America's Classics Update: White House Sub Shop

An update on White House Sub Shop, a James Beard Foundation America's Classic Award winner

 

For more than 15 years, the James Beard Foundation has honored some of the country’s most beloved regional restaurants with its America’s Classics Awards. These establishments, often family-owned, are treasured for their quality food, local character, and lasting appeal.

 

In anticipation of our announcement of the 2013 inductees, we’re unlocking the America’s Classics vault and checking in on some past winners. Next up is White House Sub Shop in Atlantic City, which was named an America's Classic in 2000. (Read our update on Maine's Waterman's Beach Lobster here.)

 

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The 2013 Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists

The James Beard Foundation's 2013 Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists

 

They're here! Click to see if your favorite chef or restaurant is one of our 2013 semifinalists, which were chosen from more than 44,000 entries submitted through our online open call.

 

We'll announce the Restaurant and Chef Award nominees, along with the nominees in every other award category, on Monday, March 18, at the historic Lowndes Grove Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina. As always, you'll be able to follow the announcement live on Twitter.

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America's Classic Update: Waterman’s Beach Lobster

An update on Waterman’s Beach Lobster, a James Beard Foundation America's Classic Award winner

 

For more than 15 years, the James Beard Foundation has honored some of the country’s most beloved regional restaurants with its America’s Classic Award. These establishments, often family-owned, are treasured for their quality food, local character, and lasting appeal.

 

In anticipation of our announcement of the 2013 inductees, we’re unlocking the America’s Classics vault and checking in on some past winners. First up: South Thomaston, Maine’s Waterman’s Beach Lobster, which received the award in 2001.

 

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Sisters-in-law Sandy Manahan and Lorri Cousens continue to oversee this temple to Maine’s unofficial state crustacean. In fact, very little about this classic shoreline shack has changed. Out-of-state visitors and locals still make the summertime pilgrimage to Mussel Ridge Channel... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Emeril Lagasse to Receive 2013 Humanitarian of the Year Award

The James Beard Foundation has named Emeril Lagasse as the recipient of its 2013 Humanitarian of the Year Award

 

The James Beard Foundation has named Emeril Lagasse as the recipient of its 2013 Humanitarian of the Year Award. In 2002 Lagasse founded the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, which supports nonprofit organizations and educational initiatives that create new opportunities for children, especially for those from disadvantaged circumstances. His charity work is focused within the communities where his restaurants operate, tailoring its efforts to each location. The Foundation's accomplishments range from the creation of fresh foods cafeterias to establishing culinary learning centers.

 

Lagasse will accept the award at the James Beard Awards ceremony on Monday, May 6.

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Awards Watch: Cecilia Chiang to Receive 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award

 

The James Beard Foundation will honor restaurateur and author Cecilia Chiang with its 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. As the proprietor of San Francisco's famed Mandarin restaurant, which closed in 2006, Chiang introduced American diners to authentic Mandarin cuisine.

 

“The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes those who have truly revolutionized the way Americans think about food,” says JBF president Susan Ungaro. "Cecilia elevated Chinese cuisine far beyond the takeout box. She completely embodies the spirit of this award.”

 

The Mandarin enjoyed a loyal clientele, which included Jackie Onassis, Wolfgang Puck, and James Beard. Chiang has also penned two memoirs, The Mandarin Way and The Seventh Daughter.

 

Read the full press release.

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Three Weeks Left to Submit Entries for the 2013 James Beard Book Awards

2013 James Beard Book Award entries

 

Resuming the old grind after a long weekend is never fun, but our adjustment was easier than most: we got to come back to ceiling-high stacks of absorbing food books.

 

We've been receiving entries for the 2013 James Beard Book Awards for several weeks now, and with almost 150 titles already on the shelves, we're all guilty of abandoning our to-do lists for some browsing. When we can thumb through a cookbook devoted entirely to cookie dough, an encyclopedic guide to sherry, or a history of Japanese coffee culture, can you really blame us?

 

The deadline for 2013 Book Award submissions is December 17. You can submit entries here. Reacquaint yourself with all of our award categories here.

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JBF Leadership Award Winner Wendell Berry

 

To share some of last week's inspiring JBF Leadership Awards ceremony with you, we've been posting videos of all our 2012 honorees as they accept their awards, as well as their contributions to our third annual JBF Food Conference. Today we present Wendell Berry (farmer, poet, and author, 
Lanes Landing Farm), whose acceptance speech—and introductions by JBF board of trustees chair Emily Luchetti and White House chef and senior policy advisor Sam Kass—is shown in the video above. In the video below, you'll find his talk at the conference: "A Fifty-Year Farm Bill."

 

 

For more information about JBF Leadership Award winner Wendell Berry, read his full profile. For more... Read more >

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JBF Leadership Award Winner Tensie Whelan

 

To fill you in on last week's inspiring JBF Leadership Awards ceremony, we've been sharing videos of all our 2012 honorees as they accept their awards, as well as their contributions to our third annual JBF Food Conference. Today we have: Tensie Whelan (President, Rainforest Alliance) whose acceptance speech—and introduction by 2011 JBF Leadership Award winner Craig Watson—is shown in the video above. In the video below, you'll find her panel at the conference: "Certifying Trust."

 

 

For more information about JBF Leadership Award winner Tensie Whelan, check out her full profile. For more archived footage of the... Read more >

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JBF Leadership Award Winner Kathleen Merrigan

 

Following last week's inspiring JBF Leadership Awards ceremony, we're sharing videos of all our 2012 honorees as they accept their awards and talk about the causes they champion. Today we present: Dr. Kathleen Merrigan (Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture), whose acceptance speech—and introduction by 2011 JBF Leadership Award winner Debra Eschmeyer—is shown in the video above.

 

For more information about JBF Leadership Award winner Kathleen Merrigan, read her full profile.

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JBF Leadership Award Winner Malik Yakini

 

Following last week's JBF Leadership Awards ceremony, we're sharing videos of all our inspiring 2012 honorees making their acceptance speeches, as well as their contributions to our third annual JBF Food Conference. Today we present: Malik Yakini (Executive Director, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network), whose acceptance speech—and introduction by 2011 JBF Leadership Award winner Will Allen—is shown in the video above. In the video below, you'll find his talk at the conference: "Big Ideas from the Ground Up."

 

 

For more information about JBF Leadership Award winner Malik Yakini, check out his full profile... Read more >

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