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'Gram Worthy: Your Last Tastes of Summer from #JBFENDLESSSUMMER

Elena North-Kelly

Elena North-Kelly

October 06, 2015


Last month we kicked off Labor Day Weekend by savoring the last delicious bites of the season, asking you to share your final tastes of summer with us for a chance to win dinner for two at the Beard House! Our #jbfendlesssummer Instagram contest brought some vibrant, stunning, and drool-worthy results—take a peek at some of the highlights below. If you missed the last round, be sure to check out #jbffall (happening now!) for your chance to win.

A simple, lovely blueberry pie by @thehousepie

The last of summer, baked into a galette by @retrolillies

Devouring lobster—in any form—is one of our favorite summer pastimes. Here's @leekalt's gorgeous lobster salad. 

Here's a refreshing cocktail fit for summer: a gin and tonic with cucumber and parsley. Want a tip to take your G&T over the edge? @thejudylab adds a slow-melting whiskey ice cube to the glass. 

@holasus' grilled elotes with Adobe chipotle, Irish butter, and mayo spread make the perfect party platter. Just add cilantro, salt, and a wedge of lemon or lime. 

@thehappylittleapron's lamb, peach, burrata, and balsamic salad. All of our favorite words. One bowl. 

There's always room for ice cream, no matter the season. @shipshapeeatworthy makes key lime vegan ice cream with cacao nibs and a drizzle of coconut butter (recipe from @theroastedroot). 

We've got eyes for this beet and blood orange salad from @amonzophotography

We refuse to believe that this is @ful.filled's last harvest of black grapes, because we're going to need seconds of this roasted grape and halloumi salad. 

@spencercooks' O'Henry summery pie looks just peachy (sorry, we couldn't resist).

Hey, @foodpornographer, can you spare a slice of that corn, heirloom tomato, and goat cheese tart? 

Something sweet from @bornandbredinbrooklyn: an "easy-as-pie" galette made with fresh summer blueberries and peaches. 

@bunandhoney has our stomachs rumbling with this lobster roll, arguably the epitome of a summer sandwich. 

What's more summery than ice cream? @pure_ella's go-to flavor: caramelized fig, honey, and coconut ice cream that is miraculously sugar- and dairy-free. 

This light scallop ceviche from @melinahammer is the perfect summer dish to share with friends (or devour on your own). 

We're eating up as many summer tomatoes as possible while we still can. Looks like @dinnerbylany is doing the same with this caramelized onion, tomato, and mozzarella tart. 

If you love to see what happens behind the scenes in restaurants, drool over gorgeous food photography, and creep on your favorite chefs (we're majorly guilty of this!), then be sure to follow us on Instagram, where our editors deliver eye-catching dispatches from the Beard House and beyond. And don't miss our #jbffall contest for your chance to win! 


Elena North-Kelly is senior editor at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.