James Beard Semi-Finalists

Posted in Food by Elizabeth on February 17, 2011

The list of semi-finalists for James Beard awards is out! If you’re heading out to dinner tonight, this weekend, or, you know, this year – have a look and make your choice.

Pittsburgh’s Salt of the Earth made the list of Best New Restaurants along side Chicago’s Girl & the Goat, with top chef season 4 winner, Stephanie Izard, running the kitchen.

In DC, José Andrés is still collecting praise, nominated for Outstanding Chef. Johnny Monis of Komi hasn’t lost his edge either, making the list under Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic. Having eaten both chefs’ food, I can say the competition in those fields must be fierce.

The Slanted Door chef, Charles Phan, in San Francisco, also holds a spot in the Outstanding Chef category. He represents San Francisco in this category along with two other chefs, Michael Mina and Gary Danko.

If you’re just in the mood for drinks, take note of the nominees for Outstanding Wine Service and Outstanding Wines and Spirits Professionals.  A16 in San Francisco, Tria in Philadelphia, and The Drawing Room in Chicago all make the cut.

Check out the list, mark some new places and recall some not so new.  And of course, eat, drink, and be merry!


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  1. Sarah said, on February 17, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Great info! Thanks, Elizabeth! Charles Phan’s Slanted Door will make your mouth melt for sure.

    We should all go to Salt of the Earth next time we are all in Pittsburgh. How exciting for them!

  2. Freddie Spaghetti said, on February 20, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    hopefully peter is reading this so he can check out sfo’s new great spots. gotta get back into the food world. thanks for the tips.

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