In the mood for Southern American, Japanese, or Latin American? Your cuisine of choice is on the menu this week at the Beard House. Monday, August 8, 7:00 P.M. A Salute to Chile Peppers Calling all hotheads: don’t miss this spectacular salute to the chile pepper prepared by Nicholas Farina, the chef and owner of Verdad, a Latin American tapas bar. An alum of some of the Northeast’s top kitchens, Farina will explore all the nuances of the mighty chile by incorporating different varieties into each course of this flavor-packed menu. Tuesday, August 9, 7:00 P.M. Southern Flavors Meet Oregon Wines A 2011 JBF Award semifinalist, Lee Richardson trained at revered New Orleans restaurants like Nola and Restaurant August—where he was John Besh’s chef de cuisine—before moving to the Capital Hotel in Little Rock, Arkansas. At this dinner, Richardson’s highly evolved, Southern-inspired food will be paired with boutique wines from Oregon’s Anne Amie Vineyards. Wednesday, August 10, 7:00 P.M. Innovative Japanese Vegas foodies looking for a sure thing head straight to the Bellagio’s Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge for a taste of Akira Back’s high-wire Japanese cuisine. Like his mentors, Nobu Matsuhisa and Masaharu Morimoto, Back deftly plays with tradition, infusing classical dishes with modern flavors and techniques. Thursday, August 11, 7:00 P.M. Kentucky Wine Estate Jean Farris Winery and Bistro is the product of the marriage of Ben and Jeanie O’Daniel, members of two Kentucky wine-growing families. These second-generation vintners produce boutique varietals complementing Justin Thompson’s elegant New American fare. For details and reservations, visit www.jamesbeard.org/events or call 212.627.2308.