Here's what's on deck at JBF next week:
Sunday, March 3, 12:00 P.M.
A protégé of Marc Vetri, Pat Szoke is swiftly earning his own laurels for his innovative approach at the Industry, the aptly named Philadelphia gastropub where local chefs and restaurateurs flock during their time off. This delightful brunch will highlight chef Szoke’s whimsical, modern twists on familiar comfort fare.
Monday, March 4, 7:00 P.M.
Philippe Chin first gained acclaim as the JBF Award–nominated chef of Philadelphia’s Chanterelles, and over the years he has brought his inventive Asian cooking to restaurants along the eastern seaboard. At this reunion dinner, some exceptional chefs who once worked for Chin will pay tribute to their mentor.
Tuesday, March 5, 7:00 P.M.
It’s no wonder that Room 39 has become a beloved Kansas City fixture: it was one of the area’s farm-to-table pioneers, and its chefs’ combined résumés boast stints at excellent restaurants—including the JBF Award–winning 40 Sardines and Union Square Café.
Wednesday, March 6, 12:00 noon
There are over three million vegans in the United States alone, with the ranks still climbing. For those just starting out, Virgin Vegan: The Meatless Guide to Pleasing Your Palate is an indispensable resource. With user-friendly meal-planning tips, nutritional guidance, helpful explanations of new or unusual ingredients, and delicious recipes, author Linda Long gently coaches fledgling vegans on how to jumpstart their new lifestyle.
Wednesday, March 6, 7:00 P.M.
As winter wears out its welcome, we can think of no better time for chef Dwayne Edwards to bring us some sunshine in the form of his signature Florida coastal cooking, featuring the farm-to-table dishes that have garnered him acclaim at Sarasota, Florida’s Ritz-Carlton.
Thursday, March 7, 6:00 P.M.
The luxurious Westin Kierland Resort & Spa offers up its breathtaking desert locale for this special Friends of James Beard Benefit. Join critically acclaimed host chefs Roberto Madrid, Chris Masco, and JBF Award winner Douglas Rodriguez, along with a lineup of acclaimed guest chefs, as they prepare a decadent and irresistible meal.
Thursday, March 7, 7:00 P.M.
With mentors that include JBF Award winners like Bradley Ogden and Emily Luchetti, it comes as no surprise that Jay Caputo heads up one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the mid-Atlantic region, where the complex flavors of his eclectic Mediterranean dishes reveal his talent and pedigree.
Friday, March 8, 7:00 P.M.
Escape the dreariness of March with a beach-inspired menu from chef Jamie Leeds of Hank’s Oyster Bar. To set the vacation-evoking mood, the chef’s acclaimed seafood fare will be paired exclusively with food-friendly cocktails from mixologist Gina Chersevani.
Saturday, March 9, 7:00 P.M.
There’s no disputing it: brawny beef and powerful red wines are a formidable combination. For this special Beard House dinner, our friends from the International Culinary Schools are teaming up with Sonoma’s legendary Coturri Winery to prepare a sumptuous feast that highlights this timeless pairing.