The James Beard Foundation announced their 2013 awards finalists today. The list of JBF Awards semifinalists included a boatload of Philadelphia area nominees but the list of finalists find just two, three if we claim Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione. Brad Spence moved on as a finalist for Best Chef – Midatlantic for his work at Amis. Vetri also made the list of finalists for Best Service.
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Tasting menus with beverage pairings are popping up all over the place. They pose as creative outlets for awesome chefs trying to add some pizazz to their routine lives of menu classics. They provide insight into the chef’s mind and palate, and at the same time, create a unique dining experience for the customer enjoying them. It’s tug-o-war, a mini game of cat and mouse, encompassed by a coursed out menu of food and drink, and we’ve all come to love it.
There have been Thai tasting menus, and high-end collaborative tasting menus, but I’ve never seen a tasting menu/beverage pairing come out before 5 p.m. That is, until Sunday, March 3rd, at the James Beard House in New York, where Pat Szoke will be cooking up a mighty fine brunch, beverage pairings included.
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The 2013 James Beard Awards Semifinalists have been announced and nineteen local chefs, restaurants and beer professionals have made the list. Vernick Food & Drink leads the way with a nomination for Best New Restaurant. Marc Vetri gets a nod for Outstanding Chef and his Vetri restaurant gets a nod for Best Service. Also in the Vetri solar system, Amis’ Brad Spence is nominated for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic.
The coolest nomination might be for Andre Chin and Amanda Eap of East Passyunk’s Artisan Boulanger Patissier who were nominated for Outstanding Pastry Chef. Artisan Boulanger has been open more than sixteen years at the corner of 12th and Morris Streets.
Also worth noting that East Passyunk has garnered some serious nominations, four in total. That’s more than than some serious food towns.
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On February 21st, the James Beard Foundation announced its 2012 Award semifinalists. Today they are announcing the finalists. Watch the presentation live on Foobooz.
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The 2012 James Beard Semifinalists have been announced and Philadelphia area chefs and restaurants seem to have a bigger representation than normal. Tashan, The Farm and Fisherman and Zeppoli all make the list for Best New Restaurant. Pierre Calmels, Bibou; David Gilberg, Koo Zee Doo; Konstantinos Pitsillides, Kanella and Marcie Turney of Barbuzzo all make the semifinals for Best Chef Midatlantic (remember, past winners aren’t eligible).
Le Virtu’s Joe Cicala and Fond’s Lee Styer were nominated for Rising Star Chef, while Jessie Prawlucki (Fond/Belle Cakery) made the list for Outstanding Pastry Chef. Not bad East Passyunk, not bad at all.
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Last night Michael Solomonov won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic. Solomonov who is the chef and owner at Zahav and also owns Percy Street Barbecue and Xochitl is the latest Philadelphia chef to take home the accolade. Solomonov joins Jeff Michaud (2010), Jose Garces (2009), Marc Vetri (2005) as recent winners of the award.
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Congratulations are in order to Marc Vetri, Michael Solomonov and Sam Calagione who were announced today as finalists for James Beard Awards. Vetri, the restaurant advanced as a finalist for “Outstanding Restaurant” and Michael Solomonov is up for “Top Chef Mid-Atlantic,” an award Vetri won in 2005 and Jose Garces was honored with in 2009 and Jeff Michaud of Osteria took home in 2010. Dogfish Head’s Calagione is a finalist in the “Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional” category.
The James Beard Award winners will be announced on May 9th in New York City.
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The semifinalists for the annual James Beard Foundation Awards were revealed this morning. Here are the Philly nominees…
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Jose Garces and all his chefs de cuisine will be cooking dinner at the James Beard House in New York this evening.
Dave Conn (JG Domestic), Adam DeLosso (Garces Trading Company), Michael Fiorello (Mercat a La Planxa, Chicago), MacGregor Mann (Amada), Natalie Maronski (Chifa) will join Garces in creating A Taste of Spain.
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