It had to happen.
Denn, the Beard Foundation blog reported
, "began to cry onstage as she explained how her editors and others supported her despite cutbacks and budget freezes to allow her to produce her article." Or, as a tweet had it: "She went on trip against orders because her editor believed in her and the pigs."
were handed out during a sumptuous many-course meal
featuring lobster, Kobe beef, foie gras, and oysters, prepared by famed woman chefs.
In the face of matter-of-fact sniping
are the next Conde Nast mags slated to die,") from media deathwatchers
, as ad pages drop and circulation numbers weaken, Gourmet
in particular cleaned up: the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award went to Aleksandra Crapazano for "Benedictions"
, published in their September issue; Gourmet
's editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl (soon to appear in the Bay Area with her new memoir, Not Becoming My Mother: and Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way
, on Saturday, May 9
, and Sunday, May 10
) won for both Multimedia Writing on Food for Gourmet.com's "The Test Kitchen,"
and Magazine Feature Writing about Restaurants and/or Chefs for "The Last Time I Saw Paris,"
's September issue.
Reichl also accepted a posthumous award for Edna Lewis, whose piece "What is Southern?"
Reichl published in Gourmet
's January issue.
San Francisco Chronicle's (now wildly-altered) food section lost to the
Washington Post for Newspaper Food Section, and the Chronicle's Jon
Bonne lost to Alan Richman
in the Writing on Spirits, Wine or Beer Category. Richman no doubt
endeared himself to all his hungry listeners by thanking his GQ
editors for an unlimited budget so he could write his award-winning piece on the best non-Japanese food in Japan, "Made (Better) in Japan,"
which won in the Magazine Feature Writing Without Recipes Category.
Bay Area's only local winner (if you don't count Reichl, who famously
started her food career working at the Berkeley Art Museum's Swallow
Cafe) was Sunset Magazine's online Our One Block Diet, oneblockdiet.sunset.com
, which won the Beard's first-ever food blog award for a Blog Focusing on Food, Beverage, Restaurants, or Nutritition.
predict (fearlessly and/or fearfully) many more blog categories in
years to come. But the big question is, will the newspaper and magazine
categories continue to thrive?