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FIve restaurants have been named by the James Beard Foundation as America's Classics, 2014

Five restaurants have been honored with the James Beard 'America's Classics' Award.

The James Beard Foundation has announced the winners of what is perhaps the organization’s most charming category, American Classics. In order to be nominated, each restaurant must be locally owned, at least 10 years old, and “serve quality food that reflects the character of their communities.”

This year, the James Beard Foundation selected Hansen’s Sno Bliz, masters of frozen desserts in New Orleans; Nick’s Italian Café in McMinnville, Ore., which has served serious Italian cuisine since 1977; Rhode Island’s Olneyville New York System, where coffee milk and “french fries beef stew” have reigned for 60 years; Perini Ranch Steakhouse, the quintessential Texas steakhouse that offers legendary grilled steaks and “chuck wagon favorites” in Buffalo Gap, Texas; and Sokolowski's University Inn, Cleveland’s beloved Polish comfort food restaurant.

The chosen restaurants will be honored at the James Beard Awards in New York on May 5, joining Matt Haley, Sirio Maccioni, and other nominees from the list of semifinalists in other categories, to be announced on Mar. 18.

These 5 Restaurants Deemed 'American Classics' by James Beard Foundation

This year's honored restaurants are located in West Virginia, California, New York, Washington D.C., and Nebraska.

Every year, the James Beard Foundation names five restaurants from across the country to honor as "American Classics," with over 100 restaurants receiving the award since the category was first introduced in 1998. On Friday, the foundation finished announcing all of this year&aposs winners after a week-long rollout: Pho 79 (Garden Grove, CA), Jim&aposs Steak and Spaghetti House (Huntington, WV), A&A Bake & Double and Roti Shop (Brooklyn, NY), Sehnert&aposs Bakery & Bieroc Café (McCook, NE), and Annie&aposs Paramount Steakhouse (Washington, D.C.) The honorees will be celebrated at the annual James Beard Awards Gala on Monday, May 6 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

“In an industry where longevity is quite an achievement, it is important to honor and celebrate the establishments that have stood the test of time, like the restaurants being recognized as America’s Classics this year,” said JBF CEO Clare Reichenbach in a statement. “These restaurants provide not only wonderful culinary experiences, but are important and enduring pillars in their communities.”

The only criteria for the honor is that the restaurants are locally owned, "have timeless appeal," and "are cherished for quality food reflecting the character of their community."

Below, take a look at each of this year&aposs honored restaurants.

Taste America: New Orleans

The dinner at Saffron Nola will be an intimate gathering with safety regulations strictly enforced as mandated by the local governance. Chef Arvinder Vilkhu will prepare a three-course menu that reflects his signature style, and highlights the uniqueness of his restaurant and the New Orleans community. The dinner will also include beverage pairings for each course as well as a swag bag to take home.

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Arvinder Vilkhu
Saffron Nola
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Menu is subject to change. Guests must be 21 years+ with a valid ID to attend the event.

Through our Open for Good campaign, the James Beard Foundation is committed to helping independent restaurants survive this crisis, rebuild better, and thrive for the long term.

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James Beard Foundation Announces Nominees For 2014 Awards

It's a big week for those in the food industry this week, and it's only Tuesday. After yesterday's round-up of the IACP Awards, today we bring you the Oscars of food -- the 2014 James Beard Award finalists. Known as the highest awards for all aspects of the food industry, those involved in any aspect of cooking in the kitchen to writing about it were on the edge of their seats this morning as the 2014 nominees were announced in Chicago.

The finalists are nominated for categories ranging from Cookbook of the Year to Food Humor, and the final awards will take place at the Lincoln Center, Monday, May 5th for the greatest "social and gastronomical event of the year."

Those who didn't watch the announcement today via livestream and twitter can find all the nominees below:

2014 James Beard Foundation Broadcast and New Media Awards
Presented Lenox Tableware and Gifts

Radio Show/Audio Webcast

Here & Now
Hosts: Meghna Chakrabarti, Jeremy Hobson, and Robin Young
Area: Public Radio
Producer: Kathy Gunst

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

This American Life
Host: Fred Armisen, Ben Calhoun, and Ira Glass
Area: NPR
Producer: Ben Calhoun


CBS Sunday Morning: “Eat, Drink and be Merry”
Host: Charles Osgood
Network: CBS
Producers: Gavin Boyle, Cathy Lewis, Amol Mhatre, Rand Morrison, Amy Rosner, Jason Sacca, and Robin Sanders

Eating Alabama
Network: PBS
Producers: Andrew Beck Grace and Bartley Powers

The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound
Network: PBS
Producer: Katrina Parks

Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location

Heartland Table
Host: Amy Thielen
Network: Food Network
Producers: Random House Television and Tavola Production

Lidia's Kitchen
Host: Lidia Bastianich
Network: PBS
Producer: Tavola Production

Martha Stewart’s Cooking School
Host: Martha Stewart
Network: PBS
Producers: Greta Anthony, Christina Deyo, Michael Morrison, Martha Stewart, Calia Van Dyk, and Lisa Wagner

Television Program, on Location

A Chef's Life
Host: Vivian Howard
Network: PBS
Producers Cynthia Hill and Markay Media

Lidia Celebrates America: Freedom and Independence
Host: Lidia Bastianich
Network: PBS
Producer: Anne Adams, Mimi Adams, Lidia Bastianich, Laurie Donnelly, Shelly Burgess Nicotra, and Rob Tate

The Mind of a Chef
Host: Anthony Bourdain
Network: PBS
Producers: Jared Adrukanis, Anthony Bourdain, Joe Caterini, Chris Collins, Michael Steed, and Lydia Tenaglia

Television Segment

American Journey
Host: Tom Foreman
Network: CNN and
Producer: Jeremy Harlan and Sarah LeTrent

CBS Sunday Morning
Host: Martha Teichner
Network: CBS
Producer: Jon Carras and Mary Raffalli

Friday Arts, Art of Food
Network: WHYY-TV
Producer: Monica Rogozinski

Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional

Cook Smarter
Host: Grant Lee Crilly
Producer: Kristina Krug

Thirsty For.
Producer: Jay Holzer and Eric Slatikin

Upwave Eat Videos
Hosts: Pancho Gatchalian, Sarah Mastracco, and Jamie Tiampo
Producers: SeeFood Media, Space Station Media, and Upwave

Video Webcast, on Location

Dark Rye
Producers: Clyde Burley, Ira Chute, and Kelly Le Castre
Kitchen Vignettes
Producer: Aube Giroux and Matt Schoch

The Perennial Plate: Europe and South Asia
Hosts: Mirra Fine and Daniel Klein
Producers: Mirra Fine and Daniel Klein

Outstanding Personality/Host

Host: Ina Garten
Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
Network: Food Network

Host: Sara Moulton
Sara's Weeknight Meals
Network: PBS

Host: Andrea Robinson
The 30-Minute Wine Whiz

2014 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards

For articles published in English in 2013. Winners will be announced on May 2, 2014.

Cooking, Recipes, or Instruction

Scott Mowbray and Ann Taylor Pittman
Cooking Light
“7 Simple Ways to Become a Better Cook”

Andy Ricker
“The Star of Siam”

Various Editors
Bon Appétit
“How to Cook Right Now”

Food and Culture

John Birdsall
Lucky Peach
“America, Your Food Is So Gay”

Lauren Collins
The New Yorker

Corby Kummer
“Can Starbucks Do for the Croissant What it Did for Coffee?”

Food and Travel

Greg Larson
Lucky Peach
“Traveling in the North Country”

Nick Paumgarten
Bon Appétit
“Lunch at 8,500 Ft.”

Gary Shteyngart
Travel + Leisure
“Maximum Bombay”

Food Coverage in a General-Interest Publication

San Francisco Chronicle
“Food & Wine” Section
Various Editors

The Wall Street Journal
“Off Duty” Section
Beth Kracklauer

“Taste” Section
Todd Kliman and Ann Limpert

Food Politics, Policy, and the Environment

Maryn McKenna
Food & Environment Reporting Network and Medium
“Imagining the Post-Antibiotics Future”

Eli Saslow
The Washington Post
“Food Stamps”

Craig Welch
The Seattle Times
“Sea Change: The Pacific's Perilous Turn”

Food-Related Columns

Tamar Haspel
The Washington Post

Kristen Miglore
Genius Recipes

Adam Sachs
Bon Appétit
The Obsessivore

Group Food Blog

The Braiser

Eater National

First We Feast

Health and Well-Being

Elizabeth Gunnison Dunn
The Wall Street Journal
“This is Not a Carbonara”

Sidney Fry, MS, RD
Cooking Light

Rachael Moeller Gorman
“The Whole-Grain, Reduced-Fat, Zero-Calorie, High-Fiber, Lightly Sweetened Truth about Food Labels”

Ira Chute
Dark Rye
A Vision of Post-Apocalyptic Cuisine: Frankenchicken

Lisa Hanawalt
Lucky Peach
“On the Trail with Wylie”

Monica Hesse
The Washington Post
“Gwyneth Paltrow: We Love to Hate Her, But We’ll Buy Her Cookbook Anyway”

Individual Food Blog

Food for the Thoughtless
Michael Procopio

Poor Man's Feast
Elissa Altman

Personal Essay

Fuchsia Dunlop
Lucky Peach
“Dick Soup”

Elizabeth Gilbert
“Don't Mess with Perfect”

Gabrielle Hamilton
Bon Appétit
“Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?”


Alex Halberstadt
The New York Times Magazine
“The Transformational Power of the Right Spice”

Francis Lam
Lucky Peach
“A Day on Long Island with Alex Lee”

Peter Meehan
Lucky Peach
“Life, and How It Happens to a Cook”

Visual Storytelling

Jeff Allen, Jonathan Boncek, Andrew Cebulka, Allston McCrady, and Susan Puckett
The Local Palate
“Dinin’ Down in the Delta,” “Ferm Belief,” “Fire It Up,”

Chris Higdon, Jessie Kriech-Higdon, and Jen White
Spenser Magazine
“Controlled Burn,” “Lead Us Into Temptation,” “The South's Sweet Elixir”

James Maikowski, Patricia Sanchez, Stephen Scoble, and Fredika Stjärne
Food & Wine
“Best New Chef All Stars,” “Oysters & Gumbo: A Chef's New Orleans Party,” “Vegetables Now”

Wine, Spirits, and Other Beverages

Ray Isle
Food & Wine
“The Battle for America's Oldest Vines”

Josh Ozersky
The Wall Street Journal
“Bourbon Mania!”

Besha Rodell
“40 Ounces to Freedom”

Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award

Alison Cook
Houston Chronicle
“Corkscrew BBQ a New Houston Classic,” “The Cosmic Soup of Pho Hung,” “The Pass Unleashes Plates of Playfulness”

Alan Richman
“Alan Richman Walks Into a Jewish Deli. ” “The Elm: Is Brooklyn Ready for Sophisticated Dining?,” “ZZ's, the Most Expensive 58 Minutes in New York Dining”

Besha Rodell
L.A. Weekly
“Black Hogg Down,” “Outback Steakhouse Review: Please Don't Call This Food Australian,” “Sqirl Review: Jessica Koslow's Tiny Restaurant Is Serving Some of the Best Food in L.A.”

MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award

Francis Lam
Bon Appétit
“Better with Age”

Guy Martin
Garden & Gun
“A Tale of Two Kitchens”

John Jeremiah Sullivan
Lucky Peach
“I Placed a Jar in Tennessee”

2014 James Beard Foundation Book Awards
For books published in English in 2013. Winners will be announced on May 2, 2014.

American Cooking

I Love New York: Ingredients and Recipes
Daniel Humm and Will Guidara
(Ten Speed Press)

The New Midwestern Table: 200 Heartland Recipes
Amy Thielen
(Random House)

Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey: Recipes from My Three Favorite Food Groups and Then Some
John Currence
(Andrews McMeel Publishing)

Baking and Dessert

The Art of French Pastry
Jacquy Pfeiffer with Martha Rose Shulman

Valerie Gordon

Tartine Book No. 3: Modern Ancient Classic Whole
Chad Robertson
(Chronicle Books)

The Cocktail Lab: Unraveling the Mysteries of Flavor and Aroma in Drink, with Recipes
Tony Conigliaro
(Ten Speed Press)

The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks
Amy Stewart
(Algonquin Books)

The New California Wine: A Guide to the Producers and Wines Behind a Revolution in Taste
Jon Bonne
(Ten Speed Press)

Cooking from a Professional Point of View

Historic Heston
Heston Blumenthal

Manresa: An Edible Reflection
David Kinch with Christine Muhlke
(Ten Speed Press)

René Redzepi: A Work in Progress
René Redzepi
(Phaidon Press)

Focus on Health

Gluten-Free Girl Every Day
Shauna James Ahern with Daniel Ahern
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health . . . for Good
Mark Bittman
(Clarkson Potter Publishers)

Weeknight Wonders: Delicious, Healthy Dinners in 30 Minutes or Less
Ellie Krieger
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

General Cooking

One Good Dish
David Tanis

Smoke: New Firewood Cooking
Tim Byres
(Rizzoli New York)

Try This at Home: Recipes from My Head to Your Plate
Richard Blais
(Clarkson Potter Publishers)


Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking
Fuchsia Dunlop
(W. W. Norton & Company)

Return to the Rivers: Recipes and Memories of the Himalayan River Valleys
Vikas Khanna with Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn
(Lake Isle Press)

Sauces & Shapes: Pasta the Italian Way
Oretta Zanini DeVita and Maureen B. Fant
(W. W. Norton & Company)


Historic Heston
Photographer: Romas Foord
(Bloomsbury USA)

Mast Brothers Chocolate
Photographer: Tuukka Koski
(Little, Brown and Company)

René Redzepi: A Work in Progress
Ali Kurshat Altinsoy, Ditte Isager, René Redzepi, Lars Williams, and the Noma Team
(Phaidon Press)

Reference and Scholarship

A History of Food in 100 Recipes
William Sitwell
(Little, Brown and Company)

Modern Food, Moral Food: Self-Control, Science, and the Rise of Modern American Eating in the Early Twentieth Century
Helen Zoe Veit
(The University of North Carolina Press)

Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine One Plate at a Time
Adrian Miller
(The University of North Carolina Press)

Single Subject

Culinary Birds: The Ultimate Poultry Cookbook
John Ash with James O. Fraioli
(Running Press)

Fish: 54 Seafood Feasts
Cree LeFavour
(Chronicle Books)

In the Charcuterie: The Fatted Calf's Guide to Making Sausage, Salumi, Pâtés, Roasts, Confits, and Other Meaty Goods
Taylor Boetticher and Toponia Miller
(Ten Speed Press)

Vegetable Focused and Vegetarian

Feast: Generous Vegetarian Meals for Any Eater and Every Appetite
Sarah Copeland
(Chronicle Books)

River Cottage Veg
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
(Ten Speed Press)

Vegetable Literacy
Deborah Madison
(Ten Speed Press)

Writing and Literature

A Fork in the Road: Tales of Food, Pleasure and Discovery on the Road
Edited by James Oseland
(Lonely Planet)

Provence, 1970: M. F. K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste
Luke Barr
(Clarkson Potter Publishers)

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
Michael Moss
(Random House)

The winner of the Cookbook of the Year Award and the Cookbook Hall of Fame inductee will be announced on May 2, 2014.

2014 James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurant Design Awards
Winners will be announced on May 5, 2014.

75 Seats and Under (For the best restaurant design or renovation in North America since January 1, 2011)

Design Firm: Assimilation Design Lab LLC and Otto Architects LLC
Designers: Josh Otto and David Whipple
Project: Tria Taproom, Philadelphia

Design Firm: Huxley Wallace Collective
Designers: Joshua Henderson and Matthew Parker
Project: Westward, Seattle

Design Firm: Lawton Stanley Architects
Designers: Maria Contreras, Christopher Lawton, and Micah Stanley
Project: Grace, Chicago

76 Seats and Over (For the best restaurant design or renovation in North America since January 1, 2011)

Design Firm: Jensen ArchitectsDesigners: Scott Davis, Mark Jensen, Lincoln Lighthill, Dean Orr, and Andy PluessProject: Shed, Healdsburg, CA

Design Firm: Munge LeungDesigner: Sai Leung and Alessandro MungeProject: Hawksworth Restaurant, Vancouver

Design Firm: Slade ArchitectureDesigners: Hayes Slade and James Slade Project: Virgin Atlantic Airway's Clubhouse at Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark, NJ

2014 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards

Best Chef: Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH)

Dave Beran, Next, Chicago

Curtis Duffy, Grace, Chicago

Jonathon Sawyer, The Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland

Paul Virant, Vie Restaurant, Western Springs, IL

Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia, Chicago

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (D.C., DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)

Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, VA

Spike Gjerde, Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore

Brad Spence, Amis, Philadelphia

Vikram Sunderam, Rasika, Washington, D.C.

Cindy Wolf, Charleston, Baltimore

Best Chef: Midwest (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI)

Justin Aprahamian, Sanford, Milwaukee

Paul Berglund, The Bachelor Farmer, Minneapolis

Gerard Craft, Niche, Clayton, MO

Michelle Gayer, Salty Tart, Minneapolis

Kevin Nashan, Sidney Street Café, St. Louis

Lenny Russo, Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market, St. Paul, MN

Best Chef: New York City (Five Boroughs)

April Bloomfield, The Spotted Pig

Best Chef: Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY STATE, RI, VT)

Jamie Bissonnette, Coppa, Boston

Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery + Café, Boston

Gerry Hayden, The North Fork Table & Inn, Southold, NY

Matt Jennings, Farmstead Inc., Providence, RI

Michael Leviton, Lumière, Newton, MA

Barry Maiden, Hungry Mother, Cambridge, MA

Best Chef: Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY)

Renee Erickson, The Whale Wins, Seattle

Jason Franey, Canlis, Seattle

Naomi Pomeroy, Beast, Portland, OR

Ethan Stowell, Staple & Fancy, Seattle

Cathy Whims, Nostrana, Portland, OR

Best Chef: South (AL, AR, FL, LA, MS, PR)

Vishwesh Bhatt, Snackbar, Oxford, MS

Justin Devillier, La Petite Grocery, New Orleans

Ryan Prewitt, Pêche Seafood Grill, New Orleans

Alon Shaya, Domenica, New Orleans

Sue Zemanick, Gautreau’s, New Orleans

Best Chef: Southeast (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)

Kathy Cary, Lilly’s, Louisville, KY

Ashley Christensen, Poole’s Downtown Diner, Raleigh, NC

Edward Lee, 610 Magnolia, Louisville, KY

Steven Satterfield, Miller Union, Atlanta

Tandy Wilson, City House, Nashville

Best Chef: Southwest (AZ, CO, NM, OK, TX, UT)

Kevin Binkley, Binkley’s, Cave Creek, AZ

Bryce Gilmore, Barley Swine, Austin

Hugo Ortega, Hugo’s, Houston

Chris Shepherd, Underbelly, Houston

Justin Yu, Oxheart, Houston

Best Chef: West (CA, HI, NV)

Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, State Bird Provisions, San Francisco

Michael Cimarusti, Providence, Los Angeles

Corey Lee, Benu, San Francisco

Daniel Patterson, Coi, San Francisco

Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, Animal, Los Angeles

Best New Restaurant

Betony, NYC

Pêche Seafood Grill, New Orleans

Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional

Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE

Ron Cooper, Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, Ranchos de Taos, NM

Garrett Oliver, Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY

Harlen Wheatley, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort, KY

David Wondrich, spirits educator, Brooklyn, NY

Outstanding Wine Program

A16, San Francisco

The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN

Outstanding Bar Program

Bar Agricole, San Francisco

The Bar at the NoMad Hotel, NYC

Maison Premiere, Brooklyn, NY

Outstanding Service
Presented by Stella Artois®
A restaurant that demonstrates high standards of hospitality and service. Candidates must have been in operation for at least the past 5 years.

The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, CA

Outstanding Pastry Chef
A chef or baker who prepares desserts, pastries, or breads and who serves as a standard-bearer for excellence. Candidates must have been pastry chefs or bakers for at least the past 5 years.

Dominique Ansel, Dominique Ansel Bakery, NYC

Dana Cree, Blackbird, Chicago

Belinda Leong, b. patisserie, San Francisco

Dahlia Narvaez, Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles

Christina Tosi, Momofuku, NYC

Outstanding Restaurateur
A working restaurateur who sets high national standards in restaurant operations and entrepreneurship. Candidates must have been in the restaurant business for at least 10 years. Candidates must not have been nominated for a James Beard Foundation chef award in the past 10 years.

Barbara Lynch, Barbara Lynch Gruppo, Boston (No. 9 Park, Menton, B&G Oysters, and others)

Donnie Madia, One Off Hospitality Group, Chicago (Blackbird, Avec, The Publican, and others)

Cindy Pawlcyn, Napa Valley, CA (Mustards Grill, Cindy’s Back Street Kitchen)

Caroline Styne, Los Angeles (Lucques, A.O.C., Tavern, and others)

Phil Suarez, Suarez Restaurant Group, NYC (ABC Kitchen, Jean-Georges, wd

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water
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.

Jimmy Bannos Jr., The Purple Pig, Chicago

Katie Button, Cúrate, Asheville, NC

Jessica Largey, Manresa, Los Gatos, CA

David Posey, Blackbird, Chicago

Blaine Wetzel, The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, Lummi Island, WA

Outstanding Restaurant
Presented by Acqua Panna® Natural Spring Water
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 10 or more consecutive years

Highlands Bar and Grill, Birmingham, AL

The Slanted Door, San Francisco

Outstanding Chef
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 chefs for at least the past 5 years.

Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern, NYC

Sean Brock, McCrady’s, Charleston, SC

Suzanne Goin, Lucques, Los Angeles

David Kinch, Manresa, Los Gatos, CA

Nancy Silverton, Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles

Marc Vetri, Vetri, Philadelphia

2014 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics

Hansen’s Sno Bliz, New Orleans
Owner: Ashley Hansen

Nick’s Italian Café, McMinnville, OR
Owners: Nick Peirano, Carmen Peirano, and Eric Ferguson

Olneyville New York System, Providence, RI
Owners: Stephanie Stevens Turini and Greg Stevens

Perini Ranch Steakhouse, Buffalo Gap, TX
Owners: Lisa and Tom Perini

Sokolowski’s University Inn, Cleveland
Owners: Bernard Sokolowski, Mary Balbier, and Michael Sokolowski

2014 James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America

Edward Behr
Food Writer
St. Johnsbury, VT

John Besh
Chef and Restaurateur
New Orleans

David Chang
Chef and Restaurateur

Barry Estabrook
Vergennes, VT

Paul Kahan
Chef and Restaurateur

Sherry Yard
Pastry Chef and Author
Los Angeles

2014 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year

Matt Haley, Philanthropist and Restaurateur, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

2014 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award

Sirio Maccioni, Le Cirque, NYC

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James Beard Foundation Announces 2018 America’s Classics Awards

It’s finally Beard season. Today the James Beard Foundation announced the five 2018 recipients of its America’s Classics awards. The Foundation gives this title every year to restaurants that are “regional establishments, often family-owned, that are treasured for their quality food, local character, and lasting appeal.” Generally, these restaurants have been open for more than 10 years, and the award taps establishments, chefs, and restaurateurs generally overlooked by the other Beard award categories.

It’s considered an honor and also recognition of both quality and longevity past winners have included beloved restaurants like New York City’s Keens Steakhouse Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s Crook’s Corner Brooks’ House of BBQ in Oneonta, NY and, more recently, La Taqueria in San Francisco.

Here are this year’s recipients:

Dong Phuong Bakery, New Orleans: One of the first Vietnamese bakeries in NOLA, Dong Phuong has served its iconic banh mi for over 30 years, and supplies bread to po boy vendors throughout the city.

El Guero Canelo, Tucson: Sonoran hot dogs transformed this Tucson stand into a must-visit local restaurant.

Hot dogs at El Guero Canelo. Photo: Alyson Hurt / Flickr

Galleria Umberto, Boston: A decades-old stalwart from the North End, Galleria Umberto is known for its Sicilian-style pizza.

Los Hernandez, Union Gap, WA: Tamales are the name of the game here the owners mill their own masa and serve different combinations to match the seasons.

Sun Wah, Chicago: A family-run business with a reputation for superb duck, the younger generation took over in 2008.

Semifinalists for the 2018 James Beard Foundation Awards will be announced on February 15, and nominees on March 14. The James Beard Awards Gala, where the America’s Classics winners are also acknowledged, will take place on May 7.

El Guero Canelo

5201 S 12th Avenue, Tucson, AZ

In 1993, then 33-year-old Daniel Contreras opened a stand making elaborately dressed hot dogs inspired by those in his home city of Hermosillo, the capital of Sonora, Mexico. Now, it&aposs grown into a go-to restaurant with crowds lining up for Bacon-Wrapped Franks, topped with beans, onions, mustard, jalapeño sauce, mayo and all stuffed into a baguette-esque Mexican bread called bollilo.

2011 James Beard Foundation Design and Graphics Awards

Outstanding Restaurant Design
Design Firm: Aidlin Darling Design
Designers: Joshua Aidlin, Roslyn Cole, and David Darling
Project: Bar Agricole, San Francisco

Outstanding Restaurant Graphics
For the best restaurant graphics executed in North America since January 1, 2008
Design Firm: Love and War
Designer: Katie Tully
Project: The National Bar & Dining Rooms, NYC

Gioia's Deli wins coveted James Beard America's Classics Award

The 99-year-old deli on The Hill is the first St. Louis area restaurant to be so honored.

Gioia's Original Hot Salami Sandwich is sliced fresh to order

Alex Donley and his mom, Cathy Donley, co-owners of Gioia's Deli

The James Beard Foundation just announced the five winners of the America’s Classics Award for 2017. A St. Louis restaurant was recognized for the first time since the award’s inception in 1998. Stroud’s, Kansas City’s famous pan-fried chicken eatery, was honored that year and until today was the only Missouri restaurant to receive the James Beard Foundation’s iconic award.

(The other America's Classics honorees for 2017 are Bertha's Kitchen in Charleston, SC La Taqueria in San Francisco, CA Sahadi's in Brooklyn, NY and Schultz's Crab House in Essex. MD.)

It came as a surprise to Gioia’s co-owner Alex Donley that the deli, a restaurant with nearly a century-old heritage, received the honor. “When I learned how few restaurants were on this list, I was blown away. And when it sunk in, I was humbled,” he said. “I’m happy to receive the honor, but must also acknowledge the five generations that have owned and operated Gioia’s. They laid the groundwork. I'm just the loyal custodian."

The America’s Classics Award recognizes just a handful of iconic restaurants each year, which makes the award even more significant. Some are famous (Anchor Bar, Joe’s Stone Crab, Peter Luger Steak House) others are merely joints (Bagaduce Lunch, known for the haddock sandwich that it calls a “fishburger”). All are revered, timeless, and serve food that reflects the character of the community, three of the parameters for award consideration. The restaurants must also be locally owned and have been in business for at least a decade. Gioia’s has been around almost 10 times that long.

The deli began as a grocery store at the corner of Macklind and Daggett (1934 Macklind), where an immigrant from Northern Italy named Challie Gioia made sandwiches every Saturday. And while he was proud of his recipe for luganega sausage and genoa salame, it was the salam de testa that customers repeatedly requested. At Gioia's, the mixture of cured pig’s head meat, beef, and spicy seasonings is known simply as Hot Salami.

The spicy-hot salami received national attention when Donley and Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern mixed up a batch for the show. After the segment aired, Gioia’s business jumped by 20 percent, according to Donley. The boost likely helped fund the deli’s downtown location (903 Pine), which opened last April.

The Big George — beef, bacon, and Volpi hard salami on toasted garlic cheese bread

Gioia’s has also received notoriety for its “secret menu.” As SLM noted in this article last year, if a restaurant’s secret menu is noted on its website, is it even a secret anymore? No matter. The dozen sandwiches (such as the Big George, pictured at right) are so cleverly named, no one objects to the ruse. That said, Donley tells SLM that since the outing of the secret menu, he’s created a double-secret menu. The King Kong Christmas Special (hot salami, mac and cheese, and bacon) is part of that menu, and although the sandwich is occasionally offered as a special, it’s also available for the asking. No secret handshake required.

And while Donley is scouting West County for a third location, he says there's no desire to venture beyond the metro area. “We have a product that is uniquely St. Louis, just like the St. Paul Sandwich and toasted ravs,” he said. “This James Beard Award solidifies that, and it would be wrong for me and my family not to embrace it.”

The America's Classics restaurants will receive their awards at the James Beard Foundation Awards Gala, held in Chicago this May. Donley explained that a video showcasing each restaurant will be sprinkled throughout the awards ceremony. "We're the entertainment," he quipped.

Donley added that while the award is certainly appreciated, it comes at an already busy time. “It’s sure to produce an uptick in business,” he said, “and we’re expecting a baby in the next day or two.”

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