2012 James Beard Foundation Award Restaurant + Chef Nominees Announced

Congratulations to Chef Mike Anthony of Gramercy Tavern on his James Beard Award nomination!

After nearly a month of hand-wringing, the folks at the James Beard Foundation have released their list of nominees for  the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards, otherwise known as the “Oscars” of the food world. Best wishes to all the nominees who work so hard to wow both diners and their peers every day of the year. Winners will be announced on May 7, 2012. Use the links below to determine your own set of winners. And, remember, you — Yes, you! — can dine at the James Beard House. Learn more, here!

Outstanding Restaurant
Blue Hill, New York, New York
Boulevard, San Francisco, California
Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, Alabama
Vetri, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Best New Restaurant
Fiola, Washington, D.C.

Best Chefs: Great Lakes
Stephanie Izard, Girl & the Goat, Chicago, Illinois
Bruce Sherman, North Pond, Chicago, Illinois
Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia, Chicago, Illinois

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, Virginia
Vikram Sunderam, Rasika, Washington, D.C.

Best Chef: Midwest
Gerard Craft, Niche, St. Louis, Missouri
Colby Garrelts, Bluestem, Kansas City, Missouri
Tory Miller, L’Etoile, Madison, Wisconsin
Lenny Russo, Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market, St. Paul, Minnesota

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On Our Plate: Denver Restaurant Week; Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Restaurant Week; Best Service Restaurants in the U.S.; What Matters Most When Dining Out

Executive Chef and owner Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park and his staff have won a 2012 Diners' Choice Award for Best Service.

News in and around OpenTable…

* We’re celebrating the release of the 2012 Diners’ Choice Awards for Top 100 Best Service Restaurants. Winners include Cyrus, Eleven Madison Park, Menton, TRU, and Vetri, among others. Read the full list to find out if your fave made the cut!

The James Beard Foundation has released its list of semi-finalists for nominations in the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards. Final nominees will be announced on March 19, 2012.

* Restaurant Weeks in Buckhead, BurlingtonDenver, Las VegasMinneapolisOrange County, and Sonoma County are on like Donkey Kong. Don’t miss your chance to dine out for less in your city.

* Reservations are now open for additional Winter Restaurant Weeks, such as Atlantic CityCalgaryChicago ChefHudson Valley, and Portsmouth.

* We’re wondering what matters most when you dine out. Chime in on our poll.

And, we’re still hiring! We’re staffing up and looking for talented people to join our team. Check out openings in customer supportengineering, field operations, finance, IT and technical servicesoperations, and sales.

2011 James Beard Awards: Congratulations, Plus a Peek at the Annual Rosé Bowl

On Monday evening, The James Beard Foundation Awards were held. Congratulations to all the nominees and those who took home a medal! On Sunday, OpenTable had the great pleasure of sponsoring Michael Murphy’s Annual Rosé Bowl at Jonathan Waxman’s Barbuto restaurant in Manhattan. A fete for San Francisco’s nominees, attendees included many bold-faced Bay Area names, including Thomas Keller (The French Laundry), Pat Kuleto (Boulevard), Anna Weinberg (Marlowe), Flour + Water‘s David Steele and David White, Charles Phan (Slanted Door), Emily Luchetti (Farallon), Gary Danko, and many, many more. You can see our exclusive slide show below!

View a full list of winners after the jump.

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Congratulations to the 2011 James Beard Foundation Award Nominees!

Congrats to chef Mike Anthony of Gramercy Tavern on his 2011 James Beard Foundation Award nomination!

Our friends at the James Beard Foundation have released their list of nominees for the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards, otherwise known as the “Oscars” of the food world. Congratulations — and good luck — to all the nominees and honorees. Use the links below to reserve at the nominated restaurants to select your own set of winners. And, remember, you — Yes, you! — can dine at the James Beard House. Learn more, here!

Best New Restaurant
A restaurant opened in 2010 that already displays excellence in food, beverage, and service and is likely to have a significant impact on the industry in years to come.

* ABC Kitchen, New York, NY
* Benu, San Francisco, CA
* Girl & the Goat, Chicago, IL
* Menton, Boston, MA
* Torrisi Italian Specialties, New York, NY

Outstanding Chef Award
A working chef in America whose career has set national industry standards and who has served as an inspiration to other food professionals. Candidates must have been working as chefs for at least the past 5 years.

* José Andrés, minibar, Washington, D.C.
* Gary Danko, Restaurant Gary Danko, San Francisco, CA
* Suzanne Goin, Lucques, Los Angeles, CA
* Paul Kahan, Blackbird, Chicago, IL
* Charles Phan, The Slanted Door, San Francisco, CA

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