Awards Watch: 2011 Restaurant and Chef Awards Semifinalists

James Beard Awards medallion

It’s that time of year again—our countdown to May and the annual James Beard Foundation Awards has begun. We're kicking things off with the semifinalists for our Restaurant and Chef Awards. Judges from across the country will take a look at the list below and vote to narrow it down to a final list of nominees. We’ll be live tweeting the nominee announcement on March 21, but in the meantime check to see if your favorite chefs and restaurants have made the longlist.

2011 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists


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Eye Candy: April Bloomfield's Beard House Dinner

pear and frangipane tart with prunt–armagnac ice cream When April Bloomfield presented her signature brand of rustic and bold European cuisine at the Beard House last month, her menu featured dishes like bacon-wrapped rabbit terrine, acquacotta (get the recipe!), and the above pear and frangipane tart, topped with a prune-armagnac ice cream. View more images from Bloomfield's event.

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On the Menu: Genuinely Delicious

Michael Schwartz With a 2010 JBF Award under his belt, acclaimed Miami chef Michael Schwartz is expanding his reach. He has taken his addictive style of American cooking on the road with a new Grand Cayman outpost of his universally lauded restaurant and the publication of a cookbook filled with his mouthwatering recipes. The next stop? Tomorrow night's Beard House dinner. Here's what's on the menu: Hors d’Oeuvre Homemade Organic Ricotta and Burnt Orange Marmalade Crostini Chicken Liver and Caramelized Onion Crostini Caponata and Pecorino Crostini Grouper Ceviche with Mango, Citrus, and Cilantro Crispy Sweet-and-Spicy Pork Belly with Kimchi and Crushed Peanuts Pairing: Betts & Scholl Eden Valley Riesling 2008 Dinner Snacks > Deviled Eggs; Crispy Hominy with Chile and Lime; and Pan-Fried Onion Dip with Th

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Recipe: Joseph Margate’s Goat Cheese Popovers

Joseph Margate's Goat Cheese Popovers We're daydreaming about baking some of these puffy goat cheese and herb–filled popovers for this weekend's brunch. Chef Joseph Magrate of Boston's Clink makes them with cheese from Blue Ledge Farm, a family-owned goat farm in Vermont's Champlain Valley. You can order their products here, or use your own favorite goat cheese.

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Valentine's Day Dessert Roundup

Michael Schwartz's recipe for Meyer lemon pudding cakeMichael Schwartz's Meyer lemon pudding cake

Happy Valentine's Day, folks! In case you missed them, here are all of the totally sweet desserts we featured last week: Shuna Lydon’s Rose Petal–Vanilla Bean Shortbread We'd be thrilled to receive a box of these floral and crumbly cookies in place of the run-of-the-mill bouquet. Michael Schwartz’s Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake This lofty, soufflé-like treat is a cinch to prepare, which means you can spend more time with your special someone.

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On the Menu: Valentine's Day

Eric Hara Lovebirds dining at the Beard House tonight will savor a romantic menu prepared by David Burke alum Eric Hara of the recently debuted 9 Restaurant. The chef’s playful yet elegant approach to classic American cuisine lets top-quality ingredients shine in simple dishes that please the eye as well as the palate. Have a look at the menu below, and find the full event details here. Hors d’Oeuvre Sea Urchin and Cauliflower Panna Cotta Tuna Tartare with Watermelon and Pickled Beech Mushrooms Lobster and Caviar Tacos Escargot Dumplings à la Antiboise Dinner Cured Fluke with Candied Olives and Yuzu Sautéed Foie Gras with Roasted Peach Pudding, Fingerling Potatoes, and Truffle Jus Poached Maine Lobster with Stewed Big Bean Cassoulet Braised Flatiron Steak with Potato Purée, Crayfish, and Crayfish Bordelaise 24-Karat Gold–Coated

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