Beard Dinner Wrap-up

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NEW YORK -- Central Florida was well represented Tuesday by a team of chefs who cooked an impressive dinner at the prestigious Beard House in
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Julie Petrakis, Ravenous Pig sous chef Nick Sierputowski and James Petrakis look over the blueberries that will be part of the dessert.
New York’s Greenwich Village.

Jamie McFadden of Cuisiniers Catering, Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant, Scott Copeland of Antonio’s La Fiamma, and James & Julie Petrakis of the Ravenous Pig prepared a five-course meal that featured products from Central Florida farms and producers. The dinner, which was preceded by a champagne and cocktail reception on the townhouse’s courtyard patio, was attended by approximately 75 guests who were seated in various rooms of the former living space that once was James Beard’s private home.

Besides the five courses of the dinner, the chefs also prepared the hors d’oeuvres for the reception. Guests nibbled on rabbit terrine, grilled Florida octopus, cheese tarts made with Winter Park Dairy products, miniature biscuit BLTs, and quail eggs with house-made duck ham while sipping Rotari rose champagne.

Beard Dinner Update: 6:30 p.m.

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NEW YORK -- This is it. The chefs are in the kitchen, they've put on their clean shirts and they're putting the hors d'oeuvres on silver trays so the Beard House serving staff can pass them among the guests. There is lots of activity, but the kitchen is eerily quiet. It would seem that the seriousness of the occasion is setting in.  The first of the guests are expected to begin arriving soon.

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A few moments ago the chefs met with the serving staff in the dining area to go over the menu.

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Beard Dinner Update: 3:45 p.m.

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NEW YORK -- The chefs have just finished going over their game plan for this evening. They huddled around the kitchen counter and talked about timing, how they would plate the courses, when they would start cooking the fish -- all the usual things that go into cooking a meal for 75 guests. They took a moment out for a group photo. From left, Jamie McFadden, Julie Petrakis, James Petrakis, Nick Sierputowski, Kevin Fonzo and Scott Copeland.

 

Central Florida Chefs Prepare for Tonight's James Beard House Dinner

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NEW YORK -- 1:45 p.m. Tonight’s the night when five Orlando chefs will present a Central Florida Inspired Dinner at the prestigious James Beard
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From left, Jamie McFadden, Julie Petrakis (moving out of the shot), Scott Copeland, and Kevin Fonzo with back to the camera in the Beard House kitchen.
House on W. 12th Street in New York’s Greenwich Village. Jamie McFadden of Cuisiniers Catering, Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant, Scott Copeland of Antonio’s La Fiamma, and James & Julie Petrakis of the Ravenous Pig have been in the kitchen preparing the dinner since 8 a.m. Also with them is Nick Sierputowski, sous chef for the Petrakises. Most of them have been in town since Sunday, visiting other restaurants and shopping in the markets -- but mostly just waiting for today to arrive.

The Central Florida chefs are finding out just how small a Manhattan kitchen can be. The Beard House is the actual townhouse where the renowned cookbook author and culinary educator lived. A foundation was formed after his death and the home now houses its offices. The kitchen occupies the lower level. Guests for the house’s dinners will be seated on  the second level of the four-story building in what used to be the living room and bedroom. Space is tight, both in the dining area and in the kitchen.