Awards Watch: Media Award Winners

Photo by Eileen Miller On Sunday the James Beard Foundation held its annual media awards at the Hudson Theatre in New York City. Beard medallions were hung upon the best of last year’s culinary journalists as well as radio, television, and website producers. While their work spans a diverse range of subjects—sushi chef supremacy, masterful winemaking in Spain, the link between diet and the human mind—every winning piece demonstrates commitment to high journalistic, artistic, and technical standards and, of course, a passion for gastronomy. Click here to view and read a selection of this year's winners. (Photo by Kent Miller)

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Recipe: Sinatra Smash

blackberriesOne of the highlights of the Beard Awards reception was the vast assortment of festive cocktails. Among our favorites was this delicious blackberry and whiskey concoction from Patricia Richards of the Wynn Las Vegas. Here’s the recipe: 4 fresh blackberries 1 ½ ounces fresh sweet and sour mix ¼ ounce Sonoma Vanilla–infused simple syrup ½ ounce Briotett crème de cassis 1 ½ ounces Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey Muddle the blackberries with the sweet and sour. Add simple syrup, crème de cassis, and whiskey. Shake with ice until chilled, strain over cracked ice in an old-fashioned glass, and serve garnished with a mint sprig.

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The Big Names Arrive on the Red Carpet

What do the country's best chefs eat for breakfast on the biggest day of the year? Snack blogger Jennifer Leuzzi finds out on the red carpet at Avery Fisher Hall before the 2009 James Beard Foundation Awards.

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