Saturday, February 27, 2010

James Beard Awards

Trattoria Stella:

From their newsletter:
Now, drum roll please...

We had some pretty amazing news on Thursday, when our dear friend Guillaume (chef/owner of La Becasse in Burdickville) told us at a birthday party for a mutual friend that he, our other friend Randy Chamberlain (Blu in Glen Arbor), and our own Chef Myles are three of twenty semi-finalists for the 2010 James Beard Foundation awards in the category of Best Chef: Great Lakes. Deemed "the Oscars of the food world," by Time magazine, The James Beard Foundation Awards are the country's most coveted honor for chefs; food and beverage professionals; broadcast media, journalists, and authors working on food; and restaurant architects and designers. Over 21,000 nominees from all over the country were whittled down to a mere 200 semi-finalists (20 in each of 10 regions). On March 22, the five finalists from our region will be announced followed by the official award ceremony on May 2 announcing the overall winner. Guillaume, Randy and Myles are three of twenty in a region that includes Chicago and the rest of Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. That is something to be proud of.

Now consider some numbers
Chicago got 7 nominees, but with a population of over 2.5 million, while the Traverse City Metro area has less than 200,000 and 3 nominees.
Matter of fact, two are neighbors near Glen Lake, in Leelanau County with a total county population of less than 25,000.

And I have to brag that all are clients of both Earthy Delights and Cherry Capital Foods.


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