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James Beard Semifinalists Announced

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The James Beard Awards are coming in May, and today the foundation announced the semifinalists, with many local restaurants deservedly on the list.

Chris Pandel's Balena and Curtis Duffy's Grace are in the running for Best New Restaurant. For Outstanding Bar Program, The Aviary and The Violet Hour made the cut. Paul Kahan (Blackbird) is in the semifinals for Outstanding Chef, and Patrick Fahy (Sixteen) for Outstanding Pastry Chef.

In Outstanding Restaurant, Naha and Spiaggia are up for the prestigious award. Donnie Madia (One Off Hospitality) is a semifinalist for Outstanding Restaurateur. Other semifinalists include Topolobampo (Outstanding Service), Sepia (Outstanding Wine Program), and a trio of Rising Star Chef of the Year candidates (Jimmy Bannos Jr., Matthew Kirkley, David Posey.)

The James Beard Awards take place May 3 and 6 in New York, the finalists will be announced March 18.
· All Coverage of Awards Season [~ECHI~]
· James Beard Foundation [Official Site]

Grace

652 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60661 (817) 877-3388

Spiaggia

980 North Michigan Avenue, , IL 60611 (312) 280-2750 Visit Website

Sepia

123 North Jefferson Street, , IL 60661 (312) 441-1920 Visit Website

Blackbird

614 North 2nd Street, , PA 19123 (267) 324-5224 Visit Website

NAHA

500 North Clark Street, , IL 60654 (312) 321-6242 Visit Website

Balena

1633 North Halsted Street, , IL 60614 (312) 867-3888 Visit Website

Sixteen

401 North Wabash Avenue, , IL 60611 (312) 588-8030 Visit Website

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