James Beard Foundation Awards

The James Beard Foundation, a group dedicated to celebrating, nurturing, and preserving America’s diverse culinary heritage and future, gave out their annual awards recently. The awards for Books, Broadcast and Journalism were given out last week, and the Restaurant and Chef awards were given out last night.

They presented dozens of awards in numoerous categories related to food, dining, cuisine, and the like. They have increasingly been paying attention to bars and spirits in recent years, and it is those awards that I'm posting below. (I'm also including those awards related to wine.)

Beverage (Book)
Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, & Formulas
by Brad Thomas Parsons
(Ten Speed Press)  

Food-Related Columns (Journalism)
Lettie Teague
The Wall Street Journal
On Wine: Lettie Teague: “Drink, Memory: How to Remember that Wine;” “In Praise of the One-Cabernet Lunch;” “May I recommend: Lessons of Great Sommeliers”

Humor (Journalism)
Brett Martin
The Hangover Part III

Personal Essay (Journalism)
Cal Fussman
Drinking at 1,300 Ft: A 9/11 Story About Wine and Wisdom

Wine, Spirits, and Other Beverages (Journalism)
Sarah Karnasiewicz
Fizzy Business

Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional
Paul Grieco
Terroir (NYC)

Outstanding Wine Program
No. 9 Park (Boston)

Outstanding Bar Program

Congratulations to all the winners!