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May 5, 2009 at 9:10 AM

James Beard Awards 2009: Northwest and National

Yesterday was one newsy day, what with this closure and that, plus the news I didn’t get in print (yet). And then, of course, the big news out of New York, telling the tale of winners, losers and a whole lot of dressed-to-the-nines eaters and drinkers. It was interesting to see and read the feeds that were literally and figuratively coming out of Jame Beard Awards Central, and fun to post the news as I got it, including the first important story from the East — that Maria Hines had taken the Best Chef Northwest medal:

photo: courtesy James Beard Foundation

Much later I learned that Tom Douglas had been passed over again for New York giant Drew Nieporent, seen below buzzing past Tom’s resto-managers Pam Leydon (left) and Patty Jacklin outside last-year’s after-party at Bar Boulud:

And I must give a special shout-out to my pal Ami, for texting me from her seat at Avery Fisher Hall as she attended her first JB Awards gala (“thought it would be a better-fed crowd, many a size 0,” “parade of chefs — all in orange chef-coats, cute like a women’s prison or highway worker convention”). At the end of the day I posted this wrap-up for our Seattle Times print pages, noting, quoting and acknowledging the James Beard Media Award win of my friend and colleague Rebekah Denn:

Because I hadn’t had enough excitement for one day, I also watched “Dancing with the Stars.” And speaking of stars, here’s the full list of 2009 James Beard Award winners .

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