What’s In a James Beard Dinner

The James Beard Foundation is a New York-based national professional organization that serves to promote the culinary arts by honoring chefs, wine professionals, journalists, and cookbook authors. They host annual award ceremonies and frequently have dinners featuring various chefs that work alongside members and other industry professionals. Notable past chefs have included Daniel Boulud, Emeril Lagasse, Nobu Matsuhisa, Jacques Pépin, and Charlie Trotter.

Ever wonder what a dinner at the James Beard House is like? Well, wonder no more! We’re giving you a sneak peak into what a dinner is like at James Beard. On April 29th there was a Global Collaboration Dinner that featured some fantastic dishes. Some chefs that were lucky enough to attend chose to replicate the menu at their restaurants. Here’s the menu with dishes from this auspicious event:

Shaved Tuna with Chili Tapioca, Asian Pears, and Lime

Crispy Poached Egg with Caviar and Crème Fraîche

Grilled Black Pepper Octopus with Sweet Onions and Lime
James Beard Dinner Octopus course

Roasted Rack of Spring Lamb à la Jardinière
james beard dinner lamb course

Chocolate Stout Sundae with Pretzel Streusel
james beard chocolate stout dessert

So, there you have it. As you can see, James Beard dinners feature elegant cuisine. However, rather than being overly complex, most courses feature less seasoning, allowing the freshness of the food to come through course after course. Are you ready to try and replicate any of the courses in this James Beard dinner?