On the Menu: December 12 through December 18

Beard HouseHere’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week:

Monday, December 13, 7:00 P.M. Delicious by Design Winner of this year’s JBF Award for Outstanding Restaurant Design, the Guggenheim’s stunningly chic Wright restaurant offers more than just breathtaking environs: its seasonal and distinctive menu, curated by David Bouley protégé Rodolfo Contreras, is lauded by diners and art lovers alike. Tuesday, December 14, 7:00 P.M. French with an Asian Twist South Carolina’s only Maitre Cuisinier de France (and one of the world’s youngest), Lyon native Nico Romo brings his je ne sais quoi and Asian accents to the sophisticated French cooking at Fish. A hot spot on Charleston’s restaurant scene, Fish is also known for its fine wines, which will accompany this Beard House debut. Wednesday, December 15, 7:00 P.M. Napa Star Many vintages ago at Tra Vigne, Top Chef Masters finalist Michael Chiarello’s local, Italian-inspired cooking helped define Napa Valley’s wine-friendly cuisine. Now at Bottega on his own vineyard, he and chef de cuisine Nick Ritchie continue to craft a personal, Mediterranean-based cuisine. Thursday, December 16, 7:00 P.M. Annual Benchmark Holiday Dinner In exceptional hotels and resorts around the country the top chefs and sommeliers of Benchmark Hospitality International see to it that every aspect of their diners’ experience is second to none. And because there’s nothing like being home for the holidays, the Beard House is bringing this talented group to you for a special festive dinner. Friday, December 17, 7:00 P.M. Elegant New England There’s more to Yale University than just first-rate academics: the sophisticated New England cuisine at John Davenport’s is also at the top of its class. Join us for a study in culinary creativity when chef Jeremy Martindale prepares an elegant New England winter feast. Saturday, December 18, 7:00 P.M. Restaurant Preview Enjoy a special preview of the edgy, urban cuisine at R. J. Cooper III’s eagerly anticipated and much hyped upcoming restaurant, Rogue 24, which will exclusively offer an interactive 24-course tasting menu. The JBF Award winner will give Beard House diners a tantalizing sneak peek at his exciting, ambitious concept. For details and reservations, visit www.jamesbeard.org/events or call 212.627.2308.

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