess as he joins us at the Beard House for a veritable East Coast feast. In anticipation of the event, we spoke to Sheehan about his quest to cook the perfect roast chicken, New England's culinary history, and his unadulterated love for t... Read more >

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On the Menu: Tuesday, April 5, 2016

 

Here’s a taste of what’s on tap today at the Beard House.
 

San Juan Sizzle, 7:00 P.M.
Jose Enrique, Jose Enrique, San Juan, Puerto Rico

 

Treat yourself to a taste of the tropics when JBF Award nominee and Food & Wine Best New Chef Jose Enrique brings his acclaimed Puerto Rican cuisine to the Beard House. Enrique was the first chef from the U.S. territory to earn a JBF nomination, and since then has expanded his culinary reach across the island with three more spots. Join us for vibrant dishes like Crispy Caribbean Lobster with Passion Fruit, Oranges, and Puréed Chiles; Chicken Wing Pinchos with Fermented Pineapple Hot Sauce and Cane Vinegar; and Wahoo with Chickpeas, Piquillo Peppers, Cabbage, and Broth. After one bite of Enrique’s vibrant fare, you’ll see why his... Read more >

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In Memoriam: William Rice

Photo courtesy of the Chicago Tribune

 

​The James Beard Foundation is saddened to learn that journalist William Rice passed away last night at the age of 77. A graduate of both the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and Le Cordon Bleu in Paris (he was encouraged to attend the latter by then New York Times food critic Craig Claiborne), Rice was known for his intelligent reporting on food and beverages for the Washington Post and later the Chicago Tribune, where he worked for 17 years. He was also an inductee in the James Beard Foundation's Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America. "We mourn the loss of not only one of America's great food journalists and editors but a strong, smart, and graceful leader who served as chair of numerous James Beard Award committees through the years," says Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation. "Bill Rice was a role model for us all."

 

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Beard House Recipe: Crispy Pork Belly with Thai Curry

Photo: Jeff Gurwin

 

While the phrase “Montauk dining” might conjure visions of solely surfside fare, chef Michael Bingham of waterfront hot spot Dave’s Grill made a compelling case for turf-based treats at his recent Beard House dinner. Amongst a menu highlighting the best of the East End’s local bounty, including Toasted Farro with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Spiced Pepitas, Arugula, and Aged Sherry Gastrique and Golden Tilefish with Cauliflower Purée, Chimichurri, Roasted Oyster Mushrooms, and Bay Leaf Oil... Read more >

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