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Event Tue Mar 18 2014

2014 Beard Awards Announced in Chicago

20120223_james-beard-foundation_33.jpgThe Publican played host to the announcement this morning of the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards nominees.

As usual, Chicago chefs were well represented in the Best Chef: Great Lakes category. Dave Beran of Next, Curtis Duffy of Grace, Paul Virant of Vie and Andrew Zimmerman of Sepia took four of the five spots. Meanwhile, Jimmy Bannos Jr. of the Purple Pig and David Posey of Blackbird are in the running for Rising Star Chef of the Year, and Dana Cree of Blackbird received a nomination for Outstanding Pastry Chef.

The Violet Hour won a nomination for Outstanding Bar Program, Spiaggia is up for Outstanding Restaurant and Topolobampo was nominated for Outstanding Service. Lawton Stanley Architects was nominated for Outstanding Restaurant Design, 75 Seats and Under for its work on Grace.

Donnie Madia of One Off Hospitality Group was nominated for Outstanding Restaurateur, and Paul Kahan was named part of the 2014 Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America class of inductees, rounding out a triumphant day for the One Off Hospitality.

In the media awards, Chicago was shut out with the exception of Chicago Public Radio's "This American Life," which picked up a nomination for Radio Show/Audio Webcast, for its episode on "artificial calamari." Too bad it's not actually produced here anymore.

The 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards gala will be held May 5 in New York.

 

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Event Mon Jul 21 2014

A Garden Party at Rick Bayless' House

By Judy Wu

I was using Rick Bayless' restroom, I mused, staring up at the ceiling window that was projecting a heavenly beacon of light upon my less-than-angelic duties. I could barely distinguish Rick's faint murmurs through the orange walls, something about how...
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