Sahadi’s Wins James Beard Award

The Brooklyn Paper reports that venerable neighborhood institution Sahadi’s has won the James Beard “American Classics” award. The Brooklyn Paper story quotes proprietor Christine Whelan, daughter of Charlie Sahadi (photo), who managed the store for fifty years before retiring just a year ago, as saying the award is perhaps the most prestigious for a neighborhood food store.

Although retired, Charlie continues to visit the store and greet customers as he always did. Your correspondent saw and exchanged greetings with him shortly before Christmas.

BHB photo by C. Scales

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  • MaryT

    Congrats and hugs to Charlie, and the entire Sahadi’s family and crew! A neighborhood gem. Well done, Beard Foundation.

  • Andrew Porter

    A great place, full of temptations and wonderful foods. It’s a stop on my usual trip which starts with Shelsky’s, then Trader Joe’s, Sahadi’s, and Two for the Pot. Then comes the arduous many blocks trudge, full laden, uphill to my home.

  • Justin Racz

    The next award should be making Sahadi’s a NYC landmark. It’s the heart and soul of Brooklyn and the place that makes us happy, no matter what is going on in the world.

  • Jean

    Congratulations! Love Sahadis, neighborhood treasure

  • Roberto

    Charlie and his workers deserve the award for more than its foods.
    Sahadi’s is a vibrant, generous, taste-making market that bonds the local community through its international imports and diverse staff. I am there at least twice a week for a variety of fixes.

  • Pierrepont

    My joy at this outweighs my trepidations about longer lines, but I couldn’t be happier for the whole crew! Sahadi’s is a treasure, and it speaks to Brooklyn’s cultural heft that the James Beard House felt the time was right to declare the shop an American Classic!