Here’s a taste of what’s on tap this weekend at the Beard House and around the country.
Friday, March 18
South Bay Elegance, 7:00 P.M.
Plumed Horse, Saratoga, CA
An alum of Gramercy Tavern and Gotham Bar & Grill, chef Peter Armellino now helms the kitchen at Northern California’s splurge-worthy Plumed Horse. Tonight the Iron Chef America winner returns to the Big Apple to give Beard House guests a taste of his Michelin-starred food. The menu, Armellino explains, is “a presentation of some of my favorite dishes from the last couple of menus at the Plumed Horse.” Prepare yourself for a luxe feast full of top-shelf ingredients with tongue-in-cheek flare, such as California Caviar Cannoli; Davenport Abalone with Sea Urchin Flan, Smoked Miyagi Oysters, and Nori Crackers; and Valrhona Chocolate Ganache with Port Namelaka and Currant Foam. Even without the chairman in attendance, we’re sure this will be an evening worthy of Kitchen Stadium.
Can't make it to the Beard House? Read about Armellino’s guilty pleasure food and Bay Area restaurant recommendations.
Saturday, March 19
St. Joseph’s Feast, 7:00 P.M.
Fortina, Armonk, NY; Rye Brook, NY; and Stamford, CT
At Fortina, Christian Petroni turns out dishes the New York Times called “robust and refined, redolent with smoke and charred in all the right places.” For our annual St. Joseph’s Feast dinner, Petroni will bring his “exuberant take on tradition” to the Beard House kitchen for a flavor-packed homage to the beloved holiday. Petroni has brought together a greatest hits list of Italian-American staples, adding his personal culinary style to tweak beloved dishes while balancing reverence and innovation. Favorites like garlic knots and Italian ices are spun into Italian Combo Garlic Knot Sandwiches and Italian Ice Cocktails, porchetta takes a turn towards Easter with Rabbit Porchetta Scarpariella with Fried Zucchini, and meatball subs are elevated to fine dining fare with his Veal Meatball Tart with Béchamel and Red Sauce. Grab your nonna and come honor the holiday with this feast destined to please generations past and present.
Sunday, March 20
Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market, 5:00 P.M.
Host Chefs: Mary Cleaver, The Cleaver Co. and the Green Table, NYC / Eijiro Kaga, Morimoto, NYC / Lidia Leudo, The Green Table, NYC / Arthur Saks, Bar Truman, NYC / Amy Scherber, Amy’s Bread, NYC / Emily Seaman, Dizengoff, NYC and Philadelphia / David Seigal, Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar, NYC / JBF Award–Winning Pastry Chef Sarabeth Levine, Sarabeth’s, NYC / Pastry Chef Daniel Skurnick, Buddakan, NYC / Guest Chefs: Ryan Bartlow, Quality Eats, NYC / Erik Bruner-Yang, Maketto, Washington D.C. / Kenny Gilbert, Gilbert's Underground Kitchen, Fernandina Beach, FL / Eli Kulp, High Street on Hudson, NYC and High Street on Market, Philadelphia / Matthew MacCartney, Jamestown Fish, Jamestown, RI / Jessi Singh, Babu Ji, NYC
Set in a historic factory, Manhattan’s Chelsea Market is now home to some of the city's finest epicurean shops and restaurants. For our eighth annual Friends of James Beard Benefit, we're bringing together a formidable group of chefs to prepare a convivial family-style feast, which will be served in the market’s main hall. From Smoked Bluefish Beignets to Tonkatsu-Style Bone Broth Shooters to Moroccan-Spiced Duck Sausage with Charred Cauliflower, Cauliflower Purée, Spiced Lemon Butter, Pickled Raisins, and Dill, this fête will show how a satisfying Sunday supper can fill stomachs and hearts across the globe.
For all upcoming Beard House dinners, check out our events calendar.