National Dining Guide

Dine With A James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour

The James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour dinner series brings a taste of what happens at the James Beard House in New York City to more than 20 cities across the country each year. Each dinner begins with a cocktail reception followed by a one-night-only, multi-course dinner with wine pairings featuring a diverse group of JBF Award winners and local chefs, and ending with a decadent dessert course and a Q&A session with the evening’s chefs. Come alone, with a guest, or entertain a group at one of these unique culinary collaborations!

Del Dotto Vineyards
Joshua Schwartz
Joshua Schwartz

Joshua Schwartz

Stephen Durfee
Stephen Durfee

Stephen Durfee

Timothy Hollingworth
Timothy Hollingworth

Timothy Hollingworth


March 24, 2018
7466 St. Helena Highway, Napa, CA 94558
Host Chef Joshua Schwartz

Walter Abrams
Dabba, San Francisco

JBF Award Winner
Timothy Hollingsworth
Otium, Los Angeles

Adam Ross
1313 Main, Napa, CA

Janelle Weaver
The Bewildered Pig, Philo, CA

Marc Zimmerman
Alexander’s Steakhouse,
San Francisco

JBF Award–Winning Pastry Chef
Stephen Durfee
Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, St. Helena, CA

Posana Restaurant
Chef Peter Pollay
Chef Peter Pollay

Chef Peter Pollay

Chef Katie Button
Chef Katie Button

Chef Katie Button


Asheville, NC
May 3, 2018
1 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

Host Chef Peter Pollay

JBF Award Winner
Katie Button
Heirloom Hospitality Group, Asheville, NC

John Fleer
Rhubarb, Asheville, NC

Ford Fry
Ford Fry Restaurants, Atlanta

Craig Richards
St. Cecilia, Atlanta

Digby Stridiron
Parcel 32, Charleston, SC

Trey Dutton
Trey Dutton

Trey Dutton

Charity Everett
Charity Everett

Charity Everett

Thaddeus Keefe
Thaddeus Keefe

Thaddeus Keefe


68 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401
April 26, 2018
Host Chefs
Trey Dutton, Charity Everett and Thaddeus Keefe

Philippe Haddad
Cape Dutch, Atlanta

Josh Keeler
492, Charleston, SC

Nick Leahy
Saltyard, Atlanta

Pastry Chef
Cynthia Wong
Butcher & Bee, Charleston

Memphis Zoo
Maneet Chauhan
Maneet Chauhan

Maneet Chauhan

Ryan Prewitt
Ryan Prewitt

Ryan Prewitt


May 17, 2018
2000 Prentiss Place, Memphis, TN 38112

JBF Award Winner
Maneet Chauhan
Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Nashville

Kelly English      
Restaurant Iris and the Second Line, Memphis

Michael Hudman
Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Hog & Hominy, Porcellino’s Craft Butcher, and Catherine & Mary’s, Memphis, and
Josephine Estelle, New Orleans

JBF Award Winner
Ryan Prewitt
Pêche Seafood Grill, New Orleans

Josh Steiner
Strano! Sicilian Kitchen & Bar, Memphis

Andy Ticer
Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Hog & Hominy, Porcellino’s Craft Butcher, and Catherine
& Mary’s, Memphis, and
Josephine Estelle, New Orleans

Pastry Chef
Lisa White
Thompson Hotel, Nashville

The 2017 James Beard Award Winners Are…

By Alex Starace

Best New Restaurant: Le Coucou
138 Lafayette Street, NYC • (212) 271-4252 •
Chef Daniel Rose’s first stateside restaurant, Le Coucou has a classic French menu with an American twist. The inventiveness and the ever-fresh ingredients make it a must-try in SoHo.


Outstanding Chef:
Michael Solomonov – Zahav
237 St. James Place, Philadelphia • (215) 625-8800 •
Born in Israel and raised in Pittsburgh, Solomonov previously won the 2011 James Beard Awards for “Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic.” His small-plate restaurant, Zahav, brings the authentic flavors of Israel to Philadelphia, with a modern interpretation.


Outstanding Pastry Chef:
Ghaya Oliveira – Daniel
60 E. 65th Street, NYC • (212) 288-0033 •
Ghaya Oliveira’s traditional-yet-creative pastries are to die for at Daniel, a French restaurant on the Upper East Side inspired by the seasons, with a world-class wine list.



Outstanding Restaurant: Topolobampo
445 N. Clark Street, Chicago • (312) 661-1434 •
Rick Bayless’s most elegant location, this contemporary Mexican restaurant allows diners to choose their own tasting menu, based on whether they’re most interested in having a “vibrant,” “soulful,” or “enchanting” meal.

Outstanding Restaurateur:
Stephen Starr, Starr Restaurants
Stephen Starr, who’s been in the restaurant and entertainment business since age 21, heads 33 restaurants across the East Coast, including the 2017 James Beard best new restaurant, Le Coucou, and several south Florida restaurants, like Le Zoo, Upland and Makoto.



Rising Star Chef: Zachary Engel, Shaya
4213 Magazine Street, New Orleans  • (504) 891-4213 •
Zachary Engel cut his teeth at Michael Solomonov’s Zahav, and has since branched out on his own. His current restaurant, Shaya, is modern Israeli, a fusion of Southern flavors and Mediterranean-inspired dishes.


Outstanding Bar Program: Arnaud’s French 75 Bar

813 Rue Bienville, New Orleans • (504) 523-5433 •
Enjoy classic cocktails or inventive new concoctions at this bar in the French Quarter, part of Arnaud’s restaurant, which has defined New Orleans fine dining since 1918.




Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional: Sam Galagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Brewery: 6 Cannery Village Center, Milton, DE •  (302) 684-1100.
Brewpubs: 316 and 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE • (302) 226-2739.
Sam Galagione is known for his experimental craft beers, with wild ingredients like maple syrup or black limes. Dogfish Head Brewery is also known for its line of India Pale Ales, making a visit a must if you’re in Delaware.


2017 Humanitarian of the Year: Denise Cerreta – One World Everybody Eats
Salt Lake City
Denise Cerreta’s non-profit is dedicated to increasing food security through a pay-what-you-can restaurant model. There are over 60 restaurants in the organization’s network. Find one near you at


2017 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award:  Nora Pouillon – Restaurant Nora

2132 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC • (202) 462-5143 •
A long-time champion of organic, environmentally conscious food, Nora Pouillon has been on the forefront of eating healthily and sustainably. Her Restaurant Nora was the first certified organic restaurant in the United States.


Best Chef: Great Lakes (IL IN, MI, OH): Sarah Gruenberg – Monteverde

1020 W Madison Street, Chicago • (312) 888-3041 •
A native Texan, Sarah Grueneberg opened Monteverde in the hot West Loop neighborhood. Patrons enjoy modern Italian with traditional flourishes, such as the authentic in-house balsamic vinegar, stored in barrels known as a “batteria.”


Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA): Greg Vernick – Vernick Food & Drink

2031 Walnut Street, Philadelphia • (267) 639-6644 •
Growing up, Greg Vernick’s mother owned a restaurant and his grandfather owned a butcher’s shop, making the culinary arts a natural choice for his profession. He opened Food & Drink with his wife Julie, offering seasonal contemporary American cuisine.


Best Chef: Midwest (IA,KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI): Kevin Nashan, Sidney Street Café

2000 Sidney Street, St. Louis • (314) 771-5777 •
Kevin Nashan blends his Spanish and New Mexican heritage, French training, and Southern elements together for the fare at Sidney Street Café. Not to be missed, the café’s on-site garden supplies fresh produce for the menu, as well as for the neighborhood.


Best Chef: New York City (Five Boroughs): Marco Canora – Hearth
403 East 12th Street, New York • (646) 602-1300 •
Known for popularizing bone broth in NYC, Marco Canora has been promoting healthy fine dining in Manhattan since 2003, when he opened Hearth. His restaurant uses seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, which are prepared with an Italian influence.


Best Chef: Northeast (CT,MA, ME, NH, NY State, RI, VT): Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley – Eventide Oyster Co.
86 Middle Street, Portland, ME • (207) 774-8538 •
Neither Taylor nor Wiley attended cooking school, but their love of food and running a crisp business means that Eventide is always hopping. This revival of the classic oyster bar includes culinary surprises and occasional Asian-inspired inflections.


Best Chef: Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY): Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton and Greg Denton – Ox

2225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Portland, OR • (503) 284-3366 •
This husband-and-wife cooking duo debuted Ox in 2012. Inspired by the wood-grilling tradition of Argentina, this steakhouse has classic cuts with chimichurri, as well as fish and local ingredients to match the Pacific Northwest palate.


Best Chef: South (AL, AR, FL, LA, MS, PR): Rebecca Wilcomb – Herbsaint

701 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans • (504) 524-4114 •
Rebecca Wilcomb is the second “Best Chef: South” to come out of Herbsaint, a mainstay on New Orleans’ best restaurant lists. The contemporary seasonal French-Southern cuisine perfectly matches the restaurant’s St. Charles Avenue location.


Best Chef: Southeast (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV): Steven Satterfield –  Miller Union

999 Brady Ave NW, Atlanta • (678) 733-8550 •
A member of Slow Food Atlanta, Steven Satterfield is dedicated to seasonal, local cooking. His restaurant, Miller Union, embodies these traits with a New American fare. It was also a 2017 James Beard Finalist for “Outstanding Wine Program.”


Best Chef: Southwest (AZ, CO, NM, OK, TX, UT): Hugo Ortega – Hugo’s Houston

1600 Westheimer, Houston • (713) 524-7744 •
A native of Mexico City, Hugo Ortega immigrated to the United States in 1984. He has four well-known restaurants in Houston. His Hugo’s Houston is traditional Mexican cuisine at its finest, supplemented with award-winning wine, cocktail and tequila menus.


Best Chef: West (CA, HI, NV): Corey Lee – Benu

22 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco • (415) 685-4860 •
A two-time James Beard Award winner, Corey Lee won his first at French Laundry. His current restaurant, Benu, is tasting-menu only, has the ever-coveted three Michelin stars and its own cookbook. A high-end contemporary American restaurant with Asian influences, it’s not to be missed.



The following is a list of nominees that were announced in March 2017

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.

To see additional listings of nominees click here


350 S. County Rd., Palm Beach, FL • (561) 833-3450 •
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 •
James Beard Nom: Best New Restaurant
This modern Asian-inspired restaurant echoes Wabi-sabi, the art of finding perfection in something imperfect.


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




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 •
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 •
This Tampa landmark offers classic diner fare.


223 N.W. 23rd St., Miami, FL (305) 573-5996 •
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.



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



2419 W 14th St., Chicago, IL (312) 226-8144 •
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.


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


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


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


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


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



54 E. 1st St. #1, New York, NY (212) 677-6221 •
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.


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



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


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



480 7th St. NW, Washington, DC • (202) 628-7949 •
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.


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


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


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


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!


1032 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, (954) 356-6699 •
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.


534 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654, 312.595.1616 •
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.


171 First Ave., New York, NY 10003, (212) 777-7773 •
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.



1813 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009, (202) 234-6732 •
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.



One Ferry Building #3, San Francisco, CA 94111, 415-861-8032 •
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.



1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134, (877) 624-2830 •
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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