James Beard Awards: Finalists (And Journalists) Announced

Okay, so for those of you of a mind to party on James Beard Awards night (May 7th for the chef awards, May 4th for the journalism awards–the Science & Tech Oscars of the food world), it’s going to be very easy for you to root for the home team this year. Why? Because Philadelphia pretty much fell off the map between the announcement of the semi-finalists and this afternoon’s reveal of the finalists.

While we were looking pretty good going into the big dance with 19 potential nominees (including Tashan, Franklin Mortgage, Standard Tap, Vetri, Pierre Calmels, Marcie Turney, Joe Cicala, Lee Styer, Jessie Prawlucki and others), the only local names that made it into the finals were…

Philadelphia’s 2012 James Beard Award Nominees

Outstanding Restaurant: Vetri

Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional: Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head

Television Program, On Location: A Taste Of History, Walter Staib

Food Culture and Travel: Jason Sheehan (writing for Gilt Taste) “The Birth Of The Atomic Cheeseburger

Scandal! Sheehan (Falsely) Accused Of Bribing Waiter 4 Years Ago!

Oh, the things that pass for news…

Yesterday, Eater’s Denver office posted an interview in their “The Gatekeepers” section with Paul Attardi, a floorman and partner at the restaurant Fruition. In it, Attardi alleged that, while working as an anonymous critic for Westword newspaper, I tried to bribe one of his servers for a table by offering him $50 while he was out back having a smoke. It wasn’t true, but because it contained the words “critic” and “bribe,” the story has since taken off.

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And Philly Mag’s Next Food Editor Is….

Hi. Tom McGrath here, editor of Philly Mag. For a couple of months now — ever since the very smart, very funny, very talented Kirsten Henri announced she was stepping aside as the magazine’s food editor — we’ve been searching for someone to take over our food coverage both in the magazine and here at Foobooz. Someone who understands food; who’s as passionate about restaurants as you, our readers, are; and who might be able to give us a fresh perspective on Philadelphia’s ever-growing, ever-more-exciting food scene.
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