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Awards Watch: The 2014 Gala Reception Menu

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JBF Editors

April 23, 2014


The 2014 James Beard Awards

This year the James Beard Awards theme is “Sounds of the City,” and it celebrates the enduring relationship between music and food. After the medals are handed out, the gala reception at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater will feature chefs from some of America’s beloved musical cities creating dishes inspired by their favorite sounds, whether it’s a local musical act, a special song, or an impactful musician. Here's what's on the menu:

Jonathan Benno
Lincoln Ristorante, NYC
Dish: Muffaletta
Musical Inspiration: New Orleans Jazz

Dante Boccuzzi
Dante, Cleveland
Dish: The “Beet” of a Different Drum > Beet-Tinted Hamachi and Lemon–Caper Rémoulade
Musical Inspiration: Hard Rock

Jean-Paul Bourgeois and Jeffrey Held
Blue Smoke, NYC
Presented by Delta Air Lines®
Dish: Smoked Black Pepper Sausage with Pimento Cheese and Saltines
Musical Inspiration: Gospel great Mahalia Jackson 

Bill Corbett
The Absinthe Group, San Francisco
Dish: Celery Root Ice Cream Sundae > Almond Milk Ice Cream with Celery Root Milk Jam and Cocoa Nibs
Musical Inspiration: Punk/Hardcore

JBF Award Winner Robert del Grande
Restaurant RDG + Bar Annie, Houston
Dish: Texas Brisket in Smoked Chile Aspic with Sarsaparilla BBQ Sauce
Musical Inspiration: Country/Boogie/Swing 

Ford Fry
No. 246 Decatur, Georgia
Dish: Santa Barbara Spot Prawn Cappelletti with Surf Clam ”Sea Foam”
Musical Inspiration: Surf Rock

JBF Award Winner Brooks Headley
Del Posto, NYC
Dish: Veggie Burgers
Musical Inspiration: The many iterations of Herb Alpert

Michael Hudman and Andy Ticer
Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Memphis
Dish: Halibut Crudo with Asparagus, Fava Beans, Morels, Ham, and Salsa Verde
Musical Inspiration: Delta Blues

JBF Award Winner Stephanie Izard
Girl & the Goat, Chicago
Dish: Trout Tartare with Marinated Clams and Caper Aïoli
Musical Inspiration: The Zac Brown Band version of “Knee Deep”

Sarah Kosikowski and Derek Poirier
Presented By Valrhona
Dish: Crème Cirton, Praline Jelly, and Lemon Verbena Opalys Cremeaux
Musical Inspiration: Led Zeppelin's “The Lemon Song”

Joe Murphy
Presented By Valrhona
Dish: Valrhona Dulcey Candy Bar
Musical Inspiration: The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar“

Ghaya F. Oliveira
Presented By Valrhona
Dish: Cherries, Biscuit Sacher, and Tainori Chocolate
Musical Inspiration: Neil Diamond’s "Cherry Cherry"

JBF Award Winner Charles Phan 
The Slanted Door, San Francisco
Dish: Bahn Bo Loc: Banana Leaf–Wrapped Pork and Shrimp Tapioca Dumplings 
Musical Inspiration: George Jones and Country Music

Naomi Pomeroy
Beast, Portland
Dish: Lobster Crêpe with Lobster Mushroom Reduction
Musical Inspiration: “Rock Lobster” by the B-52’s

JBF Award Winner Paul Qui
Qui, Austin
Dish: Pickled Mackerel with Slow Scrambled Eggs, Smoked Trout Roe, and Collard Greens
Musical Inspiration: Symphony Orchestra

Kevin Sbraga 
Sbraga Dining, Philadelphia
Dish: Braised Lamb with Pickled Cucumbers, Yogurt Sauce, and Roasted Tomatoes on Pita
Musical Inspiration: R&B

JBF Award Winner Jimmy Schmidt and Brian Recor
Morgan's in the Desert, La Quinta, CA
Dish: Foraged Morel Mushrooms Plumped with Forest Herbs
Musical Inspiration: Eric Clapton and rock

David Slater
Emeril's, New Orleans
Dish: Duck Liver Bruschetta with Smoked Gulf Tuna, Collard Greens, and Mayhaw Mustard
Musical Inspiration: New Orleans Blues

Alexander Smalls, Joseph Johnson, and Banks White
Harlem Jazz Enterprises, NYC
Dish: Seared Lamb Tenderloin with Curry Edamame Custard, Bird’s Eye Chile Jam, and Crispy Black-Eyed Peas
Musical Inspiration: Azonto
Dish: Charred Octopus Salad with Mint–Coriander Yogurt, Peppadew Relish, and Pistachio-Fennel Salt
Musical Inspiration: Jazz

JBF Award Winner Holly Smith
Cafe Juanita, Kirkland, WA
Dish: Anderson Valley Lamb Tongue with Walnut Aigrelette, Mâche, and Pickled Rhubarb
Musical Inspiration: “Happy” by Pharrell

John Suley
Presented by Celebrity Cruises® 
Dish: Dungeness Crab Parfait with Pickled Green Papaya, Crispy Shallots, Carrot Purée, and Coconut-Infused Ginger
Musical Inspiration: “Beautiful Day” by U2

Kimmy Tang
9021PHO, Beverly Hills, CA
Dish: Chilled Lemongrass Soup
Musical Inspiration: Russian marches from the 2014 Winter Olympics opening night

Sue Torres
Tierra, Westport, CT
Dish: Coconut-Habanero Shrimp Sope with Cured Red Onion and Avocado
Musical Inspiration: Jazz

JBF Award Winner Marc Vetri and Adam Leonti
Vetri, Philadelphia
Spaghetti alla Chitarra with Bolognese Ragù
Musical Inspiration: Jazz and Blues

Tandy Wilson 
City House, Nashville
Fried Bologna and Cheese Sandwich, Crushed Chips, and Jezebel Sauce
Musical Inspiration: Country


The 2014 James Beard Awards are made possible by the generous support of Breville, Celebrity Cruises, Delta Air Lines, Lavazza, Stella Artois, Bacardi, and more. See our complete list of Awards presenters.