Ask a Chef: What is your favorite Halloween candy?

“Candy corn.” –Eric Hara, The Oak Room, NYC “Candy corn.” –Akhtar Nawab, formerly of Elettaria, NYC “Candy corn. Candy corn is a good time.” –Marc Forgione, Marc Forgione, NYC

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Eye Candy: Bacchus

Top ChefsTop Chef winners Hosea Rosenberg and Stephanie Izard take a breather during a Friends of James Beard Benefit held at JBF Award winner Paul Bartolotta's Bacchus. You can see more pictures here and read about the event (including a recap straight from chef Izard herself) here and here.

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The Bookshelf: Dorothy Cann Hamilton

Love What You DoAt yesterday's Beard on Books, our friend Dorothy Cann Hamilton sat down for a discussion of her new book, Love What You Do: Building a Career in the Culinary Industry. The founder of the French Culinary Institute (which turned 25 this year) and a self-described "educator," Hamilton has boundless advice and wisdom about breaking into the culinary industry, and she's managed to distill that guidance into easy-to-read and encouraging manual. After a Peace Corps stint in Thailand that left her well-fed but unemployable in the United States, Hamilton went to work as a receptionist for her father's technical school. She didn't expect to care for the job, but soon discovered that she had a natural drive for teaching and education. "I loved it. The students there were the most dynamic, vibrant

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Jobs We Love: Allison Fishman

Allison FIshman "With freelance work, it's a hodgepodge," says Allison Fishman. We couldn't think of a better word for her career, which includes voiceovers, writing, television, culinary instruction, and... cooking hands provider? Click here to see how she keeps all the balls in the air.

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On the Menu: Mention the JBF Blog, Eat April Bloomfield's Food for Less

Just in case a glimpse of April Bloomfield's Beard House menu wasn't enough to make you sprint to the phone, we're sweetening the deal with a special offer: we'll take $40 off we'll take $65 off the general public price if you mention Delights & Prejudices when you call to reserve (212.627.2308), or you can type it in the "Special Requests for the Maitre D'" field when booking on OpenTable. That's $125 $100 for five courses, including hors d'oeuvre

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JBF News: Wining and Dining in the Saveur Test Kitchen

Saveur Adored by readers for its adventurous journalism, authentic recipes, and stunning photography, Saveur reigns as one of the world's most popular food titles. As part of our online auction, we've got a priceless, too-good-to-be-true package that hands you the key to the heart of the magazine: the test kitchen! The winning bidder and five friends will join the Saveur editors for a private cooking lesson and wine tasting in the space, followed by an intimate lunch. Last, but not least, you'll get a year-long subscription. To view even more exciting gourmet packages, click here

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Ask a Chef: Maria Hines

Maria Hines Now in its fourth year of operation, Seattle's Tilth continues to get high marks for its sustainable practices and delicious food. Executive chef and owner Maria Hines obviously has a clear vision of what great cooking can be, and that's why we knew she would give us fantastic recommendations for dining in the Emerald City.

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Eat this Word: Huitlacoche

huitlacocheWHAT? Fancy fungus. A bulbous grey or black fungus that grows on ears of corn, huitlacoche used to be considered a nuisance by American farmers, who routinely destroyed crops "infected" with the blight and lobbied to make imports illegal. But in the late 1980s, chefs like Josephina Howard of NYC's Rosa Mexicano began promoting huitlacoche for its earthy, smoky flavor and its role in traditional Mexican cuisine. On September 12, 1989, Howard headlined a celebratory All Huitlacoche Dinner at the James Beard Foundation. Today, the delicacy is so savored that it is commonly referred to as the Mexican truffle. WHERE? Margaritte Malfy and Barbara Sibley’s Beard House brunch WHEN? November 1, 2009 HOW? Chal

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