Bacchanal is nominated for outstanding wine program.
Also for the second year, cocktail lounge Standby (225 Gratiot, Detroit) gets a semifinalist nod for Outstanding Bar Program.
Madison chef Jonny Hunter from Forequarter restaurant on Johnson Street was nominated Thursday for a James Beard Award in the category of "Best Chef: Midwest".
Kelly Fields, pastry chef and partner in Willa Jean café and bakery, is nominated for a fourth time as Outstanding Pastry Chef. Hunter, Madison Magazine's 2015 Chef of the Year, is also the co-founder of the Underground Food Collective, which includes Underground Catering, Underground Butcher and his restaurant Forequarter.
Birmingham's Highlands Bar and Grill is a semifinalist for the country's most outstanding restaurant for the 10 consecutive year.
The 2018 James Beard Award nominees have been announced and SC can be proud of the chefs and restaurants being recognized as among the nation's best. The Louisiana native and his restaurant group have won numerous James Beard Awards in the past, and in 2014 his Pêche Seafood Grill won the national award for Best New Restaurant. Brigtsen's, owned and operated by chef Frank Brigtsen and his wife Marna, is nominated for best service. L'Etoile was nominated in the category of "Outstanding Restaurant" previous year as well. And the one it seemed the entire city was pulling for: Misti Norris, semifinalist in the Rising Star of the Year category. On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, JBF will announce the final nominees for the Beard Foundation at 9:30 a.m. Hansen's Sno-Bliz, Mosca's and Willie Mae's Scotch House are other New Orleans businesses to win the America's Classics award in past years.
The victor for each category will be announced at the James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception Lyric Opera of Chicago on May 7.
"A great honor been nominated for a James [Beard] Award", Rojas posted on Facebook today.