Food agenda: World's 50 Best Restaurants to be announced
It's awards season this week, with one of the year's most anticipated events taking place April 18: The S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards. Last year's winner, Noma in Copengagen, stole the title from restaurant stalwart El Bulli in Spain, which closes this summer.
Slow Food Market or Markt Des Guten Geschmacks
Slow Food Germany's exhibition of good, clean and fair food is held in Stuttgart for four days each April, bringing together artisan producers and traders from across Germany as well as from Austria and Italy. The marketplace is the central attraction of the event, which also presents a series of workshops, discussions, excursions and dinners.
Wine China Exhibition
National Agriculture Exhibition Center, Beijing, China
Wine China Exhibition is the 2011 China International Wine & Spirits event that will focus this year on channel developing, brand building and sharing cultures. Beijing will host importers, wholesalers, dealers, agents and consumers from all over the world to expand brand promotion and education within China's rapid growing wine market. Exhibitors from wine-producing countries range from Algeria to Paraguay.
45th Pillsbury Bake-Off
Contest closes April 18
Orlando, FL, USA
It's a cooking contest that comes with a staggering one million dollar prize. The winning idea, which is submitted online, could be a new twist on a family favorite, a variation of a restaurant favorite or a recipe inspired by a single ingredient. Judging will be based on taste, appearance, creativity, and how it will appeal to families across America. The Bake-Off contest takes place in March of next year, 2012. One hundred finalists will compete in Orlanda, FL, March 25-27, 2012.
10th annual S. Pellegrino World's 50 World's Best Restaurant Awards
The S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants list is announced annually and is based on its academy of votes. The academy is comprised of 800 international food critics, restaurateurs, writers and chefs. Each member of the academy votes for his or her top seven restaurants, not the chef. The criteria is two-fold: voters are to have dined at the restaurants within a period of 18 months and three votes are to be given to restaurants outside the voters' geographic locale.
National Garlic Day
USA and UK
What started out in the US as a day to celebrate the stinking rose, is spreading across the pond with the UK publicizing the event as well. No one seems to know where it originated from, however it's become a nationwide excuse to consume large quantities of the pungent flavor-enhancer without apologies.
Release of The Dukan Diet
USA and Canada
The controversial weight-loss book that is a bestseller in France and was followed by Kate Middleton's mom releases in the US and Canada. The book largely resembles another controversial program, the Atkins diet, and stresses a diet heavy on protein, light on carbs.
McDonald's mass one-day hiring spree
Career day at McDonald's will see the fast-food chain hire 50,000 people across the US in one day to fill full and part-time positions at their 14,000 restaurants in the country. The hiring spree has been said to try and reinvent the negative image of a "McJob" as one that has career growth and endless possibilities.
15th Annual Singapore World Gourmet Summit
April 25 - May 8
The upcoming edition celebrates the event's 15th anniversary of bringing together Michelin-starred chefs and fine cuisine to what's fast becoming a gastronomic hub in Asia. This year's lineup includes well-known Irish TV chef personality Rachel Allen, Korea's first celebrity chef Edward Kwon who owns a European-style bistro in Seoul, and a host of international chefs. The event draws 15,000 visitors from around the world.
Nominations close for Saveur's 2nd annual Best Food Blog Awards
Saveur, an international gourmet food, wine and travel magazine, hosts their second annual Best Food Blogs awards. Nominations close April 26. Categories include best baking and desserts, wine, food photography, regional cuisine, special interest, culinary travel, individual post, innovative video content, and kitchen tools and hardware coverage. Last year's winner for Best Baking and Dessert blog was David Lebovitz, an American blogger in Paris. Cast your vote at www.saveur.com/2011-best-food-blog-awards.jsp
US National Barista Championship
April 27- May 1
Houston, TX, USA
It's where the best baristas in the country show off their coffee-pulling chops. The five-day event will see competitors face off in a series of rounds that include multi-courses of espresso-based beverages to a panel of sensory judges. The winner will represent the US at the World Barista Championship in Colombia in June.
4th annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine show
April 28 - May 1
Near Monterey and Carmel, CA, USA
This is another American, star-studded food and wine show that has brought out Michelin-starred and James Beard Award chefs like Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Jacques Pepin and Tom Colicchio. The four-day event includes a chance to rub shoulders with celebrity chefs on the golf course, watch TV chefs cook in a live demo and partake in wine seminars.
3rd Annual Camp Blogaway
April 29-May 1
Near Big Bear, California, USA
Described as a bootcamp for recipe and food bloggers, Camp Blogaway is a writer's retreat. The three-day event teaches participants skills on how to improve their blog and increase visibility and traffic to their site in a saturated digital sphere. The retreat will be held in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California and is currently sold out. There is a waiting list.
52nd Annual Stilton Cheese Rolling Competition
Every May Day, the village of Stilton celebrates their beloved cheese, also referred to as the 'King of Cheeses,' with the traditional sport of cheese rolling. The cheese is not rolled down a hill but rather down Main Street with the help of 'Cheese Rolling Champions.' For directions to Stilton and more information on the event, fair and dance, visit: http://www.stilton.org/about_rolling.html
5th Annual Vegaq Uncork'd
May 5 - May 8
Las Vegas, NV, USA
This year's edition of Uncork'd, presented by Bon Appétit magazine, has upped the celebrity wattage with a tribute dinner to French chef Paul Bocuse called "Toques Off to Paul Bocuse," a lavish, multi-course dinner that will be held May 7 at the MGM Grand. The chef lineup is a veritable who's who of the restaurant world, including Alain Ducasse, Hubert Keller, Joel Robuchon, Michael Mina, and Jacques Torres, all of whom will help prepare the feast.
James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards
New York, NY, USA
The prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards announces the winners of this year's food journalism awards. For the first time this year, judging will be based solely on content and not on the outlet or the type of specific media. Categories include American cooking, International cooking, Photography, TV Food Personality and Host, TV program, Documentary, Blog and Food Writing.
6th Annual Weekend des Grands Crus
May 7- May 8
For its sixth edition, the wine event of the year in France has changed its name from what was known as The Week-end des Grands Amateurs to the Weekend des Grands Crus. The event is a chance for Bordeaux wine lovers to taste more than a hundred crus with the chateaux owners and producers and tuck into fancy French meals.
21st Annual James Beard Foundation Awards 2011
New York, NY, USA
The James Beard Foundation (JBF) Awards honors a wide range of talent in the food and beverage industry in the US including chefs, restaurateurs, cookbook authors, food journalists, restaurant designers, architects, farmers, bread bakers, winemakers, cheese makers and more at a black-tie gala. The awards are considered a "social and gastronomic highlight of the year," and will name many "Best" including Young Rising Chef, New Restaurant and International Cookbook.
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