Throwback Thursday: Jack Daniel's Birthday at the Beard House

 

It’s officially fall. It’s the end of bikini season, it’s time to go apple-picking, and you can’t go two feet without stumbling over a pumpkin-spiced something.

 

In a nod to the season of spiked cider and hot toddies, here's a look back at Hill Country Barbecue’s 2009 Beard House dinner celebrating the birthday of Jasper Newton "Jack" Daniel, known by some as the founder of the Jack Daniel's distillery. Duff Goldman of Ace of Cakes was on hand for a very special dessert: a 60-pound cake in the shape of the birthday boy, complete with a whiskey barrel and a bottle of the eponymous liquor. In perfect fall form, the food was decadent, the cocktails flowed, and the cake’s flavor? Pumpkin, of course.

 

Take a peek at the video below to watch Duff ceremoniously cutting the cake:

 

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25th Anniversary Cake!

 

In honor of the James Beard Foundation’s 25th Anniversary this year, our good friend Duff Goldman (aka Ace of Cakes) created this amazing cake!

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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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Duff Goldman at the James Beard House


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What a birthday! Last week we celebrated Jack Daniel’s birthday with Hill Country barbecue, delicious JD cocktails, and one incredible cake. Duff Goldman of Ace of Cakes fame brought the amazing creation all the way from Baltimore and he couldn’t have been more thrilled to be at the Beard House. The cake was truly a work of art. The statue of Jack was made out of 60 pounds of solid chocolate and the barrel was carved out of a moist and flavorful pumpkin and chocolate chip cake. In his remarks to the crowd Duff shared how in an effort to explain the significance of the Beard House to his artistic staff, he compared cooking here to having your artwork hung at the MOMA. We were certainly honored by his comparison. Duff cutting cake After pictures were

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