Awards Watch: Julie, Julia, and JBF Award Winner Rick Nelson

Beard medallion At the 2005 Media Awards, food writer Rick Nelson picked up his first Beard Award. But that wasn’t the only thing that made the night memorable. Today he recounts his memorable run-in with Julie Powell at the 2005 JBF Media Awards.

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Awards Watch: Beard Awards Make Gourmet Beam

Ruth Reichl Reading Ruth Reichl’s letter in the latest issue of Gourmet, we’re pleased and humbled by her gratitude for the four Beard Awards that the magazine received this past May. She describes the recognition as “an incredible honor,” and it’s an honor for us to salute such outstanding contributions to the culinary world. Reichl is most proud of earning the medal for Multimedia Writing on Food, awarded specifically for “The Test Kitchen” series on gourmet.com. For an archive of “The Test Kitchen” episodes, as well as links to other JBF Award–winning media, click here.

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Recipe: Coconut–Cardamom Rice Pudding with Rhubarb and Kumquats

(Photo by Kent Miller)

(Photo by Kent Miller)

A toasty, creamy mound of rice pudding hugged by a delicate shell, this lovely dessert gets an extra boost from the tartness of rhubarb and kumquats. Prepared by Chanterelle's Kate Zuckerman at the Beard Awards, it was one of our favorite dishes served at the reception. Luckily, Zuckerman was kind enough to share the recipe with us.

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Meredith Arthur: Dreaming of Jean-Georges

When asked who she would most like to serve her lemongrass-cured salmon with Thai-marinated vegetable small plate to this evening, Jennifer Coco of Flat Iron Cafe didn't hesitate: "Jean-Georges!" she exclaimed. "That's the dream." I’ll check in with her later to see if dreams come true at the JBF Awards.

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The calm before the storm

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News Feed: Women Once Barred from Mixing Drinks

Hard to believe, but for most of our cocktailing history it was illegal for women to mix drinks. Tell that to the 13 women mixologists shaking and stirring drinks tonight at the 2009 Beard Awards. Read more about the history of the women behind bars in this WSJ piece by Eric Felten.

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