Two dear friends introduced me to the James Beard Foundation last year when they gifted me a membership for my birthday. I had no idea such enchantment lived a mere block from my apartment! Over 200 nights per year, guest chefs are invited to cook dinner in the former home of James Beard; if you’re lucky, you’ll be sat in the elevated nook that was once his bedroom!
Ever since my first dinner I was hooked. The comradery and enjoyment that flows throughout each night that I’ve attended a dinner renews in me a new love for this city I call home.
Earlier this week I celebrated Canada’s 150th anniversary as a nation with a dinner showcasing the best of the region. Guest chef Brandon Thordarson of Moxie’s wowed us with each dish; our dining companions regaled us with stories of NY, as they’ve seen the neighborhood change over the 40+ years they’ve lived on Jane Street.
There is nothing more magical than beginning an evening in an enchanted backyard, passed appetizers and bubbles in my glass and ending it with a full belly and starry eyes for NYC and it’s endless opportunities for culture, engagement and social activity!
You don’t have to be a member to attend a dinner (although you do get discounts and other perks for joining). Check out upcoming dinners here!
Canned tuna with “edible soil” – still trying to figure out what was in that soil but it was absolutely delicious!
Summer asparagus soup with crab and caviar.
“Mom’s shake and bake” chicken with fois gras. Paired with a beer that I actually enjoyed!
Strip loin with shallots, potatoes, and wilted garden greens.
“Canada loves the big Apple” – apple flan with maple bacon ice cream!
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