Eye Candy: Granola and Fruit Parfait

fruit parfait This is what we wish we were having for breakfast this morning: a berry parfait with housemade granola, Ward’s Berry Farms honey, and housemade yogurt. The multilayered dish was served by the team at Boston's Tremont 647 at a recent Beard House brunch. See more photos from the brunch here.

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Recipe: Grilled Loup de Mer with Braised Fennel

Recipe for Grilled Loup de Mer with Braised Fennel and Sauce Vierge, from the James Beard Foundation Also known as branzino and sea bass, loup de mer is a white, delicately flavored fish that works well in a variety of preparations. In this recipe from Robert Sisca, the fish is quickly grilled and joined by braised fennel and a citrus sauce.

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Eye Candy: Beets and Berries

Matthew Lighnter's beets, berries, and meringue at the James Beard House Matthew Lightner, chef of Castagna in Portland, Oregon, and one of Food & Wine's 2010 Best New Chefs, served this unique and texturally playful dessert at his recent Beard House dinner. It was composed of dehydrated beets, Oregon berries, salted meringue, and tarragon. See more photos of his menu here.

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Awards Watch: Calling All Opinionated Foodies

Voting for James Beard Award nominees begins on October 15, 2010. It seems our little item about the location of the 2011 Beard Award nominees announcement set off a flurry of questions about online voting and submissions. Well, we have one answer: nominations voting and entry forms will be available on October 15 at jamesbeard.org/awards. That gives you a few weeks to think long and hard about who deserves a nomination for cooking, journalism, food media, and restaurant design.

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On the Menu: September 26 through October 2

Beard House dining room Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, September 26, 6:00 P.M. JBF Greens: Brooklyn Cooks For one night only we’re bring the best of Brooklyn to the Beard House. Join us for a special multi-course menu prepared by the chefs, wine experts, butchers, ice cream makers, and bakers that make Brooklyn the city’s most creative food borough. Tuesday, September 28, 7:00 P.M. Las Vegas Luxury Known for setting new standards for luxury in Las Vegas, Steve Wynn has outdone himself with his latest property, Encore. Join the talented chefs from Wynn’s empire for a meal that will span the culinary stratosphere, from innovative pan-Asian to Sinatra-inspired modern Italian. Tuesday, September 28, 7:00 P.M.

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Eye Candy: World Champion Ribs

award-winning ribs in the James Beard House kitchen At a mid-September Beard House event, lucky diners were treated to a slow-and-low feast prepared by IQUE BBQ, an award-winning team of chefs that has claimed victories throughout the competitive barbecue circuit. Their menu included these pecan-smoked ribs—a rack that helped them win the "Grand Champion" title at the 2009 Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue. Feast your eyes on more photos here.

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