Follow the JBF Awards Online!

JBF Awards Can’t make it to the JBF Awards? We have a number of ways for you to attend virtually! To follow tonight’s Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards, park yourself in front of @beardfoundation on Twitter starting at 7:00 P.M. You’ll find out the winners as they’re announced, and a few recaps will be posted here on Delights & Prejudices as well. On Monday night you can tune into our live-stream of the Awards at Lincoln Center by going to starting at 6:00 P.M. We’re also going to be live-blogging right here on Delights & Prejudices, and have assembled an elite team of guest bloggers to help us out, including Chris Stang and Andrew Steinthal of Immaculate Infatuation; Fiona Tang and Amy Cao of Foodspotting; Megan Krigbaum, associate wine editor of Food & Wine; photographer Michael Harlan Turkell, photo editor of Edible Brooklyn/Manhattan

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Interview with Menton's Barbara Lynch

Barbara Lynch
Opening a luxe restaurant in a former industrial zone that’s experiencing a gradual rebirth sounds like a hazardous venture, but Boston chef and restaurateur Barbara Lynch beat the odds last year with her latest project, Menton. With chef Colin Lynch (no relation) manning the kitchen, the establishment earned a spot on many 2010 “Best New Restaurant” lists, and it’s up for another accolade at the JBF Awards on May 9. Read on for our interview with Barbara Lynch about Menton's risks and rewards.

JBF: Menton is named after a small French village that’s very close to the Italian border. How is that specific place expressed in the food?

BL: Many of my restaurants are influenced by my sense of nostalgia for places I've been to. Menton is one of them. It’s a beautiful place and very French, but it shares a border with Italy so you can't help but feel that Italian soul.

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Awards Watch: Readers’ Choice, TV Food Personality/Host

Beard Awards: Readers' Choice

The results of our first Readers' Choice poll are in: Menton has won the Best New Restaurant category with 68 percent of the vote! Today we're inviting you to pick who you think should win the JBF Award for the best food personality or host on television. Have a look at the nominees below and cast your vote! Poll closes at noon tomorrow. [poll id="13"] Note: these results have absolutely no bearing on who will win a bona fide Beard Award. (You can read about the Awards nomination and voting procedure here.) To find out who gets the real prize, tune into Delights & Prejudices and

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Awards Watch: Readers' Choice, Best New Restaurant

Beard Awards: Readers' Choice To get an early start on the upcoming festivities, we're bringing back our Readers' Choice Awards, in which our audience gets to cast votes for their favorite JBF nominees. It's simple: we set up a snazzy poll and you make your pick. Our first category is Best New Restaurant. This year's BNR noms are especially impressive, and likely backed by passionate legions of fans on their home turf, so we're expecting this contest to be pretty intense. So size up the contenders below and vote! We'll close this poll at noon tomorrow, then launch another round in the afternoon. [poll id="12"] Note: these results have absolutely no bearing on who will win a bona fide Beard Award. (You can read about the Awards nomination and voting procedure

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Buy the 2011 Book Award Nominees in the JBF Amazon Store

Got some empty space on your bookshelf to fill? Already cooked your way through last year's best cookbooks? Have a look at the freshly released 2011 James Beard Book Award nominees in our Amazon store. Whether your purchase is destined for your kitchen counter or your coffee table, a portion of it will be contributed to JBF.

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Awards Watch: Final Nominees Announced

medallion After Sunday night's fantastic Beard in Oregon tasting event and rockin' afterparties at Clyde Common and the Ace Hotel, the James Beard Award nominees were finally unveiled yesterday at the Oregon Culinary Institute. In case you weren't parked in front of our busy Twitter page, you can get the full list of finalists at Next stop: Lincoln Center!

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Awards Watch: Lifetime Achievement and Humanitarian Honorees Announced

medallion Here's the latest Awards news of the season: wine educator and writer Kevin Zraly will receive our Lifetime Achievement Award, while FareStart, a Seattle-based culinary job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals, will be honored with the Humanitarian of the Year Award. Get the full scoop here.

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Awards Watch: 2011 America's Classics Award Honorees

James Beard Awards medallion

Every year the James Beard Foundation inducts a handful of regional, characterful eateries into its America's Classics, a collection of restaurants known for quality food and lasting appeal. Whether it's the heart of a small community or a thriving vestige of a bygone era, every honoree has a treasured place in America's culinary culture. Today we're proud to announce the 2011 America's Classics inductees, which are listed below. You can read more about them here.

Chef Vola’s (111 South Albion Place, Atlantic City, NJ, 609.345.2022 – Owners:... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Restaurant Design & Graphics Awards

James Beard Awards medallion While our other Awards deadlines have already whizzed on by, there's still time to mail in submissions to our Restaurant Design & Graphics Awards. The deadline is Saturday, January 29, and you can download the official entry form here.

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