Restaurateurs and chefs from across the country were honored today with nominations for many different categories in the prestigious James Beard Awards. Three Colorado chefs were recognized in the Best Chef Southwest category: Alex Seidel of Mercantile Dining & Provision and Fruition, who has been on this list many times. Steven Redzikowski of Acorn, Oak at Fourteenth, and Brider, who is also returning to the list, and Boulder's farmer extraordinaire Erik Skokan, of Black Cat and Bramble & Hare, new to the semi-finalist category.
A staple of the Beard Awards list is Boulder's Frasca Food & Wine, a twelve year old restaurant co-owned by master sommelier Bobby Stuckey and chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson. Early in the life of the restaurant, the chef received the award for Best Chef Southwest. A greater honor was bestowed on the wine team in 2013 when the national Best Wine Program was awarded. Now, for the second time, the James Beard Foundation lists Frasca in the Outstanding Restaurant category alongside classics like L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Las Vegas, Momofuku Noodle Bar in New York City, and Quince in San Francisco.
The finalists will be announced on March 15. The 2017 James Beard Awards Gala, where winners will be honored, will be held at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 1.
For a full list of the restaurants nominated all over the United States, check out Eater National's post.