Flashback: Friday’s JBF Media Awards

June 9, 2008 at 12:52 am Leave a comment

Friday night the Beard Awards weekend kicked off at a very high level at the 2008 Media Awards dinner and ceremony. The ceremony was hosted by the Lee brothers, Matt and Ted, who helped move the evening along at a casual but efficient clip. The night’s first award winner, Brett Anderson, thanked his stars for working for a newspaper that allowed him to report on a story for 2 years and take five parts of a series to tell it.

Michel Nischan thanked the vegetables for his Victory Garden victory. Tom Colicchio thanked the chef contestants who take a month out of their lives to compete for the top spot on Top Chef. Tanya Steel, who won for her work as head of Condé Nast’s epicurious.com, said she had worried about becoming the Susan Lucci of the Beard Media Awards. The Mutlimedia Writing on Food award went to Josh Ozersky and Daniel Maurer of Grub Street. Josh thanked everyone who has ever had anything to do with the blog, and then pleaded for everyone in the room to feed him content.

Junot Diaz, who couldn’t attend, can add a James beard Foundation Award to the Pulitzer Prize on his mantle. Ruth Reichl, who won a JBF award for her T.V. series Diary of a Foodie and who published Diaz’s piece in Gourmet, spoke to Diaz earlier that evening and reported that he seemed more excited about the chance of winning a James Beard award for something he had written about food than he had been for a Pulitzer for his novel.

View a complete listing of Media Award winners >>>
View a complete listing of nominees >>>

Post Script: Awards Crasher
A sneaker-and-jeans-clad gentleman at table 26 refused to identify himself despite many attempts. Undeterred, he flirted with female guests and devoured his dinner–asking waiters to write down the names of the wines provided by Southern Wine & Spirits of New York. Guess he’d never seen a printed menu before. I bet he thought he was the real winner of the evening.

— Mitchell Davis

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