Published on April 29, 2016

Your Week in Food News: JBA Media Awards, Agern opens & Passover ends

The top food news from this week, plus what’s coming up

James Beard Media Award winners announced

The 2016 James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards were this week in New York City. Congrats to all the winners! A few highlights:

  • The top honor for the International Book Award went to “Zahav: The World of Israeli Cooking” by Michael Solomov and Steven Cook. Nab a table at Zahav, Solomov’s Philadelphia hot spot to try his world-famous hummus, mezze and other dishes inspired by the foods of the Jewish diaspora.
  • Marion Nestle took home the Writing and Literature Book Award for “Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning).” Last year, she spoke with us about the power of food industry marketing on consumers and the secret to good health.
  • Lucky Peach was named Best Food Blog and Publication of the Year. The ultra-cool foodie website and quarterly magazine comes from the team behind the legendary restaurant group, Momofuku. For insight on Momofuku company culture, plus what it’s like to run some of the hottest restaurants in NYC, check out our interviews with Su Wong Ruiz, GM of Momofuku Ko and Sara Jimenez, GM of Momofuku Ssäm Bar.

The other JBF awards ceremony, happening on May 2nd in Chicago, will honor the country’s best restaurants and chefs. If it’s anything like the 2015 James Beard Awards Gala, it should be a lot of fun.

Agern opens in NYC

Agern, one of the most anticipated restaurants of the year, opened in Manhattan’s iconic Grand Central Terminal with a Nordic-inspired menu from Danish chef and Noma alum, Claus Meyer. Be the first to experience the flavors of Scandinavia.

Photo provided by Agern. Photo provided by Agern.

Recette closes in NYC

After six years of serving modern American fare to West Village-goers, Recette shuttered its doors this week due to rising rent costs. Chef/owner Jesse Schenker will be focusing on his other fantastic restaurant, The Gander, an approachable Flatiron gem with inventive snacks and cocktails. In an interview from last year, he shared his favorite late-night haunt and what he has over 350 of (and counting).

Passover ends Saturday

Saturday is the last day of Passover, which means it’s prime time to enjoy lots of traditional Jewish foods. Check out our guide on how-to win at Passover eating. Then grab some matzoh ball soup, latkes, brisket and the chicken at Bar Bolonat from chef Einat Admony this weekend.

Mother’s Day is a week from Sunday

The busiest day for restaurants is Mother’s Day, less than 10 days away. Need a last-minute table? Find great spots in NYC, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., SF and LA.

Photo provided by Ostrich Farm. Photo provided by Ostrich Farm.

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