On the Menu: Week of November 18

Outside the James Beard House


Spanish Holiday Table

Monday, November 19, 7:00 P.M.

No discussion of the South's booming food scene is complete without mentioning Cúrate, the spirited Asheville-based tapas bar that's helmed by a married couple who also happen to be alumni of El Bulli. Join us for a taste of the team's interpretation of classic Spanish holiday fare.


Thanksgiving with a Southern Twist

Thursday, November 22, 6:00 P.M.

Leave the basters and the kitchen twine at home and join us at the Beard House for a Down South–inspired Thanksgiving feast. That renowned hospitality will be on display this Turkey Day when acclaimed chef Scott Varnedoe comes up North to show us exactly how they do it in Baton Rouge.

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JBF Rings the New York Stock Exchange Bell!

JBF president Susan Ungaro rings the New York Stock Exchange bell


This morning, to mark our 25th anniversary and this Friday's Silver Anniversary Gala, JBF president Susan Ungaro rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange with chefs David Bouley and Emily Luchetti, the Four Season's Alex von Bidder, JBF trustees, and staff. Watch a video of the ringing ceremony below:


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Sweepstakes: Win a Copy of The Essential James Beard Cookbook

The James Beard Foundation is giving away five copies of The Essential James Beard, the new cookbook from St. Martin's Press


Need some inspiration for your Thanksgiving spread? St. Martin's Press has just released The Essential James Beard Cookbook: 450 Recipes that Shaped the Tradition of American Cooking, featuring recipes culled from twelve of James Beard's classic books, including Hors d'Oeuvre and Canapés, Menus for Entertaining, Beard on Pasta, and The Armchair James Beard. You can get your copy at our Amazon store or enter to win one of five free copies by entering our giveaway. Here's how:


Tweet the following message from your Twitter account:


The Essential James Beard Cookbook is on sale now! Retweet for a chance to win a copy! http://bit.ly/UF6xdG #essentialjamesbeard (Make sure to include the hashtag!)


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Recipe Roundup: Cooking for a Crowd

Joanne Bondy's farmer's macaroni and cheese


It's been two weeks since Hurricane Sandy touched down in New York and New Jersey, but many of the hardest hit communities are still reeling. For those of us who live nearby and want to help, providing food to those without power or running water is a great way to get involved. Most FEMA and community-organized relief sites will accept donations of homemade food, and hot meals are particularly appreciated. Here are a few of the recipes we turn to when cooking for a crowd:


Baked Orzo with Eggplant and Mozzarella [Smitten Kitchen]

Adapted from a recipe by vegetable maestro Yotam Ottolenghi, this hearty yet not-too-heavy baked pasta is perked up with a pinch of lemon zest and pillowy bites of fried eggplant. Canned tomatoes can be substituted for fresh when out of season.

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Recipe: Tajine of Seafood Chermoula

Michelle Bernstein's recipe for tajine of seafood chermoula


One of our go-to resources for seafood recipes is Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, a California-based program that educates businesses, diners, and shoppers about environmentally-minded marine life consumption. The recipes have been loaned by some of America's favorite chefs, including Rick Bayless, Mario Batali, and Alton Brown, so they're guaranteed to become delicious staples in your kitchen. Better still, they're made with species that appear on the aquarium's "Best Choices" and "Good Alternatives" lists, which means your meal will have little to no impact on our oceans' health. Lately we can't get enough of JBF Award winner Michelle Bernstein's contribution to the Seafood Watch collection: a steamy tajine of squ... Read more >

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JBF Hits Times Square

JBF has had a strong presence in New York City this year. In May we were honored with an Empire State Building illumination. This month we've headed a few blocks uptown to Times Square, where the snazzy, sky-high Jumbotron will display a short video featuring the Foundation and some of its valued partners through New Year's Day. Watch the clip below, or be sure to look up if you find yourself at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue this holiday season.


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JBF Kitchen Cam