On the Menu: April 10 through April 16

Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, April 10, 12:00 P.M. Spring Teatime Lunch Savor a sophisticated high tea–inspired luncheon prepared by the talented team behind the Artist Baker, a highly acclaimed boutique bakery. Pastry chefs Andrea Lekberg and Erica Leahy, both alums of prestigious eateries such as Craft, db Bistro Moderne, Sweet Melissa’s Patisserie, and Pichet Ong’s Batch, have designed an impeccably seasonal menu complete with wine pairings. Monday, April 11, 7:00 P.M. Savoring Northern Italy Unlike most chefs, who seek out city locations with high foot traffic, Sean Weinberg opened Restaurant Alba in a small Pennsylvania town to be close to area farms. There, this Slow Food ambassador wows guests with a true farm-to-table approach to his dynamic Northern Italian–inspired menu. Tuesday, April 12, 7:00 P.M. High-Voltage Dining Since making it to the finale on Top Chef, Bryan Voltaggio has been on fire, earning a 2010 JBF Best Chef nomination and the widespread praise of critics and diners. Join us for a taste of the chef’s electrifying, modern cuisine at his first solo dinner at the Beard House. Wednesday, April 13, 2:30 P.M. Beard on Books Packed with over 150 creative recipes, Salad as a Meal: Healthy Main-Dish Salads for Every Season will help you upgrade your greens from side to spotlight. Wednesday, April 13, 7:00 P.M. Pahlmeyer Wine Lovers’ Dinner Veteran guest chef Mark May will be bringing a taste of Lake Tahoe to the Beard House at this phenomenal wine-focused dinner. Napa Valley’s Pahlmeyer winery is known for producing wines with power and personality, which makes them a perfect match for May’s nuanced California cuisine. Thursday, April 14, 7:00 P.M. Georgia Wine Table American wine aficionados know that a winery renaissance is taking place across North Georgia, where a new wave of vintners is producing wines of truly exceptional quality. One such winemaker is Maria Le Roux of Montaluce Winery, who will be pairing her vineyard’s offerings with the artisan-inspired cuisine of executive chef Steven Hartman. Friday, April 15, 12:00 P.M. Fabulous Spring Luncheon Husband-and-wife team Preston and Ginger Madson garnered critical acclaim for their rustic old-world cuisine at the coolly clandestine Freemans on the Lower East Side. Now, along with pastry chef Shuna Lydon, they’re at Peels on the Bowery, where the accolades continue to roll in for their less-is-more approach to regional ingredients—and sublime buttermilk biscuits. For details and reservations, visit www.jamesbeard.org/events or call 212.627.2308.  

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