At a time of year when half the population of New York is migrating to South Florida (and specifically to the line at your favorite bagel shop), chef Angelo Elia is bucking the trend and heading north for a few days. His whirlwind visit to New York City next week will include a session at the James Beard House, where he'll cook a special holiday feast on Tuesday evening.
While in NYC, Elia also will stop by the Martha Stewart Living Radio studios to appear as a guest on the Morning Live show. Florida fans of the chef -- known for the upscale Casa D'Angelo in Fort Lauderdale, as well as several more casual restaurants in the region -- can listen in at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday on Sirius XM 110.
For Tuesday's dinner at the James Beard House, Elia worked with his executive chef Rickie Piper and sommelier Koen Kersemanas for a "Christmas in the Italian Countryside" themed, six-course feast. This will be the third James Beard dinner for Elia. Last year's dinner was a "white truffle extravaganza."
"Doing a James Beard dinner is such an honor because the James Beard Foundation has done so much for culinary professionals and continues to support our passion for cooking," Elia said via email. "I'm always excited to get to the James Beard House early in the morning and start preparing for such an incredible evening. I love meeting the New York members, chatting with them about their favorite restaurants and getting inside tips from true NYC foodies."
In addition to the dinner at James Beard and his stint on morning satellite radio, Elia will be a featured chef at the Hearst Cafe 57 from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday.
"It's going to be a busy but very exciting week," Elia said.
Tuesday's menu -- which will features wine pairings -- includes elk tartare with white alba truffle shavings, black cod-mortadella croquettes, and tomino cheese wild mushroom arancini, among other offerings. If you happen to be in the city next week, tickets are $130 per person for James Beard members or $170 for non-members. Get tickets at the James Beard website.
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