Awards Watch: The 2015 Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America

The 2015 Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America

The James Beard Foundation is proud to announce the five 2015 inductees to the Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America. This prestigious award is given to renowned culinary professionals who have made a significant and unique contribution to the American food and beverage industry. We'll be honoring the new inductees at the James Beard Awards ceremony at Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 4.

 

The 2015 Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America inductees are:

 

Allan Benton, Pork Producer and Purveyor

The owner of Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams, Allan Benton has been described by Saveur magazine as "one of the most... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: 2015 Awards Gala Chef Co-Chair Rick Bayless

 

With less than two weeks to go until our 2015 JBF Awards nominee announcement, the excitement in the air is palpable. For this week's TBT, we've unearthed a retro photograph of JBF Award winner Rick Bayless sporting a groovy hat and some funky specs while cooking at the Beard House. We can't wait for him to suit up as a gala chef co-chair at this spring's main event, coming May 4 to Lyric Opera of Chicago. See the full list of Awards gala chefs here.

 

Curious about the details of JBF's upcoming fête in Chi-town? Watch this clip of JBF president Susan Ungaro's recent interview on Windy City Live!

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JBF in the News: Susan Ungaro on "Windy City Live"

 

The 2015 James Beard Awards are less than two months away, and the excitement is ramping up. Yesterday JBF president Susan Ungaro and Choose Chicago's Don Welsh stopped... Read more >

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Reel Food: Behind the Scenes at the Beard House with Chicago’s Jimmy Bannos Jr.

 

Fourth-generation chef and restaurateur Jimmy Bannos Jr. opened Chicago’s acclaimed wine-and-swine bar, the Purple Pig, to rave reviews at the tender age of 25. This winter, the 2014 JBF Rising Star Chef of the Year award winner satisfied eager Beard House diners with his luscious Mediterranean fare, which in his true nose-to-tail ethos, included everything from chicken feet to neck bone gravy. Watch the video above to go behind the scenes at his dinner, learn how growing up in a culinary family pushed him to succeed, and discover about how his cooking philosophy has evolved along the way.

 

To learn more about upcoming events, view our full calendar. For LIVE behind-the-scenes action from the Beard House, watch our JBF Kitchen Cam at ... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Hansen's Sno-Bliz

 

Earlier today, JBF announced the 2015 America's Classics honorees, our award given to regional establishments that are treasured for their quality food, local character, and lasting appeal. As we induct this new class of regional favorites into our ranks, it seemed only fitting to dedicate this Throwback Thursday to one of last year's winners, Hansen's Sno-Bliz.

 

On frosty days like these, we can only dream of licking melted shaved ice off our fingers in the scorching heat of summer. In 1934, Ernest Hansen patented one of the earliest ice shaving machines, and shortly after, his wife Mary started developing her own flavored syrups to use as toppings. On a sweltering New Orleans summer day back in 1939, they debuted their creations as Hansen's Sno-Bliz. Their granddaughter, Ashley Hansen, pictured here standing proudly with her award, has kept this mouthwatering business in the family. She... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Meet the 2015 America’s Classics

Today we're excited to announce the recipients of one of our most popular awards: the America's Classics! This honor is given to regional establishments, often family-owned, that are treasured for their quality food, local character, and lasting appeal. Read on to learn more about our 2015 America's Classics. These awards will be bestowed at the James Beard Awards Gala at Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 4.  

 

Read the full press release here.

 

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Archie’s Waeside, Le Mars, IA (Owner: Robert Rand)

 

Set in what was once a roadhouse bar, Archie’s is a citadel of American beef cookery. Seated in a commodious booth, in a dining room accented with Christmas tchotchkes, regulars drink perfect Manhattans, snack on handmade onion rings and well-curated relish... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Semifinalist Smiles

 

What’s got JBF Award winner Jonathan Waxman so happy? Maybe it’s our 2015 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards semifinalist announcement. For the fourth year running, he’s on the long list for Best Chef: NYC. With such a consistent track record, it seems only fitting for a little nostalgic indulgence via the photo above. What’s on your mind, chef Waxman? Already thinking about that nominee announcement on March 24?

 

See the full list of semifinalists here.

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The 2015 Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists

The 2015 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists

They're here! Below are the semifinalists for our 2015 Restaurant and Chef Award categories, from Outstanding Restaurant to Rising Star Chef of the Year.

 

Scroll down to see if your favorite restaurant or chef is in the running. (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, at the James Beard House in New York City on Tuesday, March 24.

 

The 2015 James Beard Awards gala will be held at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 4. The Foundation's Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Dinner will take place at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City on Friday, April 24.

 

RESTAURANT & CHEF

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One Week Away: The 2015 Semifinalist Announcement

The James Beard Awards | 25 Years

It’s a historic year for the James Beard Awards: we’re celebrating the program's 25th anniversary, and, for the first time ever, the Awards gala will be held in the city of Chicago. The Windy City has a rich history with the Foundation, boasting over 40 James Beard Award winners, including four Outstanding Chef medalists. We’re thrilled to honor the best of the culinary industry in this world-class destination. (Our Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Dinner will remain in New York City.)

 

The first milestone of JBFA season arrives next week. On the morning of Wednesday, February 18, we'll post the complete Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalist list right here on the JBF blog. This list will include our ten regional "Best Chef" awards, as well as national honors like Outstanding Restaurant, Rising Star Chef of the Year, and our brand new Outstanding Baker award.

 

Where do the... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: JBF Award Winner Gavin Kaysen and the 2015 Bocuse d'Or

 

JBF Award winner Gavin Kaysen was one of the coaches of the U.S. team that brought home the silver medal from this year’s Bocuse d’Or, the world’s most prestigious cooking competition held biannually in Lyon, France. Kaysen, who won the JBF Rising Star Chef award in 2008, competed in the 2007 Bocuse d'Or, and has been involved with every subsequent American team. In this week's TBT we’re celebrating his hard-fought victory with this video of Kaysen on the red carpet at the JBF Awards in 2009, where he dished on breakfast, Café Boulud, and the significance of presenting the Rising Star category with JBF Award winner Jacques Pépin.

 

Stay tuned for updates on the 2015 James Beard Awards. The Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalist announcement is coming up on Wednesday, February 18.

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