Local blogging star and author Hank Shaw brought home the big prize for best blog at the James Beard Foundation awards ceremony in New York City tonight.
Twice previously, Shaw had been nominated but did not win in this relatively new and highly competitive category. Shaw's blog, Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, offers Shaw's thoughts, tips, recipes and observations related to foraging, hunting and a wide range of related topics. The blog became such a hit that last year Shaw published a book, "Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast."
Shaw's second book, "Duck, Duck, Goose," about cooking waterfowl, is due out in the fall.
Since it is late on the east coast, we hope to get Shaw's reaction sometime this weekend and post an update.
Shaw is actually one of two local winners. The other Sacramento winner of a James Beard award, a lifetime achievement honor in a special category called "America's Classics," went to the downtown Chinese restaurant Frank Fat's. That award was announced several weeks in advance.
Congratulations to both winners for these great honors.
Blair Anthony Robertson is The Bee's restaurant critic. Follow him on Twitter, @blarob.