On the Menu: March 6 through March 12

On the Menu Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Tuesday, March 8, 7:00 P.M. Mardi Gras Seafood Celebration Let the bons temps roll this Fat Tuesday when Tenney Flynn and the GW Fins team join us at the Beard House to celebrate Mardi Gras. The renowned restaurant has been serving its globally influenced seafood in the heart of New Orleans’s French Quarter for the past ten years. Wednesday, March 9, 12:00 P.M. Beard on Books: Grant Achatz's Life on the Line Join us in the dining room of the landmark James Beard House for the next installment of Beard on Books, a literary series featuring readings and discussions with some of the food world’s most celebrated authors. Wednesday, March 9, 7:00 P.M

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Carol Blymire: BIG NEWS from Grant Achatz

Grant Achatz and partner Nick Kokonas told me backstage that they have launched NextRestaurant.com; a cocktail lounge called Aviary is also on the way. Opening fall 2010.

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Awards Watch: Awards Theme and Hosts Announced

Beard medallion Italian maven Lidia Bastianich, fusion pioneer Wolfgang Puck, and kitchen science cognoscente Alton Brown will share the podium at this year's James Beard Foundation Awards, which will go down on Monday, May 3, at Lincoln Center. The theme of this year's ceremony is "The Legacy Continues," a nod to the lasting impact that James Beard and his successors have had on American cuisine. We're asking every chef who has won our Outstanding Chef award (Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Grant Achatz, and others) to shine a spotlight on chefs whom they believe are extraordinary examples of excellence in our culinary world. The 2010 Awards Gala Reception will feature dishes from these established and emerging talents from around the country. (Some of our Outstanding Chef winners will be handing out this year's medals, so expect to see some of the big names in the house, too). We've also tapped Kelly Choi, host of Eat Out NY and Top Chef

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Ask a Chef: Grant Achatz

Grant Achatz Grant Achatz, who took home a 2009 Beard Award for his Alinea cookbook, shares his recommendations for Chicago restaurants. Find out where he likes to go for some late night grub, a date, or a lazy Sunday brunch.

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