America’s Classic: Chef Vola’s, Atlantic City, NJ

Customers make pilgrimages to eat at Chef Vola’s, a traditional Italian-American eatery in Atlantic City, and our first America’s Classic of the night.

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2011 JBF Awards Show Opener

  The 2011 Awards opening video, for those of you not watching our live stream at jamesbeard.org/awardslive.

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Awards Watch: Belinda Chang, where were you when…?

Belinda Chang, wine director at Wine Service Nominee The Modern, was in the presence of greatness when she found out her restaurant made the semifinals, and again when the news broke of their nomination: “I was in Alsace at the legendary, historic Trimbach winery in February when the semifinalists were announced. I was with Jean Trimbach and his niece and we were opening up older and older Rieslings. My phone started buzzing and buzzing. I thought someone must have died or something. Then, on the day of the nominees announcement I was at Gramercy Tavern with winemaker Brian Talley and a room full of 25 sommeliers and journalists. Again, my phone started buzzing. I jumped up and screamed, and somehow managed not to spill wine all over myself! Tonight, I think I need to have a really fantastic winemaker sitting next to me. They seem to be good luck!”

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The 2011 JBF Awards Live!

The 2011 JBF Awards are underway. Here are all of the ways you can follow our live coverage tonight: JBF Awards Live: Live stream, live blog, and live tweets, all in one place at jamesbeard.org/awardslive Live Blog: Stay tuned to jamesbeard.org/blog for all the live updates from our live bloggers with images, video, and more. Twitter: Follow @beardfoundation on Twitter—and don’t forget to include #jbfa in your own Awards-related tweets!

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2011 JBF Awards: Welcome!

James Beard Awards medallion Welcome to the live blog of the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards. The culinary stars are arriving on the red carpet, tonight’s featured chefs are setting up for the reception, and our team of guest bloggers is gearing up for the festivities. We’d like to introduce tonight’s guest bloggers who’ll be reporting, eating, and rubbing elbows with all the fabulous food folk: Just like years past, the team at Savory Cities will be joining Jennifer Leuzzi of Snack on the red carpet. Jennifer, a veteran of the JBF Awards, will be checking in to share her unique perspective throughout the night and interviewing winners as they make their way through the press room. Immaculate

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Awards Watch: Journalism Awards

We'll leave you with this year's Journalism Award winners—we're off to SD26 for Chefs' Night Out and a bit of revelry. See you back here at 5:00 P.M. tomorrow!

Newspaper Feature Writing About Restaurants and/or Chefs: Jared Jacang Maher, Westword, “A Hunger to Help”

Newspaper Feature Writing: Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader, “The Real American Pie”

Food-Related Columns: Rachel Wharton, Edible Brooklyn, Column: Back of the House

Newspaper Food Section: The Washington Post, Joe Yonan

Reporting on Health, Environment, or Nutrition: Rowan Jacobsen, EatingWell, “…Or Not to Bee”

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Awards Watch: Broadcast Media Award Winners

We've just wrapped up the Broadcast Media Awards segment of the program—just in time for Karen DeMasco's white chocolate panna cotta with morello cherries and cherry sorbet. Highlight: a humbled and flattered Andrew Zimmern, upon accepting his award for TV Food Personality, gave a shout-out to Cookbook-Hall-of-Fame inductee Claudia Roden. "Claudia, you write about eyeballs and sheep testicles, and that's where I always like to start eating!" he declared. Here are the 2010 Broadcast Media Award winners: Audio Webcast or Radio Show: The Kojo Nnamdi Show Video Webcast: The Greenmarket: One Farmer’s Story, from seriouseats.com Television Segment: ABC News Nightline Television Show, On Location: Chefs A’ Field: King of Alaska Television Show, In Studio or Fixed Location: French Food at Home with Laura Calder Television Special:

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On the Menu: May 2 through May 8

Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, May 2, 6:00 P.M. 2010 James Beard Foundation Media & Book Awards To welcome the James Beard Foundation Book Awards to our annual Media Awards dinner and ceremony, this year’s Chefs have been selected not only for their culinary accomplishments but also for their literary prowess. In addition to their talents behind the stove, each of our chefs is a respected cookbook author who has shared his or her culinary secrets with an eager reading (and cooking) audience. Monday, May 3, 6:00 P.M. 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception The culinary industry is built on a tradition of mentorship – a

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Awards Watch: Readers' Choice, Best New Restaurant

James Beard Foundation Awards weekend is upon us! While we've been busy polishing the medallions and chilling the Champagne, you've been letting us know who you think deserves to win in the Food Blog and Website categories. Now that the polls have closed, we're excited to report that Hunter Angler Gardener Cook conquered the Food Blog vote, while Saveur.com was the victor in the Website contest. For our final readers' choice vote, we're picking a category that is sure

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