For 25th Anniversary, Beard Awards Move to Chicago

Chicago is adding another jewel to its culinary crown. After 24 years in New York City, the James Beard Foundation awards ceremony is moving to Chicago next year.

It’s more proof that Chicago is home to one of the country’s hottest restaurant scenes.

The James Beard Foundation is based in New York and honors the nation’s best chefs and restaurants.

Several cities had sought to host the awards, but the foundation said Chicago’s offer of marketing and sponsorship support was too good to turn down.

The James Beard awards have always been held in New York since the event began in 1990. Beard, considered the dean of American cooking, died in 1985.

The next awards ceremony will be held at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on May 4, 2015. (AP)

Burger King Offers Burgers for Breakfast

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Burger King has some new additions to its breakfast menu — its flame-broiled burgers.

The Miami-based chain says its “Burgers at Breakfast” includes its Whoppers, Cheeseburgers and Big King sandwiches, as well as its Original Chicken Sandwich, french fries and apple pie, in addition to the normal breakfast menu.

A representative for Burger King Worldwide Inc. said in an email that more than 5,000 locations will participate in the program. The company said the program began rolling out earlier this month.

The rollout comes as more fast-food chains look to tap into the breakfast business.

Taco Bell recently launched its national breakfast menu by poking fun at category leader McDonald’s in TV ads. (AP)