Bay Area represents in 2018 James Beard award nominations

By Justin Phillips Updated 8:37 am, Thursday, March 15, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-13', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 13', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); Photo: Yue Wu, The Chronicle Image 1of/13 CaptionClose Image 1 of 13 Outstanding Chef: David Kinch Outstanding Chef: David Kinch Photo: Yue Wu, The Chronicle Image 2 of 13 Bar Crenn Bar Crenn Photo: Bar Crenn Image 3 of 13 Michael and Lindsay Tusk, owners of the new Quince restaurant in San Francisco, Calif. Quince has moved into the old Myth space. Michael and Lindsay Tusk, owners of the new Quince restaurant in San Francisco, Calif. Quince has moved into the old Myth space. Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle Image 4 of 13 Outstanding Chef: Christopher Kostow Outstanding Chef: Christopher Kostow Photo: Jason Henry, Special To The Chronicle Image 5 of 13 Image 6 of 13 Buy photo Outstanding Bar Program: Trick Dog Outstanding Bar Program: Trick Dog Photo: Santiago Continue Reading

Here’s the full list of 2018 James Beard Award finalists

The finalists for the 2018 James Beard Awards were announced March 14 to honor American culinary achievement in categories ranging from Outstanding Baker to Best (regional) Chefs to Rising Star Chef of the Year. The 2018 James Beard Awards Gala will take place May 7 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.The foundation will also present the annual James Beard Media Awards, which include categories for radio, television broadcast, podcasts, webcasts, and documentaries. That ceremony will be held April 27 at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City.The list of restaurant and chef award nominees can be found below, as well as on the James Beard Foundation website.Best New Restaurant The Anchorage, Greenville, SC Annette, Aurora, CO The Blue Hen, Rehoboth Beach, DE Brewery Bhavana, Raleigh, NC The Charter Oak, St. Helena, CA ChiKo, Washington, D.C. Cote, NYC Del Mar, Washington, D.C. Empellón Midtown, NYC Felix Trattoria, Venice, CA Grand Café, Minneapolis HaiSous, Chicago Henrietta Red, Nashville Honey Road, Burlington, VT JuneBaby, Seattle Kemuri Tatsu-ya, Austin Kismet, Los Angeles Lady of the House, Detroit Les Sablons, Cambridge, MA Maru Sushi, Honolulu Maydan, Washington, D.C. Mi Tocaya Antojería, Chicago Osteria Radici, Allentown, NJ Saffron, New Orleans Southern National, Mobile, AL Vespertine, Culver City, CA Vicia, St. Louis Xochi, Houston Outstanding Baker (Presented by Taylor Precision Products) Or Amsalam and Alex Phaneuf, Lodge Bread Company, Los Angeles Evan Andres, Columbia City Bakery, Seattle David Bauer, Farm & Sparrow, Asheville, NC Andy Clark, Moxie Bread Co., Louisville, CO Dianna Daoheung, Black Seed Bagels, NYC Evrim Dogu and Evin Dogu, Sub Rosa Bakery, Richmond, VA Tova du Plessis, Essen Bakery, Philadelphia Ken Forkish, Trifecta Tavern, Portland, OR Michelle Gayer, Salty Tart, Minneapolis Zachary Golper, Bien Cuit, Brooklyn, NY George Kanemitsu, Kanemitsu Bakery, Kaunakakai, HI Maura Kilpatrick, Sofra Bakery and Café, Continue Reading

2018 James Beard semifinalists: Bay Area women dominate Best Chef West list

By Justin Phillips Updated 4:00 pm, Thursday, February 15, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-13', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 13', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); Photo: Russell Yip, The Chronicle Image 1of/13 CaptionClose Image 1 of 13 Buy photo Reem Assil, chef at Reem’s California in Oakland, is new to the Best Chef West list. Reem Assil, chef at Reem’s California in Oakland, is new to the Best Chef West list. Photo: Russell Yip, The Chronicle Buy this photo Image 2 of 13 Buy photo Reem Assil of Reem's. Reem Assil of Reem's. Photo: Russell Yip, The Chronicle Buy this photo Image 3 of 13 Buy photo Chef Kim Alter (right), here with the Linden Room’s Drew Majoulet, made the Beard list. Chef Kim Alter (right), here with the Linden Room’s Drew Majoulet, made the Beard list. Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle Buy this photo Image 4 of 13 Nightbird chef/owner Kim Alter (left) with her mother, Diane Satchwell. Nightbird chef/owner Kim Alter (left) with her mother, Diane Satchwell. Continue Reading

Cars Land inspiration: Greetings from Route 66 in Arizona

The Painted Desert section of Petrified Forest National Park Painted is seen in the late afternoon. Route 66 snakes along the Kingman to Oatman stretch, seen from the top of brutal Sitgreaves Pass. It features hairpin turns and 5 mph switchbacks. The original alignment of Route 66 as seen from Seligman, Ariz., to Peach Springs, Ariz. An original bridge is part of the first 1920s alignment of Route 66 in eastern Arizona. It is one of the last original bridges left standing. The bridge is located on private land off-limits to the public. A cafe in Holbrook, Ariz., is seen late one night on Route 66. Original Route 66 asphalt crumbles in the summer heat between Seligman and Peach Springs, Ariz. Famous Roy's cafe, gas station, and hotel is seeing a revival after being closed for decades. The gas station now pumps gas again, and travelers in this hot part of the desert can get a cold soda in the store. Roy's is located on one of the most desolate stretches of Route 66, between Needles and Barstow. Mater the rusty and somewhat slow-witted tow truck and the egomaniacal stock car Lightning McQueen became "best friends" in the Pixar-Disney movie "Cars," set in the mythical town of Radiator Springs on Route 66. Race car Lightning McQueen from the Pixar-Disney film "Cars." The story, set on Route 66, is the inspiration for "Cars Land" at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim. Route 66 has been immortalized in song, film and television. Now it has its own theme park ride at Cars Land in the renovated Disney California Adventure theme park in Anaheim. Arizona has some of the best remaining stretches of old Route 66, which was mostly passed by when Interstate 40 was built after World War II. Petrified Forest National Park seen at sunset in eastern Arizona. The park is located off Interstate 40, and the northern section features original remnants of Route 66. Petrified Forest National Park seen at sunset in eastern Arizona. The park Continue Reading

How the government shutdown affected Southern California’s national parks, forests, monuments

By Steve Scauzillo | [email protected] | San Gabriel Valley Tribune January 22, 2018 at 11:16 am The three-day shutdown of the federal government has resulted in the withholding of services in national parks, recreation areas, national forests and monuments within Southern California. The National Park Service, which manages the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, said many areas have remained open and accessible to visitors, but some parts are closed completely, according to a message on the NPS website Monday. A phone call to spokesperson for the Santa Monica Mountains, Kate Kuykendall, went unanswered Monday morning. It included a recorded message saying, “due to the federal government shutdown, I am unable to respond to phone calls.” On Sunday, the U.S. Forest Service closed the campground at Crystal Lake, 22 miles north of Azusa off Highway 39. The Angeles National Forest is open, as is Highway 39. The NPS wrote on its national website that visitors should be aware that the “NPS will cease providing visitor services, including restrooms, trash collection, facilities and roads maintenance, campground reservation and check-in/check-out The Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument were open, but services were not being provided by U.S. Forest Service staff, according to several sources. Calls to the Angeles public information offices, and to the supervisor and deputy forest supervisor went unanswered Monday. The Angeles website contained a notice that all websites from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the agency overseeing the U.S. Forest Service, will not be updated due to the lapse in federal funding. A cleanup on Saturday by the group Nature For All went on as planned on Saturday in the East Fork area of the Angeles also located within the monument. The group picked up 713 pounds of trash in the Oaks Picnic Area, the trails and along the banks of the river on its own, without any help from Continue Reading

Second Coldest Slap of Winter? Thaw 1 Week Away

Couple of Arctic Smacks - Thaw One Week Away "What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness" mused John Steinbeck. I think of these cold waves as insurance. If we didn't live up to our reputation every now and then we'd be L.A. with lakes. Everything would cost twice as much and take twice as long. A double-shot of numbing air is on the way. This is the first wave; a couple inches of fluff may fall Sunday in advance of the second wave. In all 6 more nights below zero. Models show another thaw late next week and the maps look a little more favorable for snow by late January. That may be wishful thinking on my part, but I see a greater potential for southern storms tapping Gulf moisture. I'd wager 20s, even 30s (above zero) for the Super Bowl. A well-timed snowstorm on Feb. 4? It's much too early to speculate, but a guy can dream. Plenty Cold - But a Shorter Cold Wave This Time. The last arctic spell lasted about 11 days, give or take. This time around: 6 days. More subzero nighttime lows but the sun should be out much of the time into next Tuesday with daytime highs in single digits. Delightful. 30s will feel good by the end of next week. ECMWF (European) data for the Twin Cities: WeatherBell. 84-Hour Snowfall Potential. You may get an unsettling urge to ski Kentucky in the coming days; some half foot amounts possible near Louisville and Indianapolis; maybe a foot for the hills of western Pennsylvania. A couple inches of snow may fall across much of Minnesota on Sunday ahead of the next clipper. Image: A Little More Promising for Snow? There's a statistically significant chance I'm grasping at straws here, but the extended GFS 500mb winds show an active southerly branch of the jet stream, capable of pushing Pacific and Gulf moisture across the Plains into the Midwest - in theory. This longwave trough setting up over the west or Rockies may become a storm incubator, pumping out a series of low pressure systems Continue Reading

Slick Roads

A Little Snow - Followed by a Shorter Cold Wave Today's snow event looked more impressive a few days ago, but beware when meteorologist toss around inch-amounts more than 36 hours before the onset of snow. Take all those inches and divide by 2.5. That'll probably wind up being closer to reality. A college professor said it best: "We don't have the technology or confidence to predict snow down to the inch more than a day before the event." He's the same guy that came up with the "nuisance-plowable-crippling scale", which I have used since 1979. In keeping with the theme of our ongoing snow drought, 1-2 inches may fall today; plowable (3 inches or more) southeast of the Twin Cities. Another cold wave settles in tomorrow into the middle of next week, but this Siberian slap won't last as long, with 6 more subzero nights. So far the mercury has gone below zero 12 nights. Winter average is 22.5 nights, down from 30 nights a generation ago. Dreaded Dry Tongue. Talk about shrinkage? What happened to the (alleged) snowstorm? I was in Austin, Texas at the 2018 AMS Conference, but I saw some inch-amounts getting thrown around a few days ago, which is both courageous and perilous. An old professor at Penn State reminded all of us to avoid predicting snow down to the inch until 24-36 hours before the onset of snow. Dr. Cahir was right, of course. He's also the guy who devised the nuisance-plowable-crippling scale, which I've been borrowing for 40 years now. Thanks John. The map above tells the tale; a sweep of dry air reducing amounts for the immediate metro, but this may still be plowable from Brainerd to Hibbing and parts of southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. 12km NAM: NOAA and Snowy Tease. Snow will be blowing around today as winds gust to 30 mph, creating low visibilities, even white-out conditions at times, especially over far southeastern Minnesota where some 4-6" amounts are still possible. Flurries wind down later today as more cold (dry) Continue Reading

Levels of the Game—I

Arthur Ashe, his feet apart, his knees slightly bent, lifts a tennis ball into the air. The toss is high and forward. If the ball were allowed to drop, it would, in Ashe’s words, “make a parabola and fall to the grass three feet in front of the baseline.” He has practiced tossing a tennis ball just so thousands of times. But he is going to hit this one. His feet draw together. His body straightens and tilts forward far beyond the point of balance. He is falling. The force of gravity and muscular momentum from legs to arm compound as he whips his racquet up and over the ball. He weighs a hundred and fifty-five pounds; he is six feet tall, and right-handed. His build is barely full enough not to be describable as frail, but his coördination is so extraordinary that the ball comes off his racquet at furious speed. With a step forward that stops his fall, he moves to follow. On the other side of the net, the serve hits the grass and, taking off in a fast skid, is intercepted by the backhand of Clark Graebner. Graebner has a plan for this match. He does not intend to “hit out” much. Even if he sees the moon, he may decide not to shoot it. He will, in his words, “play the ball in the court and make Arthur play it, because Arthur blows his percentages by always trying a difficult or acute shot. Arthur sometimes tends to miss easy shots more often than he makes hard shots. The only way to get his confidence down is to get every shot into the court and let him make mistakes.” Graebner, standing straight up, pulls his racquet across and then away from the ball as if he had touched something hot, and with this gesture he blocks back Ashe’s serve. Ashe has crossed no man’s land and is already astride the line between the service boxes, waiting to volley. Only an extraordinarily fast human being could make a move of that distance so quickly. Graebner’s return is a good one. It comes low over the net and descends Continue Reading

Review: 2017 Honda Ridgeline tackles a mountain trail and survives

Based on the same platform as the Acura MDX and Honda Pilot crossover SUVs, the redesigned 2017 Honda Ridgeline isn’t as ruggedly constructed a midsize crew cab pickup truck as its competition. In fact, you might be tempted to dismiss it as nothing more than a modern-day Chevy El Camino, a car masquerading as a truck. In order to examine the new Ridgeline in person, I headed to Malibu, California and the Santa Monica Mountains to answer the following question: Can the 2017 Honda Ridgeline go off-road? Before we get to that, though, it is important to put the Ridgeline into perspective. The Honda Ridgeline is a more competitive truck than you might guess Aimed at the Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, Nissan Frontier, and Toyota Tacoma, the redesigned Honda Ridgeline is built for the do-it-yourselfer and the weekend warrior, the people who need a truck on weekends but don’t want to drive a traditional truck during the week. That means the new 2017 Ridgeline foregoes traditional body-on-frame construction, necessary for maximum towing capacity, and includes a 4-wheel independent suspension, which improves ride and handling on the pavement where most pickups spend most of their time. Ridgeline power, towing and payload ratings A 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 is tucked under the Ridgeline’s hood, but it doesn’t make as much torque as the competition (262 lb.-ft.), or as low in the rev range (at 4,700 rpm). This, in addition to its unibody construction, is a factor restricting the Honda’s towing capacity to 5,000 pounds, a ton less than a Chevy Colorado or GMC Canyon crew cab with a V6 engine. The Honda can haul though, up to 1,584 lbs. of payload in its 64-inch cargo bed, a little more weight than a Chevy Colorado or GMC Canyon with a V6 can tackle. Loading the Ridgeline is easy, too, thanks to a dual-action tailgate that swings wide from right to left, or drops down like every other Continue Reading

Cross-country bike trip was a ‘crazy’ adventure

 They dipped the rear wheels of their bikes in the Pacific, by the pier at Santa Monica, and they were off. It was crazy. They knew it. It might have seemed a bit unhinged, pedaling a bike across the country, but there was a plan, and there was a will, and there was a way. It began at a reunion for the class of 1980 at Dover Area High School. Well, it began long before that.  Karen Ruppert grew up on Admire Road in Dover, learning to ride a bike on the street in front of her house when she was 6. She drifted away from biking, and after teaching a wellness class at the YMCA – she is the executive director of the organization – she took up running, competing in 5K and 10K runs and a half marathon. She graduated to running a marathon, the grueling Marine Corps marathon. As she was training for her next marathon, she developed some pain in her leg. It turned out to be IT Band Syndrome, an inflammation of the iliotibial band, a ligament that runs down the outside of the thigh from the hip to the shin. It's a common injury for long-distance runners, caused by over training. Unable to run while that healed, she broke out her old 10-speed and started biking for exercise. Even after she healed, she stayed on the bike. She enjoyed it. Randy Montag also grew up in Dover, learning to ride a bike, without training wheels, when he was 4. He rode his bike everywhere when he was a kid. Then, as he went off to college, began a career, had a family and all of that, he drifted away from cycling. He got back into it in a kind of backhanded manner. A friend invited him to do the Chesapeake Bay One-Mile Swim. He enjoyed it and sought a new challenge, participating in a sprint triathlon, a shorter version of the competition that combines swimming, running and biking. He began riding again and enjoyed it. Now, he and Karen had been friends for years, since high school. They Continue Reading