Eye Candy: Beard House

Modern crew with beers Gabriel Kreuther and his team from the Modern toast to a job well done in the Beard House kitchen. Check out more photos from their Alsatian-themed Oktoberfest, part of the Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival. (Photo by Philip Gross)

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Ask a Chef: Jeremy Culver, what is your favorite Halloween candy?

“Definitely not those popcorn balls they used to give to me as a kid. But I do love mini butterfingers.” –Jeremy Culver, Fulton, NYC

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On the Menu: October 18 to October 24

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, October 18, 5:00 P.M. Friends of James Beard Benefit: Chicago The talented team behind acclaimed Chicago restaurants Blackbird, Avec, and the Publican has designed a unique evening to benefit the Beard Foundation. For one night only guests are invited to make a reservation to enjoy this ingredient-driven menu with wine pairings at the time of their choosing. Monday, October 19, 6:30 P.M. Lunedi Cena: Monday Night Supper The weather has finally turned chilly and nothing warms you up like the soul-satisfying, rustic foods of Italy. Join us for a Monday night supper of family-style classics created by executive chef Mirco Grassini at the newly opened Trattoria Cinque. Paired with this hearty fare? Vintages from some

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JBF News: Reserve Your Next Beard House Dinner on OpenTable

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The Beard House has always been one of the dining world's best-kept secrets: with a different chef in the kitchen nearly every night, it's the perfect way to taste the diversity of American cuisine and the talent of its chefs. Although our doors have always been open to the general public, we're continually striving to bring extraordinary culinary experiences to an even broader audience. With this goal in mind, along with the burgeoning trend of online reservations, we're happy to report that we have teamed up with OpenTable to give gastronomes another way to snare a chair at Beard House events. Just visit www.jamesbeard.org/opentable to view events that are open for online booking.

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Recipe: Sweet Potato Gnocchi

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We love this fall recipe for two reasons. First, sweet potatoes are one of our favorite ingredients of the season. Second, the root vegetable's moderate starch content will result in lighter gnocchi (lots of starch can make it chewy and dense). The dish comes from Jeff Crump's cookbook Earth to Table and will be served at tonight's Beard House dinner.

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Eye Candy: Beard House

macarons Sandro Micheli, executive pastry chef at Adour Alain Ducasse at the St. Regis New York, made these pistachio and passion fruit macarons for Beard House diners at last week's New York City Wine and Food Festival dinner with Alain Ducasse. Click here for more photos from the evening. (Photo by Eileen Miller)

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JBF News: 2010 JBF Awards Nominations Are Under Way

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It's that time again: we're accepting suggestions for 2010 JBF Award nominees!

Are you a food blogger, cookbook author, or restaurant designer? Stop by our entry forms and online voting page and submit your work for consideration for our book, journalism, broadcast media, and design awards.

Is there a chef whose cooking really knocked your socks off this year? You'll also find a link to an online voting form for restaurant and chef awards on the same page (feel free to offer your suggestions for nominees for every cooking prize we bestow, or just keep it to one).

Let the nominating begin!

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