Test Your Eat-Q: JBF Outstanding Chefs and Their Signature Dishes

Eat-QsBacon on a swing; baked Andante Dairy goat cheese with garden lettuces

Outstanding Chef Award winners from the past 20 years presented at this spring's James Beard Awards. Can you match each chef with their signature dish? Test your knowledge with this matching game from the April/May 2010 issue of JBF Notes, our member newsletter. Once you think you've got them solved, click through for the answers and your Eat-Q score. 1) Grant Achatz 2) Dan Barber 3) Lidia Bastianich 4) Mario Batali 5) Rick Bayless 6) David Bouley 7) Daniel Boulud 8) Larry Forgione 9) Thomas Keller 10) Patrick O’Connell 11) Jean Louis Palladin 12) Alfred Portale 13) Wolfgang Puck 14) Michel Richard 15) Eric

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America's Classics: The Bright Star, Bessemer, Alabama

America’s Classics Award–winning restaurants have timeless appeal and are beloved in their regions for quality food that reflects the character of their community. Here is the final eatery that earned this prestigious distinction in 2010. A clump of feta, tucked in a salad of iceberg and cucumbers. A stipple of oregano on a broiled snapper fillet. At the Bright Star in Bessemer, Alabama, an old steel town southwest of Birmingham, the vestiges of Greece are few. Greek immigrants built the Bright Star, a vintage dining hall of intricately patterned tile floors, nicotine-patinaed woodwork, WPA-era murals of the old country, and brass chandeliers. The Bright Star opened in 1907. Descendants of Bright Star founding fathers—Tom Bonduris and his cousin Bill Koikos, natives of the farming village of Peleta in the mountainous Peloponnesus region —still work the floor. Jimmy Koikos, a septuagenarian, and brother Nicky, seven years his junior, are in charge now. The menu is an honest—and very old—fusion, Greek meets Southern, as interpreted by African American cooks: fried red snapper throats, house-cut from whole Gulf fish, are on the menu

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Ask a Chef: Mike Lata, What Are Your Favorite Summer Ingredients?

Mike Lata 2009 JBF Award winner Mike Lata is the chef of the celebrated FIG (Food Is Good) restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina. He recently talked to us about his favorite summertime foods.

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America's Classics: Calumet Fisheries, Chicago

America’s Classics Award–winning restaurants have timeless appeal and are beloved in their regions for quality food that reflects the character of their community. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be spotlighting the eateries that earned this prestigious distinction in 2010. Chicago’s 95th Street Bridge, which spans the Calumet River on the city’s South Side, is known for two things. One, in the movie The Blues Brothers, Elwood demonstrated the capabilities of his new car by jumping the bridge. Two, it’s the home of Calumet Fisheries, a stand-alone hutch that has been frying and smoking seafood since 1948, when brothers-in-law Sid Kotlick and Len Toll opened the place. To this day, the Kotlick and Toll families run the joint. It’s strictly carryout. No seating, no bathroom, no credit cards. And, if you believe the ominous street sign, no parking. The place draws a working-class, melting-pot crowd, and a fair number of amateur fishermen. (The murky Calumet is a good place to find bluegill.) Fried perch, smelts, and frogs’ legs are big here, but they also bring in scallops, crab, catfish, and oysters. The fried stuff is very good, but what you really

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America's Classics: Gustavus Inn, Gustavus, AK

America’s Classics Award–winning restaurants have timeless appeal and are beloved in their regions for quality food that reflects the character of their community. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be spotlighting the eateries that earned this prestigious distinction in 2010. Three generations of the Lesh family have welcomed guests to this farmhouse at the edge of a meadow overlooking Alaska's Icy Strait. Jack and Sally Lesh started the inn in 1965, operating it as a drop-in restaurant, grocery store, and hotel. For many years it was also the town’s weather station, airline counter, and radio and telephone contact. From 1976 to '79 their daughter Sal and husband, Tom McLaughlin, continued these services, supporting the crew building nearby Glacier Bay Lodge. Dave and JoAnn Lesh took over as innkeepers in 1980 and raised their three sons and daughter there. Over the years, the town has acquired power, phones, and city status, allowing the Gustavus Inn to rely more on serving tourists to Glacier Bay National Park during the summer months. Supper is served family style and usually features local catches like Dungeness crab, salmon,

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America's Classics: Mary & Tito's Café

America's Classics Award–winning restaurants have timeless appeal and are beloved in their regions for quality food that reflects the character of their community. Over the next few weeks, we'll be spotlighting the eateries that earned this prestigious distinction in 2010. Carne adovada—long-braised pork in red chile sauce—might be the most characteristic of New Mexico’s robust and deceptively simple dishes. New Mexicans argue the merits of various carne adovada preparations statewide, but aficionados nearly always rank Mary & Tito’s tops. The

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America's Classics: Al's French Frys, South Burlington, VT

America's Classics Award–winning restaurants have timeless appeal and are beloved in their regions for quality food that reflects the character of their community. Over the next few weeks, we'll be spotlighting the eateries that earned this prestigious distinction in 2010. Founded by Al and Genevieve Rusterholz in the late 1940s, Al's French Frys was originally housed in a small hut, open to the elements. Many Chittenden Countians encountered Al’s French Frys stand at the Champlain Valley Fair, where it earned a reputation that has endured for more than half a

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Recipe: Basic Pie and Tart Pastry Dough

In his James Beard Award–winning cookbook, Baking, James Peterson presents a number of techniques for mixing pâte brisée, a classic French pastry dough that you have likely experienced as pie dough. Today we're featuring the author's food-processor method, which proves that this appliance is the time-strapped foodie's best friend.

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America's Classics: Totonno’s, Brooklyn, NY

A stone’s throw from the Cyclone, Totonno’s has been serving Neapolitan-style pies for more than 80 years, the sole hiatus beginning just before the restaurant’s owners accepted their 2009 America’s Classics award, when a fire forced Totonno’s to close for nearly a year. But it has finally reopened, much to the relief of Brooklyn regulars and pizza tourists, and early reports say the pies are better than ever. One of New York’s first pizzaiolos, Anthony “Totonno” Pero left his job making pizzas at Lombardi’s in 1924 to open a Coney Island pizzeria. His new enterprise, Totonno’s, has been in his family ever since. Lawrence Ciminieri, the fourth generation to be in charge, has stayed true to the original recipe. Each pizza is made with imported Italian tomatoes, locally made mozzarella, yeast, flour, salt, and not much else. The last—and arguably most important—component is the oven

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Eye Candy: 2010 JBF Awards

Alton Brown, JBF president Susan Ungaro, Lidia Bastianich, and Ted Allen pose for a photo on the red carpet before the 2010 JBF Awards ceremony. Click here to see more images from the big night.

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