Karen Brucoli Anesi, local freelance writer and restaurant reviewer for the Herald, was a 2009 honoree receiving recognition as a finalist for the Apicius Scholarship to attend the May 11-15 Symposium for Professional Food Writers at The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.
The 20-year-old symposium is limited to 90 food writers and editors. According to the symposium's Web site, the Apicius Award is given to a professional food writer "whose prose rings with a clear voice and reflects the delicious joys of the table. In the spirit of Apicius, the first Roman to write cookbooks, the goal is to grant the award to that writer whose work will stand the test of time."
Anesi, who did not attend the symposium, was one of five finalists for the award. Examples of Anesi's restaurant reviews and food writing features published in The Durango Herald were included in the writer's competition and judged by a panel of food-writing professionals to select this year's scholarship winner.