Recipe: Guinea Hen Confit and Dumplings with Poached Egg

Recipe for Guinea Hen and Dumplings with Poached Egg


The Southern staple of chicken and dumplings gets a decadent upgrade in this recipe from Best Chef: Southeast nominee Joseph Lenn. The Blackberry Farm chef pairs delicate, handmade dumplings with fat-poached guinea hen, a small, flavorful bird that's related to and tastes like pheasant. If you can't find it, you can substitute free-range chicken. Get the recipe here

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Wine Wisdom: Extreme Wines

Vines planted on slopes along the Mosel River in Germany


When we dream of taking a jaunt to wine country, what usually springs to mind are idyllic scenes of graceful hills and orderly vines. But when Mother Nature has her say, the world of wine isn’t always so tidy and tranquil. Here are four examples of formidable winemaking, from harrowing harvests to plundering pests.


Vertiginous Vineyards

In areas of Germany’s Mosel region, Riesling vines are planted on 45-degree cliffs that loom over the river of the same name. Mechanical harvesting is impossible on such a dramatic incline, so workers have to strap on harnesses and rappel down the terraced slopes to gather grapes. But the tough landscape has its purpose: it provides the fruit with maximum exposure to the sun, essential for developing flavor and body in such a cool climate.


Hints of Lava

Steep vineyards are of lesser concern to vintners on Sic... Read more >

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Recipe: The Violet Hour's Hush and Wonder Cocktail

The Hush and Wonder cocktail from the Violet Hour in Chicago


This riff on the classic daiquiri from the Violet Hour, one of the nominated bars for our new Outstanding Bar Program award, uses a rinse, a trick for imparting a drink with just a hint of a particular ingredient. A small amount of Crème de Violette is swirled in the glass to coat its inner surface, enlivening the cocktail with a fresh and floral character. Get the recipe here.

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On the Menu: March 25 through March 30

James Beard House


Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and beyond this week:


Sunday, March 25, 6:00 P.M.
Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market
Housed in a former biscuit factory, Manhattan’s Chelsea Market is now a bustling hub of epicurean shops and restaurants. For this annual Friends of James Beard Benefit, we invite some of the best chefs from New York City and around the country to prepare a lively family-style feast, which is held in the market’s lofty main hall.


Tuesday, March 27, 7:00 P.M.
Pensacola Celebration
In honor of Florida’s upcoming 500th anniversary, Pensacola’s top chefs have designed a menu that will feature modern interpretations of historical Florida recipes. In each dish, guests will taste the area’s rich culinary heritage,... Read more >

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For Another Taste of the Beard Awards, Buy Our Book!

The James Beard Foundation's Best of the Best


Now that we've announced our JBF Award nominations, it's going to be a long wait before we all find out who takes home medals on May 4 and 7. In the meantime, get your fill of Awards action by ordering a copy of our new book, The James Beard Foundation's Best of the Best, which features delicious recipes from every winner of our Outstanding Chef Award, from Wolfgang Puck to Tom Colicchio. (For those of you who are keeping track, there wasn't enough time to produce a chapter about our 2011 winner, José Andrés, between last year's ceremony and press time, but we're putting one together that will be published here.) If you order a copy from... Read more >

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Save the Date: 2012 JBF Food Conference and Leadership Awards

The James Beard Foundation Food Conference


On October 17 and 18, 2012, please join us for our annual JBF Food Conference and Leadership Awards at the Hearst Tower in New York City. To receive updates and registration information, please send us a note at:


JBF Food Conference:
Topic: A Crisis in Confidence: Creating a Better, More Sustainable Food World We Can Trust
October 17 and 18, 2012

As we converse about our food system, an underlying theme of trust emerges. So much effort on a global scale goes into ensuring that healthy, wholesome, and nutritious food gets to as many people as possible, but all it takes is an E. Coli outbreak or an environmental accident to chip away at consumer faith. What’s more, where people place their trust—in large corporations, in small, local producers, in third-party certification, in government regulation, in scientific research—is a... Read more >

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Awards Watch: 2012 America’s Classics Award Honorees Announced

The James Beard Foundation Awards

Today we’re proud to announce the the newest class of America’s Classics inductees, which are listed below. You can read more about them here.

The Fry Bread House (4140 North 7th Avenue, Phoenix, Owner: Cecelia Miller)

Nora’s Fish Creek Inn (5600 West Highway 22, Wilson, WY, Owners: Nora Tygum, Trace Tygum, and Kathryn Tygum Taylor)

St. Elmo Steak House (127 South Illinois St., Indianapolis, Owners: Stephen Huse and Craig Huse)

Jones Bar-B-Q Diner (219 West Louisiana St., Marianna, AR, Owners: James and Betty Jones)

Shady Glen (840 East Middle Turnpike, Manchester, CT, Owners: William and Annette Hoch)

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Awards Watch: Nominations Revealed Today!


It's a big day for JBF! In addition to debuting our new look here at, we're also revealing nominations for the 2012 James Beard Awards. That means that there are only a few hours left before you find out who will be getting nods for our various Restaurant and Chef; Book; Broadcast Media; Journalism; and Restaurant Design and Graphics awards. If you need a refresher on who made our long list of semifinalists, you can see the full list here.


We have a tradition of announcing the nominations in a different major city every year. This year JBF's top brass has assembled in Las Vegas, where they will begin announcing the nominations at the Venetian/the Palazzo at 11:00 PST/2:00 EST. If you want to watch the fun in Sin City, head over to Eater's National edition for a live feed. We will also be revealing the nominations in real time on ... Read more >

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JBF Kitchen Cam