Football fans rarely get to play in the Super Bowl, cinemaphiles never get to vote for their fave films at Oscar time, but foodaholics can have their cake and eat it too! Do you have a favorite chef in the Twin Cities? In the Midwest? Do you have an opinion on the quality of your favorite chef in the city you visit most on business? Have I got a deal for you—stand up, be heard, and register your nominations for the 2007 James Beard Awards. Anyone can participate in the first round of nominations.
Just go to JamesBeard.org, click on the Restaurant and Chef Awards entry forms (on the first segment on that page), and you can submit your suggestions in the seventeen categories listed, up to two in each category. Deadline for this first round is December 15 at 11:59 p.m . . That’s it. Winners will be announced May 7, so stay tuned.
How’s that for a cool project this coming Friday night with your buddies? Print out the award forms and fill ‘em out with your friends over drinks at the bar at 112. Better yet, pass this blog link on to all your friends who care about food and make a few side bets on who pegs the most regional chef award winners.
Big news . . . . I have been sitting on this for weeks, since I was sworn to secrecy, but Joan Ida, the legendary former pastry chef from Goodfellows, exec chef at Tria in North Oaks, is moving to Hong Kong on January 17 to open her own restaurant. Huge score! Joan has gone back and forth to HK for years and finally said ‘yes’ to her patrons on the other side of the globe. An American style restaurant of the type she is contemplating will be a huge success in that part of the world. Everyone in that market is obsessed with our culture from a food standpoint. Once Joan’s people send me the rest of the info on the restaurant, I will let you know the details.
Lots of blog readers have chimed in on Cue, the new restaurant in the Guthrie Theater run by super chef Lenny Russo. On Thursday, I’ll tell you all about Lenny’s take on his new restaurant . . . .