Today is one of the most exciting days of the year in the food world, the James Beard Foundation Awards, live from New York City. Other highlights: Meatopia, Cochon 555 and other more meat-up-front events. But the JBFAs are definitely up there. In honor of our nomination for best new website (kidding — no such thing), here are Food Republic’s most decadent lunches.
- Ever thought of updating your bread spread from mayonnaise to…meat? Pâté on a sandwich is classy pants.
- Any hors d’oeuvres-like canapé-esque excuse for a lobster roll will most certainly instill a craving for an actual lobster roll. Maybe two.
- As proof that there is hope in this world, most food-aware cultures have a version of steak tartare. And you should try all of them.
- Any kind of raw fish, slightly cured, chopped up with other stuff or simply straight-up is always welcome. Or all of them together.
- In Italy, wrapping things in prosciutto is not considered to be particularly fancy. Thankfully, it is here.
- Along those lines, cheese and fruit together on a sandwich = amazeballs.
- Got a non-fancy lunch? Mac ‘n cheese, perhaps? Or a baked potato? Hit it with truffle salt. Now entering Bougieville.
- If it’s not on a bagel, you can bet it’s all dressed up with nowhere to go but your mouth. It’s smoked salmon.
- And the granddaddy of them all, the original three-martini lunch, which I’m pretending I’m having as I pick at this Chipotle burrito bowl next to my laptop. I shouldn’t hate; I love me a burrito bowl.
Amidst all the excitement, I find myself wrestling with a pretty serious internal conflict. I could really use some advice, as I tweeted this morning: “empty stomach to accommodate canapés or full stomach so I don’t black out before the show starts?”