On the Menu: July 12 through July 15

There's a lot to savor about next week's lineup of Beard House events. Tuesday, July 12, 6:30 P.M. East Village Social One of NYC’s most historic and colorful neighborhoods, the East Village has experienced a culinary renaissance over the past few years with groundbreaking new restaurants popping up amid the skate stores and head shops. Guests at this walk-around tasting and cocktail party will enjoy a tantalizing tour of the East Village’s best eats. Wednesday, July 13, 12:00 P.M. Beard on Books: Harvest to Heat by Darryl Estrine and Kelly Kochendorfer Harvest to Heat pays homage to the farmers and artisans who supply America's restaurants with top-

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On the Menu: Virginia Summer Bounty

Christopher Edwards The Restaurant at the Patowmack Farm has been a farm-to-table fine-dining pioneer since its opening in the late 1990s, but the delicate touch of El Bulli–trained executive chef Christopher Edwards takes the concept to the next level. You can get a taste of his hyper-seasonal cooking when Edwards returns to the Beard House tomorrow night. Take a look at the menu below, then click here to make your reservation. Hors d’Oeuvre Pork-Fried Puffed Rice with Farm Egg Mimosa and Charcoal-Grilled Pork Barbecue Chilled Ajo Blanco with Asparagus and Virginia Surryano Ham Swiss Chard Marmalade and Cherry Glen Chèvre Doughnuts Pairings: Silvano Follador Prosecco 2008;

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Sodexo's Recipes for a Better Tomorrow Contest

Chef contestantsChef contestants in the Sodexo Recipes for a Better Tomorrow competition

As one of the largest foodservice companies in the world and one of the Founding Partners of the James Beard Foundation Annual Food Conference, Sodexo is committed to finding ways to maintain the high quality and nutrition of the 50,000,000-plus meals the corporation’s 15,000 chefs prepare daily. To that end, this May the James Beard Foundation hosted the final cook-off and judging for their Recipes for a Better Tomorrow culinary competition. The Beard House welcomed five finalists from the U.S. and Canada representing five divisions of Sodexo North America. We were joined by Sodexo’s culinary leadership within Sodexo and guest chefs like Sodexo’s Matthew Weingarten, chef of Manhattan’s Inside Park, and Barton Seaver, chef/owner of DC’s Hook and author

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On the Menu: Clyde Common

Chris DiMinno A protégé of JBF Award winner Dan Barber, Chris DiMinno has made a name for himself on the hot Portland food scene with Clyde Common, his ultracool European-style gastropub. At tomorrow night's Beard House dinner, DiMinno will pair his must-have Pacific Northwest ingredients with exquisite hand-crafted wines from Big Table Farm in Gaston, Oregon. You can make a reservation here. Hors d’Oeuvre Chicken-Fried Chicken Liver Skewers with Aïoli Clyde Common Charcuterie Smoked Trout Crostini with Sweet Onions and Crème Frâiche Farmer’s Cheese with Woody Herbs Pairing: Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s Barrel-Aged Negroni Dinner Northern Pacific Hay-Cured Salmon with Rye Panzanella Pairing: Big Table Farm Brooks Estate Vineyard Riesling 2009 Wild Mushroom Stew

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On the Menu: Carnivore’s Delight

Michael Lomonaco New Yorkers looking for a steakhouse that’s a cut above the rest know to head to Porter House New York. Join us this Wednesday night when chef Michael Lomonaco teams up with celebrated pastry chef Wayne Harley Brachman and master sommelier Roger Dagorn to create a Beard House meal that is a true carnivore’s delight. Click here to make your reservation.

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On the Menu: New England with a French Twist

Robert Krajewski and Lynette Mosher At the charming Lily Bistro, husband-and-wife team Robert Krajewski and Lynette Mosher masterfully blend the flavors of the French countryside with locally sourced Maine ingredients. Alums of venerable New England restaurants like Olives, Clio, and Biba, the chefs are returning to the Beard House this Monday with a spring-inspired dinner of their sophisticated bistro fare. Seats are still available, so make your reservation here. (In case you need more convincing, the lovely menu is below.) Hors d’Oeuvre Crispy Head Cheese with Fennel Mustard Fruit Rabbit Terrine with Tarragon, Pickled Grapes, and Brioche Blood Sausage with Potato Confit Petit Moules Frites Smoked Brandade with

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On the Menu: North Carolina Luxury

Scott Crawford and Steven Greene A calming oasis just outside Raleigh, the magnificent Umstead Hotel and Spa is a much sought-out destination for food-savvy travelers. At Herons, the hotel’s elegant eatery, executive chef Scott Crawford, a 2011 JBF Award semifinalist, and chef de cuisine Steven Greene fuse art and nature in their locally sourced and strikingly presented Southern-inflected menu. The duo will bring their oh-so-lovely cuisine to the Beard House this Friday; take a look at the menu below, then click here to make a reservation. Hors d’Oeuvre Yuzu Explosion with Cilantro, Peanuts, and Spices Champagne Jelly with White Raspberries and Mint Bay Scallops with Lime Oil and Basil Flowers Pairing: Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvée NV Dinner Sunchoke Vichyssoise with Dungeness

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On the Menu: May 8 through May 14

Walking up the Beard House back stairs Here's what's happening at the Beard House next week… Wednesday, May 11 Beard on Books: The Jewish Culinary Diaspora At this special installment of Beard on Books, JBF Award–winning author Joan Nathan will discuss her most recent book, Quiches, Kugels and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France, and the regional variation in Jewish cooking with Israeli food editor Janna Gur, author of The Book of New Israeli Food, and JBF vice president Mitchell Davis, author of The Mensch Chef. Thursday, May 12 La Sicilia

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Eat this Word: Pot-au-Feu

pot-au-feuWHAT? A "pot on the fire." Much more than the earthenware or cast-iron pot it is cooked in, pot-au-feu refers to a hearty, family-style French dish of meat (usually beef or chicken, with the addition of marrow bones, veal, pork, or mutton) and vegetables (traditionally carrots, turnips, celery, onions, and leeks) that is slowly cooked in water or consommé. The rich and meaty broth that results is served with croutons or pasta as a first course, followed by a main course of the meat and vegetables, which is accompanied by mustard or horseradish and cornichons. WHERE? Ray Garcia's Beard House dinner WHEN? April 22, 2011 HOW? McGrath Family Farms Spring Harvest Pot-au-Feu with Morels and Rutabaga

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On the Menu: Georgia Wine Table

Steven Hartmand and Maria Le RouxSteven Hartmand and Maria Le Roux

American wine aficionados know that a winery renaissance is taking place across North Georgia, where a new wave of vintners is producing wines of truly exceptional quality. One such winemaker is Maria Le Roux of Montaluce Winery, who will be pairing her vineyard’s offerings with the artisan-inspired cuisine of executive chef Steven Hartman at tomorrow night's Beard House dinner. Check out the tempting menu below, then click here to make a reservation. Hors d’Oeuvre Springer Mountain Chicken Liver Mousse with Mead Macarons and Honey-Roasted Peanuts Pickled

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