A Spice Exploration: Oleana Comes To The James Beard House

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[Photo: Carey Jones]

Chef Ana Sortun is no stranger to spice. Chef and owner of Boston's Oleana and the James Beard 2005 Best Chef: Northeast, she has won numerous accolades for her daring Mediterranean-inspired cooking, drawing in spices and flavors both traditional and experimental.

And in a dinner of pairings, there may be no better pair than Chef Sortun and Lior Lev Sercarz, himself a seasoned chef and owner of La Boîte à Epice. Sercarz provides custom spice blends for numerous chefs, sourcing from across the globe and crafting his own flavors to complement their work. Armed with a selection of Sercarz's spices, Sortun along with Oleana's chef de cuisine Cassie Kyriakides Piuma and pastry chef Maura Kilpatrick created a truly memorable seven course meal at New York's James Beard House.

Our photo gallery, after the jump.

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