What New York Food Does Chef Kenny Gilbert Crave "All the Time?"

 

If Oprah likes your food, you’ve pretty much made it—big time. Such is the case with beloved Top Chef alum Kenny Gilbert of Gilbert's Underground Kitchen in Fernandina Beach, Florida, who brings his Southern fare to the Beard House on January 26Gilbert’s fun dinner starts off with a gator reception, which means the famous Florida-based chef will serve parts of alligator with gourmet riffs on favorite Southern fixin’s like South Carolina mustard barbecue sauce. The meal goes on to feature creative takes on the cuisine’s touchstones like baked Texas oyster with Tasso ham, creamed mustard greens, and cornbread gratin, and KG’s banana pudding with banana–bourbon panna cotta for dessert. ... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of January 25

 

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


Monday, January 25, 7:00 P.M.

Vibrant Mexican

After working for JBF Award winners Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier at their acclaimed restaurants in Ogunquit, Maine, David Vargas relocated to New Hampshire to open his own eatery, the charming Vida Cantina, where he serves a vibrant Mexican menu inspired by his family’s heritage.

 

Tuesday, January 26, 7:00 P.M.

Deep Southern Fare

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Ask a Chef: "Top Chef" Fan Favorite Kenny Gilbert

 

You may recognize Kenny Gilbert as a Top Chef fan favorite, but these days, he’s known for slinging seasonal Southern fare at his Florida hot spot, Gilbert's Underground Kitchen. With an impressive résumé and a roster of celebrity clients that includes Oprah, Gilbert is sure to impress Beard House diners next month with his sophisticated takes on Southern staples. In anticipation of his upcoming dinner, we spoke to Gilbert about his alligator-forward menu, his love for Asian food, and what his fellow Top Chef alums are up to.

 

What is your inspiration behind the menu for this Beard House event?

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On the Menu: September 19 through September 25

Beard House Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, September 20, 7:00 P.M. Artisanal Wine Celebration Husband-and-wife team Gabe and Katherine Thompson, along with business partner Joe Campanale, have hit three home runs with their unassuming trattorias and wine bars in the West Village. Former disciples of Batali and Bastianich, this talented trio has wowed trendy downtowners and critics alike with their carefully selected wine lists and delicious Italian fare. Tuesday, September 21, 7:00 P.M. California Dreams At the Desert Springs Resort & Spa, a luxurious oasis in the Coachella Valley, the hotel’s culinary program highlights the produce of this prolific agricultural region. The resort’s

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