Five chefs from Pensacola area restaurants will be cooking and showcasing Florida Gulf Coast cuisine at the famous James Beard House in New York City tonight.
The night’s menu will include asparagus-crusted soft-shell crab, seared tuna and fried green tomatoes, Alligator Point clams and Andouille-encrusted Gulf oysters.
Ingredients will come from the waters of northwest Florida, and all dishes will be paired with wines. Tickets cost $170. Click here to see the full menu.
But you don’t have to go to New York to sample the culinary creations of these amazing chefs. Just head to the Pensacola area, to Global Grill (Frank Taylor), Jackson’s Steakhouse (Irv Miller), the Fish House (Jim Shirley), Skopelos/Nancy’s Haute Affairs (Gus Silivos) and H2O (Dan Dunn).
For more info on all these chefs and their restaurants, click www.pensacolacelebritychefs.com.
One item on Tuesday night’s menu is Chef Shirley’s signature Grits a Ya Ya (pictured), which includes locally ground Florida grits, smoked gouda from Baldwin County’s Sweet Home Farms, Ocheesee dairy cream, house-smoked bacon and Gulf shrimp. For the recipe, click here.
An invitation to cook at the James Beard House is considered one of the highest honors in the profession. To read more, click jamesbeard.org.
Note: It's July 5 and I've found out the event couldn't have gone better. The chefs got a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd. And they were featured on MSNBC's Morning Joe. To see that video, click here.