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On the Menu: Week of March 16

JBF Editors

JBF Editors

March 13, 2015


Photo by Jeffrey Gurwin

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

Monday, March 16, 7:00 P.M. 
The American Table: Rustic and Refined 
JBF Award winner R.J. Cooper treats discerning D.C.-area diners to modernist American cuisine with fanciful 24-course menus at one of his restaurants and an intimate study of Mid-Atlantic farmland at the other. Join us at the Beard House for his elaborate Brandt Beef dégustation and the opportunity to taste both of his lauded concepts under one roof.

Wednesday, March 18, 12:00 P.M.
Beard on Books: Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen
In her new book, Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen, the longtime editor-in-chief of Food & Wine reveals her deep, dark secret: she couldn’t cook. Thankfully, she had an army of all-star chefs to teach her, and she shares their insights through 100 of her favorite recipes. Featuring advice and stories from April Bloomfield, Tom Colicchio, and more, this book will turn a culinary novice into a kitchen pro.

Thursday, March 19, 7:00 P.M.
Cali Spin on St. Joseph's Feast 
For a breezy spin on the traditional St. Joseph’s Day feast, we’ve invited chef Bruce Kalman to bring his SoCal sensibility to this treasured Italian custom. Now heading up Pasadena’s acclaimed Union, Kalman formerly worked under David Burke and JBF Award winner Paul Bartolotta.

Friday, March 20, 7:00 P.M.
Russian River Rendezvous 
Nestled in the romantic Russian River Valley, Lynmar Estate is celebrating 30 years of luxurious wine and sustainable practices. To mark the occasion, chef David Frakes has created an enticing menu inspired by Northern California’s rich bounty and Lynmar’s prestigious legacy. 

Friday, March 20-Sunday, March 22
New Jersey Wine & Food Festival 
Join us when top chefs and winemakers come together to benefit the James Beard Foundation at the seventh annual New Jersey Wine & Food Festival at Crystal Springs Resort. The weekend-long array of festivities includes a grand tasting featuring over 30 top New York City and New Jersey restaurants, over 100 wines and Champagnes, a Restaurant Latour dinner with guest of honor JBF Award winner David Kinch, Anthony Bucco, and guest winemaker Jennifer Beloz of the Prisoner Wine Company, a Quintessa Wine Cellar Dinner with JBF Award Winner Larry Stone, a book signing with Kinch, rum and Scotch whisky seminars, and much more. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 855-990-0018 or visit

Saturday, March 21, 6:30 P.M.
Celebrity Chef Tour: Cambridge, MA
For reservations or more information, please visit For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Julie Marshall at 212.633.9145 or

Saturday, March 21, 7:00 P.M.
Norouz: Persian New Year Celebration 
In Persian culture, each new year begins with Norouz, a 13-day holiday celebrating the vernal equinox through gifts and symbolic foods. Join chef Josh Lewin with Katrina Jazayeri and their team for a journey through ancient and modern Persia, inspired by tradition and reinterpreted through French technique. As Lewin says, it’s “not your grandma’s Norouz, but we hope you’ll invite her.”

Sunday, March 22. 5:00 P.M.
Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner: Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market, NYC 
Set in a historic factory, Manhattan’s Chelsea Market is now home to some of the city's finest epicurean shops and restaurants. For our seventh annual Friends of James Beard Benefit, we're bringing together a formidable group of chefs to prepare a convivial family-style feast, which will be served in the market’s main hall. Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market, a Friends of James Beard Benefit, raises funds for the James Beard Foundation and The Jamestown Charitable Foundation, both not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organizations focusing on initiatives for culinary education.