Awards Watch: The Leadership Awards

James Beard Awards medallion In addition to chefs, writers, and media personalities, we'll be giving props to a new breed of food star at next year's food conference: visionaries who are creating a more healthful, sustainable, and safe food world. Find out more about this new award category.

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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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JBF News: Cookin’ in the Bluegrass Celebrity Chef Dinner Series Tickets Now on Sale

World Equestrian Games Planning on being in Kentucky this fall? Tickets just went on sale for our 16-night Cookin’ in the Bluegrass Celebrity Chef Dinner Series at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Farmhouse. The events, which coincide with the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, will take place September 25-October 10, 2010, and will feature JBF Award winners and acclaimed Kentucky-area chefs. For details, an event schedule, and ticket purchases, please click here.

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JBF News: School Food is Cool

students in the kitchen Something special happened at the Beard House last Thursday night. There wasn’t a famous chef in the kitchen or wine waiting to be poured. Instead we welcomed a group of students from New York City’s public schools to help judge the ten final dishes in our NYC Public Schools Recipe Contest. Student judges came from Eagle Academy middle school in Brooklyn, Dewitt Clinton high school in the Bronx, and East Village Community School in Manhattan. students judge the dishes In addition to six students between the ages of 7 and 18, we had a number of important foodies and NYC school food bigwigs join us to help with the judging, including NYC Office of SchoolFood’s executive chef Jorge Collazo, top SchoolFood execs Stephen O’

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JBF News: Online Voting Ends December 31!

medallion The clock is ticking: you only have ten more days to tell us who you think should be nominated for a JBF Restaurant or Chef Award. Just register, log in, and submit a suggestion for any number of our 19 categories, including Outstanding Chef, Rising Star Chef, and Outstanding Restaurant.

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JBF News: One Day Left to Send Us Book Awards Submissions

cookbooks The deadline for JBF Book Awards submissions draws nigh: as glossy new releases fall on the doorstep every 15 minutes, our shelves are starting to buckle under the weight of over 250 entries. The stacks of spines offer subjects as varied and absorbing as ever: a tome on homemade cheeses; a pocket-sized guide to smoking techniques; a history of a certain worshiped West Coast burger chain. It's quite the sight to behold (and a temptation to neglect our to-do lists). Tomorrow is the last day we're accepting submissions, so there's still time to add yours to the mix. Click here to download an entry form.

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JBF News: Gala Auction Online Bidding Now Open

American Icons The JBF annual gala dinner and auction, our most anticipated event of the season, is still several weeks away, but bidding for our gourmet silent auction is already up and rolling online. The packages are as exciting as ever, including a spot in a baking class taught by doughmaster Jim Lahey, a five-course tasting menu for four diners at New York's Gotham Bar and Grill, and a spirit-reviving getaway to Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa in Arizona. Visit www.jbfauction.cmarket.com to learn more. We're adding new packages all the time, so check back often! Bidding will remain open through November 9, with the silent auction taking place on November 11 at the Four Seasons Restaurant. As always, all proceeds will go toward supporting the James Beard Foundation.

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JBF News: Reserve Your Next Beard House Dinner on OpenTable

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The Beard House has always been one of the dining world's best-kept secrets: with a different chef in the kitchen nearly every night, it's the perfect way to taste the diversity of American cuisine and the talent of its chefs. Although our doors have always been open to the general public, we're continually striving to bring extraordinary culinary experiences to an even broader audience. With this goal in mind, along with the burgeoning trend of online reservations, we're happy to report that we have teamed up with OpenTable to give gastronomes another way to snare a chair at Beard House events. Just visit www.jamesbeard.org/opentable to view events that are open for online booking.

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JBF News: 2010 JBF Awards Nominations Are Under Way

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It's that time again: we're accepting suggestions for 2010 JBF Award nominees!

Are you a food blogger, cookbook author, or restaurant designer? Stop by our entry forms and online voting page and submit your work for consideration for our book, journalism, broadcast media, and design awards.

Is there a chef whose cooking really knocked your socks off this year? You'll also find a link to an online voting form for restaurant and chef awards on the same page (feel free to offer your suggestions for nominees for every cooking prize we bestow, or just keep it to one).

Let the nominating begin!

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Food Matters: Haute Dogs

We recently stumbled upon this roundup of New York City’s haute dogs by Josh Ozersky of Citysearch. Since Mr. Ozersky has declared that hot dogs are finally having their moment, our egos compel us to mention that nearly a year ago we published a piece in our bimonthly member newsletter, JBF Notes, that forecasted the frankfurter’s ascension to gourmet status. Here’s the prescient article by our own senior editor, Cia Glover; check out the recommendations for top dogs in New York and beyond.

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