James Beard Award

Food
12:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Ashley Christensen Of Poole's Downtown Diner Wins James Beard Award

Chef Ashley Christensen

Chef Ashley Christensen won the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southeast. The news was announced Monday.

To Christensen, a restaurant is not just a place where you sit down to eat.  It’s an entire concept.  She carefully plots an immersive experience for her diners.

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Arts & Culture
3:36 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Eastern NC Chef Vivian Howard Finalist For James Beard Award For 'A Chef's Life'

Vivian Howard owns the restaurant Chef and the Farmer with her husband Ben Knight.
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Working in famous New York City restaurants, Vivian Howard swore she’d never move back to her home state of North Carolina.  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.

"I was against it," she remembers.

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.

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Arts & Culture
10:03 am
Wed May 8, 2013

2013 James Beard Awards Announced, No NC Winners

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The James Beard Foundation announced the recipients of the 2013 Restaurant and Chef Awards on Monday night. Raleigh’s Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Diner was in the running for Best Chef in the Southeast, but the final award for that category went to Joseph Lenn of The Barn at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee. Christensen was North Carolina’s only James Beard Award Nominee (finalist) this year, out of 13 semi-finalists in the state. Hear her interview with WUNC's State of Things.

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The State of Things
11:26 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Top Raleigh Chef Takes The National Stage As A James Beard Award Finalist

Chef Ashley Christensen is a finalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southeast.
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  • Ashley Christensen, a Raleigh chef and finalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southeast, talks about her life and career with host Frank Stasio

To Ashley Christensen, a restaurant is not just a place where you sit down to eat.  It’s an entire concept.  She carefully plots an immersive experience for her diners. 

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Found Recipes
2:59 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

A North Carolina Pie That Elicits An 'Oh My God' Response

Bill Smith's Atlantic Beach Pie is based on a recipe for lemon pie, a staple of the North Carolina coast.
Courtesy of Katie Workman

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 5:49 pm

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.

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Arts & Culture
3:18 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Ashley Christensen Named NC’s Sole James Beard Nominee

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More than a dozen North Carolina restaurants and chefs earned a spot on the James Beard Award semifinalist list this year, but only one is advancing to the nominee (finalist) category: Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Diner 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:

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Arts & Culture
4:11 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

2011 James Beard Award Winner Shares A Recipe

Credit courtesy of Andrea Reusing

Like a few others in the Triangle, Andrea Reusing found out she was a James Beard semi-finalist on Twitter.  But of the 13 semi-finalists in North Carolina this year, Andrea Reusing of Lantern is the only one to have ever won the award before.

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Arts & Culture
3:35 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Why Phoebe Lawless Is Shocked To Be A James Beard Semi-finalist

Phoebe Lawless
Credit Lissa Gotwals

People who bake pies for a living usually do so because they love it. Not to win awards. So when Phoebe Lawless of Scratch bakery learned recently that the James Beard Foundation named her a semi-finalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef – an honor she shares with only 19 others in the country – she was thoroughly shocked.   “I certainly did not expect to find myself on the list,” she said.  Lawless learned of the honor while at home on her couch, when someone mentioned it on Twitter.  

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Arts & Culture
4:58 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Fullsteam One Of Four Breweries Nationwide To Be James Beard Semi-Finalist

Fullsteam's First Frost persimmon ale
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Like last year, Sean Lilly Wilson of the Durham brewery Fullsteam found out that he was on the list of 2013 James Beard Award semi-finalists via Twitter.  And he thought it was a mistake.  His reaction?  “Profound disbelief,” he says.  Wilson’s Fullsteam made the semi-finalist list for the Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional Award, joining names like Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Buffalo Trace Distillery, and The Brooklyn Brewery.

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Arts & Culture
4:44 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

How To Cook A Corndog, James Beard-Style

Chef Aaron Vandemark of Panciuto

Even though he’s been a James Beard Award semi-finalist for three years in a row, Chef Aaron Vandemark of Hillsborough’s Panciuto 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.  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.  “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.

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