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Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 6:19 pm

North Bay restaurants, chefs make James Beard semifinals


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    Several North Bay restaurants and restaurateurs have been nominated as semifinalists in the James Beard Awards, a prestigious national recognition in the food and beverage industries.

    More than 44,000 entries were submitted from around the country, according to the New York-based James Beard Foundation (jamesbeard.org/awards). Semifinalists were selected across 20 categories and in 10 geographic areas.

    Finalists will be announced March 18; and winner, in early May.

    North Bay semifinalists

    Best Chef: West
    • Christopher Kostow, The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena
    • Michael Chiarello, Bottega, Yountville
    Outstanding Restaurant
    • Terra, St. Helena
    Outstanding Restaurateur
    • Mark Stark and Terri Stark, Stark Reality Restaurants (Willi’s Wine Bar, Monti’s Rotisserie & Bar, Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar, etc.), Santa Rosa and Healdsburg
    Outstanding Service
    • The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena
    Outstanding Wine Program
    • Press, St. Helena
    Outstanding Wine, Spirits or Beer Professional
    • John and Kathe Dyson, Williams Selyem Winery, Healdsburg
    • Merry Edwards, Merry Edwards Winery, Sebastopol
    • Ted Lemon, Littorai Wines, Sebastopol
    • Duncan Meyers and Nathan Roberts, Arnot-Roberts, Healdsburg

    San Francisco semifinalists

    Best New Restaurant
    • Rich Table, San Francisco
    • State Bird Provisions, San Francisco
    Outstanding Bar Program
    • The Abbot’s Cellar, San Francisco
    • Bar Agricole, San Francisco
    Outstanding Chef
    • Gary Danko, Restaurant Gary Danko, San Francisco
    • Michael Tusk, Quince, San Francisco
    Outstanding Pastry Chef
    • Melissa Chou, Aziza, San Francisco
    • William Werner, Craftsman and Wolves, San Francisco
    Outstanding Restaurant
    • Foreign Cinema, San Francisco
    • Greens Restaurant, San Francisco
    • The Slanted Door, San Francisco
    Outstanding Service
    • Michael Mina, San Francisco
    • Quince, San Francisco
    Outstanding Wine Program
    • A16, San Francisco
    • Nopa, San Francisco
    Rising Star Chef Of The Year
    • Danny Bowien, Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco and NYC
    • Thomas McNaughton, Flour + Water, San Francisco
    Best Chef: West
    • Matthew Accarrino, SPQR, San Francisco
    • Nicolaus Balla, Bar Tartine, San Francisco
    • Chris Cosentino, Incanto, San Francisco
    • Dominique Crenn, Atelier Crenn, San Francisco
    • Mourad Lahlou, Aziza, San Francisco
    • Corey Lee, Benu, San Francisco
    • Daniel Patterson, Coi, San Francisco

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