Awards Watch: Where were you when…?

We asked some of tonight’s nominees to tell us where they were when they got the news they were up for a James Beard Foundation Award. Here are their stories: “I was actually in my pajamas, typing madly at my home computer, on deadline and ensnared in that light caffeinated panic that I find closes so many deadlines. Grasping for a phrase, I dipped on to Facebook, which I do and don't recommend. And then a message pinged in from Jonathan Gold, congratulating me! I had no idea about what so I tripped over myself, in a computer-window-opening, computer-window-closing sort of way, to find out. Happy!  I met my deadline, then went upstairs to tell my husband. Before I left the house I tucked a bottle of bubbly in the fridge (Schramsberg blanc de blancs.) We had it as soon as I got back from work. I'm still floating on air! People always ask me, it's your tenth nomination, do you still care? I care profoundly. Writing is such a lonely endeavor, the lag between publishing and writing makes it lonelier, but the Beard Awards make a lonely writer feel not alone at all, but celebrated. I'm so grateful.” --Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, nominated tonight for the Craig Claiborne Distinguished

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Q & A: Alexandra Guarnaschelli

Alexandra GuarnaschelliOn Thursday night the Beard House will host Cocktails and Canapés, a casual party with hors d'oeuvre prepared by a team of fantastic New York chefs (not to mention some creative cocktails shaken up by master mixologist Junior Merino). Among them will be Butter's Alexandra Guarnaschelli, who cooked at our Awards Gala last year. Here's what she had to say about what she would eat for her last meal, lessons learned in the kitchen, and the importance of farmers. James Beard Foundation: What would you eat for your last meal on earth? Alexandra Guarnaschelli: A grilled cheese and tomato sandwich on whole wheat bread with bacon (cooked in duck fat) and fried potato skins. For dessert, a whole, fresh black truffle thinly sliced and drizzled with sherry vinegar, olive oil, and sea salt.

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Recipe: Strawberry Crêpes


The markets are just starting to brim with sweet, juicy strawberries. Alexandra Guarnaschelli of NYC's Butter gave us this recipe for delicious strawberry crêpes with chocolate sauce last summer when she was a featured JBF chef on ABC News Now's A Chefs Table series.

Get a taste of Alex's savory side later this month at our Cocktails and Canapés event at the Beard House, also featuring NYC chefs Akhtar Nawab, Jason Neroni, Doug Psaltis, and mixologist Junior Merino.

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