On the Menu: May 9 through May 15

Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, May 10, 7:00 P.M. Malaysian Kitchen We’re honored to be hosting the closing dinner of NYC’s Luckyrice Festival, a celebration of the depth and breadth of Asian cuisine. We’ll be joined by Malaysian-inspired chef Zak Pelaccio and Malaysian-born Simpson Wong for a meal filled with the rich flavors of this multicultural cuisine. Tuesday, May 11, 6:00 P.M. The Great South African Wine Show Join us at the breathtaking Tribeca Rooftop for the largest tasting of South African wines in United States history. At this walk-around event you will be able to taste over 400 wines from over 80 South African wineries. To complement the wines, a tasty selection of passed and stationary hors d’oeuvre based on traditional South African recipes will be served. Tuesday, May 11, 7:00 P.M. Relais & Châteaux Series: Luxury Country Retreat The 220-acre Blantyre estate marries old world grandeur with the charm and intimacy of a boutique hotel. The elegant resort boasts a dining program as finessed as the inn’s stately rooms, overseen by English-born chef Christopher Brooks, whose impeccable New American–French cuisine helped earn Blantyre its coveted Relais & Châteaux status. Wednesday, May 12, 12:00 P.M. Beard on Books Award-winning author and Chinese food expert Grace Young celebrates the wonders of the wok in her new cookbook, Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge: The Ultimate Guide to Mastery, with Authentic Recipes and Stories. Young proves that the wok is a must-have kitchen tool, working its magic on humble ingredients and a little oil to churn out delicious and soul-satisfying dishes. The book also details classic techniques of stir-frying and examples of China’s regional cuisine interwoven with the story and cultural heritage of the Chinese diaspora. An essential volume, Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge highlights the wok’s value in cooking up inventive and healthy meals, stretching proteins, starches, and vegetables to new heights. Thursday, May 13, 7:00 P.M. Farm to Table Italian Michigan native Myles Anton has earned a following for his regionally based, farm-focused cuisine at northern Michigan’s Trattoria Stella. Join this 2010 JBF Award semifinalist and Stella co-owner and sommelier Amanda Danielson for a spectacular dinner paired with excellent wines. Friday, May 14, 7:00 P.M. Sensational Springtime Barbecue Before opening Smoke in Dallas’s Belmont Hotel, chef and co-owner Tim Byres traveled the country studying America’s barbecue roots. A former disciple of Jonathan Eismann, Byres has crafted a menu that merges old-fashioned smokehouse with decidedly contemporary New American cuisine. This is Southern-style barbecue like you’ve never seen before. Saturday, May 15, 7:00 P.M. Bay Area Michelin Star Sumptuously appointed rooms and sweeping views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge captivate guests at Sausalito’s Murray Circle at Cavallo Point Lodge, but the biggest thrills are found in the Michelin-starred dining room, where chef Joseph Humphrey delights diners with his artistically crafted California cuisine. For details and reservations, visit www.jamesbeard.org/events or call 212.627.2308.

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