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Lee Richardson again up for Beard Award

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The Capital Hotel's Lee Richardson has once again been nominated for a James Beard Award (the most prestigious in chefdom). Richardson's up for Best Chef in the South. This is at least the fifth time he's been nominated for the award.

In anticipation of Jimmy Buffett's Thursday concert at Verizon Arena, Lulav is offering a menu inspired by the musician's lyrics. The menu includes Key West Gumbo, an Island Crab Cake and, of course, a Cheeseburger in Paradise. It will be available during lunch on Wednesday and Thursday for dinner. Lulav is at 220 W. Sixth St. The phone number is 374-5100.

Efforts by students at the University of Arkansas to help their classmates and persons in the community who are struggling to buy food have been recognized by the White House. The U of A's Full Circus Campus Food Pantry was named last Friday as one of 15 finalists in the White House's "Campus Champions of Change Challenge."

According to a university release, "In its first year the food pantry has filled more than 500 student requests and 300 staff requests for themselves and their families, providing emergency food assistance to more than 2,500 people."The winner will be selected by popular vote; to cast yours go to the Campus Challenge website at campuschallenge.uservoice.com. Deadline is 10:59 p.m. March 3.

You can also support the UA program by sending a tweet with the name of the entry, "Full Circle Food Pantry," to @jonCarson44, who is the director of public engagement at the White House, or by going to the Full Circle Pantry Event Facebook page.

The top five food banks will send representatives to an event at the White House, will be featured by mtvU and MTV Act, and one group will host an episode of mtvU's "The Dean's List."

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