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James Beard Foundation Announces 2015 Award Nominees

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It’s time once again to raise a glass to the 2015 James Beard Foundation nominees.

Announced yesterday, the list includes some of the most influential people in food and drink, including Liquor.com advisory board member Dale DeGroff, a contender for the Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America award, as well as top mixologist Dave Arnold of New York’s Booker and Dax, the founders of Death & Co. and more.


This year’s awards will be hosted by celebrity chef Alton Brown at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on May 4, and the Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards Dinner will be hosted by Carla Hall at New York City’s Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on April 24.

Check out the nominees in the drinks and spirits categories below and see a full list of this year’s nominees at the James Beard Foundation.

Beverage Book Award

Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails, with More than 500 Recipes
Alex Day, Nick Fauchald, and David Kaplan
(Ten Speed Press)

Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail
Dave Arnold
(W. W. Norton & Company)

Sherry: A Modern Guide to the Wine World’s Best-Kept Secret, with Cocktails and Recipes
Talia Baiocchi
(Ten Speed Press)


A Film About Coffee
Director: Brandon Loper
Producers: Dalia Burde and Brandon Loper
Airs on: vimeo.com/ondemand/afilmaboutcoffee

Food Chains
Host: Forest Whitaker
Director: Sanjay Rawal
Producers: Hamilton Fish, Smriti Keshari, Eva Longoria, Sanjay Rawal, and Eric Schlosser
Airs: iTunes and Netflix

Hey Bartender
Host: Douglas Tirola
Producers: Susan Bedusa and Douglas Tirola
Airs on: Showtime

Outstanding Bar Program
Presented by Tanqueray No. TEN®

Arnaud’s French 75 Bar, New Orleans
Bar Agricole, San Francisco
Maison Premiere, Brooklyn, NY
Trick Dog, San Francisco
The Violet Hour, Chicago

Outstanding Wine Program

A16, San Francisco
Bern’s Steak House, Tampa, FL
FIG, Charleston, SC
McCrady’s, Charleston, SC
Spago, Beverly Hills, CA

Journalism: Wine, Spirits, and Other Beverages

“Into the Vines”
Gabrielle Hamilton

“In New Orleans, Terrific Cocktails Never Went out of Fashion”
M. Carrie Allan
The Washington Post

“OMFG it’s the PSL!”
Allecia Vermillion
Seattle Met

2015 James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America

Allan Benton
Pork Producer and Purveyor
Madisonville, TN

Dale DeGroff

Wylie Dufresne
Chef and Restaurateur

Nathalie Dupree
Cookbook Author and Television Personality
Charleston, SC

Maricel Presilla
Chef, Restaurateur, and Cookbook Author
Hoboken, NJ

Series & Type: News

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