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On the Menu: Week of February 9

JBF Editors

JBF Editors

February 06, 2015


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

Tuesday, February 10, 7:00 P.M.
True Tuscan Soul
Take your taste buds to Tuscany with this exquisite dinner from Francesco Bracali and Leonardo Bellacini of the historic San Felice vineyard and medieval hamlet in the heart of Siena. Indulge your wanderlust without spending a cent on airfare and join us for a meal brimming with the bountiful flavors and aromas of the Italian countryside.

Wednesday, February 11, 12:00 P.M.
Beard on Books: The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites
From graham crackers to McDonald’s fries, America has long lived up to the idiom, “you are what you eat.” In her new work, The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites, historian and food scholar Libby H. O’Connell uses iconic foods to illustrate how our culinary cravings have been shaped by economics, technology, and social movements across the centuries. Including trivia, recipes, and photos for dozens of dishes, this tome provides a mouthwatering perspective on America’s past, present, and future.

Wednesday, February 11, 
Celebrity Chef Tour: Washington, D.C.
For reservations or more information, please visit For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Julie Marshall at 212.633.9145 or

Saturday, February 14, 7:00 P.M.
Napa Valley Love Letter
This Valentine’s Day, treat that special someone to more than just chocolates and conversation hearts. Chef Alejandro Ayala of luxury hideaway Meadowood Napa Valley will showcase the happy marriage of the beloved terroir’s cuisine and wine at this decadent, romantic dinner.