These Are the Bay Area James Beard Media Award Winners for 2024 – Eater SF

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The James Beard Foundation’s awards weekend is well underway in Chicago, and the first round of results are in, with the Media Award winners for 2024 announced on Saturday, June 8. The Bay Area took two prizes for its own. Pierre Thiam, the prolific restaurateur and author, was entered into the foundation’s Cookbook Hall of Fame. Oakland magazine Cuisine Noir, a part of the non-profit Global Food and Drink Initiative, won an Emerging Voice award in the journalism category.

Thiam moved to the Bay Area during the pandemic, enjoying the area’s West African food scene. He’s well-loved for his restaurant Teranga in NYC as well as his restaurants in Lagos and Dakar. He’s authored more than four books including Simply West African, one of the best cookbooks published last year. For their part, the Global Food and Drink Initiative’s magazine Cuisine Noir is committed to preserving and amplifying Black stories in food. The pub highlights profiles of whisky connoisseurs and chefs cooking in honor of Solange alike. The Foundation’s marquee awards for chefs and restaurants are to be doled out the night of Monday, June 10.

Homecoming for Baja-style Mexican outfit

Chicano Nuevo owner Abraham Nuñez is entering the homestretch of finishing up the pop-up’s first permanent location, a major restaurant space at the base of Bernal Heights on Mission Street. To get the ovens firing once more, he and partner Courtney Fujita are returning to the Excelsior, where the pop-up first began at what was then the Broken Record. According to an Instagram post, Chicano Nuevo will take over the Halfway Club menu on Sundays and Mondays through to July 15, with Mexi-Szechuan wings, carne asada fries, and much more.

Glittering winery rebuilds post-fire

The Glass Fire savaged wine country to a crisp in 2017, and the Signorello Estate winery was the first to be confirmed as destroyed. Now the Chronicle reports the 30-acre estate is back in business with a brand new tasting room and restaurant, with visits at $175 per person. Regenerative farming practices, new wines including the $150 bottle Signori, and an all-star team debut with the new space, as well.


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Brunch debuts at Michelin-starred restaurant

Infamously, Anthony Bourdain held disdain for Sunday morning eggs. Osito’s chef Seth Stowaway doesn’t hold such contempt, as he and chef de cuisine Cam Sycks rolled out the restaurant’s first brunch service on Sunday, June 9. Stowaway loves nothing more than cooking eggs over the fire, according to Instagram, and the lodge vibes at the city’s only live-fire upscale restaurant would complement the scene well. Brunch reservations are still available for June 16 and 24 via Tock.

Disclosure: Some Vox Media staff members are part of the voting body for the James Beard Awards. Eater is partnering with the James Beard Foundation to livestream the awards in 2024. All editorial content is produced independently of the James Beard Foundation.

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