Pull up a chair and grab your mouse: the JBF Amazon store is now open for business. Our inventory includes JBF Award–winning and –nominated cookbooks (we recently added this year's contenders), our favorite chefs' product lines, and much more. Best of all, a portion of every purchase will go towards supporting the Foundation, no matter what you end up buying. We'll continue beefing up our stock over the coming months, so check back often.
Click here to take yourself to the store's homepage.
Make sure that your computer screen is tuned into our Twitter feed, @beardfoundation, on Monday morning: we'll be live-tweeting the Awards nominations from the Palace Café, the acclaimed New Orleans institution from chef Dickie Brennan. Kick-off time is 10:00 A.M. EST.
Along with tipping our toques to chefs and cookbook authors, the JBF Awards also spotlight outstanding journalists who help us keep up with the tastes, trends, and people that make up our expansive and dynamic culinary universe (to see last year's medalling media, click here).
The deadline for 2010 JBF Media Awards submissions is this Thursday, January 7, so you have a few more days to send us articles, webcasts, reviews, and other content. You can find the entry forms here.
It's that time again: we're accepting suggestions for 2010 JBF Award nominees!
Are you a food blogger, cookbook author, or restaurant designer? Stop by our entry forms and online voting page and submit your work for consideration for our book, journalism, broadcast media, and design awards.
Is there a chef whose cooking really knocked your socks off this year? You'll also find a link to an online voting form for restaurant and chef awards on the same page (feel free to offer your suggestions for nominees for every cooking prize we bestow, or just keep it to one).
Each year at the Beard Awards, we give out a handful of special honors called America’s Classics. A wide range of restaurants have been recognized as America’s Classics, from steakhouses to clam shacks, but the common thread is that they each have a timeless appeal—and are renowned in their regions for serving quality food that reflects the character of their community.
Owned by the self-proclaimed “Professor of Soul” Dexter Weaver, Weaver D’s is a fixture in Athens, Georgia. Beloved for its traditional soul food as well as its colorful proprietor, Weaver D’s keeps locals and tourists coming back for spot-on fried chicken, sweet potato casserole, buttermilk cornbread, and the restaurant’s signature squash casserole. Learn more about America’s Classics and watch a video about Weaver D’s here.
2008 JBF Award winner and Imbibe! author David Wondrich will be mixing up cocktails at our exclusive Jack Daniel’s birthday party at the Beard House on September 9 (want a taste of his genius? Enter our Twitter recipe contest!). But where does this master mixologist go when he wants someone else to make him a drink?
JBF: Where do you like to go for a great cocktail?
DW: A few current favorites: Clover Club, Pegu Club, and PDT in New York, Beretta and Alembic in San Francisco, the Teardrop Lounge in Portland, Green Street in Boston, and the Edison in Los Angeles. But there are many more places, almost all of them new. It’s an exciting time for the discriminating barfly.
Click here to read more of our Q & A with David Wondrich
Top Chef Masters makes its debut this week on Bravo and its roster of cheftestants is chock-full of JBF Award–winning and –nominated chefs like Rick Bayless, Roy Yamaguchi, and Cindy Pawlcyn. A player of particular note is our 2007 Humanitarian of the Year winner, Art Smith, whose work extends beyond the restaurant kitchen and into the community with his non-profit organization Common Threads. At its Chicago and Los Angeles locations, Common Threads participants learn about new cultures and our global community through food and cooking.
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)
One 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.