Shut Up, Foodies: Star Wars

I like that the winners get a medal and not a statue. It adds a certain League of Justice Superfriends flavor, but I suspect it is an allusion to the scene in Empire Strikes Back when Princess Leia gives Han Solo and Luke their awards. The Beard Foundation is 100 percent Star Wars realness!

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Marcia "The Tablehopper" Gagliardi: It's Time to Hum(m) a Happy Tune

Just had a chance to powwow with the gracious and talented Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park (who won Best Chef New York). He took a moment to reminisce about living and working in San Francisco: “It has a special place in my heart. It was my first place in America, it was the place where I met my wife, it’s the place where I got four stars from the San Francisco Chronicle. I also loved to live there, I loved the ingredients...But there is something special about New York. When you come to New York, you feel that energy. Anybody who lives in New York is here to achieve something special. I wanted to be a part of that, to contribute to that energy. I am very happy to have a busy restaurant here. Like Frank Sinatra said..." [We both chuckled here]. "There is a lot of truth to what he said. If you can make it there...you’re on top of the world.”

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Snack: Two-Win Levine

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Snack: All-Access at What Cost?

Drew Nieporent just offered her $100 for her backstage pass.

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Shut Up, Foodies: Who Dat?

Did Lidia just say PASTA changes, or POSITIVE changes? Whatever, bring on Louisiana's Tourism dudes.  I am in a nosebleed seat, but these guys look handsome.  Everyone in Louisiana is, though. -Meatball

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Marcia "The Tablehopper" Gagliardi: Hangin' with Ruhlman

Probably one of my favorite people to chew the fat with, Michael Ruhlman. Sadly he missed receiving his Beard award yesterday for Ad Hoc at Home—he didn’t know the book awards were moved to Sunday. Rats. So there he was, having dinner with pastry chef and blogger Shuna Fish Lydon when he suddenly got the call from Thomas (as in Keller), asking where he was. Yeah, Ruhlman was bummed. But at least dinner was good.

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JBF Awards 2010 America's Classics Award: Mary & Tito's Cafe in Albuquerque, NM

Mary & Tito's Cafe in Albuquerque, NM have been serving New Mexico classics like carne adovada—long-braised pork in red chile sauce—and fried turnovers to its faithful clientele since 1963.

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Shut Up, Foodies: Checking Up on Apron Anxiety

Just saw our co-liveblogger Alyssa Shelasky responsibly interviewing someone. Or trying to pick him up. We'll keep an eye on her. -Snacktime

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Snack: Press Room

Are you here for the chefs? Or the open bar?

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2010 James Beard Media Awards Show Open

Last night the best and brightest of the food media world were celebrated at the 2010 James Beard Foundation Media Awards.

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