Dine Out for the Gulf Coast

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill has devastated the Gulf Coast's fishing industry and sea life, and will continue to affect the region and the livelihoods of its residents for many years. The James Beard Foundation has always cherished the area's rich culinary traditions, which are also threatened by this disaster. To show our support, we're spreading the word about Dine Out for the Gulf Coast, which is taking place June 10–12 at restaurants across the country. For three straight days, participating eateries will donate a portion of their sales to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund, an organization that gives grants to nonprofits helping victims of the spill. (You can learn more from

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Ask a Chef: What's Your Earliest Food Memory?

"Finishing cooking my own eggs at five years old after my mother was pulled away from the stove by a phone call. I was proudly eating them as she returned with a scream, realizing what she had done." –Mark Franz, Farallon Restaurant, San Francisco

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Recipe: Strawberry Shortcakes

strawberries We always relish the peak of strawberry season: the ruby-red fruit are a joy to eat and give a striking splash of color to summer desserts. Crumbly shortcake is a classic backdrop for the berries, and we're excited to try this simple recipe, a rolled-and-shaped version from James Peterson's Baking. Use a biscuit cutter that's sharp and slices the dough cleanly. Forcing a dull cutter through the pastry will drag down the edges of your biscuits, compacting the dough and hindering it from rising in the oven. (Click here to see Peterson's rec

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Giveaway: Know Your Coffee

illy giveaway It’s time for another round of coffee trivia from illy’s Master Barista Giorgio Milos. Here’s our next question: Which brewed coffee has the most caffeine—espresso, Neapolitan, or American coffee? To win a fabulous prize from illy, simply put your answer in the comments below and a commenter with the correct answer will be chosen at random! Today’s prize? Two City Cup Gift Sets from illy. This great set is perfect thing for anyone who enjoys preparing espresso or cappuccino at home and taking it on the go. Each set includes a high quality stainless steel vacuum city cup with resealable lid in red, two 8.8 oz. cans of illy medium roast ground espresso coffee, and a g

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America's Classics: Mary & Tito's Café

America's Classics Award–winning restaurants have timeless appeal and are beloved in their regions for quality food that reflects the character of their community. Over the next few weeks, we'll be spotlighting the eateries that earned this prestigious distinction in 2010. Carne adovada—long-braised pork in red chile sauce—might be the most characteristic of New Mexico’s robust and deceptively simple dishes. New Mexicans argue the merits of various carne adovada preparations statewide, but aficionados nearly always rank Mary & Tito’s tops. The Gonzal

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On the Menu: June 6 through June 12

Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Monday, June 7, 7:00 P.M. Southern Sweethearts At MiLa, named for their home states of Mississippi and Louisiana, co-chefs Allison Vines-Rushing and Slade Rushing serve their cultivated Southern fare to captivated New Orleans diners. The celebrated husband-and-wife team has earned nonstop raves from critics like Brett Anderson of the Times-Picayune, who praised the chefs’ “artful and ingredient-driven” cuisine. Tuesday, June, 8, 7:00 P.M. Sustainable Seafood Feast Sam Talbot charmed viewers on Top Chef, and he plans to do the same at his upcoming restaurant at the Mondria

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