An interesting press release today:
The James Beard Foundation (JBF) has selected Portland, Ore. as the site where it will announce the nominees of the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards, the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America. The celebration will begin on Sunday, March 20, 2011 with a benefit fundraiser dinner at the Multnomah Athletic Club featuring past and present JBF Award-winners and nominees. The 2011 nominees will be revealed at a press conference the following morning, Monday, March 21, 2011. More information on both events will follow in coming weeks.
James Beard: Portland’s Native Son
James Beard was born in 1903, in Portland, Ore. His mother, an independent English woman, was passionate about food. As a child, Beard spent his summers at the Oregon coast, fishing, gathering shellfish, picking wild berries, and cooking meals with what he collected. Often hailed as “The Father of American Cooking,” Beard was the champion and the embodiment of American food. From his best-selling books to his pioneering work in television to his famous cooking school, Beard’s efforts provided a strong foundation for a country just becoming aware of its own culinary heritage.
The Oscars of the food world
Covering all aspects of the industry—from chefs and restaurateurs to cookbook authors and food journalists to restaurant designers and architects and more—the Beard Awards shine a spotlight on the best and brightest talent in the food and beverage industry. The awards are presented each spring in New York at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Nominees and winners are fêted at a weekend that has become one of the culinary industry’s “must attend” events.
About the James Beard Foundation
Commemorating its 20th anniversary, the James Beard Foundation is dedicated to celebrating, preserving, and nurturing America’s culinary heritage and diversity in order to elevate the appreciation of culinary excellence. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge of food, Oregon-native James Beard, who died in 1985, was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts. Today, the Beard Foundation continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships to culinary schools, and publications, and by maintaining the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. For more information, please visit www.jamesbeard.org.