We're gearing up for one of our busiest weeks this season, and it promises to be delicious! Saturday, October 15, 7:00 P.M. Piedmontese Truffles and Wine A former JBF scholarship recipient who trained at Le Madri, Pippa Calland is now top toque at Villetta in Santa Monica, where she delivers impeccable Italian-inflected California cuisine. For this ode to Italy’s Piedmont region, Calland has designed an ingredient-driven menu that will feature Sabatino Tartufi truffles and acclaimed Michele Chiarlo wines. Sunday, October 16, 5:00 P.M. Chicago: Friends of James Beard Benefit When putting together this Friends of James Beard Benefit, host chefs Paul Kahan and David Posey say they invited chefs from around the country whose culinary talents are reaching a fever pitch on a national level. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a singular meal created by this hand-picked group of rising stars. Sunday, October 16, 5:00 P.M. Las Vegas: Friends of James Beard Benefit The incredibly talented chefs collaborating on this innovative dinner are at the forefront of the new, high-voltage Vegas cuisine, serving modern, inspired, sophisticated, and luxurious food to discerning Sin City diners. Join them for a spectacular dinner benefitting the Jean-Louis Palladin Professional Work/Study Grant and honoring the late, great Jean-Louis Palladin. Monday, October 17, 7:00 P.M. Porktober Fest Widely recognized as one of Boston’s preeminent chefs, Marc Orfaly will bring his innovative cuisine to the Beard House with a playful twist on Oktoberfest. Using techniques gleaned from years of traveling across the globe, Orfaly will feature an array of pork dishes inspired by French, Asian, and Italian traditions. Tuesday, October 18, 7:00 P.M. World-Class Global Cuisine It was no surprise when Jean-Georges Vongerichten tapped chef Pierre Schutz to oversee his bistro-inspired menu at the Mark last year. “We’ve been cooking together for so many years that our palates are in total sync,” said Vongerichten of his longtime lieutenant, an alum of Lutèce and Le Cirque in addition to countless Vongerichten ventures. Wednesday, October 19, 12:00 P.M. Beard on Books: Jacques Pépin's Essential Pépin Beloved chef Jacques Pépin presents the best recipes from his legendary six-decade career in Essential Pépin. Wednesday, October 19, 7:00 P.M. The Fabulous Fontainebleu Miami Beach The hottest dining spot in Miami Beach is the historic Fontainebleau hotel, which boasts Golden Era architecture and some of the best restaurants in town. Luckily for us, the Fontainebleau’s esteemed chefs are bringing a taste of the glamorous gourmet getaway to the Beard House with this phenomenal feast. Thursday, October 20, 7:00 P.M. Modern Surf and Turf Life in St. John’s, Newfoundland’s bustling capital, revolves around the ocean. Perched on the tip of the Avalon Peninsula, the city boasts a cuisine and culture that seamlessly intertwine land with sea. This dynamic connection inspires a modern surf-and-turf menu served up by some of our favorite Canadian chefs. Friday, October 21, 7:00 P.M. Dallas Destination Chef Abraham Salum dishes out both authentic Mexican and American fare at his wildly popular neighboring Dallas restaurants. These two culinary traditions, together with Salum’s Italian and Lebanese heritage, inspire the menu for this Beard House dinner. For details and reservations, visit www.jamesbeard.org/events or call 212.627.2308.