About a week ago I returned home from a quick trip to NYC and Chicago. "Quick?" Yes, as impossible as that sounds, it was. I was in NYC for 50 hours to join my Chef in preparing canapés, pasta and dessert, only a small part of the 6-course meal we were serving at a featured dinner at the James Beard House. After, I joined some friends in Chicago for another 50 hours, but this time for some eating and fun. I will post later on Chicago, but here are some photos from my first James Beard experience!
(Top Left, clockwise)
Foie Gras Torchon, Duck Fat Sable & Pickled Radish
Ahi Tuna & Trout Roe on Puffed Rice
Egg Custard, Dungeness Crab, Crispy Buckwheat & Shellfish Jus
Spring Vegetable & Ricotta on Brioche Toast
Lamb Sweetbread Tortellini
Salad of Sousvide Rhubarb, Compressed Strawberries & Anise Hyssop
Strawberry Paper // Strawberry Espuma
Caramelized Pistachio // Pistachio Soil
Although the James Beard event required a lot of planning, hours of preparation, a lack of sleep and a vast amount of caffeine, it was well worth it. After the canapés and 6 courses went out, there was a great sense of accomplishment - all our hard work had paid off and the diners raved about their meals. Truly an amazing experience!