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2009 James Beard Foundation Awards

2009 James Beard Foundation Awards

The James Beard Foundation Awards shine a spotlight on the best and brightest talent in the food and beverage industry. Covering all aspects of the industry—from chefs and restaurateurs to cookbook authors and food journalists to restaurant designers and architects and more—the James Beard Foundation Awards are the highest honors for food and beverage professionals working in America. The awards are presented each spring at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Nominees and winners are fêted at a weekend of gala events in New York City that has become the social and gastronomic highlight of the year.

No where has the power and influence of women in the food industry been more recognized than at the James Beard Foundation, where more than 350 medallions have been awarded to women during the 19-year history of the Awards. There are more talented and successful women than ever before in all aspects of the food and hospitality world, from chefs to farmers, pastry chefs to bread bakers, winemakers to cheese makers, and more. At this year’s Awards, the James Beard Foundation will be celebrating these women who serve as role models for future generations and who help make our world more delicious every day. At the Media Awards Dinner and Gala Reception celebrations, women from various areas of the culinary industry and from across the country will be represented.

2009 James Beard Foundation Awards

Hosts for this year's event will be Iron Chef, Cat Cora, JBF Award Winner, Emeril Lagasse, and Award-Winning Actor, Stanley Tucci. The Awards Ceremony at Avery Fisher Hall will be immediately followed by a Gala Reception that will feature dishes created by America’s greatest female chefs, many of whom will highlight products grown and made by women producers. This walk-around tasting event on the Promenade and Lobby levels of Avery Fischer Hall will showcase female chefs, winemakers, mixologists, and sommeliers—all of whom represent the depth and breadth of America’s culinary landscape.

Expected guests include Martha Stewart, Mario Batali, Lorraine Bracco, Katie Lee Joel, Joe Bastianich, David Chang, Drew Nieporent, Grant Achatz, José Andrés, Danny Meyer, Todd English, Donatella Arpaia, Carey Lowell, Alexandra Guarnaschelli, Michelle Bernstein, Ming Tsai, Traci Des Jardins and many more.

    2009 James Beard Foundation Awards
  • Date: Monday, May 4, 2009

  • Time: Awards Ceremony begins at 6:00 P.M.

  • Venue: Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center

  •                 10 Lincoln Center Plaza
                    (Columbus Avenue and 65th Street)
                    New York, NY

  • Dress: Black Tie

  • Tickets: From $450.00
                      To purchase, call 212.925.0054 or email

  • Website:

Emeril Lagasse: Grillin' & Greetin'

Photo: Emeril LaGasse releases Emeril at Grill: A Cookbook For All Sesons.
BAM-tastic Chef Emeril Lagasse will be releasing his new cookbook today, Emeril at the Grill: A Cookbook for All Seasons (HarperCollins/April 2009). This marks the 13th cookbook for the celebrity chef and restaurateur, and the first in a new series of ten paperback cookbooks.

Emeril at the Grill offers more than 150 recipes to take to your barbeque this summer, many of which are inspired by a "wide variety of cuisines," like his Sambal Shrimp and Jerk Chicken with Gingered BBQ Drizzle.

In addition to his big-flavored, mouth watering grillables, Emeril also includes recipes for deserts and drinks -- including Mango-Basil Freeze Pops, Melon & Pineapple Agua Fresca and a Summery Citrus, Ginger & Raspberry Punch.

Emeril will be kicking off his book signing tour here in New York on May 6th & 11th, but first, he'll join Cat Cora and Stanley Tucci as host of the 2009 James Beard Foundation Awards at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall on May 4th.

For more info on the all-star awards gala, and for book signing dates outside of New York, click on over to And while you're there, be sure to check out his recipe for Watermelon Granita. It's a refreshing, sweet treat that begs to enjoyed on sultry summer day!

Emeril Lagasse Book Signing Dates: Barnes & Noble, Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, New York and Borders on Broadway, NYC

Joan & Melissa: Meltdown After The Boardroom

Photo: Melissa Rivers - The Celebrity Apprentice - NBC

"You're fired!"

That's all it took to make Melissa Rivers loose it on last night's The Celebrity Apprentice.

And by loose, we me looooooose it!

After The Donald fired Melissa -- from a charity based reality show might I add -- Melissa and mother Joan both made their grand exit. But not the kind of exit you'd expect from a showbiz veteran like Joan Rivers, or even from her old-enough-to-know-better daughter.

"Whore pit vipers" were among the few choice parting words Melissa had for Annie Duke and Brande Roderick, the remaining Celebrity Apprentice team mates whom Melissa feels maligned her and "set up a cabal" to get her fired. Joan concurred and pointed out the dastardly duo were also "Nazi's" and "white trash."

Ah, nothing like leaving with a little dignity and your head held high.

The Borrowed Blog: Weekly Roundup

Photo: Joy Behar and Joy Behar (aka Fred Armisen) on The View.It's been a crazy week around here, so we have a lot to catch up on!

Let's kick things off with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie shopping for groceries...

It's hard to believe something so mundane is headline grabbing news, but apparently seeing Brangelina in frozen foods is enough to cause a four cart pile-up.

Earlier this week the power couple played the role of "normal" and graced a Long Island Stop & Shop with two of their six children. But no worries for our male readers -- Angie isn't taking life as a suburban housewife to the extreme. There were no pony tails and yoga pants for this starlet.

Nightclub impresarios Noah Tepperberg and Jason Strauss are expanding their empire. The two have teamed up with Danny A to open "Avenue" on 10th in Chelsea. Page Six reports the new club will feature "lots of seating, no dancing" and a 275 person capacity, raising its exclusivity to a level where it won't even need signage.

The newly picked up USA Network series, Royal Pains, is back on Long Island for a summer of filming. They kicked things off with a multi-day, rainy as hell, shoot at Old Westbury Gardens earlier in the week, where we cut our way through the fog to visit them on set. Cast and crew must surely be enjoying the break in the weather, as today they begin filming scenes on Jones Beach.

Speaking of weather, this weekend's high temps meant an early influx of seasonal inhabitants in the Hamptons. Beaches and restaurants got such an early rush, even daytime talk show darling Joy Behar twittered she had to --gasp-- wait for a table. If you listen carefully, you can hear Fred Armisen saying, "So what, who cares."

Bethenny Frankel, who's still riding high from the best-seller success of her first book, Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself From a Lifetime of Dieting (Fireside/ March 2009), has spent the past week begging fans of her hit show, The Real Housewives of New York City, to vote for her on Bravo's online A-List Fashion Show Awards. But her motives are much more altruistic than they sound. Frankel is desperately seeking a first place win so the $10,000 award can go to her favorite charity, The Children's Tumor Foundation. You can vote for Bethenny, who is currently in first place, by visiting BravoTV.

And finally, Liz Smith, the self-proclaimed “2000-year-old gossip columnist,” has blogged a rundown of “what’s what and where to go in the Big Apple this spring,” over at

Have a favorite item of your own this week? Share it with our readers and tell us all about it in your comments. We'll be tweeting the best item from our readers a little later in week!

CharityBuzz: Billy Joel Offers Up Baby Grand

Billy Joel donates baby grand to raise money for East Harlem music students.

Photo: Lisa Wagner/

Over the course of his 30+ year career, Billy Joel's charitable contributions have been immeasurable. From his educational initiatives and musical scholarships to his tireless support of Long Island's Baymen and Homes For Our Troops, Billy Joel has been the preeminent role model for giving.

Now Joel, who who'll turn 60-years-young this May, is once again donating big - this time to support the aspiring musicians of East Harlem's Mount Carmel-Holy Rosary School.

By donating a signed Steinway & Sons Baby Grand Piano, valued at $60,000, Joel will help raise money for Ten O'Clock Classics, a nonprofit organization that provides instruments and free music lessons to Catholic-school children. Ten O'Clock Classics currently offers the music students of Mount Carmel-Holy Rosary three hours of music study each Saturday. Now, by auctioning Joel's personalized piano on, Ten O'Clock Classics will be able to add more hours to the school's classes that will include music theory, ear training and individual lessons.

Joel, who serves on the board of Ten O'Clock Classics, was once quoted as saying that music is an "explosive expression of humanity." His musical expression has won him six Grammy Awards, countless musical honors, humanitarian awards, and of course, an induction into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Though one could only assume that none of these accolades could possibly have the same personal satisfaction as seeing the light in a child's eye when you've given them the tools to reach for their dreams.

Next month, those dreams will take the students of Mount Carmel-Holy Rosary to the Music Advancement Program where they'll audition for the esteemed Juilliard School at Lincoln Center.

The Auction

The auction for the baby grand is currently open at and it's worth noting that it will be will be personalized "to the buyer's desire" by the Piano Man himself.

The auction will remain open until noon on Wednesday, May 6, 2009.

So dig deep, bid high, and help support these remarkable children!

Gotta Love The Post

When it comes to headlines, you just can't beat the New York Post!

Photo: When it comes to headlines, no one beats the Post!

The Count's Ethiopian Mistress Is Revealed

Real Housewives of New York City's Countess Luann de Lesseps Was Traded For a Real Life about a royal upgrade. has revealed that Count Alexandre de Lesseps left his Countess for a real life Princess -- Princess Kemeria Abajobir Abajifar to be exact. She is the granddaughter of King Abajifar, the last King from the Gibe Kingdom of Jimmaa.

The website, citing an anonymous source close to the Count, says the Princess and the Count wanted her name to be released so that she will no longer be referred to as ‘the Ethiopian woman’ and instead addressed by her proper, royal title. OK, Princess it is!

The Count, who is currently married to Real Housewives of New York City star, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, told his wife of his relationship with the Princess in an email. The Count and his new Princess are said be kanoodling their way through Geneva.

LuAnn, whose book "Class with the Countess" is due out next week, recently told People magazine that she separated from her husband of 16 years over three months ago. As to her reaction on being dumped via email, LuAnn has said, "I just think some people aren't good at confrontation."

The philandering Count is 56, LuAnn is 43. Together they have two children: Noel, 12, and Victoria, 14. No word yet on the Princess' age.

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ANTM: Top Model Search Returns To NYC

America's Next Top Model Auditions Return to New York

After a near riot broke out during their last casting call in NYC, America's Next Top Model is returning to the Big Apple for a do-over. This time, security and organization will be the theme of the day.

America's Next Top Model will hold auditions on Saturday, April 11 for Cycle 13. As previously announced, females age 18 to 27, of diverse backgrounds, shapes, sizes and with a height requirement of 5'7" and under are eligible to audition. Producers will post the exact location of the auditions later this week on the CW's website:

Audition Rules and Guidelines:

1. No lining up overnight and no lining up prior to 6:00am. Registration will begin at 7:00am. These times may be amended at Producer's discretion.

2. Proof of age is required to enter the line. Acceptable identification must include picture and birth date.

3. Colors of wristbands indicate when your scheduled audition time will be. If your scheduled audition time is several hours or more from the time that you receive your wristband, then we encourage you to leave and come back.

4. Only women applying should stand in line. If someone is just short of being 18, she can have one guardian with her. Please note that you must turn 18 by April 15, 2009 to audition.

5. Please make sure that you have everything you need to audition before you get into any line (for wristbands, etc.). You will only be allowed one bag that can fit comfortably on your lap inside the venue. This will be enforced by security.

6. No jumping in line or holding places in advance for others but it's okay if you're going to the restroom or getting food and water. You're not guaranteed to be allowed back in line. Be courteous to others around you.

7. Casting staff will give special instructions for the disabled.

8. Once in the venue, no ins and outs.

9. Only one audition per open call - do not try again if you've been cut.

10. Casting staff wearing official ANTM gear outside the venue may ask you for information in advance but be careful who you talk to and avoid anyone trying to charge you anything to participate.

11. We reserve the right to change or add to these rules as needed.

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Eliot Spitzer: "There are no excuses"

New York's disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer sat down with the Today show's Matt Lauer this morning and touched on the "800-pound gorilla in the room" with understatements like "there are no excuses" and "I have a spectacular wife."

Spitzer, or "Client 9" as he's known to the feds, told Lauer his hotel trysts with Ashley Dupre were infrequent and "not long in the grand context of my life." Spitzer added, "It was an egregious violation of my behavior that I fell into for many reasons, but none of them are an excuse or justifiable."

It was the public revelation of Spitzer's propensity for prostitutes that forced him to resign from office on March 17, 2008.

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Katie Lee Joel: Scenes From Her Own Restaurant?

Katie Lee Joel To Open Restaurant in ManhattanIt may have a bottle of red, and perhaps a bottle of white, but you won't find an Italian Restaurant in Katie Lee Joel's business plans. Instead, the writer, chef and drop-dead gorgeous wife of Long Island's own Piano Man has her sights set on a burger joint, of sorts.

The rumor mill has been buzzing all week that Katie Lee, who is in the process of finishing her second cookbook, is looking to open a restaurant of her own in NYC - one that may feature, and be named after, her sinfully delicious Logan County Burger. A burger so good it's even started to craft its own resume.

Last year, Katie's Logan County Burger beat out the likes of Chefs Adam Perry Lang, Tom Colicchio, and Art Smith at Rachel Ray's Burger Bash during the NYC Wine & Food Festival. Her cheesy, beefy tribute to West Virginia even stole the title from the reigning champs at the Shake Shack - which, burger purists will tell you, is really saying something.

Word is that Katie's restaurant will adhere to her three C's - casual and comfortable with a couture finish. So while comfort food and her Grandma Dora's recipes may be the root of her inspiration, we have no doubt that Katie will put an emphasis on the couture. She preaches the importance of buying locally, thrives on organic vegetables, and a quick look at her Twitter page reveals her taste for mussels with daikon kimchi, yellowtail sashimi, and fries with saffron aioli. This isn't going to be some burger barn with a combo meal.

As far as I'm concerned, no matter where or when she opens her restaurant, all I ask for is a small comfort table in the back on opening night.

Personal Post Script: After all, Katie, I was among the few who shouted from the rooftops that it was indeed a BURGER! ;)

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