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On the Menu: Week of December 8

JBF Editors

JBF Editors

December 05, 2014


Here's what's coming up at the James Beard House and around the country:

Monday, December 8, 7:00 P.M.
Hot Nashville Roundup

When it comes to dining, Nashville has it all: serious ’cue, bona fide Southern specialities, and an endless flow of fine spirits. We’ve rounded up a crew that will show the Beard House why Music City is becoming one of the hottest food destinations in America.

Tuesday, December 9, 7:00 P.M.
Mediterranean Winter Feast
Fourth-generation chef and restaurateur Jimmy Bannos Jr. opened Chicago’s acclaimed wine-and-swine bar, the Purple Pig, to rave reviews at the tender age of 25. This winter, the 2014 JBF Rising Star Chef of the Year award winner will satiate eager Beard House diners with his luscious Mediterranean fare.

Wednesday, December 10, 12:00 P.M.
Beard on Books: My Portugal: Recipes and Stories
Let two-time JBF Award–nominated toque George Mendes take you on a culinary tour of Portuguese cuisine with his new cookbook, My Portugal: Recipes and Stories. The chef and owner of NYC’s Michelin-starred Aldea shares recipes for some of his  top dishes as well as his take on Portuguese classics. With over 100 recipes showcasing the nation’s far-ranging cuisine, this book serves as a mouthwatering introduction to the wide world of Portuguese cooking.

Wednesday, December 10, 6:00 P.M.
Celebrity Chef Tour: Columbus, OH
For reservations or more information, please visit For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Julie Marshall at 212.633.9145 or

Thursday, December 11, 7:00 P.M.
Benchmark Holiday
For this acclaimed dining group’s annual Beard House sojourn, a talented team of Benchmark chefs will prepare a sumptuous winter feast that highlights an array of tempting game meats. Join us for this spectacular, seasonally driven menu at one of our favorite perennial events.

Friday, December 12, 7:00 P.M.
Jersey Winter Bounty
Peek into any serious chef’s pantry and chances are you’ll find a few bags labeled “Anson Mills.” For this special Beard House dinner, a talented group will showcase Jersey winter bounty and pay tribute to this purveyor of hand-milled heirloom grains, which have become some of the most beloved and in-demand products in the industry. 

Saturday, December 13, 7:00 P.M.
Downtown L.A. Cool
After stints at JBF Award winner Traci Des Jardin's Jardinière and Michelin–starred La Folie, both in San Francisco, Michael Hung has brought his own blend of California rustic chic to Los Angeles at Faith & Flower. Join us at the Beard House and discover the modern fare that earned him a spot on Esquire’s list of Best New Restaurants in America for 2014.