James Beard House Dinner | American Comfort Food Redefined

My first James Beard House dinner where I actually contributed to the card went down on April 23rd 2015. I threw together a dope team of chefs to cook with me—I love community, and I'd be bullshittin' if I didn't admit that having these greats next to me really took the pressure off.  The theme for the menu was inspired by my work with The Future of Junk Food, and the JBH deemed our offerings as an evening of "American Comfort Food Redefined."  

The crew was mad tight and included Eric Gabrynowicz & Stephen Mancini of Restaurant North (Armonk, NY), Michael Scelfo of Alden & Harlow (Cambridge, MA), Derek Wagner or Nick's on Broadway (Providence, RI) and Brian Mercury of Harvest (Cambridge, MA). Two of my best friends in the whole wide world prepped with me and held me down at the event. They truly made our two hors d'oeuvres and our entree course fucking sing! Biggest thanks in the world goes out to my homie Sammy Jackson of KO Pies (East Boston and South Boston, MA) and my Cuzzy Jeffrey Laboda of Caseus (New Haven, CT). Needless to say, the food was dope. 

Photos by Tara Morris.

Samuel Monsour