National Dining Guide

AND THE JAMES BEARD AWARD 2017 GOES TO….

The annual James Beard Awards, “The Oscars of Food,” celebrates the crème de la crème of the culinary world in the United States. International Opulence is a proud member of the James Beard Foundation and shares in the enthusiasm for the exalted nominees. Below is a selection of semi-finalists featured in the Spring 2017 issue of International Opulence – winners will be announced on May 1, 2017.

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FLORIDA

1. BUCCAN
350 S. County Rd., Palm Beach, FL • (561) 833-3450 • buccanpalmbeach.com
James Beard Nom: Best Chef: South, Clay Conley
Chef Clay Conley incorporates culinary techniques discovered in his global travels. This is Conley’s third nomination.

 

2. KYU
251 N.W. 25th St., Miami, FL (786) 577-0150 • kyumiami.com
James Beard Nom: Best New Restaurant
This modern Asian-inspired restaurant echoes Wabi-sabi, the art of finding perfection in something imperfect.


3. ZAK THE BAKER

295 NW 26th St., Miami, Florida • (786) 294-0876 and 405 N.W. 26th St., Miami, FL • (786) 347-7100 • zakthebaker.com
James Beard Nom: Outstanding Baker
Zak Stern went from baking breads in his garage to creating a bread empire.

 

 

4. RICHARD GONZMART

James Beard Nom: Outstanding Restaurateur for the following three venues:
• The Columbia
Locations in Tampa, Sarasota, St. Augustine, Clearwater, Orlando. This is Florida’s oldest and the largest Spanish restaurant in the world.

• Ulele
1810 N. Highland Ave., Tampa (813) 999-4952 • www.ulele.com
Named after the Native American princess, Ulele celebrates ingredients from the region once home to the Tocobaga tribe.

• Goody Goody
Hyde Park Village, 1601 W. Swann Ave, Tampa, FL • (813) 308-1925 • goodygoodyburgers.com
This Tampa landmark offers classic diner fare.

 

5. ALTER
223 N.W. 23rd St., Miami, FL (305) 573-5996 • www.altermiami.com
James Beard Nom: Brad Kilgore, Rising Star Chef of the Year
Inventive fine-dining using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. This is Alter’s second nomination.

 


6. LUMA ON THE PARK

290 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL • (407) 599-4111 • www.lumaonpark.com
James Beard Nom: Brandon McGlamery, Best Chef: South
Menu focuses on local, seasonal ingredients, responsibly farmed meats, and sustainable seafood.

 

CHICAGO

7. EL IDEAS
2419 W 14th St., Chicago, IL (312) 226-8144 • elideas.com
James Beard Nom: Phillip Foss, Best Chef: Great Lakes
Phillip Foss delivers a unique, unpretentious dinner party by cutting out all the fuss: one seating, simultaneous serving, and meals prepaid so guests can linger or leave. The Michelin-starred eatery is BYO.


8. ORIOLE

661 W Walnut St., Chicago, IL • (312) 877-5339 • oriolechicago.com
James Beard Nom: Best New Restaurant
Oriole presents a 15-course degustation that has earned two coveted Michelin stars.

 

9. NAHA
500 N Clark St., Chicago, IL (312) 321-6242 • naha-chicago.com
James Beard Nom: Carrie Nahabedian, Outstanding Chef
Nahabedian’s seasonal Mediterranean cuisine keeps fans coming back to this Michelin star eatery.

 

10. MAPLE & ASH
8 W Maple St., Chicago, IL (312) 944-8888 • mapleandash.com
James Beard Nom: Aya Fukai, Outstanding Pastry Chef
Fukai executes classic desserts with a contemporary spin.

NEW YORK CITY

11. LE COUCOU
138 Lafayette St., New York, NY • (212) 271-4252 • www.lecoucou.com
James Beard Nom: Best New Restaurant
Acclaimed restaurateur Stephen Starr has teamed up with Paris-trained chef Daniel Rose to offer classic French fare.

 

12. THE DEAD RABBIT
30 Water St., New York, NY (646) 422-7906 • www.deadrabbitnyc.com
James Beard Nom: Outstanding Bar Program
The “World’s Best Bar” lures hundreds of cocktail enthusiasts weekly for its vintage cocktails and small plates.

 

 

13. PRUNE
54 E. 1st St. #1, New York, NY (212) 677-6221 • prunerestaurant.com
James Beard Nom: Gabrielle Hamilton, Outstanding Chef
The brunch menu offers 15 different Bloody Marys and Dutch-style pancakes. New American fare is also impressive.


14. MAREA

240 Central Park S., New York, NY (212) 582-5100 • marea-nyc.com
James Beard Nom: Outstanding Service
Meaning “tide” in Italian, Marea provides seamless service and coastal seafood in a chic Central Park South setting.

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.

15. PINEAPPLE AND PEARLS
715 8th St. SE, Washington, DC (202) 595-7375 • pineappleandpearls.com
James Beard Nom: Best New Restaurant
Playful and inventive American tasting menu awarded 2 Michelin stars.

 

16. KINSHIP
1015 7th St. NW, Washington, DC • (202) 737-7700 • kinshipdc.com
James Beard Nom: Eric Ziebold, Outstanding Chef
Nouveau American cuisine has loyal followers returning to this minimalist-chic, Michelin-star spot.

 

 

17. JALEO
480 7th St. NW, Washington, DC • (202) 628-7949 • www.jaleo.com
James Beard Nom: Outstanding Restaurant
Super-star Chef José Andrés wows diners, bringing flavors of Spain to D.C. with both cutting-edge tapas, savory paellas and sangrias.

CALIFORNIA

18. TARTINE MANUFACTORY
595 Alabama St., San Francisco, CA • (415) 757-0007 • www.tartinemanufactory.com
James Beard Nom: Best New Restaurant
This warehouse setting redefines open-kitchen. Diners can view bread making and coffee roasting.

 

19. CRAFT
10100 Constellation Blvd., Los Angeles, CA (310) 279-4180 • craftlosangeles.com
James Beard Nom: Shannon Swindle, Outstanding Pastry Chef
Pastry delicacies like Funnel Cake with Rhubarb Jam and Vanilla Crème Fraîche.

 

20. PRESS
587 St Helena Hwy., St Helena, CA • (707) 967-0550 • presssthelena.com
James Beard Nom: Outstanding Wine Program
This country-chic eatery set in a farmhouse offers phenomenal steaks and impressive Napa wine list.

THE FOLLOWING EVENTS TAKE PLACE AT THE JAMES BEARD HOUSE• 167 W 12TH STREET, NYC

APRIL 2017

Monday 04.03
A Decade of Japanese Elegance JBF Award Winner Tim Cushman, Co-Owner/Beverage Director Nancy Cushman, and Nathan Gould, O Ya, Boston / JBF members $210, general public $260

Tuesday 04.04
Tour of Greece George Pagonis, Kapnos, Washington, D.C. / JBF members $135, general public $175

Wednesday 04.05
Canadian West Coast Wild Ned Bell, Ocean Wise at Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver / Featuring wines from British Columbia / JBF members $135, general public $175

Thursday 04.06
Northern California Style JBF Award Winner Charlie Palmer, Charlie Palmer Group, Multiple Locations Nationwide / Luke Knox, Burritt Room + Tavern at the Mystic Hotel, San Francisco / Levi Mezick, Harvest Table, St. Helena, CA / Jeffery Russell, Charlie Palmer Steak at the Archer Hotel Napa, Napa, CA (opening summer 2017) / Scott Romano, Dry Creek Kitchen, Healdsburg, CA / JBF members $160, general public $210

Friday 04.07
Calling All Beer Lovers! Celebrating National Beer Day / Adam Dulye, Brewers Association, Boulder, CO / Stay tuned for additional chefs and brewers / JBF members $135, general public $175

Saturday 04.08
Cuisine of the Sun Cindy Hutson and Delius Shirley, Zest, Miami / JBF members $135, general public $175

Tuesday 04.11
Second Night of Passover Celebrating Mexican-Jewish Heritage / Cookbook Author/Television Personality Pati Jinich, Pati’s Mexican Table, Washington, D.C. / Fany Gerson, Dough and La Newyorkina, NYC / Rafael Zaga, Marea, NYC / Special Time: 6:00 P.M. / JBF members $135, general public $175

Wednesday 04.12
Rites of Spring Rhy Waddington, Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, NY / JBF members $135, general public $175

Thursday 04.13
Songkran: Thai New Year Justin Scheihing, Mai Thai, Boise, ID / JBF members $135, general public $175

Friday 04.14
Brooklyn–Norway Collaboration Greg Baxtrom, Olmsted, Brooklyn, NY / Christopher Haatuft, Lysverket, Bergen, Norway / JBF members $160, general public $210

Monday 04.17
Small Towns, Big Flavors Ian Boden, The Shack, Staunton, VA / David Bancroft, Acre, Auburn, AL / Clark Barlowe, Heirloom, Charlotte, NC / Travis Milton, Shovel & Pick, Bristol, TN / Pastry Chef Kim Adams, Chef & the Farmer, Kinston, NC / JBF members $135, general public $175

Tuesday 04.18
Italian Icon JBF Award Winner Tony Mantuano, Joe Flamm, and Sommelier Rachel Lowe, Spiaggia, Chicago / JBF members $210, general public $260

Thursday 04.20
Threesomes Eric LeVine, Morris Tap & Grill, Randolph, NJ, and Paragon Table & Tap, Clark, NJ / JBF members $135, general public $175

Friday 04.21
Spain Meets Israel John Gorham and Beverage Director Mindy Cook, Toro Bravo, Portland, OR / Kasey Mills, Mediterranean Exploration Company, Portland, OR / JBF members $135, general public $175

Saturday 04.22
Pocono Panache Richard Beichner, Skytop Lodge, Skytop, PA / Ken Gladysz, The Hotel Hershey, Hershey, PA / Michael Pineda, Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Bedford, PA / Stevan Sundberg, Woodloch Resort, Hawley, PA / JBF members $135, general public $175

Monday 04.24
Elegant Country Getaway Christopher Albrecht, The Ryland Inn, Whitehouse Station, NJ / JBF members $135, general public $175

Wednesday 04.26
Bistro to Barbecue Ray Gruezke, Rue 127 and Frey Smoked Meat Co., New Orleans / JBF members $135, general public $175

Friday 04.28
Modern Appalachia Spring Richard and Anne Arbaugh, South Hills Market and Café, Charleston, WV / JBF members $135, general public $175

 

May 2017

Tuesday 05.03
Global Hot Spot Timon Balloo, SUGARCANE raw bar grill, Las Vegas and Miami / JBF members $135, general public $175

Thursday 05.04
Charleston Meets Maui Brett McKee, McKee’s at 139B, Charleston, SC / Sabra Ricci, Cookin Productions, Maui, HI / JBF members $135, general public $175

Friday 05.05
Spring Jam Session Greg Griffie and Richard Garcia, Crescent Hotels & Resorts, North America / John DuToit, Granada Bar and Grill at Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort, Scottsdale, AZ / Richard Falbo, Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro at the Westin Reston Heights, Reston, VA / Jay Hunter, Horseshoe Bay Resort, Horseshoe Bay, TX / JBF members $135, general public $175

Saturday 05.06
Hip Gastropub Mogan Anthony, Village Social Kitchen + Bar, Mount Kisco, NY / JBF members $135, general public $175

Monday 05.08
Harlem EatUp! Stay tuned for chefs / JBF members $160, general public $210

Tuesday 05.09
New England Larder JBF Award Winner Susan Regis and Peter McKenzie, Shepard, Cambridge MA / JBF members $135, general public $175

Wednesday 05.10
D.C. Power Spot John Melfi, The Oval Room, Washington, D.C. / JBF members $135, general public $175

Thursday 05.11
Dallas Decadence Christopher Patrick, Abacus, Dallas / JBF members $135, general public $175

Tuesday 05.16
Sexy Flavors of Spain JBF Award Winner Christopher Lee, Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurants, Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. / Marcellus Coleman, Barcelona Wine Bar, Boston / Joseph Paire, Barcelona Wine Bar Cathedral Heights, Washington, D.C. / Paras Shah, Barcelona Wine Bar, Philadelphia / Alex Ureña, Barcelona Wine Bar 14th Street, Washington, D.C. / JBF members $135, general public $175

Thursday 05.18
Italian Heritage Joe Cicala, Le Virtù, Philadelphia / JBF members $135, general public $175

Monday 05.22
New England Gem Lee Frank, Otis. Restaurant, Exeter, NH / JBF members $135, general public $175

Wednesday 05.24
The Flavors of Canada Host Anita Stewart, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario / Chris Aerni, Rossmount Inn, St. Andrews, New Brunswick / Jason Bangerter, Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa, Cambridge, Ontario / Warren Barr, The Pointe Restaurant at Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, Vancouver Island, British Columbia / Derek Bendig, Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Whistler, British Columbia / John Bishop, Bishop’s, Vancouver, British Columbia / Stephan Drolet, Bearfoot Bistro, Whistler, British Columbia / Patrick Gayler, Terrace Restaurant at Mission Hill Family Estate Winery, West Kelowna, British Columbia / Milton Rebello, Wascana Country Club and Skye Café & Bistro, Regina, Saskatchewan / David Sider, Restaurant at Redstone Winery, Niagara, Ontario / Francis Wolf, Le Hatley Restaurant at Manoir Hovey, North Hatley, Quebec / JBF members $135, general public $175

Wednesday 05.31
Shepherd and Friends Lamb Shepherd Craig Rogers, Border Springs Farm, Patrick Springs, VA / Walter Bundy, Shagbark, Richmond, VA / Brandon Carter, FARM, Bluffton, SC / Greg McPhee, The Anchorage, Greenville, SC / JBF members $135, general public $175

Stay tuned for more May 2017 Beard House events!

FORT LAUDERDALE

LOUIE BOSSI’S RISTORANTE, BAR, PIZZERIA
1032 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, (954) 356-6699 • www.louiebossi.com
One to watch… Editor predicts potential future James Beard look for this one!
Homemade the old-world way is the name of the game at this Italian stunner. With Neapolitan house-baked pies, fresh-made pastas daily, in-house dried salumi for killer charcuterie platters, hearth-baked breads, dry-aged steaks and wood hearth cooked pizzas, and divine from-scratch desserts (don’t miss the tiramisu!), Louie Bossi is Fort Lauderdale’s hot spot.

Growing up in an Italian household in New York, he remembers the aromas of roasted garlic and fresh meatballs sizzling from his family’s kitchen. Raised by a single mother juggling three jobs, Bossi taught himself to cook at the age of 8, working his way up to cook at a pizzeria where he developed a love for the art of pizza making. Bossi relocated to Florida in 2000 and eventually earned the coveted Executive Chef position at Big City Tavern. Bossi is certified from Chef Brian Polcyn in the ancient art and technique of charcuterie, and is a certified Master Pizza Maker from The Scuola Italiana Pizzaoili in San Francisco.

CHICAGO

BRINDILLE
534 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654, 312.595.1616 • brindille-chicago.com
James Beard Nod: Best New Restaurant Semi-Finalist 2014 United States of America

The food and style reflects Carrie Nahabedian’s love of France. Think foie gras, squab and lamb saddle dishes in a refined, sexy ambience with fine china and French linens. Pastry Chef Craig Harzewski’s desserts incorporate farmer’s market components with unique presentations.

NEW YORK

MOMOFUKU NOODLE BAR
171 First Ave., New York, NY 10003, (212) 777-7773 • noodlebar-ny.momofuku.com
James Beard Nod: Outstanding Restaurant Nominee 2015 and 2016

Noodle Bar serves ramen and a roster of seasonal dishes. The fried chicken and the caviar for 4-8 people requires an advance online reservation. Otherwise, Noodle Bar is a walk-in only restaurant. Momofuku’s pork buns originated here.

 

WASHINGTON, D.C

MINTWOOD PLACE
1813 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009, (202) 234-6732 • mintwoodplace.com
James Beard Nod: Best New Restaurant Semi-Finalist 2013 United States of America

Modern farmhouse style and a French-influenced American menu, plus wood-burning oven & sidewalk seats.

 

SAN FRANCISCO

THE SLANTED DOOR
One Ferry Building #3, San Francisco, CA 94111, 415-861-8032 • www.slanteddoor.com
James Beard Nod: Outstanding Restaurant Nominee 2008
Outstanding Wine Service Semi-Finalist 2008
Outstanding Restaurant Semi-Finalist 2011; Nominee 2013; Winner 2014

Executive Chef Charles Phan travels to the original source region of his ingredients, studies the traditional flavors and techniques, and then re-creates the original using contemporary methods and local ingredients.

 

MIAMI

THE PALME D’OR
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134, (877) 624-2830 • www.biltmorehotel.com
James Beard Nod: Outstanding Wine Service Semi-Finalist 2008 and 2009, Outstanding Service Semi-Finalist 2009

Guests take part in a truly authentic fine dining French culinary experience prepared by Michelin starred and James Beard “Rising Star” nominee Chef Gregory Pugin. Using fresh, local and sustainable ingredients, Pugin gives each guest the feeling of being transported to France for an evening.

 

 

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