Here’s a taste of what’s on tap today at the Beard House and around the country.
Our national Celebrity Chef Tour dinner series is stopping in Charlotte, North Carolina, where a cadre of top toques is teaming up for an unforgettable meal. Hometown heroes like Blake Hartwick of Bonterra Dining & Wine Room and Rocco Whalen of Fahrenheit join culinary comrades from across the region for a one-night-only collaborative feast.
Check out the event listing for the chef lineup and to book your seat.
Maple Run, 7:00 P.M.
Christine Flynn, iQ Food Co., Toronto / Matt Jennings, Townsman, Boston / Mike Poiarkoff, Vinegar Hill House, Brooklyn, NY / Pastry Chef Brian Mercury, Harvest, Cambridge, MA / Pastry Chef Tracy Obolsky, Cookshop, NYC / Maple Producers Tina Hartell and Skye Chalmers, Bobo's Mountain Sugar, Weston, VT
Hailing from Canada and the Northeast, this syrup-savvy team is on a mission to prove that maple deserves a grander role in the kitchen than simply as a waffle topper. From maple producers to sap-devoted, scene-stealing toques like Matt Jennings and Christine Flynn (the recently unveiled woman behind Instagram sensation Jacques La Merde), tonight’s menu at the Beard House is bound to be an ambitious dinner that taps the savory and sweet potential of this beloved regional and seasonal ingredient. Push past pancakes with inspired dishes like Curried Lamb Turnovers with Chiles, Maple, Pickled Onions, and Fennel; Black Pepper Gougéres with Maple and Goat Cheese; and Maple-Braised Beef Short Rib with Kimchi Stew. And to finish the night? A take on the classic baba au rhum that swaps in waffle batter as the base and is topped with a maple meringue that proudly states that this catch-all ingredient is anything but pedestrian.
Can’t make it to the Beard House? Read our Q&A with Matt Jennings, Tracy Obolsky, and Mike Poiarkoff for their favorite places to chow down in Boston and New York, why eating pizza four times a week should be the norm, and more.
For all upcoming Beard House dinners, check out our events calendar.