2018 James Beard Awards Semifinalists Announced

By Neat Pour Staff |

Today, the James Beard Foundation announced their 2018 Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists. The list of nominees for the “Oscars of the Restaurant World” was extremely geographically diverse in the beverage based categories. Familiar names such as Chicago’s Lost Lake, Seattle’s Cannon, and New Orleans’ Cure once again made the roster along with some newcomers like Birmingham’s Atomic Lounge and Teresa’s Next Door in Wayne, PA,

On Wednesday, March 14, the Foundation will reveal the final Restaurant and Chef Award nominees, as well as the nominees for our Media and Restaurant Design Awards, in Philadelphia. The 2018 James Beard Awards Gala will take place on Monday, May 7, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The 2018 Media Awards will be held on Friday, April 27, at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City.

Check out the beverage semifinalists below.

Outstanding Bar Program (Presented by Woodford Reserve Bourbon)

Anvil Bar & Refuge, Houston

The Atomic Lounge, Birmingham, AL

The Baldwin Bar, Woburn, MA

Bar Agricole, San Francisco

Bar Clacson, Los Angeles

Bar Goto, NYC

Bar Leather Apron, Honolulu

Canon, Seattle

Clover Club, Brooklyn, NY

Clyde Common, Portland, OR

Columbia Room, Washington, D.C.

Cure, New Orleans

Dante, NYC

Kimball House, Decatur, GA

The Living Room at the Dewberry, Charleston, SC

Lost Lake, Chicago

Manifesto, Kansas City, MO

Standby, Detroit

Teresa’s Next Door, Wayne, PA

Trick Dog, San Francisco


Outstanding Wine Program (Presented by Robert Mondavi Winery)

a.o.c., Los Angeles

Bacchanal, New Orleans

Benu, San Francisco

The Boarding House, Chicago

Bourbon Steak, Washington, D.C.

Corkbuzz, NYC

FIG, Charleston, SC

The Forge, Miami Beach, FL

Great China, Berkeley, CA

Grill 23 & Bar, Boston

The Little Nell, Aspen, CO

Lotus of Siam, Las Vegas

Lucky Palace, Bossier City, LA

Miller Union, Atlanta

Noble Rot, Portland, OR

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, Houston

Passionfish, Pacific Grove, CA

Taberna de Haro, Brookline, MA

Vino, Honolulu Wild Ginger, Seattle


Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional

Leah Wong Ashburn, Highland Brewing Co., Asheville, NC

Scott Blackwell and Ann Marshall, High Wire Distilling Co., Charleston, SC

An Bui, Mekong, Richmond, VA

Cathy Corison, Corison Winery, St. Helena, CA

Tony Coturri, Coturri Winery, Glen Ellen, CA

Diane Flynt, Foggy Ridge Cider, Dugspur, VA

Dave Green, Skagit Valley Malting, Burlington, WA

Meredith Meyer Grelli and Alex Grelli, Wigle Whiskey, Pittsburgh

Miljenko Grgich, Grgich Hills Estate, Rutherford, CA

Deirdre Heekin, La Garagista, Bethel, VT

Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, Evil Twin Brewing, Brooklyn, NY

Charles Joly, Crafthouse Cocktails, Chicago

Drew Kulsveen, Willett Distillery, Bardstown, KY

Todd Leopold, Leopold Bros., Denver

Steve Matthiasson, Matthiasson Wines, Napa, CA

Jordan Salcito, Ramona, NYC

Jeffrey Stuffings, Jester King Brewery, Austin

JC Tetreault and Esther Tetreault, Trillium Brewing Company, Boston

Sean Lilly Wilson, Fullsteam Brewery, Durham, NC

Lance Winters, St. George Spirits, Alameda, CA

Check outage full list of semifinalists in all categories here.

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