Beard finalists announced
The annual James Beard Awards this week announced the “nominees,” aka finalists, for its slew of national and regional restaurant and chef honors. Winners come out May 5 at a ceremony in New York.
Making the cutoff from the Carolinas were:
• Outstanding Chef (a national award): Sean Brock ofHusk
• For Rising Star (also national): Katie Button ofCúrate
• For Best Chef: Southeast, Ashley Christensen ofPoole’s Downtown Diner
and others in Raleigh was the only one of the 11 Carolinians in the semifinalist 20 to move on.
• Outstanding Wine Program: Charleston’sFIG
(By the way, you could win a flight to New York with Sean Brock of Charleston’s Husk and McCrady’s, plus $5,000 and a ticket to the awards ceremony and two night’s hotel stay at www.deltainnovationclass.com/events/james-beard-awards.
Other nominees worth noting:
In the Broadcast category, “A Chef’s Life,” featuring chef Vivian Howard of the Chef and the Farmer in Kinston, was nominated for TV Program on Location, while Sarah LeTrent, a Charlotte native and South Mecklenburg grad who is associate producer of CNN’s food website Eatocracy, also was nominated, as co-producer of “American Journey” on CNN and CNN.com, one of the final five in the Television Segment category.
In related news, there are also no Charlotte chefs on the Zagat list of “10 Southern Chefs to Watch” at bit.ly/1gAgjIg.
Wolfgang Puck Pizza | Bar has a new “express lunch” menu, including a create-your-own pizza (three base choices – green! white! red! – and 23 topping options, from arugula to chicken meatballs to smoked mozzarella), offered eat-in or takeout for $7 and $1 per topping. “Duos” are salad or soup plus a half sandwich for $7 to $9. 6706-C Phillips Place Court; 704-295-0101.
Also new: East Coast oysters on the half shell for $1 each and West Coast ones for $1.50 apiece 4-6:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday at the Upstream bar. 6902 Phillips Place; 704-556-7730.