The good news at the James Beard Foundation Awards was that Ella Brennan took home the Lifetime Achievement Award; the bad news was none of the other New Orleans nominees were chosen and the worst news was that GQs Alan Richman won two awards.
Richman, as you might recall, wrote a scathing indictment of New Orleans restaurants and cuisine, which, considering he did his research for the article less than a year after Hurricane Katrina, seemed blatantly unfair. Kind of like challenging a man to arm wrestling match who just suffered a stroke (insert your own sad analogy here).
It didnt take for the TPs Brett Anderson to take him to task, finding that Richmans work shouldnt be considered serious journalism. Anderson wasnt alone. The late Ashley Sinn Fein Morris wrote in a letter to GQ that New Orleans must be rebuilt, and I say the levees should be armored with [Alan] Richmans skull as a start.
Gambits own Noah Pais took on Richman as well, and in this case, it was more like Richman challenging a muscled-up, steroid-crazed*, iron worker to an arm wrestling match. Take a look (scroll down past Richmans column to read Pais response). The exchange can still get your blood pumping, and if it does, there still might be time to sign the petition.
*As far as I know, Noah Pais has never used writing-enhancing drugs, unless you consider coffee to be an enhancement or bourbon and cokes on the morning Hurricane Gustav almost hit us.