Meet the 2015 Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award Journalism Nominees

Portland Monthly

 

When Craig Claiborne became the food editor at the New York Times, the food world was small and food writing essentially limited to home economics columns. Claiborne’s efforts combined food writing, journalism, and criticism to elevate the entire genre. Despite the industry’s rapid expansion in the ensuing half century, the nominees for the Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award have left their mark through their thoughtfully considered takes on their local restaurant scenes. 

 

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Karen Brooks
Portland Monthly

Karen Brooks, the current food critic for Portland Monthly, has covered the city’s food scene for three decades, tackling trends and tastes as the community of Portland has evolved. [Image above]

 

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JBF Awards to Be Celebrated in Chicago for 3 Years

 

The James Beard Foundation, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Choose Chicago, and the Illinois Restaurant Association announced today that the JBF Awards, which will take place in Chicago this year for the first time, will be returning to the city in 2016 and 2017. “We received a groundswell of enthusiastic support from chefs, restaurateurs, and sponsors all across the country when we announced that the silver anniversary of the Awards would take place in Chicago," said JBF president Susan Ungaro. "We are so proud to be welcoming this most prestigious of events for two more years,” added Mayor Emanuel. 
 
The 2015 JBF Awards will take place at Lyric Opera of Chicago on May 4, 2015, and will be live streamed at jamesbeard.org/awards. As previously announced, on Friday, April 24, 2015, the James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards Dinner, an exclusive event honoring the nation’s top cookbook authors,... Read more >

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What We're Reading: April 16, 2015

 

Explore the wide variety of American sandwichdom. [NYT

 

Should the FDA need to approve additives in our food? [NPR

 

Eating alone can be fun, we promise. [HuffPo

 

A guide to the hottest wine bars around the country. [Bon Appétit

 

Take a look at the latest design trends for our favorite room in the house: the kitchen. [... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Wines, Spirits, and Other Beverages Journalism Award Nominees

afar

 

From coffee to craft cocktails, the liquid in your cup can offer far more than mere refreshment. The nominees for the James Beard Journalism Award for Wine, Spirit, and Other Beverages present the stories behind the sips, quenching readers’ thirst for new imbibable insights.

 

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Gabrielle Hamilton
AFAR
Into the Vines

After sixteen years of championing and serving Sicilian wine at her New York City restaurant Prune, Gabrielle Hamilton finally visits the region, discovering deep connections with the men and women behind her much-beloved grapes. [Image included above]

 

 

Washington Post

 

M. Carrie Allan
The Washington Post
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Cook with a JBF Award Winner via IfOnly

 

For the novice home cook who's looking to go pro, is there a better opportunity than learning straight from a Beard Award winner? Or, for the avid entertainer who wants to live large, is there anything more impressive than an iconic chef cooking an extravagant meal for your friends? 

 

We think not. That's why we've once again partnered with IfOnly to bring you the food lover's dream shop, filled with experiences and autographed cookbooks from JBF Award nominees and winners from around the country. From a private, multi-course meal prepared in your own kitchen by JBF Award winner and luminary Alice Waters to an afternoon apprenticeship with JBF Award winner Jonathan Waxman at Ba... Read more >

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In Memoriam: Homaro Cantu

 

The James Beard Foundation is deeply saddened by the news of acclaimed chef Homaro Cantu's passing yesterday at the age of 38. "The culinary community mourns the tragic loss of chef Homaru Canto, an immensely talented chef and friend of the James Beard Foundation,” said JBF president Susan Ungaro. “I fondly recall visiting his hydroponic farm at Moto last year and enjoyed his contagious enthusiasm for the next new thing. We will never know what more he could have accomplished. His loss is ours.”

 

Donations in his honor can be made to: 
Cantu Childrens Trust
1555 Sherman, Box 177
Evanston, IL 60201​

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Meet the 2015 Personal Essay Journalism Nominees

Garden & Gun

 

From holiday menus to vacation dinners to the first ice cream cone at the beginning of summer, our memories of food frequently influence our identities more than music, art, or even education. The nominees for the James Beard Journalism Award for Personal Essay are connected by a common thread of contemplation of meals past, transforming nostalgia into thoughtful commentary on the role of food in their larger lives and cultures.

 

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Rick Bragg
Garden and Gun
Requiem for a Fish Sandwich

Faced with new overfishing regulations and species depletions, Rick Bragg looks back on the glory days of grouper sandwiches to say goodbye to what once was. [Image shown above]

 

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What We're Reading: April 15, 2015

 

Don’t buy seedless: why you should be saving your watermelon seeds. [HuffPo

 

Start your spring cleaning regimen by purging your pantry. [The Kitchn

 

First cider, now brandy: American distilleries are taking on the French eau de vie. [NPR

 

Despite the FDA’s attempts to restrict antibiotic use in livestock, frightening new data reveals that applications have only grown. [Mother Jones

 

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Interview with Dan Barber of Oustanding Restaurant Nominee Blue Hill at Stone Barns

 

Located just 30 miles north of New York City, Blue Hill at Stone Barns feels worlds away, sourcing its ingredients from the vast surrounding landscape and spinning them into dishes served in an idyllic, rustic-chic setting. Beyond the acclaimed cuisine, this Outstanding Restaurant nominee is also a staunch advocate for better food-system choices. We recently caught up with co-owner and executive chef Dan Barber for a look at what’s happening at the restaurant this season, his team’s experimental pop-up featuring food waste, and how we should rethink farm-to-table fare.

 

JBF: Can you tell us about a dish or two currently on your menu at Blue Hill at Stone Barns that really speaks to the restaurant’s perspective or philosophy?

 

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Meet the 2015 Profile Journalism Award Nominees

Eater

 

In the age of the celebrity chef, it seems more important than ever before to discover the person behind the branded set of cookware. The nominees for the James Beard Journalism Award for profile offer insights into some of our largest marquee names, digging beneath the glitz and glamor to humanize these titans of industry.

 

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John Birdsall
Eater
Jeremiah Tower's Invincible Armor of Pleasure

John Birdsall chronicles the rise and fall of California-cuisine legend Jeremiah Tower on the eve of his return to the restaurant scene. [Image shown above]

 

Matter

 

Taffy Brodesser-Akner
Matter
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