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The Nominees for the 2008 James Beard Foundation Awards on StarChefs.com

» Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception

WHEN:
Sunday, June 8, 2008

WHERE:
Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, NYC

TICKETS:
James Beard Foundation Members $400

General Public $450

Press $200

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> Design and Graphics
> Restaurant and Chef
> Humanitarian Award
> Lifetime Achievement Award
> America's Classics

 


 
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2008 James Beard Foundation Awards Nominees Announced

March 24, 2008

The James Beard Foundation announced the nominees for their 2008 awards program today — 52 categories in all, falling under the headings of Restaurant and Chef, Books, Journalism, Design and Graphics, and Broadcast Media. 

Winners of the Restaurant and Chef, Books, and Design and Graphics awards will be celebrated on Sunday, June 8, 2008. The Journalism and Broadcast Media awards will be handed out at the Media Awards Dinner on Friday, June 6, 2008 at the Hudson Theatre.

Tickets for the James Beard Foundation Awards events can be purchased by calling the Awards Box Office at 212.925.0054.

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2008 James Beard Foundation Awards Nominees Categories:

> Book Awards
> Journalism
> Broadcast Media
> Design and Graphics
> Restaurant and Chef
> Humanitarian Award
> Lifetime Achievement Award
> America's Classics

James Beard Foundation Books Awards

Presented by Green & Black's®
For books published in English in 2007.

ASIAN COOKING

My Bombay Kitchen: Traditional and Modern Parsi Home Cooking
by Niloufer Ichaporia King
(University of California Press)

Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook
by Fuchsia Dunlop
(W.W. Norton & Company)

The Seventh Daughter: My Culinary Journey from Beijing to San Francisco
by Cecilia Chiang with Lisa Weiss
(Ten Speed Press)

BAKING AND DESSERT

A Baker's Odyssey
by Greg Patent
(John Wiley & Sons)

Peter Reinhart's Whole Grain Breads: New Techniques, Extraordinary Flavor
by Peter Reinhart
(Ten Speed Press)

Pure Dessert
by Alice Medrich
(Artisan)

COOKING FROM A PROFESSIONAL POINT OF VIEW

Bistro Laurent Tourondel: New American Bistro Cooking
by Laurent Tourondel and Michele Scicolone
(John Wiley & Sons)

The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Cuisine
by The French Culinary Institute with Judith Choate
(Stewart, Tabori & Chang)

Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking
by Masaharu Morimoto
(DK Publishing)

ENTERTAINING

Dish Entertains
by Trish Magwood
(HarperCollins Canada)

Great Bar Food at Home
by Kate Heyhoe
(John Wiley & Sons)

Welcome to Michael's: Great Food, Great People, Great Party!
by Michael McCarthy
(Little, Brown and Company)

AMERICANA

The Glory of Southern Cooking
by James Villas
(John Wiley & Sons)

A Love Affair with Southern Cooking
by Jean Anderson
(HarperCollins Publishers)

Rosa's New Mexican Table
by Roberto Santibanez
(Artisan)

GENERAL

Chez Jacques: Traditions and Rituals of a Cook
by Jacques Pépin
(Stewart, Tabori & Chang)

Cooking
by James Peterson
(Ten Speed Press)

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food
by Mark Bittman
(John Wiley & Sons)

HEALTHY FOCUS

The EatingWell Diet
by Jean Harvey-Berino with Joyce Hendley and the Editors of EatingWell
(The Countryman Press)

Super Natural Cooking: Five Ways to Incorporate Whole & Natural Ingredients into Your Cooking
by Heidi Swanson
(Celestial Arts)

The Wine and Food Lover's Diet: 28 Days of Delicious Weight Loss
Author: Phillip Tirman
(Chronicle Books)

INTERNATIONAL

The Country Cooking of France
by Anne Willan
(Chronicle Books)

Lidia's Italy: 140 Simple and Delicious Recipes from the Ten Places in Italy Lidia Loves Most
by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali
(Alfred A. Knopf)

Two Meatballs in the Italian Kitchen
by Pino Luongo and Mark Strausman
(Artisan)

REFERENCE

Food: The History of Taste
edited by Paul Freedman
(University of California Press)

A Geography of Oysters: The Connoisseur's Guide to Oyster Eating in North America
by Rowan Jacobsen
(Bloomsbury)

The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide
by Mary Lou Heiss and Robert J. Heiss
(Ten Speed Press)

SINGLE SUBJECT

Laura Werlin's Cheese Essentials
by Laura Werlin
(Stewart, Tabori & Chang)

The River Cottage Meat Book
by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
(Ten Speed Press)

Vegetable Harvest
by Patricia Wells
(HarperCollins Publishers)

WINE AND SPIRITS

The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty
by Julia Flynn Siler
(Gotham Books)

Imbibe!: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to "Professor" Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar
by David Wondrich
(Perigee)

To Cork or Not To Cork: Tradition, Romance, Science, and the Battle for the Wine Bottle
by George M. Taber
(Scribner)

WRITING ON FOOD

American Food Writing: An Anthology with Classic Recipes
edited by Molly O'Neill
(The Library of America)

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
by Barbara Kingsolver
(HarperCollins Publishers)

Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss-and the Myths and Realities of Dieting
by Gina Kolata
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

PHOTOGRAPHY

The Country Cooking of France
Photographer: France Ruffenach
(Chronicle Books)

Crust
Photographer: Jean Cazals
(Kyle Books)

Egg
Photographer: Grant Symon
(Éditions Flammarion)

The Cookbook of the Year and Cookbook Hall of Fame winners will be announced on June 8, 2008.

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James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards

For articles published in English in 2007.

NEWSPAPER FEATURE WRITING ABOUT RESTAURANTS AND/OR CHEFS

Brett Anderson
The Times-Picayune
"Landmark Decisions: A Five-Part Series Chronicling the Ruin and Restoration of a Classic New Orleans Restaurant"

Eliza Strickland
SF Weekly
"Burnt Chefs"

Robb Walsh
Houston Press
"Guess Who's Making Your Dinner"

NEWSPAPER FEATURE WRITING WITHOUT RECIPES

Fuchsia Dunlop
Financial Times
"Blind Tasting"

Janet Rausa Fuller
Chicago Sun-Times
"Fish Fraud: The Menus Said Snapper, but it Wasn't!"

David Leite
The New York Times
"In a '64 T-Bird, Chasing a Date With a Clam"

NEWSPAPER FEATURE WRITING WITH RECIPES

Ronni Lundy
Santa Fe New Mexican
"At One With Bees"

Katy McLaughlin
The Wall Street Journal
"A New Taste Sensation"

Jill Wendholt Silva
The Kansas City Star
"Food Stamp Challenge: One Week, Four People and a Tight Budget"

MAGAZINE FEATURE WRITING ABOUT RESTAURANTS AND/OR CHEFS

Dave Gardetta
Los Angeles Magazine
"The 800th Plate"

Howie Kahn
GQ
"The Wandering Chef"

John Powers
Departures
"Dim Sumptuous"

MAGAZINE FEATURE WRITING WITH RECIPES

Betty Fussell
Saveur
"American Prime"

Barbara Kafka
Saveur
"Toss and Serve"

Zak Pelaccio
Food & Wine
"An American Chef's Malaysian Love Story"

MAGAZINE FEATURE WRITING WITHOUT RECIPES

Manny Howard
New York Magazine
"My Empire of Dirt"

Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld; Michael Idov; Emma Rosenblum
New York Magazine
"Cartography: The Complete Road Map to New York City Street Food"

Alan Richman
GQ
"Year of the Pig"

RESTAURANT REVIEWS

Colman Andrews
Gourmet
"Super Tuscan", "Next Mex", "Savoy Fare"

Brad A. Johnson
Angeleno
"Hampton's", "Sona", "The Penthouse"

Jason Sheehan
Westword
"Lost and Found", "Holiday", "After Dark"

REPORTING ON NUTRITION OR FOOD-RELATED CONSUMER ISSUES

Brandon Bailey
San Jose Mercury News
"Where Does Your Food Really Come From?"

Sasha Chapman
Toronto Life
"Sitting Ducks"

Peter Jaret
EatingWell Magazine
"The Search for the Anti-Aging Diet"

FOOD-RELATED COLUMNS

Anya von Bremzen
Travel + Leisure
"Best New Restaurants 2007", "Tastes of Europe", "Viva la Tapa"

Corby Kummer
The Atlantic
"The Rise of the Sardine", "The Art of Aging Well", "The Magic Brewing Machine"

Julia M. Usher
Sauce Magazine
"Prep School" ("Braising: A Magical Transformation from Tough to Tender," "Quick-Process and Refrigerator are Two Pickles You'll Want to Be In," "In the Game of Pâte à Choux, the Classical Method Wins")

WRITING ON SPIRITS, WINE, OR BEER

David Darlington
Wine & Spirits Magazine
"Postmodern Deliciousness: The World According to Clark Smith"

Lyn Farmer
Wine News
"Something Old, Something New: A Global Thirst for Champagne Ushers in Refashioned Cuvées"

Richard Nalley
ForbesLife
"Witchy Wines"

WEBSITE FOCUSING ON FOOD, BEVERAGE, RESTAURANT, OR NUTRITION

Chow.com
Jane Goldman

Epicurious.com
Tanya Steel

StarChefs.com
Antoinette F. Bruno

MULTIMEDIA WRITING ON FOOD

Sara Dickerman
Slate Magazine
"A Chef's So-Called Life: What Movies Get Right-and Wrong-About Life in the Kitchen"

Natalie MacLean
NatalieMacLean.com
"When Food Fights with Wine"

Josh Ozersky and Daniel Maurer
nymag.com
"Grub Street"

M.F.K. FISHER DISTINGUISHED WRITING AWARD

Junot Díaz
Gourmet
"He'll Take El Alto"

Francine Prose
Saveur
"Religion Found"

Alan Richman
GQ
"The Seven Temples of the Food World"

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James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Awards

Presented by Viking Range Corporation
For television, webcast, and radio programs aired in 2007.

TELEVISION FOOD SEGMENT, NATIONAL OR LOCAL

Today's Kitchen: Ed Deitch on Wine
Host: Ed Deitch
Network: NBC
Producers: Robert Ciridon and Amy Chiaro

Table for Two
Host: Vince Gerasole
Network: CBS2 Chicago
Producer: Vince Gerasole

The Victory Garden
Host: Michel Nischan
Network: PBS
Producers: Laurie Donnelly, Hilary Finkel Buxton, Deborah Hurley, Craig Rogers, Cheryl Carlesimo, and John McCally

TELEVISION FOOD SPECIAL

Bocuse d'Or 2007
Network: Shaw Cable, Victoria, BC, Canada
Producer: Nick Versteeg

Foods of Chicago: A Delicious History
Host: Geoffrey Baer
Network: WTTW
Producer: Dan Protess

Top Chef Holiday Special
Hosts: Tom Colicchio and Padma Lakshmi
Network: Bravo
Producers: Andy Cohen, Dave Serwatka, Frances Berwick, Shauna Minoprio, Dan Cutforth, and Jane Lipsitz

TELEVISION FOOD SHOW, NATIONAL AND LOCAL

The Best Recipes in the World with Mark Bittman
Host: Mark Bittman
Network: PBS
Producer: Charlie Pinsky

Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie
Network: American Public Television
Producers: Ruth Reichl, Laurie Donnelly, Lydia Tenaglia, Chris Collins, Giulio Capua, and Robert Curran

Top Chef Season 3
Hosts: Tom Colicchio and Padma Lakshmi
Network: Bravo
Producers: Andy Cohen, Dave Serwatka, Frances Berwick, Shauna Minoprio, Dan Cutforth, and Jane Lipsitz

RADIO FOOD SHOW

Hidden Kitchens Texas
Hosts: Willie Nelson, Robin Wright Penn, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Area: National, NPR and PRX

Producers: The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva)

Mouthful, the Wine Country's Most Delicious Hour
Host: Michele Anna Jordon
Area: Sonoma County, CA, KRCB-FM
Producers: Michele Anna Jordon, Robin Pressman, and Wendy Nicholson

The Splendid Table
Host: Lynne Rossetto Kasper
Area: National, American Public Media
Producers: Sally Swift and Jennifer Russell

WEBCAST

Obsessives: Innard Workings
www.chow.com
Producers: Meredith Arthur and Eric Slatkin

Spatulatta.com
Hosts: Olivia Gerasole and Isabella Gerasole
www.spatulatta.com
Producers: Gaylon Emerzian and Heidi Umbhau

Stewards of the Land
Hosts: Jay Selman, Brian Clark, and Eric Anderson
www.graperadio.com
Producer: Jay Selman

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James Beard Foundation Design and Graphics Awards

OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT DESIGN

For the best restaurant design or renovation in North America since January 1, 2005.

Design Firm: Giuliano Fiorenzoli Architects/Moss
Designer: Giuliano Fiorenzoli
Project: Centovini (NYC)

Design Firm: Rockwell Group
Designers: David Rockwell, Shawn Sullivan, Sally Weinand, Thom Ortiz, Rich Kinnard
Project: Adour Alain Ducasse at the St. Regis New York (NYC)

Design Firm: Tadao Ando Architect and Associates
Designer: Tadao Ando
Project: Morimoto (NYC)

OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT GRAPHICS

For the best restaurant graphics executed in North America since January 1, 2004.

Design Firm: Mucca Design
Designers: Christine Celic Strohl, Lauren Sheldon
Project: La Condesa (Dallas)

Design Firm: Mucca Design
Designer: Christine Celic Strohl
Project: Presidio Social Club (San Francisco)

Design Firm: Popgun Design
Designers: Ken Quitugua, Don Wu, Jason Yingling
Project: Tres Agaves (San Francisco)

Design Firm: Robert Louey Design
Designers: Robert Louey, Claudia Pandji
Project: Sepia (Chicago)

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2008 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards

OUTSTANDING RESTAURATEUR AWARD

Presented by Waterford Wedgwood

A working restaurateur, actively involved in multiple restaurants in the United States, who has set uniformly high national standards as a creative force in the kitchen and/or in restaurant operations. Candidates must have been in the restaurant business for at least ten years.

Joe Bastianich/Mario Batali
Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca
NYC

Tom Douglas
Tom Douglas Restaurants
Seattle

Richard Melman
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
Chicago

Wolfgang Puck
The Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group
Beverly Hills, CA

Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Jean-Georges Management LLC
NYC

OUTSTANDING CHEF AWARD

Presented by All-Clad Metalcrafters

A working chef in America whose career has set national industry standards and who has served as an inspiration to other food professionals. Candidates must have been working as a chef for at least the past five years.

Grant Achatz
Alinea, Chicago

José Andrés
Minibar, Washington, DC

Dan Barber
Blue Hill, NYC

Suzanne Goin
Lucques, Los Angeles

Frank Stitt
Highlands Bar & Grill
Birmingham, AL

OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT AWARD

Presented by S.Pellegrino®

A restaurant in the United states that serves as a national standard-bearer for consistent quality and excellence in food, atmosphere, and service. Candidates must have been in operation for at least ten consecutive years.

Boulevard, San Francisco
Chef/Owner: Nancy Oakes, Owner: Pat Kuleto

Campanile, Los Angeles
Chef/Owner: Mark Peel

Gramercy Tavern, NYC
Owner: Danny Meyer

Jean Georges, NYC
Chef/Owner: Jean-Georges Vongerichten

The Slanted Door, San Francisco
Chef/Owner: Charles Phan

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

Presented by Lexus

A restaurant opened in 2007 that already displays excellence in food, beverage, and service and is likely to have a significant impact on the industry in years to come.

Anthos, NYC
Chef/Owner: Michael Psilakis, Owner: Donatella Arpaia

Central Michel Richard, Washington, DC
Chef/Owner: Michel Richard

Fearing’s at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
Chef/Owner: Dean Fearing
The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas

Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles
Chef: Matt Molina
Owners: Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali, Joseph Bastianich

Osteria, Philadelphia
Chef/Owners: Marc Vetri, Jeff Michaud, Owner: Jeff Benjamin

RISING STAR CHEF OF THE YEAR AWARD

A chef age 30 or younger who displays an impressive talent and who is likely to have a significant impact on the industry in years to come.

Nate Appleman
A 16, San Francisco

Sean Brock
McCrady's, Charleston, SC

Gavin Kaysen
Café Boulud, NYC

Johnny Monis
Komi, Washington, DC

Matt Molina
Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles

Gabriel Rucker
Le Pigeon, Portland, OR

OUTSTANDING PASTRY CHEF AWARD

Presented by All-Clad Metalcrafters

A chef or baker who prepares desserts, pastries, or breads and who serves as a national standard-bearer for excellence. Candidates must have been pastry chefs or bakers for at least the past five years.

Gina DePalma
Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca
NYC

Pichet Ong
P*ONG, NYC

Nicole Plue
Redd, Yountville, CA

Elisabeth Prueitt
and Chad Robertson
Tartine Bakery
San Francisco

Mindy Segal
HotChocolate
Chicago

OUTSTANDING WINE SERVICE AWARD

Presented by Waterford Crystal

A restaurant that displays and encourages excellence in wine service through a well-presented wine list, a knowledgeable staff, and efforts to educate customers about wine. Candidates must have been in operation for at least five years.

Aureole, Las Vegas
Wine Director: Steven Geddes

Bin 36, Chicago
Wine Director: Brian Duncan

Eleven Madison Park
, NYC
Wine Director: John Ragan

Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN
Wine Director: Andy Chabot

Picasso, Las Vegas
Wine Director: Robert Smith

OUTSTANDING WINE AND SPIRITS PROFESSIONAL AWARD

Presented by Southern Wine & Spirits of New York

A winemaker, brewer, or spirits professional who has had a significant impact on the wine and spirits industry nationwide. Candidates must have been in the profession for at least five years.

Dale DeGroff
Dale DeGroff Co., Inc., NYC

Merry Edwards
Merry Edwards Wines
Sebastopol, CA

David Lett
The Eyrie Vineyards
McMinnville, OR

Bobby Stuckey
Frasca Food and Wine
Boulder, CO

Terry Theise
Terry Theise Estate Selections
Silver Spring, MD

OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD

A restaurant that demonstrates high standards of hospitality and service. Candidates must have been in operation for at least the past five years.

Canlis
Seattle
Owners:The Canlis Family

Gary Danko
San Francisco
Owner: Gary Danko

Spiaggia
Chicago
Owner: Tony Mantuano

Terra
St. Helena, CA
Owners: Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani

Vetri
Philadelphia
Owner: Mark Vetri

BEST CHEFS IN AMERICA

Presented by American Express®

Chefs who have set new or consistent standards of excellence in their respective regions. Each candidate may be employed by any kind of dining establishment and must have been a working chef for at least the past five years. The three most recent years must have been spent in the region where chef is presently working.

BEST CHEF: PACIFIC (CA, HI)

Douglas Keane
Cyrus
Healdsburg, CA

David Kinch
Manresa
Los Gatos, CA

David Myers
Sona
Los Angeles

Craig Stoll
Delfina
San Franciso

Michael Tusk
Quince
San Francisco

BEST CHEF: MID-ATLANTIC (DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)

Cathal Armstrong
Restaurant Eve
Alexandria, VA

Jose Garces
Amada
Philadelphia

Maricel Presilla
Cucharamama
Hoboken, NJ

Cindy Wolf
Charleston
Baltimore

Eric Ziebold
CityZen
Washington, DC

BEST CHEF: MIDWEST (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI)

Isaac Becker
112 Eatery
Minneapolis

Colby Garrelts
Bluestem
Kansas City, MO

Tim McKee
La Belle Vie
Minneapolis

Alex Roberts
Restaurant Alma
Minneapolis

Adam Siegel
Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro
Milwaukee

BEST CHEF: GREAT LAKES (IL, IN, MI, OH)

Graham Elliot Bowles
Avenues
Chicago

Carrie Nahabedian
Naha
Chicago

Bruce Sherman
North Pond
Chicago

Michael Symon
Lola
Cleveland

Alex Young
Zingerman's Roadhouse
Ann Arbor, MI

BEST CHEF: NEW YORK CITY (FIVE BOROUGHS)

Michael Anthony
Gramercy Tavern

Terrance Brennan
Picholine

David Chang
Momofuku Ssäm Bar

Wylie Dufresne
WD-50

Gabriel Kreuther
The Modern

BEST CHEF: NORTHEAST (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY STATE, RI, VT)

Patrick Connolly
Radius
Boston

Rob Evans
Hugo's
Portland, ME

Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier
Arrows
Ogunquit, ME

Michael Leviton
Lumière
West Newton, MA

Marc Orfaly
Pigalle
Boston

BEST CHEF: NORTHWEST (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY)

Scott Dolich
Park Kitchen
Portland, OR

Maria Hines
Tilth
Seattle

Holly Smith
Café Juanita
Kirkland, WA

Ethan Stowell
Union
Seattle

Jason Wilson
Crush
Seattle

BEST CHEF: SOUTHEAST (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)

Hugh Acheson
Five and Ten
Athens, GA

Arnaud Berthelier
The Dining Room
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
Atlanta

Linton Hopkins
Restaurant Eugene
Atlanta

Mike Lata
Fig
Charleston, SC

Robert Stehling
Hominy Grill
Charleston, SC

BEST CHEF: SOUTHWEST
(AZ, CO, NM, NV, OK, TX, UT)

Saipin Chutima
Lotus of Siam
Las Vegas

Sharon Hage
York Street
Dallas

Ryan Hardy
Montagna
Aspen, CO

Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson
Frasca Food and Wine
Boulder, CO

Andrew Weissman
Restaurant Le Rêve
San Antonio, TX

BEST CHEF: SOUTH (AL. AR, FL, LA, MS)

Zach Bell
Café Boulud
Palm Beach, FL

Michelle Bernstein
Michy's
Miami

John Currence
City Grocery
Oxford, MS

Chris Hastings
Hot and Hot Fish Club
Brimingham, AL

Douglas Rodriguez
Ola
Miami Beach, FL

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2008 Humanitarian Award: Frances Moore Lappé

When Diet for a Small Planet was first published in 1971, noted social change and democracy activist Frances Moore Lappé awakened a whole generation and changed the way people all over the world think about food, nutrition, and agriculture. In 2002, thirty years and three million copies later, Lappé followed up her bestseller with Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet . She is the author or co-author of sixteen books, many of which have been translated into more than a dozen languages; her most recent book, Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity, & Courage , was published in 2007. Co-founder of various national think-and-action-tank organizations including the Small Planet Institute, Institute for Food and Development Policy, and the Center for Living Democracy, in 1987 Lappé became the fourth American to receive the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize) for her “vision and work healing our planet and uplifting humanity.”

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2008 Lifetime Achievement Award: Fritz Maytag

In 1965 Fritz Maytag acquired the Anchor Brewing Company of San Francisco and became a pioneer of American microbrewing. Since then, he has not only preserved the tradition of Anchor Steam Beer, but he has also made Anchor a national brand without ever compromising his high standards. In the 1980s and 1990s, due in part to Maytag’s example, more than one thousand small breweries sprouted up all over the country. Today, American microbrewed beers rate among the finest beers in the world, and the return to traditional brewing methods has become a world-wide phenomenon, producing a veritable flood of creative and delicious beers.

In 1993 Maytag launched the Anchor Distilling Company whose Old Potrero Rye Whiskey and Junipero Gin quickly became models for a burgeoning artisanal distilling movement in America and around the world.

In addition to his position as president and brewmaster of Anchor, since the 1960s Maytag has steered his family’s Maytag Dairy Farms in Newton, Iowa. Maytag Blue cheese, produced since 1941, was a creation of Fritz’s father, and the company has been a leader in the American artisanal cheese renaissance. Sold almost entirely by mail for the first few decades, Maytag Blue has become a familiar sight in fine restaurants and food shops in recent years.

Maytag is also the owner of York Creek Vineyards in the Spring Mountain District above St. Helena, where he grows more than a dozen grape varieties, and last year celebrated his 39th harvest.

In 2003 he won the James Beard Foundation Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional Award. He currently serves on the Foundation's National Advisory Board.

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2008 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics Awards

Bagaduce Lunch
19 Bridge Road (Route 176), Brooksville, ME
Owner: Judy Astbury
Bagaduce Lunch, a simple seafood shack overlooking Maine’s picturesque Bagaduce Falls, has been a summertime destination since it opened in the early 1960s. Local fishermen supply Judy Astbury, daughter of original owner Vangie Peasley, with just-caught seafood for her prized crab rolls, sweet scallops, and juicy fried clams. All that, plus sensational sides and Vangie’s homemade pies, make this a must for tourists and locals alike.

Irma’s Restaurant
22 N. Chenevert Street, Houston
Owner: Irma Galvan
If you want to get elected to public office in Houston, you’d better be seen at Irma’s, Irma Galvan’s downtown Houston breakfast and lunch spot that’s become a community gathering place. Among the knick-knacks, kitchy artwork, and memorabilia that plaster the walls, business honchos and blue collar workers sit side-by-side enjoying authentic, high-quality Tex-Mex dishes like breakfast soft tacos and beef and ancho chile gravy, served with Irma’s famous fruit-laced lemonade.

Maneki
304 Sixth Avenue South, Seattle
Owner: Jean Nakayama
With a rich history that stretches over a century—it has been around through both world wars, Japanese internment, and has even seen one of its former dishwashers become the Prime Minister of Japan—Maneki is the only surviving restaurant from Seattle’s once-bustling Japantown. Comfort food dishes like agedashi tofu and takoyaki share the menu with sushi and sashimi, satisfying homesick Japanese locals and introducing a new generation to traditional Japanese cooking.

Jumbo’s
7501 NW 7th Avenue, Miami
Owner: Cori Flam
Family owned for over 50 years, Jumbo’s was one of the first Miami restaurants to integrate in 1966 and was the first white-owned restaurant in the city to hire black front of the house workers. Known for its luscious fried shrimp, Jumbo’s also serves soul food favorites like oxtails and rice, chicken fried steak, and specialties named after local schools and sports teams. The neon sign that welcomes diners (24 hours a day) sums up the Jumbo’s experience with the words “a nice place for nice people.”

Tufano’s Vernon Park Tap
1073 Vernon Park Place, Chicago
Owner: Joseph DiBuono
One of the few remnants of Chicago’s Little Italy, Tufano’s Vernon Park Tap has been owned and operated by the same family since it opened as a bar in the early 1930s. The small table in the bar’s kitchen has since expanded to include two dining rooms that are regularly packed with businessmen, police officers, families, and pre-game sports fans. The restaurant’s chalkboard menu offers diners Italian-American classics like lemon chicken, eggplant Parmesan, and fettuccini Alfredo at prices that make just about everyone a regular.

 

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