On the Menu: Week of December 1

Upcoming events at the James Beard Foundation


Here's what the James Beard Foundation is up to next week:


Tuesday, December 3, 7:00 P.M.

Northern Italian Winter Feast

Got a case of the winter blues? We’ve got just the cure: cozy up at the Beard House with an indulgent, stick-to-your-ribs seasonal feast. Back by popular demand, Angelo Elia and his talented team will present an opulent menu of masterfully prepared fare that’s sure to satisfy.


Wednesday, December 4, 12:00 noon

Enlightened Eaters

Think about Southern cooking: you're probably picturing fried chicken, barbecued ribs, and greens that play a supporting role to bacon. By recasting vegetables as the headlining act in their new book, The Southern Vegetarian: 100 Down-Home... Read more >

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Recipe: Sticky Date Pudding with Mascarpone

Sticky Date Pudding with Mascarpone, adapted by the James Beard Foundation


Now that autumn’s leaves are poised to drop in deference to winter, we want our sweaters bulky, our socks straight from the dryer, and our desserts served warm.


Thankfully, the inseparable Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook have done us a solid by sharing their take on a toasty pub classic: sticky toffee pudding. Like everything else we’ve seen from this Los Angeles duo, the dish is mind-numbingly indulgent, but its technique is sharp. While conventional toffee pudding recipes instruct you to fold soaked dates into a batter, Dotolo and Shook blend the fruit into a smooth paste, which produces a cake with a more polished texture. Smothered in a boozy caramel and topped with a generous dollop of mascarpone, this updated dessert will warm you from the inside out.

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JBF on the Air: Maureen B. Fant

Maureen B. Fant on Taste Matters with Mitchell Davis


On last week’s episode of Taste Matters, JBF’s Mitchell Davis talked pasta with Maureen B. Fant, who co-authored Sauces & Shapes: Pasta the Italian Way. Maureen discussed how her classical studies brought her to Rome and transformed her into a pasta expert, why certain pasta shapes are served with particular sauces, how she worked with co-author Oretta Zanini De Vita to transmit her encyclopedic knowledge of Italian cuisine and history, and how Italian food traditions keep the family together. To learn more, listen here


Taste Matters is a radio program dedicated to taste: as a sense, cultural construct, and culinary... Read more >

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The Winemakers of Women in Whites


On top of our outstanding roster of female chefs, last Friday's "Women in Whites" gala spotlighted a range of wines from wineries that are owned by women or employ female winemakers. Curated by 2013 JBF Award winner Merry Edwards, these bottles are a snapshot of America's top wine talent. We're sharing their tasting notes below.




Domaine Carneros Brut 2009 / CEO and founding winemaking Eileen Crane


Hailed as “the vintage of the decade,” 2009 was an ideal year for Domaine Carneros: grapes grew slowly and consistently, building layers of elegant flavor. This superlative cuvée offers aromas of apple, lime zest, and honeycomb, plus a classic, brioche-filled palate with fine pinpoint bubbles and a rich, lingering finish.



Pellegrini Pinot Noir 2011/ Winemaker Lynn Krausmann


A classic Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, this garnet-hued red has elegant aromas of cherry fruit, rose petal, and spice; its medium-... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of November 24

Upcoming events at the James Beard Foundation

Here's what the James Beard Foundation is up to next week: 

Thursday, November 28, 6:00 P.M.

Southern Thanksgiving Feast

Leave your roasting rack and kitchen twine at home and join us at the Beard House for a Southern Thanksgiving feast. That renowned hospitality will be on display this Turkey Day when acclaimed chef Brandon Frohne shows us how it’s done on the other side of the Mason-Dixon Line. 


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