2010 James Beard Award Winners, Complete List

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As reported earlier, Michael Schwartz of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink in Miami, is returning to Florida with a James Beard Foundation medallion as the Best Chef in the Southeast. Schwartz was awarded the prize in a ceremony Monday, May 3, at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. Lots of other awards were handed out, too, in the traditionally long and drawn out event. Here's a link to the entire list of winners from the James Beard Award Web site.

Miami Chef Wins James Beard Award

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Michael Schwartz, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Miami, is the winner of the 2010 James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef in the South Region. Schwartz was awarded his medal earlier this evening in a ceremony at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York.

Daniel Boulud, who was in Central Florida serving guests at the Jetport Food and Wine Festival just two weeks ago, took the Outstanding Restaurant Award for his Daniel. Tom Colicchio is the winner of the Outstanding Chef prize. Keith McNally (Balthazar, Lucky Strike, Minetta Tavern, Morandi, Pastis, Pravda, and Schiller’s Liquor Bar, NYC) was name Outstanding Restaurateur.

The black-tie affair, often referred to as the Academy Awards of the culinary world, began at 6 p.m. At this hour, attendees are enjoying the after party in the lobby of the Avery Fisher Hall featuring food prepared by a calvacade of chefs. After that, guest generally fan out across Manhattan for after after parties.

I’ll have the full list of winners tomorrow.

Meet Grillmaster Steven Raichlen

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Cookbook author Steven Raichlen will be signing copied of his book "Planet Barbecue" Sunday, May 2. He'll be at the Walmart in Ocoee, 10500 Planet_BarbecueColonial Drive, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. across from Health Central Hospital and a Toojays.

Raichlen is well versed in all types of food and cooking but he all but owns the field of barbecue expertise. Anyone who enjoys throwing some meat on a grill should have at least one of his books on hand.

Steven and I collaborated on a Gault-Millau travel guide he was editing many many years ago. If you go out for the signing, tell him I said "hey."

Designer of Iconic Cup Dies

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It's called the Anthora cup. Who knew it had a name? It was so omnipresent in New York delis, so much a part of the continuum that it is hard to anthoraimagine it had a beginning. If you've ordered a cup of coffee from a New York deli in the last 40 years, or if you've watched an episode of any iteration of Law & Order, you've seen the cup. It's designer, Leslie Buck, a New Yorker who also had a home in Delray Beach, died Monday at 87. Here is his obitiuary in the New York Times.

The azure blue cup with a white drawing of a Grecian urn (known as an amphora -- the name was mispronounced by Buck) and the words "We are happy to serve you" sold by the hundreds of millions annually. Ceramic versions of the cup have been sold in souvenir stores for years; it was so much a part of the city's persona. But no, Buck did not receive any royalties for the design.

The obituary doesn't give any details of Buck's last wishes, but if his ashes aren't placed in a Grecian urn, there is no justice in this world.