Featured Menu: The Craft of Charcuterie

 

With over 200 events at the Beard House each year, our calendar is overflowing with top toques and rising stars from restaurant kitchens across the country. Each dinner at the Beard House is a unique culinary experience, but every so often a specific event will have our stomachs rumbling simply by scanning the menu. Read on to learn which event has piqued our palates lately.

 

Friday, January 22, 2016
The Craft of Charcuterie

 

The last time chef Joshua Smith brought his meat-minded coterie to the Beard House, diners were treated to a veritable cornucopia of the cured, the smoked, and the salted. This year Smith has assembled an equally protein-partial crew from across the nation for an edible master class in the potential of preserving. After feasting on the chefs' no-holds-... Read more >

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Eat This Word: Rillettes

 

WHAT? Coveted crock. "I certainly had never had the happiness of seeing that brown mess spread on slices of bread and butter," recalled Honoré de Balzac of watching his schoolmates eat the savory spread he so desired. A native of Tours, the French literary legend may have belonged to one of the few families that couldn't afford the humble specialty of the region, where the fatty favorite is lovingly referred to as "brown jam." As with other pâtés and terrines, rillettes begin with chopped meat, salted and cooked slowly in fat (the recipe dates back to the 15th century Loire Valley, where it was likely created to use up leftover scraps of pork). The tender morsels are then shredded and stored in ramekins or crocks covered with additional fat. This age-old technique results in a rustic yet deliciously creamy paste that has aromas of garlic, bay leaf, thyme, and wine. Literally translated, rillettes means "plank," which probably refers to its appearance when it is sliced and served cold on crusty... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: September 25, 2015

 

Crop diversity in the U.S. is now lower than it was in 1978. [Modern Farmer

 

The FDA is ramping up their push to include added sugars in the new nutrition label. [WaPo

 

Nature vs. nurture: a handful of companies in the U.S. are trying to breed a tastier cricket. [The Atlantic

 

A new study suggests eating more fish could help prevent depression. [TIME

 

Purchasing whole animals for their... Read more >

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What We're Reading: August 3, 2015

 

How brisket became king of the barbecue world. [FWF

 

Cookies and cream canvas: Oreos become the medium for edible works of art. [Mental Floss

 

Americans may finally be changing their eating habits, as new data suggests caloric consumption has decreased for the first time in decades. [NYT

 

Experts anticipate that the World Health Organization will announce a link between red meat and cancer this fall. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 11, 2015

 

You are what you drink: a new app aims to match drinkers to their perfect beer via genetic analysis. [MUNCHIES

 

Armed with a can of chickpeas, the possibilities are endless. [Serious Eats

 

Another reason to save your carrot tops and scallion ends: add a little light and water, and you’ll have a nearly unlimited supply. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: February 9, 2015

 

Warm your belly during these frosty days with a steaming cup of JBF Award winner Dorie Greenspan’s hot cocoa. [Food52]  

 

The USDA orders new internal oversight in response to public outcry over research animal treatment. [NPR]

 

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, an inevitable question arises: what wine pairs best with chocolate? [NYT]

 

Starbucks ups its lactose-free game by offering coconut milk as a dairy substitute. [Yahoo Food]

 

The craft beer boom has... Read more >

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What We're Reading: January 29, 2015

 

We love kale, but we love burgers more: Americans ordered nine billion hamburgers in 2014, up 30 million from the year before. [Grubstreet

 

Enjoy a stress-free Super Bowl by prepping all your nibbles and drinks beforehand. [Bon Appétit

 

The recipe is entering the twenty-first century through experimental technological platforms that rethink the time-honored format. [FWF]

 

The quickest, safest, and easiest way to melt chocolate: use a blow dryer. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: December 18, 2014

 

Educate yourself: what supermarket labels really tell you about the beef you buy. [Serious Eats

 

The food industry is all about “personal responsibility,” so why are they opposed to the new calorie counts regulation? [Civil Eats

 

Mother Jones weighs in on the best food books of 2014. [Mother Jones

 

An Iron Chef winner is revamping camping fare. [MPBN... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: December 5, 2014

 

Scientists agree that reducing—not eliminating—meat consumption is important to fighting climate change, but political action to do so remains unpopular. [Treehugger]

 

Doug Rauch, the former president of Trader Joe’s, plans on opening a store that sells past-date packaged goods and misshapen fruit and vegetables. While this may seem like the next big thing in sustainable shopping, it’s hardly a new concept. [Modern Farmer]

 

Ever wonder about the history of human-based carbon emissions? This interactive visualization from the World Resources Institute depicts the top 20 emitters over the past 150 years. [Grist]

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What We're Reading: October 23, 2014

 

Do your liver a favor: have a cup of joe. [The Daily Meal]
 

Budget-friendly tips for avoiding the most commonly over-priced grocery store items. [HuffPost]
 

For some restaurants, a negative review doesn't necessarily mean a drop in business. [Grub Street]

 

Everyone knows Elvis loved a peanut butter and banana sandwich, but what about JFK or Mariah Carey? Iconic Americans' favorite bites. [... Read more >

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