On the Menu: October 3 through October 9

Walking up the Beard House back stairs Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, October 4, 7:00 P.M. Bay Area Asian All-Stars The San Francisco Bay Area has long been home to some of the best Asian cuisine in the country. These days, much of the credit is due to the cooking of this esteemed group of chefs, who will be joining us at the Beard House for an extraordinary showcase dinner. Tuesday, October 5, 7:00 P.M. Hawaiian Surf and Turf In the not-always-temperate climes of the Windy City, the Hawaiian-inspired cuisine at Sola is a welcome oasis. Run by California native and self-proclaimed “surfer girl” Carol Wallack along with chef de cuisine Aleksiy Shalev, the critically lauded Sola features Pacific Rim

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Awards Watch: Readers' Choice, Website

Citizens of the blogging community sure are opinionated! The response to our readers' choice poll on who deserves the medal for best food blog has been so huge that we've decided to keep the voting open a little while longer. At this moment, Hunter Angler Gardener Cook holds the lead with about 52 percent of the votes (and many cheering fans in the comments section), but Serious Eats still poses a threat in a not-too-far second place. We're also launching a new poll: best food-related website. Check out the nominees, then cast your vote below. Chow.com (Jane Goldman) Epicurious.com (Tanya W. Steel

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