Giveaway: illy Coffee Trivia Winner

espresso So, what's the ideal extraction time for the perfect espresso? If you guessed 20–30 seconds, congratulations! You're probably drinking a better cup of espresso than most. To fully explain the nuances of preparing this complex coffee drink, we turn it over to the master barista himself, Giorgio Milos. Thanks to everyone for playing!

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Eye Candy: We All Scream for Teeny Ice Cream

Blueberry ice cream For a sweet amuse, chefs Michael Weisshaupt and John Benjamin topped miniature cones with tiny orbs of New Jersey blueberry ice cream. The bite-sized desserts were shuttled from table to table in a repurposed wooden wine box, inspired by the event's rare-wine theme. Check out more images here.

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Recipe: Cooling Salad with Strawberry Dressing

Andrea Beaman Salad with Strawberry Dressing The clock is ticking on this year's strawberry crop. If you're quick enough to snag one of the last pints, purée them for the dressing on this refreshing summer salad. The dressing is inspired by the revelatory pairing of strawberries and balsamic vinegar, and the dish was prepared by former Top Chef contestant Andrea Beaman at her seasonal cooking workshop.

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Recipe: Manila Clams and Chorizo Crostini

Phillip Campanella Manilla Clams and Chorizo Crostini Get your next dinner party started with these appetizing crostini from chef Philip Campanella. They feature a classic Portuguese pairing of clam and chorizo, rounded out with onions, garlic, and oregano.

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Giveaway: Know Your Coffee

illy giveaway Ready for more coffee trivia from illy’s Master Barista Giorgio Milos? This week we’re talking espresso. Here’s our latest question: What is the ideal extraction time to make a perfect espresso? As always, all you have to do to be in the running for a fabulous prize from illy is to put your answer in the comments below. One person with the correct answer will be chosen at random as our winner! Today’s prize? An illy Espresso Lover’s Gift Set. It includes two cans of medium roast ground espresso coffee, an illy red metal espresso tamper, four illy logo espresso cups, an

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On the Menu: July 18 through July 24

Guests enjoy dinner in the Beard House dining room. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Tuesday, July 20, 6:30 P.M. Sunset Summer Cruise Looking for dinner and a view? Guests on this sumptuous sunset cruise will enjoy panoramic vistas of the New York City skyline and an impeccable, regionally inspired menu of canapés prepared by Larry Forgione protégé Philip Campanella while sailing around Manhattan on the magnificent Valiant Yacht. Tuesday, July 20, 6:30 P.M. The Farm Stand The JBF Greens and Food Bank For New York City Young Professionals are joining forces once again for an evening of all things local and sustainable. Guests will sample great food prepared by some of New York City's most talented farm-dedicated chefs and herb-

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Summer Cocktails with Steve Olson

cocktail We asked beverage expert and 2010 JBF Awards spirits chair Steve Olson about the newest trend in spirits and how he slakes his thirst in the summer. Click here for his answers, as well as a recipe for a heat-busting mezcal-based cocktail. (You can also learn more about his education and consulting company, aka wine geek, at akawinegeek.com.)

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