On the Menu: Week of January 26


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


Monday, January 26, 7:00 P.M.
The Butcher and The Chef
As a young apprentice butcher at Jefferson Market, Salvatore Petruso delivered meats to James Beard at the icon’s Greenwich Village townhouse. Now at the helm of Westwood Prime Meats, Petruso is teaming up with chef John Vitale of Tuscan-inspired Caffe Anello for an evening that will showcase some of Beard’s butcher-shop favorites.


Tuesday, January 27, 7:00 P.M.
New York Meets Copenhagen
At Noho hot spot Acme, well-heeled urban locavores clamor for a reservation to sample Noma co-founder Mads Refslund’s world-renowned Nordic fare. For this can’t-miss Beard House event, the Danish chef will bring his farm-to-table, hyper seasonal ethos to our diners with a winter menu... Read more >

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Expo Milano: SXSW Panel Goes Live; New York Times Travel Show




Two updates from the Expo Milan/USA Pavilion department this week:


Expo Milan and USA Pavilion have snagged some space at this weekend's New York Times Travel Show. From Friday through Sunday, head to the Jacob Javits Center to get to know the team behind USA Pavilion, themed "American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet" in accordance with the expo's overarching focus on sustainability, nutrition, and cuisine. The three-day convention will represent 150 countries through more than 500 exhibitors. Expo Milan/USA Pavilion can be found at booths 178 and 180.


Then, mark your calendars for our South by Southwest panel on Saturday, March 14. Chosen from more than 80 food-related panels submitted for consideration, our conversation is slated for the festival's new... Read more >

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Announcing the Enlightened Eaters Relaunch

JBF is pleased to announce the relaunch of Enlightened Eaters, an educational series of readings, workshops, discussions, and other programs that focus on health, nutrition, sustainability, and the environment. For this year's events, we've enlisted the support of two fitting partners: Slow Food NYC, the organization that works for a food system that's "good, clean, and fair," and the Natural Gourmet Institute, the leader in health-supportive culinary education.


Enlightened Eaters events will take place during evenings at the Natural Gourmet Institute and other venues in New York City. Guests will also enjoy refreshments courtesy of the Natural Gourmet Institute. These gatherings are open to the general public and free of charge. ... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of January 19


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


Tuesday, January 20, 6:00 P.M.
Friends of James Beard Benefit  Dinner: NYC
Indulge in an evening of food, drinks, and music throughout all three floors of SD26! From pizza in the prep kitchen to salumeria in the bar and lounge or never-ending fresh pasta in the dining room, it will be a celebration to remember.


Wednesday, January 21, 7:00 P.M.
Enlightened Eaters: What the Fork Are You Eating?
With grocery store aisles overflowing with products claiming to be “low-fat,” “gluten-free,” or “natural,” it can seem almost impossible to know what’s actually good for you. That’s where certified chef and nutritionist Stefanie Sacks comes in with her new book, What the Fork Are You Eating?, a straightforward blueprint on how to shop... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of January 12


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


Monday, January 12, 7:00 P.M.
Eating the African Diaspora
One of the country’s hottest of-the-moment dining experiences, the Cecil is riding into the New Year on a wave of adoration, having just been crowned Esquire magazine’s restaurant of the year for 2014. Created by chef/owner Alexander Smalls and rising culinary talent JJ Johnson, the Harlem brasserie’s exciting menu uses African inspiration to create a global table.


Tuesday, January 13, 7:00 P.M.
Winter's Expression of Maine
Cooking exclusively with ingredients from Maine, where blizzards can strike from October to April, is no easy feat. But chef David Levi, who trained at the imaginatively resourceful Noma and Fäviken, has crafted a vibrant and... Read more >

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Expo Milano: USA Pavilion (and More!) from Above


If you've been following our previews of this year's Expo Milano, the first world's fair to focus exclusively on food, you're already familiar with the ambitious scope of the USA Pavilion. Now it's time for a bird's-eye view of the full, nearly three-kilometer-long Expo site. In the above drone-captured video, you'll see the astounding breadth and variety of Expo Milano's pavilions and facilities, which include the Future Food District and a Fruits and Legumes Cluster (1:10). The in-progress USA Pavilion appears at 2:40.


The James Beard Foundation, along with the International Culinary Center, is leading the conception and buildout of USA Pavilion, whose theme will be American Food 2.0. More on all of that... Read more >

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Our Favorite Beard House Dishes in December

Chefs at the James Beard House



Looking back on our final Beard House meals of 2014, a trend emerges: surprising details in otherwise familiar dishes. Below, our editors' picks for December's standouts.




Chicken Wings, Feet, and Cockscombs at the James Beard House


Chicken Wings, Feet, and Cockscombs / Mediterranean Winter Feast


I have never seen so much care given to a chicken foot. Beard Award winner Jimmy Bannos, Jr. saves these oft-discarded extremities to accessorize his excellent, sous-vide wings. The method for cooking them is something of a grim spa treatment: clip the talon-like nails, make a few... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of December 29


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


Wednesday, December 31, 7:00 P.M.
Chuckwagon Raconteur
What better way to ring in the new year than with an incredible meal at the James Beard House? Welcome 2015 while dining on an extravagant, festive menu created by winner of The Next Food Network Star and Colorado chef Lenny McNab.

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On the Menu: Week of December 15


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


Monday, December 15, 7:00 P.M.
Black Truffle Fête
These days Matt Conroy is serving up expertly crafted bistro classics at Soho’s Little Prince, while Rogan Lechthaler presides over the Downtown Grocery in Ludlow, Vermont. But years ago the two worked in the kitchen at Verde in Stratton Mountain (Conroy was Lechthaler’s sous-chef). Join these two old friends as they collaborate on an elegant black truffle holiday menu.


Tuesday, December 16, 7:00 P.M.
Finger Lakes Holiday Dinner
The picturesque Finger Lakes region of New York State beckons travelers year-round with its distinctive natural beauty and award-winning wineries. For this holiday celebration, three talented chefs from some of the area’s most... Read more >

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Expo Milano: USA Pavilion by Night

The future USA Pavilion at Expo Milano


This nighttime view of the future USA Pavilion, its steel frame beaming under the Milan sky, just might be our favorite capture of the site so far. With opening day now less than six months away, construction of the ambitious structure continues around the clock.


As we’ve been reporting for several weeks now, we’re leading the conception and buildout of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, the first world’s fair to focus exclusively on food. Be sure to check out the official USA Pavilion blog for news about next year's programming and exhibits, upcoming USA Pavilion and Expo–related events, and much more.

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