2014 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Sirio Maccioni

 

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual whose lifetime body of work has had a positive and long-lasting impact on the way we eat, cook, and/or think about food in America.

 

Sirio Maccioni’s father once said that the only reason to go into a restaurant was to show off the beautiful woman on your arm. But if his father could have peeked into the future to see his son become the top restaurateur in New York City, he might have changed his stance. 

 

The owner of the legendary Le Cirque, which won JBF’s Outstanding Restaurant Award in 1995 and is approaching its 40th anniversary, Maccioni is a fixture of Manhattan fine dining, having introduced a benchmark for hospitality and launched the careers of many celebrated chefs. “Le Cirque was the first buoyant, fun, four-star restaurant we have ever known,” notes JBF trustee Michael Lomonaco, who says that the greatest highlight of his career was nabbing a spot on the line at Le Cirque working under chefs Alain Sailhac and Daniel Bo... Read more >

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2014 America’s Classics: Sokolowski’s University Inn

 

Sokolowski’s University Inn
1201 University Road, Cleveland 
Owners: Bernard Sokolowski, Mary Balbier, and Michael Sokolowski

 

In 1923 Victoria and Michael Sokolowski founded a Polish restaurant on a bank of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. Today, Sokolowski’s University Inn serves edible homages to the city’s immigrant-driven industrial past, dishing sturdy comfort foods like the cabbage rolls that once fueled the city’s growth. 

 

Pierogis, stuffed with whipped potatoes, bathed in butter, and drenched in caramelized onions, are everyday specials. The Sokolowski family does right by Midwestern dishes, too. They beer-batter and fry Lake Erie perch. They craft their own bratwurst and smoked kielbasa. 

 

Originally a tavern when the Tremont neighborhood was flush with blue-collar steelworkers, Sokolowki’s expanded to cafeteria-style service in the 1950s, and has evolved more recently into a touchstone re... Read more >

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Interview with JBF Award Nominee Jimmy Bannos Jr. of the Purple Pig

 

With his sights set on running his own eatery while he was practically still in diapers, fourth-generation chef and restaurateur Jimmy Bannos Jr. opened Chicago’s acclaimed Purple Pig at the tender age of 25. Below, the 2014 Rising Star Chef of the Year nominee fills us in on his go-to Windy City restaurant, his dream culinary travel destination, and the valuable lessons he learned while growing up in restaurant kitchens.

 

JBF: When did you know that you wanted to get into the business? And how has your family’s career, particularly your father’s, pushed you towards success? 

 

Jimmy Bannos Jr.: I always knew this was what I wanted to do, even when I was a toddler. There was no question; it was just automatic. One of the biggest advantages I’ve felt as a child of a culinary family is that I always knew what kind of dedicat... Read more >

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Interview with Jeffrey Morgenthaler of Clyde Common

Anna Mowry interviews Jeffrey Morgenthaler of Clyde Common, a nominee for the 2014 James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program

 

Clyde Common's drink list may be inspired by the classics, but don't expect the ordinary at this Portland gastropub. Its bar manager, Jeffrey Morgenthaler, was an early adopter of barrel aging and bottled cocktails, concepts that are now de rigeur in the industry. Below, Morgenthaler tells us his "trifecta" of indispensable cocktail books and what you should be ordering from the Clyde Common menu.

 

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JBF: How would you describe Clyde Common’s mixology style?

 

JM: We focus on simple and elegant cocktails that are intended to pair well with the beautiful food that comes out of our kitchen. Our drinks are rooted in the classics. We tailor them to fit our style and make them our own.

 

JBF: You guys do... Read more >

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Guilty-Pleasure Tunes

The 2014 James Beard Awards

 

Just like food vices (curly fries, anyone?), everyone has a guilty-pleasure musical treat they indulge in when the mood strikes (and, shhh, more than a few of our staffers copped to Katy Perry). We asked some of this year’s JBF Awards gala chefs to fill us in on their own musical vices—whether closeted or unabashed. Here are their top picks:

 

Jonathan Benno, Lincoln Ristorante, NYC

Notorious B.I.G.

 

Dante Boccuzzi, Dante, Cleveland

Styx

 

Bill Corbett, The Absinthe Group, San Francisco

Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone”

 

JBF Award Winner Brooks Headley, Del Posto, NYC

“The Monkees. God, I love the Monkees. But I don’t feel that guilty about it...”

 

Michael Hudman, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Memphis

Queen’s “Somebody to Love”

 

Naomi Pomeroy, Beast, Por... Read more >

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The 2014 Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards Recap

 

 

Thanks for joining us for the 2014 Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards! Here's the full list of tonight's winners. Congratulations to all! 

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2014 Journalism Awards Recap

 

Here's our final recap from tonight's ceremony: the Journalism Award winners! Stay tuned for Publication of the Year.

 

The 2014 Journalism Award winners:

 

Cooking, Recipes, or Instruction
Andy Ricker
Saveur
“The Star of Siam”

 

Food and Culture 
John Birdsall
Lucky Peach
America, Your Food Is So Gay

 

Food and Travel
Nick Paumgarten
Bon Appétit
... Read more >

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2014 Broadcast and New Media Awards Recap

 

Here are the winners of this year's Broadcast and New Media Awards. We will reveal the winner of the Outstanding Personality/Host award at the end of the night.

 

The 2014 Broadcast and New Media Award winners, presented by Lenox Tableware and Gifts:

 

Radio Show/Audio Webcast
This American Life
Host: Ben Calhoun
Area: Public Radio
Producer: Ben Calhoun

 

Special/Documentary
Eating Alabama
Network: PBS

 

Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location
Martha Stewart’s Cooking School
Host: Martha Stewart
Network: PBS
Producers: Greta Anthony, Christina Deyo, Michael Morrison, Olivia Schneider, Martha Stewart, Calia Van Dyk, and Lisa Wagner

 

Television Program, on Location
The Mind of a Chef
Host: Anthony Bourda... Read more >

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2014 Book Awards Recap

 

Here are tonight's Book Award winners! The winner of the Cookbook of the Year award will be announced toward the end of the ceremony.

 

Want to add some of these winners to your collection? Purchase them (or anything!) from our Amazon store and a percentage of the sale will be donated to JBF.

 

The 2014 Book Award winners:

 

American Cooking
The New Midwestern Table: 200 Heartland Recipes
Amy Thielen
(Random House)

 

Baking and Dessert
The Art of French Pastry
Jacquy Pfeiffer with Martha Rose Shulman
(Knopf) 

 

Beverage  
The Cocktail Lab: Unraveling the Mysteries of Flavor and Aroma in Drink, with Recipes
Tony Conigliaro
(Ten Speed Press)

 

Cooking from a Pr... Read more >

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2014 JBF Cookbook Hall of Fame: Diana Kennedy

Cuisines of Mexico

 

This award is given to a cookbook or body of work that has had a significant and enduring impact on the way we cook and understand food.

 

We have the late Craig Claiborne to thank for the force that is Diana Kennedy. A casual suggestion made to Kennedy during Claiborne’s days as the New York Times restaurant critic led her to write The Cuisines of Mexico, an achievement of meticulous research, fine writing, and groundbreaking recipes that by itself would merit its author a place in the James Beard Foundation’s Cookbook Hall of Fame. But Kennedy, never satisfied, as anyone who has spent time with her knows, kept researching, kept cooking, and kept writing books that just barely met her perfectionist standards and raised the bar for all who followed in her footsteps.

 

Kennedy lives what she writes. All around her adobe home in the mountains of Michoacán, she grows a botanist’s dream of indigenous herbs, fruits, and vegetables. And she has n... Read more >

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