Carol Blymire: Why, Thank You!

The good people at Mercedes Benz (a JBFA sponsor) are showcasing this 2011 SLS AMG in the welcome reception area.  And, you know what else? Because they love me so much, they're letting me take it home tonight!!  (no they're not) (meanies) (they should, though, right?) (I could totally turn that thing into a bad ass traveling foodmobile.)

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Carol Blymire: Dry Ice Extravaganza

James Kent and the cool cats from Eleven Madison Park are working with Caviar Malossol at the welcome reception here in the lobby just after the red carpet.  Wish you all could be here to smell what I'm smelling.  Kevin Binkley from Arizona is putting the finishing touches on a bacon-leek-tomato-scallop soup, and Eric Klein from the Spago outpost in Vegas is doing rice cakes with fish and cucumber salad. I love watching these guys work.

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Carol Blymire: It's Killing Me Not to Peek

Because I’m a former political speechwriter, I’m geeking out backstage before the awards begin… watching them edit TelePrompTer copy, listening to Jean-Georges Vongerichten run his lines for the award he’ll be announcing, and staring at the medals and the envelopes containing the winners’ names.

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Awards Watch: Live from Lincoln Center!

Our favorite culinary stars are arriving on the red carpet, tonight’s featured chefs are setting up for the reception, and our team of guest bloggers is gearing up for the festivities. Once again, we’d like to introduce tonight’s guest bloggers who’ll be reporting, eating, and rubbing elbows with all the fabulous food folk: Just like years past, the team at Savory Cities will be joining Jennifer Leuzzi of Snack on the red carpet. Jennifer, a veteran of the JBF Awards, will also be checking in to share her unique perspective throughout the night. Carol Blymire: She tackled the French Laundry Cookbook and is now making her way through the avant garde recipes of Alinea at Alinea at Home. Marcia Gagliardi: Flying in from San Francisco, the author of the e-column tablehopper reviews restaurants and bars

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Awards Watch: Media & Book Awards, in Photos

While we wait for things to get going at Lincoln Center, here are some photos from last night's Media & Book Awards at Espace: (Photos by Kent Miller)

JBF President Susan Ungaro poses for a photo with Kelly Choi, Andrew Zimmern, and friends

A row of reception cocktails

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Awards Watch: Experience Monday's Awards on Delights & Prejudices and Twitter

Can’t make it to Lincoln Center on Monday? You can still experience the thrill of the JBF Awards right here on Delights & Prejudices: we’ll be live-blogging all the festivities, as well as tweeting from @beardfoundation—and don’t forget to make your thoughts known by including #jbfa in your own tweets! Just like years past, we've invited the team at Savory Cities to conduct and film interviews on the red carpet. We’ve also assembled a fleet of guest bloggers who will report, eat, and rub elbows with all the fabulous food folk in attendance. Let us introduce them: Carol Blymire: With the French Laundry Cookbook already under her belt, Blymire is now making her way through the

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Awards Watch: More Reception Chefs Q & A

On Tuesday we asked what the JBF Awards reception chefs hate to eat. Today we're learning what they would be if they weren't chefs: "A BMW motorcycle mechanic." –Jonathan Benno, Patina Group Restaurant at Lincoln Center, NYC "A mediocre musician." –Kevin Binkley, Binkley’s Restaurant, Cave Creek, AZ "If I weren’t a chef I would be a farmer. I was raised on a farm and I loved growing our own ingredients." –JBF Award Winner Jean François Bruel, Daniel, NYC "I would be a race car driver. (My dad owns and builds race cars.)" –Jennifer Carroll, 10 Arts by Eric Ripert, Philadelphia "Either a bicycle mechanic or a heavy metal guitar god." –Pastry Chef Bill Corbett, Coi, San Francisco "If I weren’t a chef, I would be a bicycle mechanic.

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JBF News: Shop at the JBF Amazon Store

Pull up a chair and grab your mouse: the JBF Amazon store is now open for business. Our inventory includes JBF Award–winning and –nominated cookbooks (we recently added this year's contenders), our favorite chefs' product lines, and much more. Best of all, a portion of every purchase will go towards supporting the Foundation, no matter what you end up buying. We'll continue beefing up our stock over the coming months, so check back often. Click here to take yourself to the store's homepage.

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Awards Watch: Awards Nominee Announcement on Monday

Make sure that your computer screen is tuned into our Twitter feed, @beardfoundation, on Monday morning: we'll be live-tweeting the Awards nominations from the Palace Café, the acclaimed New Orleans institution from chef Dickie Brennan. Kick-off time is 10:00 A.M. EST.

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