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  • Dining briefs: Beard dinner, Joly wins, Cantu does beer

    Dining briefs: Beard dinner, Joly wins, Cantu does beer
    All-star collaboration: Last year, the James Beard Foundation took its act on the road with a pop-up culinary series called "Taste America." For this year’s stop in Chicago, the chefs involved are a veritable all-star team. The event will be held at the Trump International Hotel on Friday, Oct. 17 and headlined with a four-course dinner by Alinea’s Grant Achatz, Sixteen’s Thomas Lents and renowned Charleston/Nashville chef Sean Brock. Their opening act, so to say, will feature small bites from five Beard Award winners: Next’s Dave Beran and The Purple Pig’s Jimmy Bannos Jr. (both winners in 2014), Naha’s Carrie Nahabedian, Hot Chocolate’s Mindy Segal and Slurping Turtle’s Takashi Yagihashi. Tickets for this event are $400. If you can’t afford that, Grant Achatz will be doing a free cooking demonstration the next morning, 10:30 a.m. at Sur La Table at 900 N. Michigan Ave.
  • 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards announced

    2014 James Beard Foundation Awards announced
    Chicago chefs and restaurants continued their streak of a respectable showing at the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards. The annual awards gala, dubbed the “Oscars” of the American culinary scene, was held Monday in New York. Unlike last...

    2014 James Beard Award nominations announced

    2014 James Beard Award nominations announced
    The 2014 James Beard Foundation Award nominees were revealed Tuesday morning at The Publican, and perhaps the pithiest way to sum up Chicago’s representation this year: No surprises. The major categories brought back familiar names: Spiaggia,...

    2014 James Beard Award winners announced in New York at Lincoln Center

    2014 James Beard Award winners announced in New York at Lincoln Center
    Winners were revealed Monday, May 5, 2014, at the annual 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards, the culinary industry’s most prestigious recognition program. During a ceremony headlined by Award-winning TV personality and multiple James Beard Award...

    Chicago grabs James Beard 'food Oscars' ceremony from New York

    Chicago grabs James Beard 'food Oscars' ceremony from New York
    The James Beard Foundation Awards, considered the Oscars of the American restaurant scene, is moving its 25th anniversary ceremony to Chicago in 2015. It will be held at the Civic Opera House May 4 and would be the first time the ceremony is hosted...