Ask a Chef: Mike Lata, What Are Your Favorite Summer Ingredients?

Mike Lata 2009 JBF Award winner Mike Lata is the chef of the celebrated FIG (Food Is Good) restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina. He recently talked to us about his favorite summertime foods.

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Staff Recipe: Honeydew Soup

honeydew_427x318 Looking for the perfect way to cap off a summer meal? The recipe for this refreshing and delicately sweet fruit soup comes from JBF vice president, Mitchell Davis, and appeared in his encyclopedic cookbook, Kitchen Sense. The original recipe calls for honeydew melon, but Mitchell also gives a number of variations if you prefer to use cantaloupe, watermelon, or even peaches.

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On the Menu: Summer's Bounty

Chefs & Champagne The open sky, a beautiful field, and one big tent. Nothing says summer to us like our annual Chefs & Champagne event in the Hamptons. There’s sunshine, lots of bubbly, and of course, the best food of the season. All the usual suspects are there—heirloom tomatoes, strawberries, and plenty of fresh fish—lovingly dressed up by some of the most acclaimed chefs in the nation. What are we looking forward to? Missy Robbins’ ricotta sformato with zucchini, mint, and lemon; Marc Forgione’s watermelon soup with jumbo lump crab and wild clover honey; Craig Hopson’s duck confit and green mango salad with mizuna and honey vinaigrette; and

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Test Your Eat-Q: Frozen Desserts

Ice cream Summer officially arrived on Sunday, and we welcome the hot weather as an excuse to gorge on ice cream, sorbet, gelato... We can feel the brain freeze setting in already. Before you're seduced by the chirpy tune of a passing ice cream truck, take a stab at this question: Which of these educational programs is based in St. Louis, Missouri?
A. The Frozen Dessert Institute B. The Ice Cream Academy C. The College of Custard D. The Institute for Ice Cream
Find out if you guessed correctly and learn some other trivia about frozen treats.

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The Bookshelf: A Year of Wine

A Year of WineAuthor of the highly praised Dr. Vino blog, Tyler Colman brings a budget-conscious and highly seasonal approach to wine that guarantees greater enjoyment. In anticipation of Colman’s appearance at tomorrow’s Beard on Books, we asked the wine expert and author of A Year of Wine: Perfect Pairings, Great Buys, and What to Sip for Each Season for his top summer wine picks. La Spinetta, Moscato d'Asti (about $15) This is probably the ultimate wine for sipping poolside with a light fizz, peachy aromas, and five percent alcohol. Because it is slightly sweet, it's also a perfect wine for newbies. Wild Rock, Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (about $15) This kiwi Sauvignon Blanc has the customary refreshing acidity but adds an aromatic lift from a dash of riesling and viognier. Pair with lunch on

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