Announcing the JBF Leadership Awards

James Beard Foundation Leadership AwardsThe James Beard Foundation is widely known for honoring America's preeminent chefs and restaurateurs, and we've now expanded our reach to recognize the country's pioneers in the business, government, and education sectors who are working to change our country's food system. With our inaugural James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards on October 12, 2011, we will honor ten visionaries who are working tirelessly to create a more healthful, sustainable, and safe food world. Read our press release to learn more about the upcoming awards and the incredible recipients—including First Lady Michelle Obama.

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Twitter Travelogue: Eating Across the Country in 140 Characters or Less

 

by Jamie Feldmar

 

@WanderingFoodie25 / 9 April
Gearing up for cross-country road trip. Bringing extra suitcase for edible souvenirs. Not looking to repeat Ferry Plaza fiasco of ’04.

 

@WanderingFoodie25 / 10 April
Hitting the road from NYC. East Coast send-off: bagels and lox from Russ & Daughters. Thanks @LoxPopuli! #illmissyou

 

@WanderingFoodie25 / 10 April
Side note: are there any good appetizing shops in Middle America? #doubtful

 

@WanderingFoodie25 / 10 April
Approaching first stop, Pittsburgh. Love @PrimantiBros sandwiches as much as the next, but anyone have any recs for something a little lighter? #nooffense

 

@PittsPicks / 10 April
@WanderingFoodie25: Try @BonaTerra on Main St—would tell you what to order but the menu changes so often I can’t #justdoit

 

@WanderingFoodie25 / 10 April
Great din @BonaTerra—quail with rhubarb compote, who would have thought?! Tx @PittsPicks!... Read more >

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On the Menu: Kentucky Wine Estate

Ben and Jeanie O'Daniel; Justin ThompsonJeanie and Ben O'Daniel; Justin Thompson

Jean Farris Winery and Bistro is the product of the marriage of Ben and Jeanie O’Daniel, members of two Kentucky wine-growing families. These second-generation vintners produce boutique varietals that complement chef Justin Thompson’s elegant New American fare. This Bluegrass State team is presenting a refined and subtly Southern meal at Thursday's Beard House dinner; have a look at the lovely menu below, then click here to reserve your seat.
Hors d’Oeuvre Duck Liver Pâté with Blackberry Gelée Cured and Lightly

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Recipe: Crackling-Crusted Scallops with Tabasco Sauce and Tasso Ham Candy

Crackling-Crusted Diver Scallops with Tabasco Sauce and Tasso Ham Candy In this Cajun-style recipe from Louisianan chef Scott Varnedoe, scallops are hugged in a porky crust of powdered cracklings, then napped with a buttery Tabasco sauce. Varnedoe plays up the porcine factor by adding candied shards of smoky tasso ham, a regional specialty that's woefully hard to come by beyond Bayou Country, but thick-cut sliced bacon or pancetta work well in its place. Get the recipe here, and don't forget to serve some of

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Recipe: Jasmine Tea Sorbet

Jasmine Tea Sorbet There's no better antidote to a humidity-cloaked day than this elegant and mellow sorbet from Ty Bellingham of New York's Kittichai. The icy treat gets its breezy, floral character from jasmine and Earl Grey tea leaves, while coconut milk adds a refreshing sweetness. Get the recipe here. Looking for more ways to cool down? We've got more frozen dessert recipes here.

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On the Menu: August 8 through August 11

On the Menu In the mood for Southern American, Japanese, or Latin American? Your cuisine of choice is on the menu this week at the Beard House. Monday, August 8, 7:00 P.M. A Salute to Chile Peppers Calling all hotheads: don’t miss this spectacular salute to the chile pepper prepared by Nicholas Farina, the chef and owner of Verdad, a Latin American tapas bar. An alum of some of the Northeast’s top kitchens, Farina will explore all the nuances of the mighty chile by incorporating different varieties into each course of this flavor-packed menu. Tuesday, August 9, 7:00 P.M. Southern Flavors Meet Oregon Wines A 2011 JBF Award semifinalist, Lee Richardson trained at revered New Orleans restaurants like Nola

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Recipe: Pork Dumplings with Soy, Chile, and Cilantro Sauce

Chile–Pork Dumplings Jehangir Mehta's turmeric and cinnamon–peppered pork dumplings arrive at the table with a fiery sauce that will tempt even the most self-restrained eater to double dip. Get the recipe here.

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On the Menu: A Salute to Chile Peppers

Nicholas Farina and Mixologist Pablo “Papi” HurtadoNicholas Farina and Mixologist Pablo "Papi" Hurtado

Calling all hotheads: don’t miss this spectacular salute to the chile pepper prepared by Nicholas Farina, the chef and owner of Verdad, a Latin American tapas bar. An alum of some of the Northeast’s top kitchens, Farina will explore all the nuances of the mighty chile by incorporating different varieties into each course of this flavor-packed menu. Check out the menu below; if you think you can stand the heat, click here to make your reservation. Hors d’Oeuvre Big-Eye Tuna Pizza with Spicy Chile Aïoli Hamachi Ceviche

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