The finalists in the 2009 James Beard Foundation Awards, considered the Oscars of the food world, have been announced and the Reader‘s own Mike Sula is among them. Nominated for his Whole Hog Project in the category of multimedia food journalism, Sula spent a year and a half writing about agribusiness, nutrition, and moral responsibility vis a vis good food, all through the story of the endangered mulefoot pig. His award entry included a feature story, blog posts, and video by Sky Full of Bacon’s Mike Gebert.

Paul Kahan, who’s a finalist for outstanding chef, also played a major role in the Reader‘s entry: Kahan was head chef for the Whole Hog Project’s climactic dinner. The winners will be announced on May 3 in New York City. Congrats to all.