The James Beard Foundation released its list of award semi-finalists today, and there are lots of great nods for DC.
Keep in mind, this list will be pared down to five finalists in each category before winners are chosen. The finalists will be announced March 19 and the winners, May 7. Download the full semi-finalist list here (pdf).
On the short list from the DC area are:
Best New Restaurant
Outstanding Bar Program
The Columbia Room
Frank Ruta, Palena
Outstanding Pastry Chef
Tiffany MacIsaac, Birch & Barley
Ashok Bajaj, 701, Ardeo+Bardeo, Bibiana, Bombay Club, The Oval Room, Rasika
Outstanding Wine Program
Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional
Greg Engert, Neighborhood Restaurant Group
Best Chef Mid Atlantic
Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve
Tony Conte, The Oval Room
Scott Drewno, The Source
Johnny Monis, Komi
Peter Pastan, Obelisk
Vikram Sunderam, Rasika
Bryan Voltaggio, Volt
Congrats to all the semi-finalists!