On the Menu: August 1 through August 7

Guests mingle in the Beard House. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, August 2, 6:00 P.M. Enlightened Eaters: A Workshop Our series on cooking seasonally continues when Top Chef contestant and natural foods chef Andrea Beaman returns to teach guests how to prepare delicious summer dishes with just-picked ingredients from local markets. Participants will learn how to maximize the health benefits of locally sourced food by cooking meals packed with nutrients as well as flavor. Tuesday, August 3, 7:00 P.M. Modern Asian When former Buddakan NYC chef Michael Schulson opens a new restaurant, Asian food lovers sit up and take notice. Schulson, as per Frank Bruni, “breathes intelligence and creativity” into his

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Recipe: Poached Shrimp with Creamed Corn, Marinated Tomatoes, Butter Beans, and Basil

Poached Shrimp with Creamed Corn, Marinated Tomatoes, Butter Beans, and BasilTop Chef finalist Kevin Gillespie brought his relaxed, Southern-inflected cooking to the Beard House last month, sending out dishes like this poached shrimp with corn, tomatoes, butter beans, and basil. His recipe enlists laughing bird shrimp, a tiny variety that's sustainably raised on the coast of Belize. (We hear that you can sometimes order them through Fresh Direct, but you could also use another type of small shrimp instead.) Green, broad, and flat, butter beans are easy to come by in the South. Lima beans, which we've recently spotted in our local farmers' markets, make a fine substitute.

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Recipe: Cooling Salad with Strawberry Dressing

Andrea Beaman Salad with Strawberry Dressing The clock is ticking on this year's strawberry crop. If you're quick enough to snag one of the last pints, purée them for the dressing on this refreshing summer salad. The dressing is inspired by the revelatory pairing of strawberries and balsamic vinegar, and the dish was prepared by former Top Chef contestant Andrea Beaman at her seasonal cooking workshop.

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Eye Candy: Tattooed Top Chef

Kevin Gillespie of Top Chef The heavily-inked Kevin Gillespie, who repeatedly wowed the judges on the last season of Top Chef, pipes a cream sauce onto fig and country ham canapés in the Beard House kitchen. Check out more photos of the chef's Southern-style meal.

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On the Menu: June 27 through July 3


Walking up the Beard House back stairs Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, June 28, 7:00 P.M. Atlanta’s Rising Star A 2010 JBF Rising Star award semifinalist, Kevin Gillespie gave the Voltaggio brothers a run for their sous vide machines during last year’s Top Chef. The executive chef and co-owner of Woodfire Grill, Gillespie wowed the show’s judges with the same unpretentious, seasonally inspired cuisine with which he regularly impresses Atlanta diners. Tuesday, June 29, 7:00 P.M. Softshell Crab Extravaganza To help us celebrate one of the most precious moments of the culinary calendar year, David C. Felton, pastry chef Jessica Knik, and sommelier Brooke Sabel, of New Jersey’s much-buzzed-about Ninety Acres at Sir Richard

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Recipe: Cauliflower Fritters

cauliflower fritters

Top Chef's Sam Talbot served these crunchy cauliflower fritters at his late-spring Beard House dinner. Creamy florets are puréed with honey and cream cheese, dredged in flour and panko, and fried to golden brown perfection. With a yield of two dozen fritters, this recipe makes enough for seconds—and thirds—at a small cocktail party.

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On the Menu: June 6 through June 12

Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Monday, June 7, 7:00 P.M. Southern Sweethearts At MiLa, named for their home states of Mississippi and Louisiana, co-chefs Allison Vines-Rushing and Slade Rushing serve their cultivated Southern fare to captivated New Orleans diners. The celebrated husband-and-wife team has earned nonstop raves from critics like Brett Anderson of the Times-Picayune, who praised the chefs’ “artful and ingredient-driven” cuisine. Tuesday, June, 8, 7:00 P.M. Sustainable Seafood Feast Sam Talbot charmed viewers on Top Chef, and he plans to do the same at his upcoming restaurant at the

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