America’s Classics Across the Country

 

Our America’s Classics Award winners crisscross the country from coast to coast, representing the diverse culinary heritage of the U.S. Here’s a bird’s-eye view of the nearly 100 beloved restaurants distinguished by their timeless appeal, quality eats, and local character (you can also see the full list here). Stay tuned for our next batch of winners, which will be announced on February 23, 2016.

 

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Our new America's Classics cookbook, ... Read more >

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The 2016 JBF Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists

The 2016 Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists

Here they are! Below are the semifinalists for the 2016 Restaurant and Chef Awards. Read on for semifinalists in all categories, from Outstanding Restaurant to Rising Star Chef of the Year.

 

For a refresher on how these names were selected, read this. And don't forget: we'll announce the final Restaurant and Chef Award nominees, as well as the nominations for our Book, Journalism, Broadcast Media, and Restaurant Design Awards, in San Francisco and on Twitter on Tuesday, March 15.

 

The 2016 James Beard Awards Gala will be held at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists Announced Next Week; Nominees Will Be Announced in San Francisco

2016 James Beard Awards

The first milestone of Beard Awards season arrives next week! On the morning of Wednesday, February 17, we'll post the complete Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists right here on the JBF blog. The list will include semifinalists for our ten regional "Best Chef" awards, as well as for national honors like Outstanding Restaurant, Rising Star Chef of the Year, and Outstanding Bar Program.

 

Where do the semifinalists come from? The process began in October with an open call online; anyone could submit up to two entries per category. After receiving about 20,000 submissions, our Restaurant and Chef Awards Committee,... Read more >

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Awards Watch: How the Book Awards Are Judged

 

Tell people you are a food writer and often they assume you're a restaurant critic. 

 

It's the same when I tell people that I serve on the James Beard Foundation's Book Awards subcommittee. They assume I pick the winning books. The reality is that my fellow subcommittee members and I are administrators, not judges. 

 

Each January, we gather at the Foundation's accounting firm in New York City with the 400-plus books that have been entered for consideration. We review all of the books to make sure they qualify based on the rules. We make sure they are entered in the correct categories. We each oversee a category or two and assign independent judges to those categories. Each category has four... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Restaurant Design Entries Due January 29

James Beard Foundation Restaurant Design Award Entries Due January 29

Designers and architects, take note: we're getting into the final stretch of the entry period for JBF's 2016 Restaurant Design Awards. Submissions for our committee's consideration are due Friday, January 29. We're accepting entries in two categories: Outstanding Restaurant Design: 75 Seats and Under; and Outstanding Restaurant Design: 76 Seats and Over. Any restaurant or design project that was completed or redone in North America after January 1, 2013 is eligible.

 

Want to enter? ... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Highlights from the 2015 James Beard Awards

 

Roll out the red carpet: with the announcement of Oscar nominations today, it's officially awards season! Our 2016 Restaurant and Chef award semifinalists will be announced on February 17, 2015. To make sure you get your JBFA fix until then, we’re looking back at last year's bash, full of stars, songs, sips, snacks, and lots of celebration. Check out the video above for highlights from the 2015 Beard Awards, and start dusting those mothballs off your gowns and tuxedos for this year's fête.

 

Get more information on the 2016 James Beard Awards.

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Awards Watch: Journalism Entries Due January 6

James Beard Foundation Journalism Award Entries Due January 6

 

Paging food journalists! The entry period for next year's JBF Journalism Awards is drawing to a close. Submissions for 2016 consideration are due this Wednesday, January 6. 

 

Want to add your work to the mix? Register and submit entries here. 

 

2016 Journalism Award nominees will be announced on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards will be held at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Broadcast Media Entries Due January 6

2016 James Beard Broadcast Media Award entries are due January 6

 

Attention hosts, producers, and directors: we're in the final days of our entry period for the 2016 Broadcast Media Awards. Entries are due Wednesday, January 6. 

 

Want to add your work to the mix? Register and submit entries here. 

 

2016 Broadcast Media Award nominees will be announced on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards will be held at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City on Tuesday, April 26,... Read more >

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Our Editors’ Favorite Dishes of 2015

With over 250 events held annually around the country, each year of JBF programming takes the pulse of our national culinary scene. Our favorite dishes of 2015 represent the nibbles ne plus ultra that spiked our collective heart rate. From trendy hors d’oeuvre (an avocado toast par excellence) to hearty mains (a pepper-packed Lone Star State brisket) to genre-bending desserts (sweet English peas and chocolate), the past year proved to be one of unexpected delights, comforting classics, and most of all, ample evidence that American cooking is very much alive and well. Read on for our full list of this year’s standouts.

 

 

Avocado with Toasted Pumpernickel, Smoked Whitefish, and Pink Peppercorns

 

Alon Shaya, Shaya, New Orleans (served at the Beard House)

 

If 2014... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Book Awards Submissions Due December 11

Submissions for the 2016 James Beard Book Awards are due December 11, 2015

 

Calling all authors, editors, and other publishing-industry folk: you have two business weeks left to send us your submissions for the 2016 JBF Book Awards. Entries are due by Friday, December 11.

 

Want to add your work to the mix? Register and submit entries here. Our Book Award categories, described in greater detail here, are:

 

American

Baking and Desserts

Beverage... Read more >

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