Beard Foundation Reportedly Mulling Over Moving Awards to Chicago

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The Tribune reports that Choose Chicago, the city’s official tourism department, is engaged in an effort to court the James Beard Foundation to bring its annual awards ceremony to town. This year’s nominees list will be announced there on March 18, and a Choose Chicago executive tells the paper that the group “wants to be considered part of the rotation” in general for a greater share of the festivities. “We’re pretty far off from making any kind of decision,” says JBF president Susan Ungaro on the potential move, adding that the nonprofit hasn’t yet seen a financial offer from the tourism and convention bureau. [Chicago Tribune]