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  • James Beard, campfire boy

    James Beard, campfire boy
    James Beard came from Portland, Ore. Which is culturally prescient. He had his pretensions; his first book extolled the value of pint-sized cocktail-party creations. But the man also liked to camp. He retained fond memories of pulling shellfish from the Pacific with his parents, cooking chowders and salmon over open fires on Oregon beaches. He would always claim he liked the smell and feel of a meal cooked outdoors the best.
  • The 2015 James Beard Awards: pig roasts and Alton Brown on guitar

    The 2015 James Beard Awards: pig roasts and Alton Brown on guitar
    For the first time in its 25-year history, the James Beard Awards, which concluded Monday night, were held not in New York City but in Chicago. And boy, did Chicago roll out the red carpet for the restaurant awards. (The journalism and book awards took...

    James Beard awards: Another ignominious shutout for L.A. chefs and restaurants

    James Beard awards: Another ignominious shutout for L.A. chefs and restaurants
    Southern California may be a dining mecca, but you wouldn’t know it judging from the James Beard Awards. Once again Monday night, Los Angeles chefs and restaurants suffered an ignominious shutout at the prestigious awards, presented this year in...

    Sustainable food wins big for Dan Barber at Beard awards

    An almost obsessive dedication to regional and seasonal foods has netted Dan Barber a first-ever culinary hat trick in the nation's top restaurant awards. The James Beard Foundation on Monday named Barber's Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills,...

    Beard awards draws nation's restaurant critics. Where will they eat?

     Beard awards draws nation's restaurant critics. Where will they eat?
    If you were a hungry restaurant critic flying into Chicago for arguably the biggest culinary event of the year, where would you eat? Over the next few days, the James Beard Foundation Awards ceremony at the Lyric Opera's Civic Opera House, which takes...