This week the James Beard Organization announced the semifinalists for 2011 restaurant and chef of the year awards, and Food and Wine Magazine announced their best new chef nominations. We congratulate all the honorees, with a special shout out to our following friends:
Jonathon Sawyer, The Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland - Bruce Sherman, North Pond, Chicago - Alex Young, Zingerman’s Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, MI - Tony Conte, The Oval Room, Washington, D.C. - Gerard Craft, Niche, St. Louis - Matt Steigerwald, Lincoln Café, Mt. Vernon, IA - Michael White, Marea, NYC - Galen Zamarra, Mas, NYC - James Petrakis, The Ravenous Pig, Winter Park, FL - Tony Mantuano, Spiaggia, Chicago - Billy Allin, Cakes & Ale, Decatur, GA - Edward Lee, 610 Magnolia, Louisville, KY - Andrea Reusing, Lantern, Chapel Hill, NC - Hector Santiago, Pura Vida, Atlanta - Brian Houston, The Publican, Chicago - Josh Galliano, Monarch, St. Louis - Stephanie Izard, Girl & the Goat, Chicago - Paul Kahan, Blackbird, Chicago - Robert Del Grande, RDG + Bar Annie, Houston - Michael Symon, Lola, Cleveland - Paul Virant, Vie, Western Springs, IL - Tory Miller, L’Etoile, Madison, WI - Kevin Nashan, Sidney Street Cafe, St. Louis
We are most pleased with their recognition, and proud that they serve our fishermen’s catch.
From Alaska we should continue to see a steady supply of Pacific Cod. From Montauk we are landing Golden Tilefish, Fluke, Monkfish, and Atlantic Cod. From the Carolinas Yellowfin Tuna, Southern Flounder, Triggerfish, and as the weather warms a growing mix of fish.