ICYMI: Jimmy Kimmel creates Snoopy, Thomas the Tank Engine and Spider-Man pancakes

Food news, plus King Family Vineyards 2014 Meritage wins the Virginia Governor’s Cup.

Controversy in food awardland: The International Association of Culinary Professionals awarded the top cookbook prize to its own CEO for Six Seasons, a really lovely kitchen keepsake. Outrage ensued, and the organization stripped the book of its win and instituted a new policy. [Washington Post]

King Family Vineyards wins the Virginia Governor’s Cup with its 2014 Meritage. The 2018 Governor’s Cup Case, the best of the lot, also includes:

  • Barboursville Vineyards 2014 Paxxito
  • CrossKeys Vineyards 2015 Ali d’Oro
  • Early Mountain Vineyards 2015 Eluvium
  • Jefferson Vineyards 2016 Viognier
  • Jefferson Vineyards 2015 Viognier
  • Keswick Vineyards 2016 Cabernet Franc Estate Reserve
  • North Gate Vineyard 2015 Petit Verdot
  • Potomac Point Winery 2016 Cabernet Franc
  • Veritas Vineyards & Winery 2015 Petit Verdot
  • Virginia Cellars 2015 The Barns at Hamilton Station Petit Verdot
  • Virginia Cellars 2015 The Barns at Hamilton Station Meritage   [Virginia Wine]

Coffee can grow in California?! [NPR]

Village at Leesburg’s Smokehouse Live will forfeit space to welcome ChefScape. The business incubator will house a commercial kitchen and partner with Eat LoCo for an indoor farmers market. [The Burn]

Some of the best Ethiopian food is found in NoVA, says Tim Carman, who highlights: Nazret Restaurant, Meaza Ethiopian Cuisine and Abay Market and Restaurant. [Washington Post]

Heirloom bean company Rancho Gordo gets political, dropping FedEx over its commitment to the NRA. [Facebook]

Jimmy Kimmel makes cartoon-themed pancakes, and his wife isn’t happy about it. [Washington Post]

Is there a really difference between cheap and expensive vodka? [Planet Money]

In other IACP news, The Washington Post‘s food section won publication of the year, and former local chef Barton Seaver won the Cookbook People’s Choice for American Seafood. [IACP]