Follow the JBF Awards Online!

JBF Awards Can’t make it to the JBF Awards? We have a number of ways for you to attend virtually! To follow tonight’s Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards, park yourself in front of @beardfoundation on Twitter starting at 7:00 P.M. You’ll find out the winners as they’re announced, and a few recaps will be posted here on Delights & Prejudices as well. On Monday night you can tune into our live-stream of the Awards at Lincoln Center by going to jamesbeard.org/awardslive starting at 6:00 P.M. We’re also going to be live-blogging right here on Delights & Prejudices, and have assembled an elite team of guest bloggers to help us out, including Chris Stang and Andrew Steinthal of Immaculate Infatuation; Fiona Tang and Amy Cao of Foodspotting; Megan Krigbaum, associate wine editor of Food & Wine; photographer Michael Harlan Turkell, photo editor of Edible Brooklyn/Manhattan

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On the Menu: May 8 through May 14

Walking up the Beard House back stairs Here's what's happening at the Beard House next week… Wednesday, May 11 Beard on Books: The Jewish Culinary Diaspora At this special installment of Beard on Books, JBF Award–winning author Joan Nathan will discuss her most recent book, Quiches, Kugels and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France, and the regional variation in Jewish cooking with Israeli food editor Janna Gur, author of The Book of New Israeli Food, and JBF vice president Mitchell Davis, author of The Mensch Chef. Thursday, May 12 La Sicilia

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Interview with Menton's Barbara Lynch

Barbara Lynch
Opening a luxe restaurant in a former industrial zone that’s experiencing a gradual rebirth sounds like a hazardous venture, but Boston chef and restaurateur Barbara Lynch beat the odds last year with her latest project, Menton. With chef Colin Lynch (no relation) manning the kitchen, the establishment earned a spot on many 2010 “Best New Restaurant” lists, and it’s up for another accolade at the JBF Awards on May 9. Read on for our interview with Barbara Lynch about Menton's risks and rewards.

JBF: Menton is named after a small French village that’s very close to the Italian border. How is that specific place expressed in the food?

BL: Many of my restaurants are influenced by my sense of nostalgia for places I've been to. Menton is one of them. It’s a beautiful place and very French, but it shares a border with Italy so you can't help but feel that Italian soul.

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Having a Smoke: JBF Vice President Mitchell Davis to Judge Barbecue Contest on the Food Network

Best in Smoked JudgesThe Food Network's Best in Smoke judges (clockwise from top): chef and host Bryan Caswell, JBF vice president Mitchell Davis, author Amy Mills Tunnicliff, and chef Tim Love

Craving some ‘cue? Pining for some pulled pork? While the Big Apple may not be on par with Kansas City or Memphis…yet…over the last few years New York City developed quite a barbecue culture of its own. (Don’t miss the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party this year on June 11 and 12.) As luck would have it, the Beard Foundation has a barbecue aficionado in its midst. Who knew? Actually, everyone will know on May 8 at 10:00 P.M. EDT, when the Food Network’s new cooking competition series,

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Eye Candy: A Frank Makes His Mark at JBF LTD

Frank Castronovo at JBF LTD Frank Castronovo of Frankies Spuntino and Prime Meats signs one of the JBF LTD tables at the end of his event, which also featured his partner, Frank Falcinelli, and Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal and Son of a Gun in Los Angeles. See more photos of the dinner here.

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Awards Watch: Readers’ Choice, TV Food Personality/Host

Beard Awards: Readers' Choice

The results of our first Readers' Choice poll are in: Menton has won the Best New Restaurant category with 68 percent of the vote! Today we're inviting you to pick who you think should win the JBF Award for the best food personality or host on television. Have a look at the nominees below and cast your vote! Poll closes at noon tomorrow. [poll id="13"] Note: these results have absolutely no bearing on who will win a bona fide Beard Award. (You can read about the Awards nomination and voting procedure here.) To find out who gets the real prize, tune into Delights & Prejudices and

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The Bookshelf: Stephen Fried's Delicious Southwest "Tour de Fred Harvey"

Appetite for AmericaFrom the late 1800s through the 1950s, travelers were introduced to the culinary and cultural joys of the West by Fred Harvey, the founding father of the American hospitality industry and gastronomic culture. His revolutionary family business—running restaurants and hotels between Chicago and California along the Santa Fe railroad and later Route 66, including the historic inns still in use at the Grand Canyon and in Santa Fe—changed the way we eat, drink, travel, even the way we see our country. Stephen Fried, author of Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the West—One Meal at a Time (named one of the top ten books of the 2010 by the Wall Street Journal and just out in paperback), offers a “Tour de Fred” of the remaining, and still wonderful, Harvey Houses.

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Awards Watch: Readers' Choice, Best New Restaurant

Beard Awards: Readers' Choice To get an early start on the upcoming festivities, we're bringing back our Readers' Choice Awards, in which our audience gets to cast votes for their favorite JBF nominees. It's simple: we set up a snazzy poll and you make your pick. Our first category is Best New Restaurant. This year's BNR noms are especially impressive, and likely backed by passionate legions of fans on their home turf, so we're expecting this contest to be pretty intense. So size up the contenders below and vote! We'll close this poll at noon tomorrow, then launch another round in the afternoon. [poll id="12"] Note: these results have absolutely no bearing on who will win a bona fide Beard Award. (You can read about the Awards nomination and voting procedure

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