James Beard Foundation Semi-Finalists Announced

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Birch & Barley
courtesy of Samer Farha

Well, look at you, DC. Getting nominated for a bunch of James Beard Foundation awards. Now I know we’re not in the home stretch yet, but a fantastic line up of chefs and restaurants from the DC area have made it to the JBF semi-finals. Click through for the full list.
Best New Restaurant:
Fiola, Washington, D.C.
Little Serow, Washington, D.C.

Outstanding Bar Program:
The Columbia Room, Washington, D.C.
PX, Alexandria, VA

Outstanding Chef:
Frank Ruta, Palena, Washington, D.C.

Outstanding Pastry Chef:
Tiffany MacIsaac, Birch & Barley, Washington, D.C.

Outstanding Restaurant:
Marcel’s, Washington, D.C.

Outstanding Restaurateur:
Ashok Bajaj, Knightsbridge Restaurant Group, Washington, D.C.

Outstanding Service:
Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, VA

Outstanding Wine Program:
CityZen at Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C.
Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, VA

Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional:
Greg Engert, Neighborhood Restaurant Group, Alexandria, VA

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic:
Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, VA
Tony Conte, The Oval Room, Washington, D.C.
Scott Drewno, The Source, Washington, D.C.
Johnny Monis, Komi, Washington, D.C.
Peter Pastan, Obelisk, Washington, D.C.
Vikram Sunderam, Rasika, Washington, D.C.
Bryan Voltaggio, Volt, Frederick, MD

Marissa was born and bred in New Jersey, but moved to DC for undergrad at GWU (Go Colonials, go!), fell in love with the District and learned that there was life and civilization beyond New York City. She loves eating at white-tablecloth-three-forks-at-your-place-setting restaurants, but she’ll also be the first to suggest we scarf down some chili dogs at 2 am. Simply put, she loves all things food. You can also read about why she loves DC. Follow her on Twitter and email her at mbialecki (at) welovedc.com.

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