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These windowsill herbs will give your homemade cocktails extra layers of flavor. [Saveur

 

Practice Zen Buddhism in the kitchen through observation and intuition. [MUNCHIES

 

This fava bean flatbread is a great way to welcome spring. [Bon Appétit

 

A look into how the USDA contributes to America’s local food movement through digital media and storytelling skills. [Modern Farmer

 

The desire for cheap, “ethnic foods” in America restricts immigrant chefs and their creativity. [... Read more >

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Up Your ’Gram Game

 

When pondering how to live better in the new year, we couldn't help but think about improving our food photos—so we consulted an expert. Few people in the industry have greater knowledge of successful food photography than Bon Appétit's creative director, Alex Grossman. The nominee for a 2012 JBF Award in Visual Storytelling (who also happens to have an enviable Instagram account of his own) sat down with us to share his expertise on capturing beautiful food images. Want to improve your skills? Read on! 

 

JBF: Why do you think Instagram has exploded with food photography? ... Read more >

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'Gram Worthy: Your Last Tastes of Summer from #JBFENDLESSSUMMER

 

Last month we kicked off Labor Day Weekend by savoring the last delicious bites of the season, asking you to share your final tastes of summer with us for a chance to win dinner for two at the Beard House! Our #jbfendlesssummer Instagram contest brought some vibrant, stunning, and drool-worthy results—take a peek at some of the highlights below. If you missed the last round, be sure to check out #jbffall (happening now!) for your chance to win.

 

A simple, lovely blueberry pie by @thehousepie... Read more >

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Share Your Favorite Fall Dishes and Win Dinner at the Beard House

 

Although we have mixed feelings about the darker, colder days that autumn brings, we feel unanimously ecstatic about what it means for our cooking repertoire. During our strolls through early fall farmers' markets, we've spotted heartwarming produce like pumpkins, butternut squash, leeks, fennel, chicory, baby Brussels sprouts, and much more. It's time to crank up the oven and lean in to the urge to hibernate with good food and strong drinks. And if you're anything like us, you'll be 'gramming the fruits of your labor—so why not parlay those photos into a dinner on us?

 

Share your favorite fall dishes with us, and you could win dinner for two at the Beard House! Here's how:

 ... Read more >

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Share Your Last Tastes of Summer and Win Dinner at the Beard House

 

As the bittersweet end to our glorious summer days closes in on us, we thought we'd kick off the holiday weekend by savoring the last delicious bites of the season. Share your final tastes of summer with us between now and the autumn equinox​ (September 23), and you could win dinner for two at the Beard House! Here's how:

 
1. Follow @beardfoundation on Instagram
 
2. Post a photo of your favorite end-of-summer dish... Read more >

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Fight Food Waste & Win Dinner at the Beard House!

 

Our latest kitchen mantra is: "Think before you toss!" If you share our interest in fighting food waste, we've got an incentive for you: show us how you reimagine lesser-used ingredients you might normally chuck in the trash or compost in delicious ways (think: beet greens pesto, shaved broccoli stalk salad, and other creative dishes), and you could win dinner for two at the Beard House! Here's how:


 
1. Follow @beardfoundation on Instagram

 

2. Post a photo of your favorite root-to-stalk or nose-to-tail dish and tag it with #jbfscraps

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Enter Our #JBFSCOOPS Contest to Win Dinner at the Beard House

 

July is National Ice Cream Month! Share photos of your favorite ice cream cone, sundae, sandwich, sorbet, or other frozen treat (we welcome creativity!) with us between now and July 22, and you could win dinner for two at the Beard House! Here's how:

 

1. Follow @beardfoundation on Instagram

 

2. Post a photo of your favorite frozen treat and tag it with #jbfscoops

 

3. You’ll be automatically entered to win a FREE dinner for two at the Beard House in NYC​​

 

Happy summer!

 

Get the pint-by-pint on all our National Ice Cream Month content here.

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'Gram Worthy: Strawberries, Champagne Ice Cream, and Basil

 

If you love to see what happens behind the scenes in restaurants, drool over gorgeous food photography, and creep on your favorite chefs (we're majorly guilty of this!), then be sure to follow us on Instagram, where our editors deliver eye-catching dispatches from the Beard House and beyond. The photo above shows a stunning dessert from special project manager Anna Mowry's recent visit to 2015 Best New Restaurant award winner Bâtard: strawberries, Champagne ice cream, basil, and almonds​. For more tasty snaps, follow us

 

Elena North-Kelly is senior... Read more >

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Enter Our #JBFSPRING Contest to Win Dinner at the Beard House

 

Spring has finally sprung, and we couldn't be happier about what lies in our verdant dining destiny: asparagus, artichokes, fava beans, ramps, rhubarb, snap peas, strawberries, morels, and much more. Share your favorite springtime dishes with us between now and June 6, and you could win dinner for two at the Beard House! Here's how:
 
1. Follow @beardfoundation on Instagram
 
2. Post a photo of your favorite springtime dish and tag it with #jbfspring
 
3. You’ll be automatically entered to win a FREE dinner for two at the Beard House in NYC​​
 
Happy spring! 

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'Gram Worthy: Roast Chicken with Egg, Thyme​, and Crispy Chicken Skin

 

If you love to see what happens behind the scenes in restaurants, drool over gorgeous food photography, and creep on your favorite chefs (we're majorly guilty of this!), then be sure to follow us on Instagram, where our editors deliver eye-catching dispatches from the Beard House and beyond. The photo above shows the clever, delicious, and artfully composed Roast Chicken with Egg, Thyme​, and Crispy Chicken Skin canapés served at the 2015 James Beard Awards by JBF Award–winning​ chef Dave Beran of Chicago's acclaimed Next. For more tasty snaps, come play with us on ... Read more >

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