Washington may have suffered a crushing shutout at the James Beard Awards this year, but that doesn’t mean our chefs and bartenders can’t get inside the legendary James Beard House. Tonight, nominees from the 2012 RAMMY awards will be sharing the landmark’s notoriously tiny kitchen, preparing dishes and drinks for an event called Best of DC.
Justin Bittner of Bar Pilar, Ripple chef Logan Cox and pastry chef Alison Reed, Claudio Pirollo from Et Voila!, and Rasika chef Vikram Sunderam will be cooking dishes paired with Virginia wines, while bartenders from Birch and Barley, Estadio, Bar Pilar, Virtue Feed & Grain, and Room 11 will be mixing drinks for the reception. To experience the $170 meal vicariously, check out the full menu below. Also, make sure you’re following us on Twitter @bestbitesblog—we’ll be reporting all the tasty details from Manhattan.
Miniature Wagyu beef tartare with American caviar and parsnip chips
Spicy avocado in crispy puri with sweet yogurt and date-tamarind chutney
Pickled sardines with walnut emulsion, dried olives, and crispy spinach
Banana-leaf-wrapped black bass fillet with coconut, mint, and cilantro chutney
Michael Shaps Viognier 2009
Braised beef cheeks with ratatouille empanada and crispy chickpea salad
Barboursville Vineyards Nebbiolo Reserve 2008
Alaskan halibut with salsify mousse, Kriek lambic reduction, endive cappuccino, and Malpeque oyster
King Family Vineyards Crosé Rosé 2011
Roasted lamb with crispy lamb tongue, pickled-almond purée, tarragon jus, white anchovy butter, and tomato conserva
Breaux Vineyards Meritage 2007
Double chocolate mousse cake with cocoa-nib tuile and nectarine crème anglaise
Veritas Othello 2009