On the Menu: Week of April 14

guests at the James Beard House

 

Here's what's happening in the JBF universe next week:

 

Sunday, April 14, 12:00 noon

Baker's Brunch

A Philadelphia fixture for 30 years, the Night Kitchen Bakery & Cafe is celebrated for its whimsical cakes, retro environs, and sustainable practices. Start off the week by joining us when its talented team prepares an extravagant brunch of sweet and savory dishes.

 

Sunday, April 14, 5:30 P.M.

Friends of James Beard Benefit: Memphis

Memphis may be the birthplace of rock ’n’ roll, but one of the city’s biggest attractions is Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, a cozy Southern-inflected Italian eatery. For this benefit dinner, hosts Michael Hudman and Andrew Ticer will join forces with up-and-coming chefs from celebrated restaurants to create a feast worthy of rock legends and discerning diners alike.

 

Monday, April 15: 7:00 P.M.

French-Inspired Cambridge Classic

Before opening West Bridge, his cozy New England restaurant, Matthew Gaudet earned his culinary pedigree working under industry icons Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Marcus Samuelsson, and Kerry Heffernan. Experience his masterful, French-inflected fare when chef Guadet and partner Alexis Gelburd-Kimler deliver a tantalizing menu that celebrates the divine flavors of spring.

 

Tuesday, April 16, 7:00 P.M.

Luxury Sonoma

Nestled among the Russian River Valley’s lush vineyards, the family-owned Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant delivers unparalleled luxury, exquisite surroundings, and Michelin-starred fare sourced from the owners’ ranch and local artisan purveyors. Satisfy your taste buds—and your wanderlust—with an elegant, indulgent menu that captures the romance of Sonoma wine country.

 

Wednesday, April 17, 7:00 P.M.

Chicago Michelin Star

Join two-time JBF Award semifinalist Giuseppe Trentori and his all-star team from Chicago’s Michelin-starred BOKA, featuring Carl Shelton and Sarah Jordan, as they create a spectacular contemporary menu paired with Villa Creek Cellars from Paso Robles.

 

Thursday, April 18, 7:00 P.M.

Comfort Me with Spring

Michael Santoro, who can count Heston Blumenthal, Paul Liebrandt, and Seamus Mullen among his mentors, teamed up with his friend Michael Dorris this past fall to open the Mildred. The result: a modern American menu dappled with Continental influences and one of the most talked-about openings in Philadelphia.

 

Friday, April 19, 7:00 P.M.

Aegean Idyll

We’ve enlisted the stylish Amáli—whose name was inspired by a historical term for lands shared by modern-day Greece, Italy, and Turkey—and Wines from Santorini to prepare a sophisticated Mediterranean feast paired with invigorating wines from the same region.

 

Saturday, April 20, 7:00 P.M.

Providence Heritage

It’s no surprise that Cook & Brown Public House was a semifinalist for our Best New Restaurant Award in 2011: its chef, Nemo Bolin, earned his chops under Boston-based JBF Award winners Barbara Lynch and Tony Maws, as well as at San Francisco’s venerated Rubicon. For this dinner, Bolin's menu will pay tribute to the immigrant cultures that have left an indelible imprint on Providence heritage.

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