Ask the Winners: How Do You Celebrate?

Now that our 25th anniversary has arrived, we're in a celebratory mood, so we got in touch with some of last year's JBF Award winners to find out how they like to celebrate special occasions.

“Dan Barber catered our wedding, so my husband and I like to celebrate our anniversary at Blue Hill—and sometimes Dan will serve us a dish or two from the wedding menu. It’s always amazing how flavors can bring back memories so crisply.”
Amanda Hesser, author of the 2011 JBF Award–winning book The Essential New York Times Cookbook

“How do I celebrate? With dessert of course! No major occasion, holiday, or milestone is complete without it. The pleasure of cutting into a beautiful cake or taking a sweet-smelling pie out of the oven for friends and family always makes the moment feel festive and special.”
Gail Simmons, Judge on the 2011 JBF Award–winning show Top Chef; and host of Top Chef: Just Desserts

“For about a month I celebrated the Beard win with Champagne toasts, home-cooked meals, and

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On the Menu: May 9 through May 15

Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, May 10, 7:00 P.M. Malaysian Kitchen We’re honored to be hosting the closing dinner of NYC’s Luckyrice Festival, a celebration of the depth and breadth of Asian cuisine. We’ll be joined by Malaysian-inspired chef Zak Pelaccio and Malaysian-born Simpson Wong for a meal filled with the rich flavors of this multicultural cuisine. Tuesday, May 11, 6:00 P.M. The Great South African Wine Show Join us at the breathtaking Tribeca Rooftop for the largest tasting of South African wines in United States history. At this walk-around event you will be able to taste over 400 wines from over

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