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Jesse Tyler Ferguson Named Host of the 2019 James Beard Awards

The James Beard Foundation announced today that Jesse Tyler Ferguson will return to host the 2019 James Beard Awards. Ferguson previously hosted the Awards to rave reviews in 2017, and will return to this year’s awards ceremony and gala, taking place on Monday, May 6, 2019, at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Fort Lauderdale’s The Balcony to Throw Mardi Gras Celebration

The Balcony, a chic two-story New Orleans-style restaurant on Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Boulevard, is celebrating Mardi Gras with pizazz. From Tuesday, March 5–Sunday, March 10, The Balcony will feature menu specials; and on Tuesday, March 5; Friday, March 8; and Saturday, March 9; it will host spectacular Mardi Gras-themed parties, so guests can celebrate in true “N’awlins” style.

Roberta’s Returns for Pizza Pop-Up in Chicago

Roberta’s brings its signature Neapolitan style pies to Chicago at Dusek’s Board & Beer for a delicious, one-weekend-only pop-up experience. A portion of the proceeds from the pop-up sales will be donated to GirlForward, a non-profit organization that creates a community of support dedicated to creating and enhancing opportunities for girls who have been displaced by conflict and persecution.

Tripleseat Unveils Third Annual Hospitality Conference in Nashville

EventCamp, sponsored by Tripleseat, a leading web-based event sales and management platform, announced its third-annual conference to be held at City Winery Nashville on April 30. EventCamp is the only conference of its kind to gather together sales and event professionals to discuss the booming areas of private dining and events for restaurants and hotels.

Erling Wu-Bower Joins Chef Lineup for Good Food EXPO

Add Erling Wu-Bower, of One Off Hospitality’s Pacific Standard Time, to the great lineup of chefs doing demos at FamilyFarmed’s 15thAnniversary Good Food EXPO. The EXPO, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, will take place March 22-23 at Chicago’s UIC Forum.

James Beard Foundation Announces 2019 America's Classics Winners

The James Beard Foundation announced the five recipients of its 2019 America's Classics Award. Over the course of the last week, the James Beard Foundation has revealed one honoree daily via the Foundation’s Instagram page in partnership with a selection of prominent food industry influencers located in each of the honorees’ regions.

STK Hosts Ditka & Jaws Cigars with the Stars Event Before the Super Bowl

STK, the unique concept that artfully blends the modern steakhouse and chic lounge into one, is taking its talents to Atlanta for the big game. From serving as the main hospitality sponsor at the 11th annual Ditka & Jaws Cigars with the Stars event to popping up at Shaq’s Fun House and DirecTV’s Super Saturday parties, STK is helping set the stage for an exciting weekend in sports, on and off the field.

Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest to Accept Entries in March

Marking its fifth year, the Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest from General Mills Foodservice is bigger than ever—doubling the number of winners to give even more independent restaurants and food trucks the chance to win more than $200,000 in cash and prizes.

Celebrity Chef ‘Birthright’ Features All-Star Lineup

Leading North American chefs, including chef Jonathan Waxman and ‘Top Chef’ judge Gail Simmons, arrived in Israel today for the ultimate gastronomic road trip, billed as a Celebrity Chef ‘Birthright’, organized by leading celebrity chef marketer, Herb Karlitz of Karlitz & Company.

San Francisco World Spirits Competition Accepting Entries

The 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) has just announced it’s call for entries for this year’s competition in March. Over the past 19 years, The SFWSC has established itself as the spirits industry’s most influential competition, with an international reputation for integrity and impartiality.