Today, the James Beard Foundation announced the semifinalists in the 2013 Restaurant and Chef Award and several Denver - and Boulder- fine establishments and chefs have been recognized for their talent and hard work.
The Colorado showing on the semi-finalist list includes Williams & Graham in the Outstanding Bar Program category, Frank Bonanno in the Outstanding Restaurateur category, and chef Jorel Pierce of Euclid Hall in the Rising Star category. Chef Alex Seidel of Fruition, as well as married chef couple Jennifer Jasinski of Rioja and Max MacKissock of the Squeaky Bean were all nominated in the Best Chef Southwest category. Frasca Food and Wine was also nominated in the Outstanding Wine Program category - the Boulder restaurant has been a finalist in this category for three years in a row.
The finalists will be announced on Monday, March 18, 2013 and live streamed right here on Eater; the winners will then be announced at the James Beard Foundation Awards on Monday, May 6, 2013 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.