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April 20, 1986 | RUTH REICHL
"Jim Beard always thought American," says Larry Forgione. "If you asked about butter, everybody else talked about what they had eaten in Normandy or Devon; Jim would talk about butter he had tasted in Oregon or Wisconsin. He was constantly aware of what was going on in America. He became the guiding light." When James Beard died last year, Forgione, owner of An American Place Restaurant in New York, became part of the group that started the James Beard Foundation.
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November 5, 2013 | By Mark Caro
Renowned Chicago chef Charlie Trotter, an inspirational and notoriously mercurial figure whose eponymous restaurant became an international destination and who pioneered a bold, distinctly American form of haute cuisine, has died. He was 54. Rescue crews called to Trotter's apartment in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago on Tuesday morning found him unresponsive. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A Cook County medical examiner's spokesman said Trotter's death did not appear suspicious and indicated that he had a history of seizures and strokes.
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March 27, 1988 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, Times Staff Writer
Christina Whited was in her kitchen in Lower Manhattan the first time James Beard contacted her with a recipe. "I don't remember (what it was) exactly," Whited said. "It could have been the rice noodle lasagna." After dinner, when Whited was back in the kitchen, Beard formally introduced himself, just to make sure she knew who he was. The fact that it was April, 1987, at the time, two years and four months after America's leading gastronome died at age 81, was of little consequence to Whited.
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May 8, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Daniel Rose, the American-born chef of Spring restaurant in Paris, says he doesn't get out much. But in the last week, he taught cooking classes in New York as part of the James Beard award festivities , sat down for an interview with Charlie Rose and cooked dinner at AnQi in Costa Mesa with chef Helene An. It was the first time he'd cooked professionally in California. Six years ago, Rose opened a tiny 16-seat restaurant not far from Montmartre, the first incarnation of Spring.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 26, 1995 | KATHIE JENKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nominated for the James Beard rising star award for the second time in a row, Octavio Becerra of Pinot Bistro in Studio City and Downtown's Cafe Pinot thought his chances for winning were pretty good this year. Instead, he got dropped from the competition. After the nominations had been announced and the ballots sent out, the restaurant awards committee, a 15-member panel of food and wine journalists from across the country, discovered Becerra was too old.
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April 3, 1986 | Bert Greene, Bert Greene is a New York-based food columnist. and
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FOOD
May 16, 1991 | RUTH REICHL
Humanitarian of the Year To Bill Shore, who started Share Our Strength in 1984, an organization of chefs dedicated to ending hunger. SOS is now the largest private nonprofit source of funds for hunger relief in the country. The other nominee was Gael Green, who worked with James Beard to raise money for Meals on Wheels. Lifetime Achievement Award To writer Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher, author of many books including "The Art of Eating."
NEWS
January 23, 1985 | Associated Press
James Beard, the food expert whose bald pate and hearty appetite came to be identified with the best of American cuisine, died early today of cardiac arrest at New York Hospital. He was 81. Beard had been hospitalized since Jan. 8 for a variety of health problems, said an associate, Caroline Stuart. Until then, he had been working on a book and continuing his syndicated weekly column.
NEWS
January 24, 1985 | DANIEL P. PUZO, Times Staff Writer
James Beard--author, food authority, chef and columnist--and the acknowledged dean of American cooking who long ago declared this country's culinary independence from decades of European influence and pretension, died Wednesday. Beard was 81 and had a history of medical problems when he was admitted to New York Hospital in New York City on Jan. 8, suffering from internal bleeding and heart complications. He died there of cardiac arrest. His body will be cremated.
FOOD
September 12, 1985 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, Times Staff Writer
There were no ghostly votive candles, no eerie organ music, no shards of light piercing through dusty velvet curtains. Still, the place had a definite shrine-like quality: a feeling that excellence and expertise had lovingly coexisted here in James Beard's cluttered Greenwich Village kitchen. One sensed that in this well-used Cuisinart, with this proudly battered KitchenAid mixer, whimsy and creativity had been raised to the level of a serious, incontrovertible form of art.
NEWS
May 6, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila and Russ Parsons
NEW YORK -- Some of the most notable prizes given at the James Beard Foundation awards Monday night were those that were most overdue. Sonoma winemaker Merry Edwards won Wine and Spirits Professional for the first time after six nominations. Wylie DuFresne of WD-50 was named the best chef in New York after seven nominations. Dan Barber's Blue Hill won best restaurant after 14 years. San Francisco legend Cecilia Chiang won the lifetime achievement award at 92 years of age, and Maguy LeCoze won outstanding restaurateur - the first woman ever.
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May 3, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
Santa Monica author Anne Willan was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's Cookbook Hall of Fame on Friday night, highlighting the organization's annual awards ceremony . Willan, who moved to Southern California from her longtime home in France in 2007, is the author of more than two dozen cookbooks, including two that have become culinary bibles: "La Varenne Pratique" and "French Regional Cooking. " Willan's books have been published in 24 countries and translated into 18 languages.
FOOD
April 27, 2013
It's an adage passed down by expert Nathalie Dupree in her cookbook "Southern Biscuits": "No two cooks make the same biscuit. " Some swear by cream or a mix of baking powder and baking soda. Some drop their biscuits from a spoon instead of cutting them out. Some people use butter instead of lard, or shortening instead of butter. They cut them big or cut them small. They might dunk each one in melted butter before baking, the way James Beard did. But there are a few tips everyone can follow for better biscuits.
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April 15, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Chefs Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook of Animal and Son of a Gun may be teaming up with Ludo Lefebvre for the new Trois Mec, but the pair are inviting another chef into their kitchen tonight. James Beard award winner Nate Appleman (formerly at A16, SPQR in the Bay Area) will cook a charity dinner Monday evening at Animal. The Food Network "Chopped All-Stars" champion and "Next Iron Chef" contender will collaborate on an eight-course menu priced at $135 per person. Wine pairings are available for an additional cost.  Jonathan Gold quiz: Flowers A portion of the proceeds will go to The Kawasaki Foundation . Appleman's son was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease in 2009.
NEWS
March 19, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
When the first ballot for the 2013 James Beard Foundation restaurant awards was published, Pete Wells, the restaurant critic for the New York Times, took exception in the Times' Diner's Journal blog . He felt that New York had been short-changed on the lists of 20 semifinalists for the various restaurant awards. (See the comments below the entry for a lively discussion.) Now it's L.A.'s turn to grouse. After all the official restaurant awards panelists had voted (there are 25 for each of 10 regions)
NEWS
March 18, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Of the annual awards in 59 categories to be presented May 6 when the James Beard Foundation announces winners at New York's Avery Fisher Hall, L.A. chefs received only four nominations. Four out of 59, and two of them are included in the same nomination. Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, who co-own Animal and Son of a Gun , are nominated for Best Chef West. And Suzanne Goin of Lucques and Nancy Silverton of Pizzeria Mozza are competing for Outstanding Chef. Which prompts the question that comes up every year among L.A. fooderati: Are Southern California chefs overlooked?
FOOD
November 25, 1994 | RUSS PARSONS, TIMES FOOD MANAGING EDITOR
" For God's sake, how we beat our bodies to give a party, and other people give them a box of potato chips, a can of deviled ham and ten cents worth of sweet pickles. " --James Beard, in a letter, after Christmas season 1954 * Forty years after James Beard complained to Los Angeles cookbook writer Helen Evans Brown, most of us would be grateful for those chips and pickles--or their '90s equivalents (focaccia and olives?)--as long as they were presented in friendly company.
NEWS
March 18, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
The James Beard Foundation announced its awards nominees Monday during a luncheon at the historic Lowndes Grove Plantation in Charleston, S.C. There are 59 award categories including best restaurant and chef, best restaurant design, best radio show/audio webcast and more. Jonathan Gold Quiz: The birds Some Los Angeles chefs and restaurateurs made the cut. Chris Cosentino of Incanto in San Francisco (who's name also is behind PIGG in L.A.) and Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal and Son of a Gun were among the nominees for Best Chef West; Caroline Styne of Lucques in West Hollywood was nominated for Best Restaurateur; and Suzanne Goin of Lucques and Nancy Silverton of Pizzeria Mozza were nominated for Outstanding Chef.
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March 13, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
The James Beard Foundation announced its 2013 Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America inductees. Of the six culinary professionals honored, one award was given to a California chef, Michael Mina. The foundation gives the Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America award each year to professionals who have made a notable contribution to the food and beverage industry in the U.S. The honorees include: Eric Asimov, the chief wine critic for the New York Times; Dorothy Kalins, the editor who founded Saveur magazine in 1994; Barbara Lynch, a James Beard award-winning chef and restaurateur from Boston; Zarela Martinez, a chef and restaurateur in New York; Michael Mina from Stonehill Tavern in Dana Point, the now-closed XIV in Los Angeles and Michael Mina in San Fransisco; and Bill Yosses, the White House executive pastry chef in Washington D.C. The award recipients will be honored at the annual James Beard Foundation Awards held at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York on May 6. This year's awards theme is "Lights!
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