Ask the Winners: How Do You Celebrate?

Now that our 25th anniversary has arrived, we're in a celebratory mood, so we got in touch with some of last year's JBF Award winners to find out how they like to celebrate special occasions.

“Dan Barber catered our wedding, so my husband and I like to celebrate our anniversary at Blue Hill—and sometimes Dan will serve us a dish or two from the wedding menu. It’s always amazing how flavors can bring back memories so crisply.”
Amanda Hesser, author of the 2011 JBF Award–winning book The Essential New York Times Cookbook

“How do I celebrate? With dessert of course! No major occasion, holiday, or milestone is complete without it. The pleasure of cutting into a beautiful cake or taking a sweet-smelling pie out of the oven for friends and family always makes the moment feel festive and special.”
Gail Simmons, Judge on the 2011 JBF Award–winning show Top Chef; and host of Top Chef: Just Desserts

“For about a month I celebrated the Beard win with Champagne toasts, home-cooked meals, and afternoo

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JBF's 25th Anniversary: How We Are Celebrating

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On November 5, 1986, the James Beard Foundation officially opened the James Beard House to provide a center for the culinary arts. We’ll be celebrating our silver anniversary throughout the upcoming year in a number of ways, including the publication of The James Beard Foundation’s Best of the Best: A 25th Anniversary Celebration of America’s Outstanding Chefs, a keepsake book featuring insightful chef profiles, original photography, and more than 60 recipes from JBF Outstanding Chef Award winners like Wolfgang Puck and Tom Colicchio. You can preorder your own copy here.

We’re also hard at work planning a unique series of anniversary dinners featuring America’s greatest chefs, including many of the culinary masters featured in Best of the Best. Make sure to check

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JBF Partners with the Children's Museum of Manhattan

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As part of its EatSleepPlay™ initiative, the Children's Museum of Manhattan has teamed up with JBF to produce the James Beard Foundation Family Chef Series, which include healthy-cooking demonstrations by popular chefs that provide families with fun ways to prepare simple recipes with fresh and affordable ingredients. Each session includes a demonstration, recipe tastings, and a question-and-answer period; the partnership's larger goal is to raise awareness of childhood obesity, which fits into the EatSleepPlay™ drive toward healthier lifestyles among kids. Bill Telepan and Alex Guarnaschelli (

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Greenhouse Gallery: The Vanishing Feast

Bounty Located in the Beard House's reception space where guests mingle and meet before meals, the Greenhouse Gallery exhibits the works of up-and-coming and established artists who work with culinary themes. For the next two months, visitors can view works by painter Cheryl Greisbach. An award-winning artist, Griesbach received her degree at New York City’s School of Visual Art, and has been on its faculty since 1985. Her oil paintings, which are influenced by European botanicals, Dutch Golden Age still lifes, and the Hudson River School, depict exotic birds, landscapes, and flora, recapturing what Griesbach describes as a vanishing world of natural beauty. Learn more about Greisbach's show.

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Recipe Roundup: Whole Grains

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It's January, which means late night egg-nog-and-sugar-cookie binges are out and nutrient-packed whole grain dishes are in. These bold, seasonal recipes will leave you feeling satisfied as well as virtuous.

Pan-Seared Cod with Beet Vinaigrette and Pumpkin-Quinoa Risotto Creamy risotto flecked with red and white quinoa and diced pumpkin makes a vibrant bed for crisp and flaky cod.

Farro and Black Rice with Roasted Squash This hearty dish from Thomas Keller features fiber-rich farro, nutty black rice, and sweet roasted squash drizzled with a sharp mustard vinaigrette.

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Test Your Eat-Q: Fad Diets

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In the early 20th century, Horace Fletcher became famous for his weight-loss technique of chewing each bite of food exactly how many times, then spitting out the remains?

A)  53 chews
B)  32 chews
C)  107 chews
D)  66 chews

Think you know the answer? Check out the rest of our quiz on fad diets.

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Recipe Roundup: Post-Holiday Season Detox

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If you're hopping on the low-calorie bandwagon after the gluttony of the holidays, you don't need to leave behind full-flavored dishes. Here, four healthy recipes that pack in big taste.

Burnt Carrots with Goat Cheese, Parsley, Arugula, and Crispy Garlic Chips When caramelized in a hefty cast-iron skillet, carrots take on an intense, satisfying sweetness. Kale Chips Can't shake your craving for something salty and greasy? These crispy and spicy kale chips will help you scratch that itch. Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad Even the most staunch Brussels-sprouts oppon

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