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James Beard restaurant awards will move to Chicago next year
James Beard restaurant awards will move to Chicago next year

The James Beard Foundation has been intimately associated with New York City. After all, that was the city Beard himself called home, and in fact, it was the effort to save his old brownstone that led to the organization’s formation in 1986. But next year for the first time, the organization’s annual gala awards show, which some call the Academy Awards of food, will be taking its show on the road. Instead of its familiar Lincoln Center location, the 2015 Beard Awards -- the 25th anniversary edition -- will be held in Chicago, at the Lyric Opera House. Credit an impressive sales job by Rahm Emanuel, Chicago's mayor and a former Obama chief of staff, says Beard...

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