On the Menu: January 30 through February 5

Walking up the Beard House back stairs Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, January 30, 12:00 P.M. Winter Harvest Brunch A standard-bearer for elevated comfort food, Buttermilk Channel has earned raves from critics and a local following devoted to the restaurant’s seasonal home-style cooking. Come see what all the fuss is about when chef Ryan Angulo brings his wildly popular brunch to the Beard House. Sunday, January 30, 12:00 P.M. Friends of James Beard Benefit: Tustin, CA Longtime Beard Foundation supporter Zov Karamardian will be joined by Food Network stars Michael Symon and Anne Burrell for this fantastic weekend benefit, which includes an extravagant dinner and exciting cooking demonstrations. Tuesday, February 1, 7:00 P.M

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Remembering Jim

Today marks the 26th anniversary of James Beard’s death. He brought simple, accessible, and delicious food to a generation of Americans through his many cookbooks, TV appearances, and cooking classes. Beard championed local, seasonal eating long before it was chic and helped American cuisine to reach the elevated level of its European counterparts. At the James Beard Foundation we are proud to carry on the legacy of this larger than life man. Here’s to you Jim.

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Awards Watch: 2011 Nominees to be Announced in Portland, Oregon

medal Extra, extra! The 2011 James Beard Award nominees will be revealed on Monday, March 21 in Portland, Oregon. JBF is thrilled to hold this exciting event in the West-Coast foodie-mecca, which also happens to be the birthplace of the big man himself. Stay tuned for details...

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Tastebud: Southern Pies

The James Beard Foundation reports on pies from the American South

Sometime between Prohibition and World War II, apple pie became a token of homespun America, and it has since been trotted out in support of a political score as often as it has been pulled from an oven. We can’t help but feel a bit slighted on behalf of all the other wonderful pies that have a place in our country’s history, particularly those of the American South.

Chess pie, a traditional dessert with a custardy, cornmeal-thickened filling, is often served with tea to keep its sweetness in check. According to The Encyclopedia of Cajun & Creole Cuisine, chess pie was invented to use up extra butter, eggs, and molasses in plantation kitchens. James Beard claimed that the chess pie recalls English cheese tarts, and the lineage suggests that the name “chess” is a corruption of the word cheese. Others argue that the name refers to the chests or safes in which the pies

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Fourth of July Desserts: Something Red, Something White, and Something Blue

Tri-Star Strawberry Shortcake Tri-Star Strawberry Shortcake with Corn Biscuits One of our favorite bites from last year's Chefs and Champagne, Colleen Grapes's take on this summertime classic proves that deliciousness is in the details. The shortcake is studded with sweet corn kernels, a vanilla–lemongrass infusion helps the strawberries shine, and honeyed whipped cream tops it all off. Fennel-Scented Pavlova OK, so this

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