On April 27 at New York City’s Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers, North America’s most prominent culinary media gathered to celebrate 2018’s James Beard Media Awards. Hosted by award-winning journalist, Tamron Hall – over 500 were in attendance to toast the best storytellers of the year.

We were in attendance to cheer on our esteemed colleague Edmonton-based filmmaker Kevin Kossowan, who was nominated for Video Webcast, On-location for series, “From the Wild”. Kossowan and project collaborator Jeff Senger made the trek to the Big Apple to celebrate alongside fellow category nominees Andrew Knowlton (Working 24 Hours at…) and Miss Info (Food Grails).

Wondering what is served in a room with such big names in food? Here’s a snapshot:

Passed Hors d’Oeuvres by Host Philip DeMaiolo – Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers
Beef Shortribs Adobo with Smoky Chipotle Glaze
Lamb Empanadas with Chimichurri
Black Rice Paella Fritters with Lobster, Tomato Chorizo Jam and Saffron Rouille
Charred Cauliflower Rosti with Lemon Aioli
Smoked Trout Charcoal Bilini with Beet and Pickled Diakon and Chili Tobiko

Breville USA Tasting Station by Emma Bengtsson – Aquavit NYC
Rye Cracker Topped with Spring Peas and Mackerel

Dinner Menu

Michael Anthony – Gramercy Tavern
New York, NY

Citrus-cured Skuna Bay Salmon

Ashley Christensen – Poole’s Diner
Raleigh, NC

Sunburst Tomato Tart with North Carolina Jumbo Lump Crab, Spicy Greens and Sherry Vinaigrette

Hugo Ortega – H-Town Restaurant Group
Houston, TX

Agave Skin-Cooked Beef Cheeks with Mole Pasilla and Seasonal Mushrooms

Dessert Reception

Daniel Alvarez – Union Square Cafe
New York, NY

Cashew Panna Cotta with Banana, Cajeta and Valrhona JIVARS 40% Chocolate

April Anderson – Good Cakes and Bakes
Detroit, MI
Lemon Gooey Butter Cake and Red Velvet Cake

Zachary Golper – Bien Cuit
Brooklyn, NY

Buckwheat Mille-Feuille with Butterscotch Caramel and Tangerine

We spotted some big names in the crowd including Francis LamAndrew Zimmern, Christopher Kimball, Padma Lakshmi and had a chance to visit with winner Outstanding Personality/Host Pati Jinich.

Although “From the Wild” didn’t take home the award (congrats to Andrew Knowlton from Bon Appetit who did!) it was an incredibly inspiring evening and we hope the first of many honouring members of the BONAFIDE tribe.