Ask a Chef: Missy Robbins, what is your favorite Halloween candy?

“Peanut M&M's, Peanut M&M's for sure. And Twizzlers, but the little ones you get at Halloween aren’t that good. And Milk Duds! I’m going with Milk Duds.” –Missy Robbins, A Voce, NYC

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Dumpling Roundup

JBF loves dumplings Thanks to everyone who shared their favorite dumpling joint with us yesterday. After an exhaustive analysis of the results, "Erwin Chuk' and "subie38" have emerged as the winners of the official NYC Dumpling Festival t-shirts. Congrats! Many spots in New York City's Chinatown got a mention, including Vanessa's Dumplings, Joe's Shanghai, and New Green Bo. Bostonians enjoy Wang's Fast Food, while Petite Soo Chow sates our fellow dumpling fiends in the Garden State. Down in Atlanta Chef Liu and Northern China Eatery both serve soup dumplings held together with a perfect skin. Out West, a reader loves the dumplings served during the Cantonese-style dim sum service at Koi Palace, located just south of San Francisco. In the somewhat dumpling-deprived city of Sacramento, New Canton does the trick. And for delicious pork dumplings with a view, head to China

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On the Menu: October 25 to October 31

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, October 25, 11:00 A.M. Reflections of Maremma Workshop Inspired by a Surrealist sculpture garden in a tiny village in the Maremma region of Tuscany, Gabriella Ganugi and her team of chefs from Florence’s Apicius cooking school designed a dinner menu reflective of this rugged, vibrant coastal part of Italy. This workshop will highlight some of Ganugi’s favorite dishes from that menu. Monday, October 26, 7:00 P.M. New England Catch of the Day The winner of Boston magazine’s “Best Seafood Restaurant” title for four years in a row, Catch is a brilliant showcase for seafood-savvy chef and owner Chris Parsons. A fourth-generation fly fisherman,

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Staff Recipe: Mitchell's Applesauce Spice Cake

applesauce Got some extra applesauce on your hands? Consider JBF vice president Mitchell Davis's sweet spice cake, which gets some extra moisture from leftover applesauce or jam. Want fresh applesauce? Mitchell has a recipe for that, too. It practically cooks itself. Feel free to substitute pears if you fancy them.

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Staff Recipe: Mitchell's Applesauce Spice Cake

applesauce Got some extra applesauce on your hands? Consider JBF vice president Mitchell Davis's sweet spice cake, which gets some extra moisture from leftover applesauce or jam. Want fresh applesauce? Mitchell has a recipe for that, too. It practically cooks itself. Feel free to substitute pears if you fancy them.

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Eye Candy: The Publican

pork rind toss A cook tosses an order of pork rinds during Sunday's Friends of James Beard Benefit held at the Publican, the Chicago shrine to beer and swine opened by Brian Huston and JBF Award winner Paul Kahan earlier this year. See more photos from the event. (Photo by Bobbi Lin)

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On the Menu: NYC Dumpling Festival

Dumpling t-shirt Ready your forks and chopsticks: the New York City Dumpling Festival is rolling into the Lower East Side this Saturday for a celebration of stuffed and crimped dough. The day's program includes a dumpling eating competition (last year's winner gobbled 66 dumplings in two minutes) and games for little dumpling lovers. General admission is free, and a measly five dollars gets you a globe-spanning dumpling plate piled with potstickers, pierogi, and lesser-known ilk like the Malaysian kuih koci. Dumpling t-shirts (above) will also be available for $15, but we've got two to give away this afternoon. For a chance to win one of these special garments, tell us about your favorite dumpling joint in a comment. Simply declaring "I love dumplings!" is not an eligible response

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