Eye Candy: Montauk Yellowfin Tuna with Tangelo–White Soy Purée, Tempura Cilantro, and Sea Beans

Photo by Jeff Gurwin

 

Charming waterfront hot spot Dave’s Grill has some of Montauk’s toughest seats to snag during the summer, but Beard House guests were in for a treat when this seasonal showstopper relocated to West 12th Street for a winter seafood feast. Chef Michael Bingham presented a sensational surfeit of surf and turf, delighting diners with dynamite dishes like Crispy Pork Belly with Thai Curry, Cilantro, and Charred Scallion Oil (get the recipe here); Slow-Scrambled Long Island Duck Eggs with Duck Sausage and Kimchi Rice; and Golden Tilefish with Cauliflower Purée, Chimichurri, Roasted Oyster Mushrooms, and Bay Leaf Oil. But one of the most memorable dishes was this arresting plate which opened the night’s tasting menu. Bingham lived up to his... Read more >

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Eye Candy: Oysters Rockefeller with Sassafras Root Cream, Mustard Sprouts, and Po’ Boy Bread Crust

Photo by Phil Gross

 

Mardi Gras celebrations at the Beard House are always inspired and indulgent affairs, and this year’s Fat Tuesday fête was one for the ages. Chef Daniel Causgrove of French Quarter institution the Grill Room at Windsor Court Hotel treated diners to a festive menu highlighting the best of the restaurant's classic and contemporary dishes. Bead-wearing guests sipped Champagne and sampled decadent canapés like deviled yard eggs with choupique caviar and sugarcane shrimp with crayfish mousseline before diving into a feast melding traditional Big Easy flavors with top-notch technique. One standout from the meal was the chef's rendition of oysters Rockefeller. The dish ran the gamut of high- and low-brow New Orleans dining, the silky sassafras root cream of the Rockefeller upper crust intermingling with the actual crust of the humble po’... Read more >

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Eye Candy: Peter Chang's Cucumbers Stuffed with Shrimp and Pine Nuts

 

Chinese New Year is always a spirited celebration at the Beard House, and this year’s fusion-inspired feast was no exception, featuring a first-class roster of D.C.-area chefs preparing a jubilant pan-Asian repast. Peter Chang, Scott Drewno, and K.N. Vinod rang in the Year of the Monkey with a menu spanning from Sichuan Province to California to the Subcontinent, enticing Beard House diners with flavors spicy, sour, savory, and sweet. Chang, known for his elevated take on Sichuan cuisine and penchant for peppercorns, eased guests into the meal with a cooling canapé of cucumbers stuffed with shrimp and pine nuts. These bite-sized canoes of crunch mixed the subtle sweetness of the shrimp with the toasted earthiness of the pine nuts, all underpinned by the refreshing cucumber. With this singular hors d’oeuvre Chang adeptly set the stage for the decadent dumplings, masala, potstickers, and hot-and-numbing sauce that made... Read more >

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Eye Candy: Pork Belly with Celeriac Purée, Braised Apples, and Apple Jelly

 

Perched on the shores of Lake Champlain, Vermont's historic Basin Harbor Club beckons guests with its spectacular surroundings and singular cuisine—much of which comes directly from the resort’s bountiful on-site farm. Last month, lucky Beard House guests sampled the rich flavors of the Green Mountain State’s terroir when chef Christian Kruse served up a hyper-seasonal feast. His menu brimmed with dishes like golden beet risotto, graham-crusted venison with spiced pear purée, and a curried delicata squash soup that would make any New Englander proud. A true standout of the night was Kruse’s luscious 16-hour-cooked local pork belly with creamy celeriac purée. Tart and juicy Champlain Orchards apples accompanied the dish in a trio of preparations: braised, jellied, and whipped into an airy foam. By the end of the evening, guests were ready to book their next Vermont getaway... Read more >

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Eye Candy: Puffed Pollock Crackers with Olive Tapenade, Smoked Crème Fraîche, and Lemon Balm

 

Landlocked Montclair, New Jersey, and coastal Dover, New Hampshire, couldn’t seem more different, but for chefs and friends Bryan Gregg and Evan Hennessey, a Beard House collaboration was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the bounty of land and sea. At their recent wintry dinner, the two culinary charmers presented a boundary-pushing, surf-and-turf menu, which included these stunning puffed pollock crackers with bursts of autumn olive tapenade, tangy smoked crème fraîche, and fragrant lemon balm. A perfect example of their shared hyper-seasonal and regionally inspired ethos, these dainty canapés didn't last long.

 

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Eye Candy: Fennel Salad with Malt Vinegar Chips and Deviled Egg Sauce

 

With three locations along the East Coast, Corkbuzz Wine Studio is a growing mecca for oenophiles with a wine bar, restaurant, and class space at each. For their recent Beard House dinner, master sommelier Laura Maniec and chef Allen Evans (from the newest North Carolina outpost) treated guests to a luxurious evening of Champagne and outstanding fare. Stunning dishes exited the storied Beard House kitchen, like tiny gougères with foie gras mousse and delightfully smoked beef tartare with goat cheese and puff pastry. Perhaps the most delectable bite of the evening was the fennel salad with deviled egg sauce on malt vinegar chips. The combination of the creamy, luscious sauce with the tart and ever-so-slightly crisp fennel perched on top of the world’s most perfect edible vessel—... Read more >

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Eye Candy: Dark Chocolate with Chestnuts, Hazelnuts, and Citrus

 

After stints under Emeril Lagasse, Thomas Keller, and Tom Colicchio, Matthew Accarrino now leads Bay Area favorite SPQR, where he has earned one Michelin Star and three consecutive Beard Award nominations for Best Chef: West. At his second Beard House appearance last month, Accarrino delighted palates with his modern interpretations of classic Italian ingredients and flavors. Dishes like Beef Belly with Tokyo Turnips and the striking Burnt Flour Pasta Timballo with Sartori Fontina Fonduta and Urbani White Truffles started the evening on a high note, hinting at the spectacular final course of the night. The lauded chef’s beautifully deconstructed dessert matched rich dark chocolate with wintry chestnuts, hazelnuts, and candied citrus. With a final flourish of briny flaked sea salt, the earthy undertones of the chocolate soared... Read more >

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Up Your ’Gram Game

 

When pondering how to live better in the new year, we couldn't help but think about improving our food photos—so we consulted an expert. Few people in the industry have greater knowledge of successful food photography than Bon Appétit's creative director, Alex Grossman. The nominee for a 2012 JBF Award in Visual Storytelling (who also happens to have an enviable Instagram account of his own) sat down with us to share his expertise on capturing beautiful food images. Want to improve your skills? Read on! 

 

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Eye Candy: Salt Pork–Rabbit Stew with Root Vegetable Gnudi and Preserved Lemon

 

Tennessee native Trey Cioccia is no stranger to incorporating the farm-to-table ethos into fine dining, sourcing produce from his family’s garden at his Farm House restaurant. For his recent festive holiday dinner, Cioccia treated Beard House diners to the same sensibility that his Nashville hot spot is known for with inventive takes on homespun classics. Palates were delighted with dishes like Cioccia’s pigs’ tail jam with black pepper–honey butter on crispy johnnycakes and his fanciful, savory dessert featuring a pork rind cone topped with brown sugar ice cream, sweet potato mascarpone, shallot confit, crystallized ginger, and fried sage. A true fan favorite of the evening was the salt pork–rabbit stew with tender root vegetable gnudi, earthy parsnips, sweet butternut squash, celery root tops, and tangy preserved lemon. Rustic flavors met elevated technique... Read more >

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Eye Candy: Spot Prawns with Artichoke Ravioli and Mint–Butter Lettuce Sauce

 

A top finalist at the Bocuse d’Or, Chris Mills takes his inspiration from many places: his global travels, his childhood on West Coast farms, and even the iconic American burger stand. At his recent Beard House dinner, guests experienced the best of this seasoned chef’s worlds with creative dishes like crispy Korean food truck cauliflower and octopus a la plancha finished with the very inventive (and a Beard House first!) octopus bacon. A real standout of the evening was Mills’ tender artichoke ravioli topped with sweet Tofino spot prawns and a velvety mint–butter lettuce sauce. One bite of this heavenly dish had us thinking beyond the salad bowl and into the wonderful world of warm, wilted lettuces. 

 

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