Ask the Winners: How Do You Celebrate?

Now that our 25th anniversary has arrived, we're in a celebratory mood, so we got in touch with some of last year's JBF Award winners to find out how they like to celebrate special occasions.

“Dan Barber catered our wedding, so my husband and I like to celebrate our anniversary at Blue Hill—and sometimes Dan will serve us a dish or two from the wedding menu. It’s always amazing how flavors can bring back memories so crisply.”
Amanda Hesser, author of the 2011 JBF Award–winning book The Essential New York Times Cookbook

“How do I celebrate? With dessert of course! No major occasion, holiday, or milestone is complete without it. The pleasure of cutting into a beautiful cake or taking a sweet-smelling pie out of the oven for friends and family always makes the moment feel festive and special.”
Gail Simmons, Judge on the 2011 JBF Award–winning show Top Chef; and host of Top Chef: Just Desserts

“For about a month I celebrated the Beard win with Champagne toasts, home-cooked meals, and

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On the Menu: July 25 through July 31

Walking up the Beard House back stairs Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Wednesday, July 28, 7:00 P.M. Antebellum Luxury Once a grand estate house then occupied by Union soldiers, the impeccably restored Monmouth Plantation is now a small luxury hotel and the site of restaurant 1818, named for the year the plantation was built. At this dinner, acclaimed chef Scott Varnedoe will serve refined Southern fare with Au Bon Climat wines paired by vintner Jim Clendenen. Thursday, July 29, 7:00 P.M. Best of BLT It’s hard to believe it has only been six years since the opening of the universally lauded BLT Steak. Join us as chefs from the BLT empire celebrate their accomplishments at an incredible dinner accompanied by selections from boutique winemaker

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