Beard Award nominations shut out isles
The James Beard Foundation Award nominations, announced Wednesday, favored a selection of West Coast and Midwest restaurants.
Nominated for Outstanding Restaurant were two California and two Chicago restaurants, plus one in Seattle: Boulevard in San Francisco; the French Laundry in Yountville, Calif.; Dahlia Lounge in Seattle; and Everest and Spiaggia, both in Chicago.
The Beard Awards are the nation's top culinary honors and cover 62 categories for restaurants and chefs, cookbooks, broadcasting, print journalism and restaurant design.
Nominees for the top award of Outstanding Chef are Tom Colicchio of Craft and Alfred Portale of Gotham Bar & Grill, both in New York; Hubert Keller Fleur de Lys in San Francisco; Nobuyuki Matsuhisa of Matsuhisa in Beverly Hills, Calif.; and Michel Richard of Citronelle in Washington, D.C.
For the second straight year, no Hawaii chefs were nominated. Hawaii chefs compete in the region of Northwest/Hawaii, a category that has been dominated by chefs from Seattle.
This year nominees are Scott Carsberg of Lampria, Joseba Jiménez de Jiménez of the Harvest Vine and John Sundstrom of Lark -- all in Seattle -- as well as Stephanie Pearl Kimmel of Marché in Eugene, Ore., and Holly Smith of Café Juanita in Kirkland, Wash.
Local television producers Melanie Kosaka and Robert Bates were nominated in the category of Television Food Show for "The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter." The show airs on PBS and is filmed in Chicago.
This recipient of this year's Lifetime Achievement Award is Judith Jones, senior editor and vice president of Alfred A. Knopf, a cookbook editor for 50 years.
Jones edited the legendary Julia Child's first cookbook and remained her editor. She also has worked with James Beard, Lidia Bastianich, Marion Cunningham, Rosie Daley, Marcella Hazan, Ken Hom, Madhur Jaffrey, Jacques Pepin and Nina Simonds, among many others.
The Awards Ceremony and Reception, to be held May 8 in New York, will celebrate the cuisine of New Orleans.
Free screenings for colorectal cancer offered
Medical experts will discuss prevention, diet and early detection of colorectal cancer during a Colorectal Cancer Awareness Day from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. April 1 in the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Medical Pavilion, fifth floor, St. Francis Medical Center.
The public is invited to the free event.
Speakers will include surgical oncologist James Kakuda, describing colorectal cancer and who is most susceptible; registered dietitian Cyndy Kahalewale, discussing diet and prevention; and family nurse practitioners Leilani Ricalde and Renee Tesoro-Dang, discussing how to stop colorectal cancer.
Participants who complete a colorectal screening questionnaire will be issued fecal occult blood test cards for testing through Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii. Residents 50 and older who are at risk for colorectal cancer are encouraged to get the free screenings.
About 446 new cases of colon cancer and 207 cases of rectum cancer are diagnosed locally each year, according to Hawaii Cancer Facts and Figures 2003-2004.
Reservations are recommended for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Day. Call the St. Francis Medical Center, 547-6410. For more information, call St. Francis Cancer Screening and education at 547-6889 or 547-6798.
Charities collect eyeglasses for needy people
Eyesight Hawaii Laser Eye Institute has joined with the Lion's Foundation for the sixth year to collect used eyeglasses for the needy at the First Hawaiian Bank, PrimeTime Wellness Fair.
People are asked to drop off used eyeglasses at EyeSight Hawaii's booth at the fair, being held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. Admission is free.
EyeSight Hawaii also accepts donations of used eyeglasses year-around at 3660 Waialae Ave., Suite 304, in Kaimuki.
For more information, call 735-1935.