On the Menu: October 17 through October 23

Guests mingle before dinner at the Beard House. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, October 17, 5:30 P.M. Friends of James Beard Benefit Jean-Louis Palladin Dinner The incredibly talented chefs collaborating on this innovative dinner are at the forefront of the new, high-voltage Vegas cuisine, serving modern, inspired, sophisticated, and luxurious food to discerning Sin City diners. Join them for a spectacular dinner benefitting the Jean-Louis Palladin Professional Work/Study Grant and honoring the late, great Jean-Louis Palladin. Monday, October 18, 7:00 P.M. Le Bec-Fin Alum For the past three years, we’ve recognized Charles Roman, an alum of Philadelphia’s Le Bec-Fin and Vetri, as a JBF Ri

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Awards Watch: Polls Open at Noon!

James Beard Awards medallion The excitement of JBF Awards season is so close we can almost taste it. Beginning at noon today, you can submit chefs, cookbooks, and more for nominee consideration on the JBF Awards section of our website. (And in case you haven't heard, we've made serious changes to our Journalism Awards: categories are now defined by content, rather than medium. You can learn more about this retooling in the JBF press room.) So what are you waiting for? Start voting!

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Eat This Word: Membrillo



WHAT? Jam-cestor. Derived from the Latin word melimelum, or "honey apple," the Spanish word membrillo (in Portuguese, marmelada) refers both to fresh and preserved quince, a celebrated fruit that was stored in honey during classical times. According to The Oxford Companion to Food, the thick sweet paste of cooked quince and sugar is the likely ancestor of jam and marmalade. Quince, a large, lumpy, bitter, green fruit that is inedible when raw, is transformed from ugly duckling into swan with the addition of sugar and a little heat, becoming an aromatic, delicious pink jam. In his book The Basque Kitchen, Gerald Hirigoyen describes the transformation of quince into membrillo as "magical," praising the quince, beloved in the French Pays Basque as well as along the Iberian peninsula, for its "delicate, floral, almost citrusy flavor." The paste is often served as a counterpoint to the salty flavors of Manchego cheese and Serrano and Presunto ham.

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Recipe: Lobster Tortellini with Spicy Lobster–Vodka Sauce

Lobster Tortellini with Spicy Lobster–Vodka Sauce JBF Award winner Luciano Pellegrini stuffs these decadent tortellini with lobster and tops them with a piquant, jalapeño-infused vodka sauce.

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Recipe: Brunswick Stew

Justin Keith's recipe for Brunswick stew It may be some time before we're hit with weather that calls for stick-to-your-ribs grub, but we're still enjoying this hearty and flavor-saturated Brunswick stew from Justin Keith of Food 101. The meat-and-vegetable medley dates back to early 19th-century Virginia, where it was prepared with squirrel meat. Thankfully, Keith's version doesn't require an outing to Central Park.

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Eye Candy: NYCWFF at JBF

Here are our favorite snaps from our weekend with the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival. We'll be posting galleries for each of the three dinners, so stay tuned!

The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival at the James Beard Foundation

Marcela Valladolid finishes shooters of Mexican corn soup with a morita chile gastrique during Holy Mole

The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival at the James Beard Foundation

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Ask a Chef: Thomas Keller

Thomas Keller interview with the James Beard Foundation

After his Beard on Books appearance, in which he revealed his favorite New York eateries and the story behind his Superman getup in the back of Ad Hoc at Home, the always-on-the-go Thomas Keller graciously answered our questions about his upcoming projects and more. (Considering the guy’s food-packed schedule, we’re relieved to learn that Keller can get some respite in the form of a good night’s sleep.) Check out his answers below the fold—you'll get a recipe if you make it to the end! In the industry you are known as a perfectionist. Was doing a more casua

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