All Hail the Beard!
The 2018 semifinalists for the James Beard Foundation Award for Excellence have been released, and we’re proud to have several Northern California venues and businesses on the list. Nominees include St. Helena’s The Charter Oak for Best New Restaurant; Bar Agricole and Trick Dog, both of San Francisco for Outstanding Bar Program; Manresa’s David Kench (Los Gatos) and Christopher Kostow of The Restaurant at Meadowood (St. Helena) for Outstanding Chefs; Koi Palace (Daly City), Quince and Swan Oyster Depot (both San Francisco) for Outstanding Restaurant; Saison and Zuni Café (San Francisco) for Outstanding Service; Lance Winters, St. George Spirits (Alameda) for Outstanding Spirits Professional; The Alembic’s Rachel Aronow (San Francisco) for Rising Star Chef of the Year; and others. Congratulations! The award gala will take place on Monday, May 7.