Interview with JBF Award Nominee Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery



Craft beers have never been hotter, but despite all the up-and-coming brewing bon vivants, the veteran Dogfish Head Craft Brewery continues to draw in hopheads with its quirky and innovative small-batch beers. This is due in no small part to the drive and creativity of Sam Calagione, founder and president of Dogfish Head and two-time nominee for JBF's Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional award. We sat down with Calagione to pick his brain on the latest trends in the brewing scene, his recommendations for Chicago suds, and more.



JBF: When you were first nominated, you named Sixty-One as your favorite of Dogfish Head’s beers. Does it still hold that title, or do you have a new favorite?


Sam Calagione: I am still enjoying the heck out of Sixty-One, our Syrah grape–infused IPA, but now that the weather is warming up, I’m having a lot more of Namaste, which is our wheat beer brewed... Read more >

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Sponsored Post: Win Tickets to the Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival on May 2

Take Home a Rioja Cellar Contest


You already know about the fabulous chefs, wines, and bites at the upcoming Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival, conveniently going down at Chicago’s Union Station on Saturday, May 2, just two days before the Beard Awards festivities. Now we're giving you a chance to attend for free, with VIP status to boot. 


Our friends at the Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival are generously giving away two VIP tickets to this not-to-miss event. This privileged entrée will give you access to exclusive VIP areas, as well as the opportunity to sip more than 100 vibrant Rioja wines from 40+ wineries, meet top Rioja winemakers, attend expert-led seminars, and taste delicious tapas from nearly 30 chefs of national renown. Plus, you'll be automatically entered into the "Take Home a Rioja Cellar" contest. The winner will take... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Podcast Broadcast Nominees


It seems like everyone and their mother has a podcast these days, but few of them achieve the quality of this year’s nominees for the James Beard Broadcast and Media award for podcasts. From a science writer exploring biodiversity and street food, to two JBF Award winners dishing over exotic cuisines, to the Southern Foodways Alliance digging into the nuances of their home region, these nominees prove that if you give food lovers a chance to speak, they have an awful lot of things to say.




Eat This Podcast
Host: Jeremy Cherfas
Producer: Jeremy Cherfas

Jeremy Cherfas, a Rome-based science writer, covers almost any food-related topic on his erudite and immersive Eat This Podcast. Shows run the gamut from the intricacies of Italian wine labeling to the history of hunger in wartime, ensuring a listening experience that is far from monotonous. [... Read more >

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Interview with Enrique Olvera of Best New Restaurant Nominee Cosme

Chef Chef Enrique Olvera of Cosme


At Cosme, located in New York City's Flatiron neighborhood, chef Enrique Olvera fuses Mexican and local ingredients, creating dishes that feel at once credible and novel. We spoke with Olvera about the past, present, and future of this Best New Restaurant nominee.


JBF: It’s been a huge year for Cosme. What’s your vision for the restaurant in the coming year?


EO: We are trying to get better every day and make customers and our staff happy. We want to earn the trust of our community and be active in our role.


JBF: Cosme is named after a Mexico City market you went with your grandfather. Why did you name the restaurant after that market? What was so memorable about those trips?


EO: I’ve always liked the name, so much that I even (unsuccessfully) tried to name one of my sons after it. At San Cosme I had some of my first... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location Broadcast Nominees


James Beard himself was one of the earliest television chefs, drawing in viewers with his charm and turning them into long distance learners as he unpacked recipes and techniques. This year’s nominees for the James Beard Award in Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location prove the enduring appeal of the expert toque-as-tutor, guiding their audience through the twists and turns of both elaborate entertaining and everyday fare.




Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction
Host: Bobby Flay
Producers: Bobby Flay and Kim Martin
Airs on: Food Network


Grill master and JBF Award winner Bobby Flay takes on everything flame-kissed in this back-to-basics series. From steakhouse superlatives to curry and kebabs, Flay travels the world via charcoal, proving the global appeal of a roaring fire. [Video above]... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Radio Show/Audio Webcast Broadcast Nominees


Radio has been drawing listeners into the “kitchen of the mind” since the era of the recipe-sharing shows of the 1940s and '50s. But it’s not just eager homemakers tuning in these days—the audience for food-based content has exploded, and radio stations have risen to the challenge, producing fascinating new shows that offer glimpses of past, present, and future cultures through the dishes and recipes that have defined them. 




All Things Considered’s “Found Recipes”
Host: Melissa Block, Audie Cornish, and Robert Siegel
Producers: Julia Redpath Buckley, Serri Graslie, and Melissa Gray
Airs on: NPR

NPR’s “Found Recipes,” cataloges the hidden gems discovered by cooks, bakers, and food writers of all backgrounds and experience, from a listener’s favorite sandwich with... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Special/Documentary TV or Video Webcast Broadcast Nominees


As the concept of traceability in our food becomes a larger part of our culture, consumers are increasingly concerned about where their food and drinks come from. The nominees for the James Beard Award in Broadcasting, Special/Documentary, push the question one step further, asking us to consider the triumphs and sacrifices of the individuals that make our food, from coffee farmers on other continents, to produce laborers here at home, to the expert artisans crafting our cappuccinos or cocktails. 



A Film About Coffee
Director: Brandon Loper
Producers: Dalia Burde and Brandon Loper
Airs on:


Few beverages are as ubiquitous to the working world as coffee, but this drink also inspires passion and ardor far beyond an average cup of joe. A Film About Coffee... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award Journalism Nominees



Prolific author M.F.K. Fisher set the standard for food writing, blending memoir, travel, and culinary musings to capture audiences over the course of 27 books. The nominees for the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award continue her legacy by employing food as a narrative guide to communicate the important stories of their lives.




John DeVore
Life in Chains: Finding Home at Taco Bell

For John DeVore, Taco Bell means far more than chalupas and chimichangas. In his passionate ode for Eater, DeVore reveals how the fast food giant came to embody his childhood, his family, and his heritage. [Image shown above]


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Adam Gollner
Lucky Peach
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Enter Our #JBFSNACKS Contest to Win Dinner at the Beard House


We’ll be live-streaming the 2015 James Beard Awards on May 4. What will you be snacking on while you watch? Share your favorite party snacks with us between now and May 5, and you could win dinner for two at the Beard House! Here's how:


1. Follow @beardfoundation on Instagram


2. Post a photo of your favorite viewing-party snack and tag it with #jbfsnacks


3. You’ll be entered to win a FREE dinner for two at the Beard House in NYC​​


Happy snacking! 


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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. 




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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