‘Tis the season of having mad extra windows open on your work computer to surreptitiously steam the latest March Madness action. But if you’re a huge food nerd, today is just as important as Selection Sunday was—it’s the day the nominees are announced for the annual James Beard Awards, which has been described by every foodie and their mother as “the Oscars of the food world,” because that’s exactly what it is. The ceremony is a glitzy, black-tie event at the Lincoln Center, and for the winners—and all the nominees, really—it’s a big deal, putting them on the map and solidifying their rep in a way that few other accolades can.
The get some single-origin coffee percolating and grab an early lunch. The live stream of the nomination announcements begin at 11am, though the announcements won’t start until 11:30am.
UPDATE: See all the nominees here.