Meet the 2015 Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award Journalism Nominees

Portland Monthly

 

When Craig Claiborne became the food editor at the New York Times, the food world was small and food writing essentially limited to home economics columns. Claiborne’s efforts combined food writing, journalism, and criticism to elevate the entire genre. Despite the industry’s rapid expansion in the ensuing half century, the nominees for the Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award have left their mark through their thoughtfully considered takes on their local restaurant scenes. 

 

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Karen Brooks
Portland Monthly

Karen Brooks, the current food critic for Portland Monthly, has covered the city’s food scene for three decades, tackling trends and tastes as the community of Portland has evolved. [Image above]

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JBF Awards to Be Celebrated in Chicago for 3 Years

 

The James Beard Foundation, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Choose Chicago, and the Illinois Restaurant Association announced today that the JBF Awards, which will take place in Chicago this year for the first time, will be returning to the city in 2016 and 2017. “We received a groundswell of enthusiastic support from chefs, restaurateurs, and sponsors all across the country when we announced that the silver anniversary of the Awards would take place in Chicago," said JBF president Susan Ungaro. "We are so proud to be welcoming this most prestigious of events for two more years,” added Mayor Emanuel. 
 
The 2015 JBF Awards will take place at Lyric Opera of Chicago on May 4, 2015, and will be live streamed at jamesbeard.org/awards. As previously announced, on Friday, April 24, 2015, the James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards Dinner, an exclusive event honoring the nation’s top cookbook authors... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Wines, Spirits, and Other Beverages Journalism Award Nominees

afar

 

From coffee to craft cocktails, the liquid in your cup can offer far more than mere refreshment. The nominees for the James Beard Journalism Award for Wine, Spirit, and Other Beverages present the stories behind the sips, quenching readers’ thirst for new imbibable insights.

 

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Gabrielle Hamilton
AFAR
Into the Vines

After sixteen years of championing and serving Sicilian wine at her New York City restaurant Prune, Gabrielle Hamilton finally visits the region, discovering deep connections with the men and women behind her much-beloved grapes. [Image included above]

 

 

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M. Carrie Allan
The Washington Post
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Meet the 2015 Personal Essay Journalism Nominees

Garden & Gun

 

From holiday menus to vacation dinners to the first ice cream cone at the beginning of summer, our memories of food frequently influence our identities more than music, art, or even education. The nominees for the James Beard Journalism Award for Personal Essay are connected by a common thread of contemplation of meals past, transforming nostalgia into thoughtful commentary on the role of food in their larger lives and cultures.

 

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Rick Bragg
Garden and Gun
Requiem for a Fish Sandwich

Faced with new overfishing regulations and species depletions, Rick Bragg looks back on the glory days of grouper sandwiches to say goodbye to what once was. [Image shown above]

 

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Interview with Dan Barber of Oustanding Restaurant Nominee Blue Hill at Stone Barns

 

Located just 30 miles north of New York City, Blue Hill at Stone Barns feels worlds away, sourcing its ingredients from the vast surrounding landscape and spinning them into dishes served in an idyllic, rustic-chic setting. Beyond the acclaimed cuisine, this Outstanding Restaurant nominee is also a staunch advocate for better food-system choices. We recently caught up with co-owner and executive chef Dan Barber for a look at what’s happening at the restaurant this season, his team’s experimental pop-up featuring food waste, and how we should rethink farm-to-table fare.

 

JBF: Can you tell us about a dish or two currently on your menu at Blue Hill at Stone Barns that really speaks to the restaurant’s perspective or philosophy?

 

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Meet the 2015 Profile Journalism Award Nominees

Eater

 

In the age of the celebrity chef, it seems more important than ever before to discover the person behind the branded set of cookware. The nominees for the James Beard Journalism Award for profile offer insights into some of our largest marquee names, digging beneath the glitz and glamor to humanize these titans of industry.

 

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John Birdsall
Eater
Jeremiah Tower's Invincible Armor of Pleasure

John Birdsall chronicles the rise and fall of California-cuisine legend Jeremiah Tower on the eve of his return to the restaurant scene. [Image shown above]

 

Matter

 

Taffy Brodesser-Akner
Matter
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Meet the 2015 Visual Storytelling Journalism Nominees

 

From backstage peeks of chefs at work, to holiday how-tos and anthropological explorations of vegetable proportions, the nominees for the James Beard Journalism Award for visual storytelling use innovative techniques to capture their audience's attention. 

 

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Gillian Duffy
New York Magazine
Make

When chefs throw dinner parties, it's no casual affair. Gillian Duffy takes us behind the scenes while three top toques entertain their friends, from a steak dinner in a tree to lamb tacos by the dozen. [Image shown above.]

 

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Meet the 2015 Food Politics, Policy, and the Environment Journalism Award Nominees

 

The more we learn about the way our food is produced, packaged, and sold, the more complicated our world seems to become. We live in an age of overabundance, except for those in food deserts; we eat organic food grown by workers laboring under suspect conditions; we grab drive-through burgers made from cows polluting our environment. The nominees for the James Beard Journalism Award in Food, Policy, and the Environment take on some of these hot-button issues, breaking down complex topics to the essential points, and shining a light on the uncomfortable truths we increasingly have to examine.

 

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Krissy Clark
The Secret Life of a Food Stamp,” “Save Money. Live Better,”... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Food Coverage in a General-Interest Publication Journalism Nominees

 

As more and more publications add restaurant reviews, trend pieces, and recipes to their pages, food coverage has hit the mainstream. Each of the eclectic nominees in the James Beard Journalism Award for Food Coverage in a General-Interest Publication category lends its distinct voice to its food coverage, proving that food writing can truly appeal to any appetite. 

 

GQ
The Editors of GQ

GQ brings its trademark fashion-forward sensibility to its food coverage, highlighting the hottest new trends in food and beverage, along with tips on which restaurants to frequent, and which to avoid, if you want to maintain your cultural cache. [Image shown above]

 

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Meet the 2015 Individual Food Blog Journalism Award Nominees

 

We’re proud to highlight an all-female lineup of nominees for this year’s James Beard Journalism Award for Individual Food Blog. These powerhouses embody the idea of the multi-hyphenate: they are the writers, photographers, editors, designers, illustrators, and marketers of their creations, each one inviting readers to view the world through a new, unique lens.

 

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Orangette
Molly Wizenberg

Seattle-based restaurateur, author, and podcast host Molly Wizenberg can trace her success back to Orangette, the blog she created in 2004 as a way to break into food writing, and which is as fantastic as ever. [Shown above]

 

 

 

 

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