The James Beard Foundation inducted Marvin R. Shanken into the Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America May 7 at its annual awards gala, held at Lincoln Center in New York.
Shanken, chairman of M. Shanken Communications, which publishes Wine Spectator and other magazines, was honored for “helping to bring wine and the good life into mainstream American culture,” said Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill in Chicago, who made the presentation before 2,000 people at the ceremony. Shanken was also recognized for his company’s charitable activities.
This recognition is given to industry leaders who have been “identified by his or her peers as having displayed remarkable talent and achievement,” according to the James Beard Foundation. Founded by Cook’s magazine in 1984, the “Who’s Who” has been administered by the James Beard Foundation since 1990.
While most of the inductees are chefs and restaurant owners, the roster includes winemakers such as Paul Draper of Ridge Vineyards, educators such as New York University’s Marion Nestle and journalists such as Michael and Ariane Batterberry, who co-founded Food Arts, part of the M. Shanken roster of publications, which also includes Cigar Aficionado, Whisky Advocate, Market Watch, Impact Newsletter and Shanken News Daily.
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