The Reading List: JBFA decisions, Taco Bell’s brekkie and more

Today was a battle of wills: either I submit a positive opinion on Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum  or I missed out on tacos. Couldn’t. Handle. The. Pressure. I wanted to travel to Flavahtown so bad, so whatever, I’m weak, but haha, a guy can lie for sustenance, right? Yes. Delicious, life-giving flavor-happenings. Anyway, news!

Eater breaks down how the James Beard Foundation Awards are decided, beginning with building a respected committee: “The idea is to find an expert, very knowledgable about the restaurants in their region … who also ha[s] the journalistic distance,” according to Providence Cicero of the Seattle Times and the committee’s chair. The collected categories are then distributed to “ voting body of over 300 previous James Beard Restaurant & Chef Award winners; 250 panelists divided evenly among 10 regions … and 17 members of the Restaurant and Chef Award subcommittee,” before winnowing it down further. Really good read. [Eater]

What is the best time to book airfare? Welp, let’s turn to Pauline Frommer, who knows what’s up. If you’re looking to travel soon, check out this post. [Frommer’s]

Hangry booze-hounds, rejoice:  Taco Bell has released a breakfast waffle taco and McDonald’s is mulling pushing back breakfast hours to later than 10:30 am. I refuse to link, though; while those flavors aren’t below me, the buzzmarketing is.

Apple, Marriott and Southwest, Delta and American Airlines, amongst 80+ other businesses, have voiced displeasure with Arizona’s idiotic anti-gay law, asking Governor Jan Brewer to veto the bill on Friday. Hell, Mitt Romney has contributed his pro-veto voice, so there’s that. [Skift]

Natural Wine Week is descending upon NYC next week, and, well, I can’t say I’m not looking forward to it. This is the Juice I like to drink. Drank. Drunk. Time to plan… [Jenny & Francois]

Scandal comes back on Thursday, and Olivia is probably thirsty… Blog post then!

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