Molly McCook, the chef at Magnolia Avenue’s Ellerbe Fine Foods, has been invited to cook at the historic James Beard House in New York.
“On Monday, June 9, 2014, Chef Molly will share the casual elegance of Ellerbe with the James Beard House guests for one special evening,” says an item in Ellerbe’s latest newsletter. “We are truly grateful for the opportunity to experience their historic kitchen, one that has been the culinary canvas for some of the most inspiring chefs in the world.”
Some of those previous chefs have Tarrant ties: Joanne Bondy (formerly of Old Hickory Steakhouse at the Gaylord Texan), Jon Bonnell and Tim Love (who famously did a trail drive en route to Manhattan). Dallas chefs Dean Fearing and Stephan Pyles have also done their turns.
All have cooked in the kitchen at the James Beard House, named for the pioneering foodie (and host of the first TV food program, all the way back in 1946) and early advocate of eating local. After Beard’s death in 1985, Julia Child and cooking school founder Peter Kump led an effort to preserve Beard’s Greenwich Village townhouse as center for culinary arts.