Eye Candy: Monkfish Bouillabaisse with Caviar and Clams

 

A shining gem in multiple JBF Award winner Barbara Lynch’s empire of exceptional restaurants, Menton has been steadily garnering accolades since it opened in 2010. Recently, chef Scott Jones and JBF Award–winning wine director Cat Silirie joined us at the Beard House for a tantalizing menu inspired by the restaurant’s namesake town on the French-Italian border. Guests were dazzled by Jones’s array of luxurious dishes throughout the evening, including showstoppers like seeded foie gras lollipops and tuna tartare with truffles and white soy. Each dish reminded us why Menton has continued to remain an industry darling, but perhaps our favorite was the chef's creative take on bouillabaisse, the traditional Provençal fish stew. What arrived on guests’ tables was an artfully composed plate of creamy... Read more >

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Traci Des Jardins and Matt Jennings Team Up for Taste America® Boston

Matt Jennings's Vegetables and Fruits with Coppa, Smoked Pork Fat and Malt Vinegar Emulsion

 

“I started baking when I was three years old—it just grabbed me. Cooking has always been my thing,” said JBF Award winner and Taste America All-Star Traci Des Jardins during the Boston leg of our ten-city tour. The lavish two-day event included a collaborative cocktail reception and dinner, as well as cooking demos and artisanal tastings.

 

The jam-packed affair was one of Boston’s hottest events this Columbus Day Weekend. Guests gathered at the lovely Langham hotel, where many of the city’s top culinary talent showcased their skills and local ingredients. The evening kicked off with a tasting reception featuring bites from JBF Award winners Tim Cushman of o ya, Tony Maws of Craigie on Main, and Ana Sortun of... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Boston

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national epicurean tour continues this weekend with two days of star-studded events in Boston, featuring Taste America All-Star and JBF Award winner Traci Des Jardins and Local Star Matt Jennings. Friday night kicks off with a tasting reception from some of Boston's finest, followed by an exclusive four-course dinner prepared by Des Jardins and Jennings. On Saturday the action moves to Sur La Table for cooking demos and book signings from Des Jardins and lauded chef and fellow JBF Award winner Tony Maws, along with free tastings from local vendor Victoria Gourmet.

 

For tickets and more information about the chefs and vendors appearing, check out ... Read more >

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Q&A with Taste America All-Star Traci Des Jardins

 

As we travel across the country for Taste America, our national epicurean tour, it’s easy to see the vast variety of cultural culinary ingredients that are thrown into the melting pot of American cuisine. At times, these myriad heritages can even be brought together in one chef, as in the case of Taste America All-Star Traci Des Jardins. Through her empire of San Francisco hot spots, Des Jardins crisscrosses the globe, infusing French, Spanish, Mexican, and more into the vibrant raw ingredients of her home state of California. Des Jardins will bring her internationally flavored cuisine to the East Coast for Taste America: Boston, where she'll team up with Local Star Matt Jennings for a weekend of exciting events. Read on for Des Jardins’s take on food trends that have overstayed their welcome, changes that are needed in the restaurant industry, and what food mecca she... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Boston

 

We’re closing out this year’s James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® with a stop in Boston. This weekend is packed with food-filled exclusive events featuring Taste America All-Star Ludo Lefebvre and local star and James Beard Award winner Jamie Bissonnette. Friday night gets things started with a tasting reception from some of Boston’s finest, followed by a special collaborative dinner cooked up by Lefebvre and Bissonnette. On Saturday, Sur La Table hosts a day of free culinary events, with cooking demos and book signings from our star duo, along with tastings from local vendors TAZA Chocolate and Vermont Creamery.

 

For tickets and more information about the chefs and vendors appearing, check out... Read more >

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Eye Candy: Bittersweet Chocolate Terrine with Hazelnut Crema

Bittersweet Chocolate Terrine with Hazelnut Crema  

 

E. Michael Pagliarini, who has family ties to Umbria and trained under Grant Achatz and Heston Blumenthal, displays serious cooking chops and a profound understanding of classic Italian cuisine at Giulia, which earned an enthusiastic three-star review from the Boston Globe last year. At his recent Beard House dinner, the Boston-based chef served a decadent Bittersweet Chocolate Terrine with Hazelnut Crema and Baci di Dama Cookies. Luxurious and sophisticated, this eye-catching dessert was a hit with Beard House dinners. 

 

View this event's menu and details here. For upcoming Beard House dinners, check out our events calendar. Photo by ... Read more >

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Interview with 2014 JBF Award Winner Barbara Lynch

Interview with 2014 JBF Award Winner Barbara Lynch by Anna Mowry

 

The winner of this year’s Outstanding Restaurateur award, Barbara Lynch has forged one of the country’s most acclaimed restaurant groups, Barbara Lynch Gruppo, which includes fine dining and casual concepts, a butcher shop, and a demonstration kitchen. The Boston native also runs a nonprofit, the Barbara Lynch Foundation, and has cultivated young chef talent like Kristin Kish and Colin Lynch (no relation).

 

Now that the JBFA dust has settled, we got in touch with Lynch to talk about her empire’s coming attractions, the cookbook that clicked her cooking philosophy into place, and where she ate during Beard Awards weekend.

 

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JBF: Two months ago the New York Times ... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of April 27

Photo by Philip Gross

 

Here's what's happening at the Beard House this week: 

 

Monday, April 28, 7:00 P.M. 
Garden Spring Fling 
Tucked away on a quaint cobblestone street lies Harvest, a storied Harvard Square restaurant famous for its locally sourced, progressive New England fare and succession of renowned Boston-area chefs at the helm. For this Beard House dinner, chefs Mary Dumont and Brian Mercury have crafted a spectacular feast that highlights the luscious flavors of spring.

 

Tuesday, April 29, 7:00 P.M. 
Coastal Kitchen
Mid-Atlantic beachgoers revere the Delaware coast for its relaxed vibe, beautiful surf, and fresh seafood—perhaps... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of April 20

 

Here's what's happening at the Beard House this week: 

 

Monday, April 21, 7:00 P.M.

Modern Japanese Izakaya

The brainchild of Japanese chef Ken Tominaga and JBF Award winner Michael Mina, PABU has introduced Baltimore to Japan’s version of the gastropub, or izakaya, where soulful small plates are the name of the game. Join us when executive chef Jonah Kim shares his take on this unique dining tradition.

 

Tuesday, April 22, 7:00 P.M.

Made in Memphis

This spirited collaboration of Tennessee’s culinary titans is music to our ears and palates. Join us as the talented group pays homage to their hometown with a spectacular menu of Southern-inspired, Memphis-made fare.

 

Wednesday, April 23, 12:00, noon... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of April 13

Photo by Mitzi Morris

 

Here's what's happening on the Beard House calendar this week: 

 

Tuesday, April 15, 6:00 P.M. 
Second-Night Passover Seder
If last Passover you promised, “Next year at the Beard House,” here’s your chance to make good. We’ll be gathering for our now-annual second-night seder, hosted by the never-boring Billy Harris and the brightest stars of the new-Jewish food world, who have designed a meal that will give your Bubbie’s brisket a run for its money.

 

Wednesday, April 16, 7:00 P.M. 
Heading South
Now that a quality meal is within reach at many... Read more >

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