Here's what happening at the James Beard House and beyond next week:
Sunday, June 2, 7:00 P.M.
Salt air. Raw, briny oysters. Crisp, chilled wine. There’s no better way to usher in the summer season than with an elegant seaside meal on New England’s quaint Nantucket Island. For this special Friends of James Beard Benefit, host chef Erin Zircher and her colleagues have crafted a menu as lovely and refreshing as the ocean vista itself.
Monday, June 3, 7:00 P.M.
For a tiny restaurant, O Ya pulls in big praise. It topped Frank Bruni’s list of America’s best new restaurants in 2008, while chef Tim Cushman received our Best Chef: Northeast award last year. This husband-and-wife team is returning to the Beard House with a menu that pairs global flavors with boutique sakes.
Tuesday, June 5, 7:00 P.M.
For this spectacular dinner, chef Mathias Gervais has designed a menu that reflects his personal culinary journey, which spans from his native Provence and training at Michelin-starred restaurants throughout France and Italy to his current role as the executive chef at the ultra-luxurious Setai hotel in Miami’s South Beach.
Wednesday, June 5, 12:00 noon
While acclaimed chef Seamus Mullen is known for his mouthwatering, modern Spanish fare at New York City’s chic Tertulia, his health struggles are less public. After receiving a rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis five years ago, Mullen found that cooking with a core group of 18 nutritious and restorative ingredients, or “hero foods,” helped manage his symptoms and improve his lifestyle. His cookbook, Hero Food, offers a thoughtful and delicious approach to wellness that’s inflected with his signature style gleaned from years spent cooking in Spain.
Wednesday, June 5, 7:00 P.M.
Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club, a 2012 JBF Award winner, will showcase his area’s local dining scene with a dinner prepared by a group of Alabama’s most talked-about chefs. Join Hastings, Chris Harrigan of Stones Throw Bar & Grill, Chris Newsome of Ollie Irene, and Rob McDaniel of SpringHouse for an unforgettable taste of the South.
Thursday, June 6, 7:00 P.M.
Nestled in Virginia’s majestic Allegheny Mountains, the Homestead offers guests a luxurious and historic Shenandoah Valley retreat. Nowhere is that distinctive Southern charm on display more than in the resort’s elegant dining room, where executive chef Sean O’Connell serves elegant interpretations of classic regional dishes.
Friday, June 7, 12:00 noon
Although his career took him from Beverly Hills to Maui and Africa, chef Christophe Bonnegrace was ultimately drawn back to the cuisine of his native Provence. He recently set up shop at the new La Villette in the West Village, where he offers classic bistro fare in a modern setting.
Saturday, June 8, 7:00
Any respectable survey of the South’s exciting food renaissance should include a nod to the city of Jackson, Mississippi. Join us for a taste of the Magnolia State when seven of Jackson’s most talented chefs prepare a menu of Southern comfort foods.