Two New Awards from San Diego Press Club

Last night the San Diego Press Club held its 40th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards--commonly known as the JAwards. I received two awards. My food blog, San Diego Foodstuff, earned first place in the general category of Websites: Blog-Topic Based for my post, "French Sorrel and Mint Granita." My piece "Local Gone Wild: The Foraged Meal," which I wrote for Edible San Diego, earned a second-place prize.


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Four New Awards from San Diego Press Club

This year’s San Diego Press Club Excellence in Journalism (J-Awards) competition results were just announced and I received three awards for food writing. I earned the top award in the Magazine Food & Restaurant category for my piece for Edible San Diego on Chino Farms. And San Diego Foodstuff received second- and third-place honors for my posts respectively on dealing with diabetes and making dill pickles.

Additionally, San Diego Wine and Dine, which had a radio show I co-hosted, received First Place in the Integrated Media: Food & Restaurant category for our coverage of “Amaya: Easy Going Elegance at The Grand Del Mar.”

Bragging Rights on Four Awards from the San Diego Press Club

Time for a little bragging! Last night was the San Diego Press Club's 37th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards--or J-Awards. It was a great enough evening seeing a wonderful turnout, despite the rain, and having all the guests enjoy the bounty of 15 restaurants and four local purveyors that I recruited and organized. But, I also took home some awards: First and second place for stories I wrote for the now late SDNN ("The Delights of Air-Chilled Chicken" and "California Modern is Chez Trez"), first place for a magazine feature for Edible San Diego ("Catch of the Day: The Confounding Nature of Sustainable Seafood"), and first place for a post I wrote for San Diego Foodstuff ("Knight Salumi: The Best Cure for Meat").

It's truly a thrill to get a little recognition from my peers for work I love doing.

Four Awards From San Diego Press Club

Last night's San Diego Press Club Journalism Awards has been on my mind for months now. I was on the organizing committee, tasked with rounding up restaurants for our dinner at the Hall of Champions. I hadn't thought much about actually winning any awards, although I had certainly sent in entries and learned that I'd won something. Getting 20 restaurants settled into their booths and serving our 370 attendees was higher on my list of priorities. So, I was thrilled to learn that I hadn't just won something. I'd won four awards for my food writing. I got two third-place awards: one for a story on the City Heights Farmers Market for Edible San Diego and the other for a piece on jam making for the San Diego Union-Tribune. I received a second place award for another Edible San Diego story--this one on the avocado industry in San Diego County.  And, my plaque for first prize was awarded for a piece on The Sausage King for San Diego Uptown News.

It's been a long time since I'd entered a journalism contest so this was a real thrill. And, the evening went beautifully, with kudos to all the chefs who fed us so well!