Eye Candy: Spot Prawns with Artichoke Ravioli and Mint–Butter Lettuce Sauce

 

A top finalist at the Bocuse d’Or, Chris Mills takes his inspiration from many places: his global travels, his childhood on West Coast farms, and even the iconic American burger stand. At his recent Beard House dinner, guests experienced the best of this seasoned chef’s worlds with creative dishes like crispy Korean food truck cauliflower and octopus a la plancha finished with the very inventive (and a Beard House first!) octopus bacon. A real standout of the evening was Mills’ tender artichoke ravioli topped with sweet Tofino spot prawns and a velvety mint–butter lettuce sauce. One bite of this heavenly dish had us thinking beyond the salad bowl and into the wonderful world of warm, wilted lettuces. 

 

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Eat This Word: Mandaquat

 

WHAT? Maybe you've heard of pluots and tangelos, or maybe you've even tried a cross-bred fruit or two. But regardless of your hybrid fruit knowledge, we think you should get to know the mandaquat. A cross between a mandarin orange and a kumquat, you’ll love eating it as much as we love saying it. Originating in the citrus groves of Southern California, the mandaquat was through the agricultural technique of cross-pollination, where the pollen from one flower is transferred to another. Combining the sweetness of the mandarin orange with the tartness of the kumquat, the mandaquat provides a unique flavor profile that explodes on the tongue with a citrusy tang. The mandaquat is rather rare, and seldom appears on restaurant menus. It’s easiest to find in farmers’ markets around Southern California, where it’s most commonly grown and becoming increasingly popular. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on these small golden fruits, the mandaquat can be easily utilized in both sweet and savory... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of November 8

 

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

 

Sunday, November 8, 6:30 P.M.

Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner: Bentonville, AR

If you’re interested in hosting a benefit or would like to learn more, please contact Diane Harris Brown at dhbrown@jamesbeard.org or 212.627.1128. 

 

Tuesday, November 10, 7:00 P.M.

Lenox Luxe

It’s only fitting that Wheatleigh, a former royal residence, serves refined French-influenced fare. Join us at the Beard House as chef Jeffrey Thompson and pastry chef Thim Yee swap one historic residence for another and debut an autumnal menu of sumptuous ingredients and outstanding wines truly fit for a king.

 

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On the Menu: November 14 through November 20

Walking up the Beard House back stairs Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, November 14, 6:00 P.M. Friends of James Beard Benefit: Pismo Beach, CA Enjoy breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean while feasting on chef Evan Treadwell’s California coastal cuisine. Treadwell takes seasonal and local cooking seriously, changing the menu with each solstice and equinox and airing his regionally sourced creations with exciting and often little known Central Coast wines. Monday, November 15, 7:00 P.M. Taste of the NFL An all-star group of Texas and New York chefs is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Taste of the NFL, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting hunger whose founder, Wayne Kostroski, won our 2010 Humanitarian of the Year

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JBF Kitchen Cam