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Bay Area Takes 2 Beard Awards Despite NY Conspiracy

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    Left: the Ubuntu Foxes enjoying a night on the town. Right: Appleman enjoying his medallion.

    The 2009 James Beard Awards have come and gone, and Nate Appleman (Rising Star) and Douglas Keane (Pacific Region) were the local honorees.

    Boulevard came up short in the Outstanding Restaurant for the fifth year in a row and New York restaurants dominated the major categories, reminding everyone of the JBA's strong NYC voting bloc. The full list of winners is here (pdf), but first, some other things we learned from last night's media blitz:

    1) Berkeley's finest professor Michael Pollan took home an award for In Defense of Food, but the food shaman was ... a no-show.

    2) Newspapers can't do anything right these days.