Win Two Tickets to the Lexus VIP Experience at the JBFA

The James Beard Awards presented by Lexus

For the 25th anniversary of the Oscars of food, JBF wanted a venue that suited the occasion. The Lyric Opera of Chicago, home to the second-largest opera auditorium in North America and the largest stage in downtown Chicago, fits the bill beautifully.


And for our VIP guests, we wanted to craft an exclusive experience unlike any in the culinary world. Thanks to Lexus, the presenting sponsor of the James Beard Awards, we have.

Lyric Opera of Chicago 


Our VIP attendees will begin their night at the Lexus VIP Reception, featuring passed canapés and Champagne. Then they will be seated at the front of the Lyric Opera balcony, where they will enjoy prime views of our star-... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Television Segment Broadcast Award Nominees


Food stories on the morning or evening news provide a crucial conduit between the culinary world and the larger broadcast audience. This year’s nominees for the James Beard Award in Television Segment serve as curators for the public, highlighting the latest openings, best local offerings, recipes, and national trends.




CBS This Morning’s “The Dish”
Host: Anthony Mason and Vinita Nair
Producers: Brian Applegate, Greg Mirman, and Marci Waldman
Airs on: CBS


CBS This Morning’s “The Dish” gets the inside scoop on the food world, featuring wide-ranging coverage of the movers and shakers of the culinary scene, from peeks behind the curtain of producers like Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors, to interviews with chefs and cookbook authors sharing tried and true tips and recipes.


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Interview with JBF Award Nominee Harlen Wheatley of Buffalo Trace Distillery


Harlen Wheatley is an undisputed whiskey authority: at Buffalo Trace Distillery, one of America’s most acclaimed and historic bourbon producers, the man has worked on every aspect of the business, from sourcing raw materials to barrel-aging. We got in touch with the 2015 Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional award nominee to get the scoop on his standard drink order, how his chemistry background has informed his product, and the lowdown on the cult-like Pappy brand. 




JBF: Buffalo Trace is one of the oldest distilleries in the county, having crafted bourbon whiskey for over 200 years and counting. How would you sum up the philosophy of the distillery and your products? 


Harlen Wheatley: The philosophy is to honor our legacy while embracing change.  We focus on delivering authentic products that consumers can have confidence in while balancing innovation... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Television Program (on Location) Broadcast Award Nominees


Television allows viewers to travel across broad expanses, within cultural confines, or even inside of the mind of complete strangers. The nominees for the James Beard Award in Television Program, on Location use food as a medium to test the boundaries of human experience, from the cuisines of far-flung exotic locales to the ins and outs of a chef’s daily life, to normally unspoken motivations and influences that drive today’s top toques.




Bizarre Foods
Host: Andrew Zimmern
Producers: Colleen Needles Steward, Shannon Keenan Demers, Andrew Zimmern, David Barksy, Tammy Bloom, Patrick Weiland, and Tye Schulke
Airs on: Travel Channel


Is there anything JBF Award winner Andrew Zimmern won’t eat? For fourteen seasons his chronically curious palate has roamed the globe, introducing viewers to cultures both exotic and close to home... Read more >

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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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