James Beard Award http://wunc.org en Ashley Christensen Of Poole's Downtown Diner Wins James Beard Award http://wunc.org/post/ashley-christensen-pooles-downtown-diner-wins-james-beard-award <p>Chef Ashley Christensen <a href="https://www.jamesbeard.org/sites/default/files/attachments/050414_JBF_AWARD_WINNERS_LIST.pdf">won the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southeast.</a> The news was announced Monday.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Carol Jackson 30897 at http://wunc.org Ashley Christensen Of Poole's Downtown Diner Wins James Beard Award Eastern NC Chef Vivian Howard Finalist For James Beard Award For 'A Chef's Life' http://wunc.org/post/eastern-nc-chef-vivian-howard-finalist-james-beard-award-chefs-life <p></p><p>Working in famous New York City restaurants, Vivian Howard swore she’d never move back to her home state of North Carolina.&nbsp; Then, in 2005, when she decided to open her restaurant, her family offered financial help with a catch: She had to open the restaurant near her home town.<br /><br />"I was against it," she remembers.<br /><br />But Howard and her husband Ben Knight wound up moving to the 20,000-population city of Kinston, N.C., and opened an upscale restaurant.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 19:36:29 +0000 Carol Jackson 22400 at http://wunc.org Eastern NC Chef Vivian Howard Finalist For James Beard Award For 'A Chef's Life' 2013 James Beard Awards Announced, No NC Winners http://wunc.org/post/2013-james-beard-awards-announced-no-nc-winners <p>The James Beard Foundation announced the recipients of the 2013 Restaurant and Chef Awards on Monday night. Raleigh’s Ashley Christensen of <a href="http://www.ac-restaurants.com/pooles/">Poole’s Diner</a> was in the running for Best Chef in the Southeast, but the final award for that category went to Joseph Lenn of <a href="http://www.blackberryfarm.com/friends-of-the-farm-farm-stories/the-barn-at-blackberry-farm">The Barn at Blackberry Farm</a> in Walland, Tennessee. Christensen was North Carolina’s <a href="http://wunc.org/post/ashley-christensen-named-nc-s-sole-james-beard-nominee">only James Beard Award Nominee</a> (finalist) this year, out of 13 semi-finalists in the state. Hear her interview with WUNC's <a href="/post/top-raleigh-chef-takes-national-stage-james-beard-award-finalist"><em>State of Things</em></a>. Wed, 08 May 2013 14:03:57 +0000 Laura Candler 14989 at http://wunc.org 2013 James Beard Awards Announced, No NC Winners Top Raleigh Chef Takes The National Stage As A James Beard Award Finalist http://wunc.org/post/top-raleigh-chef-takes-national-stage-james-beard-award-finalist <p>To Ashley Christensen, a restaurant is not just a place where you sit down to eat.&nbsp; It’s an entire concept.&nbsp; She carefully plots an immersive experience for her diners.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 15:26:34 +0000 Shawn Wen & Frank Stasio 14484 at http://wunc.org Top Raleigh Chef Takes The National Stage As A James Beard Award Finalist A North Carolina Pie That Elicits An 'Oh My God' Response http://wunc.org/post/north-carolina-pie-elicits-oh-my-god-response There are days for cake, and days for ice cream and cookies. But every now and then, you crave a different kind of finish to a satisfying meal. Enter Atlantic Beach Pie, a salty and citrusy staple of the North Carolina coast.<p>Katie Workman is the author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Mom-100-Cookbook-Recipes-Pocket/dp/0761166033" target="_blank"><em>The Mom 100 Cookbook: 100 Recipes Every Mom Needs in Her Back Pocket</em></a>. She says the Atlantic Beach Pie from Crook's Corner restaurant in Chapel Hill, N.C., is the best pie she's ever had. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 18:59:00 +0000 editor 13530 at http://wunc.org A North Carolina Pie That Elicits An 'Oh My God' Response Ashley Christensen Named NC’s Sole James Beard Nominee http://wunc.org/post/ashley-christensen-named-nc-s-sole-james-beard-nominee <p>More than a dozen North Carolina restaurants and chefs earned a spot on the <a href="http://wunc.org/post/nc-claims-13-james-beard-award-semifinalists">James Beard Award semifinalist list</a> this year, but only one is advancing to the nominee (finalist) category: Ashley Christensen of <a href="http://www.poolesdowntowndiner.com/">Poole’s Diner </a>in Raleigh. Christensen was nominated for Best Chef: Southeast, a position she shares with four other chefs in the region. Here is her reaction on twitter this morning: Mon, 18 Mar 2013 19:18:05 +0000 Laura Candler 12212 at http://wunc.org Ashley Christensen Named NC’s Sole James Beard Nominee 2011 James Beard Award Winner Shares A Recipe http://wunc.org/post/2011-james-beard-award-winner-shares-recipe <p></p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 20:11:24 +0000 Laura Candler 12028 at http://wunc.org 2011 James Beard Award Winner Shares A Recipe Why Phoebe Lawless Is Shocked To Be A James Beard Semi-finalist http://wunc.org/post/why-phoebe-lawless-shocked-be-james-beard-semi-finalist <p>People who bake pies for a living usually do so because they love it. Not to win awards. So when Phoebe Lawless of <a href="http://piefantasy.com/">Scratch bakery</a> learned recently that the <a href="http://wunc.org/post/nc-claims-13-james-beard-award-semifinalists">James Beard Foundation named her</a> a semi-finalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef – an honor she shares with only 19 others in the country – she was thoroughly shocked.&nbsp; &nbsp;“I certainly did not expect to find myself on the list,” she said. &nbsp;Lawless learned of the honor while at home on her couch, when someone mentioned it on Twitter. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 19:35:38 +0000 Laura Candler 11839 at http://wunc.org Why Phoebe Lawless Is Shocked To Be A James Beard Semi-finalist Fullsteam One Of Four Breweries Nationwide To Be James Beard Semi-Finalist http://wunc.org/post/fullsteam-one-four-breweries-nationwide-be-james-beard-semi-finalist <p></p><p>Like last year, Sean Lilly Wilson of the Durham brewery <a href="http://www.fullsteam.ag/beer/">Fullsteam</a> found out that he was on the list of 2013 James Beard Award semi-finalists via Twitter. &nbsp;And he thought it was a mistake. &nbsp;His reaction? &nbsp;“Profound disbelief,” he says. &nbsp;Wilson’s Fullsteam made the <a href="http://wunc.org/post/nc-claims-13-james-beard-award-semifinalists">semi-finalist list</a> for the Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional Award, joining names like <a href="http://www.dogfish.com/">Dogfish Head Craft Brewery</a>, <a href="http://www.buffalotrace.com/">Buffalo Trace Distillery</a>, and <a href="http://brooklynbrewery.com/verify">The Brooklyn Brewery</a>. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 20:58:05 +0000 Laura Candler 11966 at http://wunc.org Fullsteam One Of Four Breweries Nationwide To Be James Beard Semi-Finalist How To Cook A Corndog, James Beard-Style http://wunc.org/post/how-cook-corndog-james-beard-style <p>Even though he’s been a <a href="http://www.jamesbeard.org/">James Beard Award </a>semi-finalist for three years in a row, Chef Aaron Vandemark of Hillsborough’s <a href="http://panciuto.com/">Panciuto</a> was caught off guard last month when he learned that his name was on the list yet again. He was checking his email and received a congratulatory note, at first not realizing what it was for. &nbsp;But that’s not too different from last year, Vandemark says. In 2012, he was alone in his kitchen cutting up lamb parts when he received a phone call from a writer in Raleigh who gave him the news.&nbsp; “I’m always surprised by how informal it is,” he admits, referring to the fact that The James Beard Foundation does not notify its semi-finalists directly. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 20:44:21 +0000 Laura Candler 11902 at http://wunc.org How To Cook A Corndog, James Beard-Style