James Beard Awards 2012: Inside Michael Murphy’s Annual Rosé Bowl

We’re eagerly anticipating the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards on Monday, May 7, 2012. To get the party started, Michael Murphy did just that. Once again, OpenTable had the great pleasure of sponsoring Mr. Murphy’s Annual Rosé Bowl at Jonathan Waxman’s Barbuto restaurant in Manhattan. A fete for San Francisco’s nominees, attendees included many bold-faced Bay Area names, including Thomas Keller (The French Laundry), Anna Weinberg (Marlowe), Emily Luchetti (Farallon), Jeremiah Tower (Chez Panisse), Gary Danko, as well as Dana Cowin and a surprise visit from Katie Couric, along with many, many more of our favorite folks in food. You can see our exclusive slide show below!

2011 James Beard Awards: Congratulations, Plus a Peek at the Annual Rosé Bowl

On Monday evening, The James Beard Foundation Awards were held. Congratulations to all the nominees and those who took home a medal! On Sunday, OpenTable had the great pleasure of sponsoring Michael Murphy’s Annual Rosé Bowl at Jonathan Waxman’s Barbuto restaurant in Manhattan. A fete for San Francisco’s nominees, attendees included many bold-faced Bay Area names, including Thomas Keller (The French Laundry), Pat Kuleto (Boulevard), Anna Weinberg (Marlowe), Flour + Water‘s David Steele and David White, Charles Phan (Slanted Door), Emily Luchetti (Farallon), Gary Danko, and many, many more. You can see our exclusive slide show below!

View a full list of winners after the jump.

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Top Chef D.C. Episode 3: Waxman On, Waxman Off

"What is the green herb?"
"What is the green herb?"

The cheftestants return in week 3 of Top Chef D.C. — and so does Chef Ed, who is watching along. Ed Hardy, as you’ll recall, is an aspiring cheftestant. Eater interviewed him as he auditioned for this past season and he even has a “Why Isn’t Ed Hardy on Top Chef?” Facebook fan group. The previews for this episode indicated that the contestants would be cooking for a group of Capitol Hill interns, and it turns out that’s a job Ed had before the call of the kitchen lured him away from politics. Ed comments, “I promised I wouldn’t do this but I have to: Bravo, what were you thinking? You passed up a thousand chances to make me look like an arrogant ass on cable TV. Instead of Arnold’s line about his sister, you could have had Ed saying ‘Cook for Capitol Hill interns? Hell, I was an intern.’ Speaking of interns, have you seen a more sorry bunch of folks that should be among the brightest and the best? These are our future leaders of America? They could hardly manage more than a few syllables: ‘Mmm, tast-tee.'” Okay, Ed’s getting ahead of himself. Focus!

The show opens with sleepy cheftestants bemoaning Jacqueline’s exit. Amanda battles survivor guilt while Kenny gets a note of encouragement from his girlfriend. Meanwhile, Angelo vants to be alone. He sits outside talking about how he doesn’t like to be on the bottom and that he’s mad at Kenny for not standing behind his teammates. This makes him want to isolate himself from everybody. Is that a threat or a promise?

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