Posts for May, 2016

May 1, 2016

James Beard Award Win

jamesbeardpicI really thought my life had peaked in April, when we won an IACP award for The Picnic: Recipes and Inspiration from Basket to Blanket, and ate the passion fruit posset at Cassia (talk about life-changing)and got to go to opening day of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, all in one surreal week. But then, a month later, I won a James Beard Award. Whaaaat?

The morning the nominations were announced, my best friend called, yelling, “I just heard your name on NPR! You’ve been nominated for a James Beard Award!” Like any normal person, I laughed and thought, what a weirdo, how sad that she’s going senile so young, and went back to whatever I was doing, probably picking chocolate crumbs out of my fake IKEA sheepskin desk chair cover, like I spend most of the day doing.

But it was true. The best team you could ever hope to be a part of, Team Eater, comprised of superstars Erin DeJesus, Danielle Centoni, Dina Avila, McGraw Wolfman, Stan Lee, and me, had been nominated for a James Beard Award for an interactive Eater piece we did, One Night at Kachka. Well, WOW.

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