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Beaumont Inn receives prestigious James Beard Award

Awards considered the ‘Oscars of the food world’

HARRODSBURG, Ky. (May 7, 2015) — The Kentucky landmark Beaumont Inn received the James Beard Foundation 2015 America’s Classic Award at the “Oscars of the food world.”

beaumont_inn5The awards ceremony in Chicago recognized the best chefs and restaurants across the country, while honoring the foundation’s mission to celebrate, nurture, and honor America’s diverse culinary heritage.

The inn’s fourth and fifth generation owners, Chuck and Helen Dedman with son Dixon Dedman, received the award.

Founded by Glave Goddard and Annie Bell Goddard in 1917, the Beaumont, which opened for business in 1919, is still operated by their descendants. Set in a former women’s college built in 1845, the Beaumont main house is columned and formal. The menu is deeply rooted in Kentucky, serving local products.

Recipes for dishes like corn pudding and fried chicken, handed down through five generations, form the core of the menu. As their forebears did, the Dedmans serve two-year-old country ham, which they bring to maturation in their own aging house. Little has changed since the days when the pioneering critic Duncan Hines was a regular.

The 2015 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics Award was also presented to four other restaurants: Archie’s Waeside in Le Mars, Iowa; Guelaguetza in Los Angeles; Sally Bell’s Kitchen in Richmond, Virginia; and Sevilla Restaurant in New York City.

This year’s winners will appear in a cookbook about the James Beard Foundation’s America’s Classics restaurants around the country, along with more than 80 other restaurants who have won this award since its inception in 1998. The book will be published in spring 2016.