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Cure and Chef Nina Compton each received a James Beard Award for excellence last week. Compton, head chef at Compere Lapin and Bywater American Bistro, received the award for Best Chef: South, while the cocktail bar Cure won for Outstanding Bar Program. The James Beard Foundation annually honors chefs and others who make America's food culture "more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone," according to the foundation's mission statement.


The New Orleans Pelicans had the team's most successful season to date, advancing to the Western Conference semifinals. The Pels swept the Portland Trail Blazers 4-0 in the initial playoff round before falling to the Golden State Warriors 3-1. The team not only played well, but also proved it can put on a top-flight halftime show at home games, with acts like Trombone Shorty keeping the hometown crowd entertained.a


ESPN's Tim Keown wrote a column suggesting basketball fans in general appreciate the New Orleans Pelicans more than hometowners do — a dubious proposition — as was his assertion that the Pels' Anthony Davis is the "rare superstar who is known and appreciated more nationally than locally." His "proof" was that only one local newspaper sent a beat writer to Oakland, California to cover the team's playoffs against the Golden State Warriors. In reality, both daily papers and three local TV news stations sent reporters.

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