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14 Dishes You Need to Eat in October

Elena North-Kelly

September 12, 2017

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Want to know what’s cooking in American restaurants right now? Just take a peek into the James Beard House kitchen, where dozens of chefs from all over the country come to cook each month. From Short Rib Caramelle with Lobster Butter and Sweet Corn to Oaxacan Tortillas with Wild Mushrooms and Fermented Squash Blossom Crema to Charred Spanish Octopus with Baby Beets and Brussels Sprouts (pictured above), here are 14 mouthwatering dishes you'll want to chow down on during the month of October: 

  • Short Rib Caramelle with Lobster Butter and Creamed Sweet Corn on October 2
  • Cauliflower Panna Cotta with Osetra Caviar on October 4 
  • Baked Alaska with Foie Gras and Brûléed Bananas on October 5
  • Fennel-Dusted Colorado Lamb with Charred Carrots, Burnt Salsify, Roasted Baby Gold Beets, Grilled Trumpet Mushrooms, Torched Goat Cheese, and Mint on October 6
  • Oaxacan Tortillas with Wild Mushrooms, Fermented Squash Blossom Crema, and Epazote on October 12
  • Charred Spanish Octopus with Blood Orange, Baby Beets, Brussels Sprouts, Hazelnuts, and Fresh Wasabi Vinaigrette on October 13
  • Arborio Rice Torta with Ricotta, Hand-Harvested Vanilla, Orange–Lemon Zest, Sugar, and Cinnamon on October 14 
  • Sea Urchin Chupe with Egg Yolks and Nori Cream on October 17 
  • Charred Japanese Wagyu Beef Carpaccio with Pickled Hon Shimeji Mushrooms, Aged Shoyu, and Crispy Shallots on October 18
  • Pork Belly with Anson Mills Grits, Braised Greens, Black Truffles, and Malbec Reduction on October 19
  • Cardamom and Pistachio–Infused Indian Bread Pudding on October 21
  • Roasted Duck with Escarole, Celery, and Mostarda on October 25
  • Montauk Fluke with Spicy Kewpie Mayonnaise, Tobiko, Cucumber, and Radishes on October 26
  • Dark Chocolate Lollipop with Pear, Black Truffle, and Volterra Salt on October 28

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Elena North-Kelly is managing editor at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.