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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Election 2009: The James Beard Foundation

posted by on October 15 at 15:55 PM

Now you can nominate your favorite restaurant/chef/etc. for the country’s most prestigious culinary awards…

The 2009 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards Voting Ballot

Calling all opinionated diners!

Participating in the James Beard Foundation Awards process has never been easier. Tell us your name, e-mail address, and state of residence, then submit your suggestions for nominees in up to 19 categories, ranging from Best New Restaurant to Rising Star Chef of the Year….

It’s a little unclear what the Foundation will actually do with your nominations, but for those who love to submit…. Last year’s winner for Best Chef: Northwest was Cafe Juanita’s Holly Smith. And everybody’s favorite Japanese restaurant Maneki won an America’s Classics Awards. (Maneki was also just honored in the pages of Gourmet as one of 20 “legendary restaurants”—unfortunately it’s not online.)

Who the hell’s James Beard? Here’s a great article about why you don’t know.

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Posted by laterite | October 15, 2008 4:09 PM

My great-aunt won a James Beard like 11 years ago for a cookbook she wrote. My sister found out about it a couple months ago and freaked out about it. As a regular take away and sandwich guy I had never heard of the James Beard award before.

Posted by Little Red Ryan Hood | October 15, 2008 4:22 PM

19 categories? There were 62 awards in 2008. It's a little promiscuous. Not just "best cookbook" (there are a million cookbook categories) but "Best Restaurant Graphics" and "Best Webcast"? Really?

Posted by Fnarf | October 15, 2008 4:47 PM

That's going to take some thought. I also can't seem to locate an archive of all the past winners... that would be helpful.

Posted by kid icarus | October 15, 2008 5:03 PM

Maneki ??? A classic ??? If it's longevity that makes something a classic, I should be dipped in bronze. The only thing that remotely makes Maneki a classic is its bar and bar menu which is in Japanese and scotch-taped to the bar's back wall.

BTW, a bit of trivia; I believe James Beard attended Reed College in Portland.

Posted by Cranky Old Man | October 15, 2008 7:00 PM

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