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James Beard Foundation Recognizes Local Talent with Awards Nominations

Five Denver chefs and a Boulder restaurant have been named among the semi-finalists of the prestigious awards.

Frasca Food and Wine
Frasca Food and Wine

The 2016 James Beard Awards Foundation semifinalists were announced this morning and five Denver chefs and a Boulder restaurant have made the prestigious list.

Award-winning restaurant Frasca Food and Wine was nominated, once again, in the national Outstanding Restaurant category, alongside Alinea in Chicago, Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix, and Momofuku in New York City, among others. The Frasca team has won a Beard Award for Best Wine Program in 2013 and chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson was named Best Chef Southwest by the Foundation in 2008.

Chef Jennifer Jasinski (Rioja, Stoic & Genuine, Euclid Hall, Bistro Vendome) was recognized among the semi-finalists for outstanding chef. Jasinski was awarded the title of Best Chef Southwest in 2013.

This year, the James Beard Foundation included chefs Steve Redzikowski (Acorn, Oak at Fourteenth, Brider), Dana Rodriguez (Work & Class), and Alex Seidel (Fruition, Mercantile Dining & Provision) in the Best Chef Southwest category.

Restaurateur Frank Bonanno whose empire includes Mizuna, Luca, Bones, Lou's Food Bar, and Osteria Marco is, once again, a semi-finalist in the national Outstanding Restaurateur category. Element 47 at The Little Nell has once again made the prestigious list for "Outstanding Wine Program."

On March 17, the James Beard Foundation will announce five finalists for the awards in each category. The 2016 James Beard Awards Gala will be held at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 2.

Work & Class

2500 Larimer Street, , CO 80205 (303) 292-0700 Visit Website


15 Henry Thomas Drive, , LA 70124 (504) 218-5413 Visit Website


225 East 7th Avenue, , CO 80203 (303) 832-4778


1431 Larimer Street, , CO 80202 (303) 820-2282 Visit Website

Mercantile Dining and Provision

1701 Wynkoop Street, , CO 80202 (720) 460-3733 Visit Website

Frasca Food and Wine

1738 Pearl Street, , CO 80302 (303) 442-6966 Visit Website

Fruition Restaurant

1313 E 6th Avenue, Denver, CO 80218 303 831 1992