Tuesday, May 8, 2007

James Beard, Silver Spoons Awards Set

Chicago's Frontera Grill won Outstanding Restaurant of the Year and Michel Richard of Michel Richard Citronelle in Washington, D.C. was named Outstanding Chef at the 2007 James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony. Hosted by CBS Early Show anchor Hannah Storm, the Beard Awards were held May 7 at Avery Fisher Hall in New York's Lincoln Center. More than 60 awards were presented by the country's pre-eminent nonprofit culinary organization, in its 20th anniversary celebration, and more than 1,600 industry leaders attended the ceremony. Other top awards went to: New York's L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, named Best New Restaurant; Thomas Keller (The French Laundry, Yountville, Ca.) received the award for Outstanding Restaurateur; and David Chang (Momofuku Noodle Bar, New York) received the Rising Star Chef of the Year award. Celebrity and culinary superstar attendees included Stephanie March, Ted Allen, Katie Lee Joel, Martha Stewart, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Thomas Keller, Jose Andres, Tom Colicchio, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Padma Lakshmi, and Marcus Samuelsson. The Foundation's Media Awards took place at a separate event at the Hudson Theatre at Millennium Broadway Hotel on May 6. All Award winners received a bronze medallion etched with the image of the late James Beard, the esteemed chef, cookbook author, and food journalist. There are no cash awards. Established in 1990, the James Beard Foundation Awards recognizes outstanding achievement within the fine food and beverage industry in North America. For full awards results, please visit http://www.jamesbeard.org.

Beard Award highlights are:

AMERICA'S CLASSICS: Primanti Brothers, Demetrios Patrinos, Pittsburgh, Pa.; The Pickwick, Christopher Wisocki, Duluth, Minn.; Doe's Eat Place, The Signa Family, Greenville, Miss.; Aunt Carrie's, Elsie Foy, Narragansett, R.I.; I

Brookville Hotel, Mark and Connie Martin, Abilene, Kan.; Weaver D's, Dexter Weaver, Athens, Ga.

BEST CHEF, GREAT LAKES: Grant Achatz, Alinea, Chicago

BEST CHEF, MID-ATLANTIC: R.J. Cooper, III, Vidalia, Washington, DC

BEST CHEF, MIDWEST: Celina Tio, The American Restaurant, Kansas City, Mo.

BEST CHEF, NEW YORK CITY: David Waltuck, Chanterelle, New York, NY

BEST CHEF, NORTHEAST: Frank McClelland, L'Espalier, Boston

BEST CHEF, NORTHWEST: John Sundstrom, Lark, Seattle

BEST CHEF, PACIFIC: Traci Des Jardins, Jardinière, San Francisco

BEST CHEF, SOUTH: Donald Link, Herbsaint, New Orleans

BEST CHEF, SOUTHEAST: Scott Peacock, Watershed, Decatur, Ga.

BEST CHEF, SOUTHWEST: Nobuo Fukuda, Sea Saw, Scottsdale, Ariz.

BEST NEW RESTAURANT: L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Chef-Owner: Joël Robuchon, New York, NY

OUTSTANDING CHEF: Michel Richard, Michel Richard Citronelle, Washington, DC

OUTSTANDING PASTRY CHEF: Michael Laskonis, Le Bernardin, New York, NY

OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT: Frontera Grill, chef-owner: Rick and Deann Bayless, Chicago

OUTSTANDING RESTAURATEUR: Thomas Keller, The French Laundry, Yountville, Calif.

OUTSTANDING SERVICE: Rick Tramonto, Gale Gand, and Richard Melman, Tru, Chicago

OUTSTANDING WINE AND SPIRITS PROFESSIONAL: Paul Draper, Ridge Vineyards, Cupertino, Calif.

OUTSTANDING WINE SERVICE: Mark Slater, Michel Richard Citronelle, Washington, DC

RISING STAR CHEF OF THE YEAR: David Chang, Momofuku Noodle Bar, New York, NY

Selected James Beard Media Awards
Barbara Yost, The Arizona Republic
Janet Fletcher, San Francisco Chronicle
Elaine Cicora, Cleveland Scene
Miriam Morgan and Jon Bonne
San Francisco Chronicle
Dara Moskowitz, Minneapolis City Pages
TELEVISION FOOD SHOW, LOCAL: Check, Please! Bay Area, Host: Leslie Sbrocco, KQED Public Television, Producer: Tina Salter

Cleveland magazine has announced its 2007 Silver Spoon Award winners:

Best New Restaurant
1. Lola
2. Ty Fun
3. Sergio’s Saravá
Best Local Chef
1. Michael Symon, Lola/Lolita
2. Pete Joyce, Blue Point Grille
3. tie: Rocco Whalen, Fahrenheit/Doug Katz, Fire Food & Drink
Best Fine Dining
1. Blue Point Grille
2. tie: Fire Food & Drink/ Ristorante Giovanni’s
Best Cheap Eats
1. Tommy’s
2. Yours Truly
Best Cheap Eats (chain)
1. Chipotle
Best Seafood
1. Blue Point Grille
2. Blake’s Seafood Restaurant
3. Pier W
Best French/Continental
1. Sans Souci
2. Chez François
Best Italian
1. Mama Santa’s
2. Ristorante Giovanni’s
Best Indian
1. Cafe Tandoor
2. Saffron Patch
Best Chinese
1. Pearl of the Orient
2. Hunan on Coventry
3. Hunan by the Falls
Best Japanese
1. Shuhei
2. Otani
3. Sushi Rock
Best Other Asian
1. tie: Lemon Grass/ Phnom Penh
3. tie: Pad Thai/#1 Pho
Best Mexican
1. Luchita’s
2. tie: Lopez/ Nuevo Acapulco
Best Greek
1. The Mad Greek
2. Niko’s on Detroit
3. Opa on 25th
Best Middle Eastern
1. Aladdin’s
2. Taza Lebanese Grill
Best German or Other Central European
1. Balaton
2. Der Braumeister
3. Sokolowski’s University Inn
Best Spanish/ Portuguese
1. Mallorca
2. Marbella
3. Viva Barcelona
Best Caribbean/ Puerto Rican/ Latin American
1. tie: Johnny Mango World Cafe/Lozada’s
Best Caribbean/ Puerto Rican/ Latin American (chain)
1. Bahama Breeze
Best Ribs
1. Damon’s
2. Hoggy’s
Best Steak
1. Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse
2. Delmonico’s
3. Red the Steakhouse
Best Pizza
1. Geraci’s
2. Mama Santa’s
3. tie: Angelo’s/Marotta’s
Best Hamburger
1. Heck’s Cafe
2. Yours Truly
3. Boulevard Blue
Best Barbecue
1. Bubba’s-Q
2. Hot Sauce Williams
3. Hoggy’s
Best Barbecue (chain)
1. Smokey Bones
Best Appetizers
1. tie: The Cabin Club/ Delmonico’s
Best Desserts
1. Max’s Deli
2. Moxie the Restaurant
3. Blue Point Grille
Best Desserts (chain)
1. Cheesecake Factory
Best Sandwich
1. Max’s Deli
2. Slyman’s
3. Alvie & Gary’s Jack’s Deli
Best Soup
1. The SouperMarket
2. Salmon Dave’s
Best Soup (chain)
1. Panera
Best Vegetarian Selections
1. Tommy’s
2. Aladdin’s
3. Mustard Seed Market & Cafe
Best Wine List
1. Blue Point Grille
2. Swingo’s
3. Lockkeeper’s
Best-Stocked Bar
1. Blue Point Grille
2. Winking Lizard
3. Delmonico’s
Best Beer Selection
1. Winking Lizard
2. Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3. The Harbor Inn
Best Local Microbrew
1. Great Lakes Brewing Co.
2. Willoughby Brewing Co.
3. Rocky River Brewing Co.
Best Place for Family Dining
1. Yours Truly
2. Sokolowski’s University Inn
3. Winking Lizard
Best Sunday Brunch
1. Pier W
2. tie: House of Blues/ Cleveland Chop House and Brewery
Most Romantic
1. Pier W
2. Blue Point Grille
3. Ponte Vecchio
Best Sports Bar/ Restaurant
1. Winking Lizard
2. Champps
3. Damon’s
Best People Watching
1. Blue Point Grille
2. Shooter’s
3. The Metropolitan Cafe
Best Outdoor Dining
1. Gamekeeper’s Taverne
2. Three Birds
Best Plate Presentation
1. Blue Point Grille
2. Boulevard Blue
3. Lola
Best Service
1. Blue Point Grille
2. Boulevard Blue
3. Ristorante Giovanni’s
Best View
1. Pier W
2. tie: Blake’s Seafood Restaurant/Ponte Vecchio
Best Decor
1. Lola
2. Blue Point Grille
3. Pier W
Best Deli
1. Corky & Lenny’s
2. Max’s Deli
3. Alvie and Gary’s Jack’s Deli
Best Pastry Shop
1. Corbo’s Dolceria
2. Farkas
Best Pastry Shop (chain)
1. Panera Best Place to Buy Bread
1. Stone Oven Bakery
2. On the Rise
Best Place to Buy Bread (chain)
1. Panera
Best Cheese Selection
1. Heinen’s
2. West Side Market
3. tie: Baricelli Inn/ Miles Farmers Market
Best Wine Store
1. Minotti’s
2. tie: Heinen’s/Rozi’s
Web-exclusive Category Winners
Best Margarita: tie: Momocho/Lopez
Best Host: Ean Carroll, Boulevard Blue
Best Pie: Eat’n Park
Best Corned Beef: Sandwich Slyman’s
Best Place for Tapas: Sergio’s Saravá

IN THE NEWS: Orlando-based Darden Restaurants shut down more than 50 of its Smokey Bones Barbeque & Grill locations across the country on May 5 and said it will sell the remaining 73, The Orlando Sentinel reported May 6. The closings include a Cleveland-area store in Elyria ... Plain Dealer dining columnist Bill Lubinger reports: Alexandria, Va.-based Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries has opened its first area outpost at 36050 Detroit Road (French Creek Square Shopping Center) in Avon; restaurant openings or reopenings have been delayed for C&Y Chinese Restaurant and Samir's Diner in downtown Cleveland and Woodmere's Latin-inluenced Paladar. And Lubinger reports that Bix Foods in Beachwood isn't going to reopen. The paper also reviews Oggi's Ristorante in Broadview Heights. cleveland.com ... Cleveland Scene gives a so-so review of Wild Ginger, 5092 Tiedeman Road in Brooklyn. Critic Elaine T. Cicora's pick Asian hits follow:

"For Chinese cuisine, it's hard to beat Chinatown mainstays Bo Loong (3922 St. Clair Avenue, 216-391-3113) and Li Wah (2999 Payne Avenue, 216-696-6556). Or check out the nearby Siam Café (3951 St. Clair Avenue, 216-361-2323) for outstanding Thai fare with an emphasis on seafood, and Superior Pho (3030 Superior Avenue, 216-781-7462) for excellent Vietnamese soups and more.
"Downtown, consider Wu's Cuisine Shanghai Restaurant (2142 Rockwell Avenue, 216-781-9740) for old-style Chinese-restaurant classics, and for sushi, both Ginza Sushi & Steak House (1105 Carnegie Avenue, 216-589-8503) and Sapporo (1906 East Sixth Street, 216-579-7000) are first-rate.
"On the West Side, options include Vietnamese restaurants Long Phung (5107 Detroit Avenue, 216-651-1119) and Minh Anh (5428 Detroit Avenue, 216-961-9671), Cambodian Phnom Penh, with two locations (in Ohio City at 1929 West 25th Street, 216-357-2951, and 13124 Lorain Avenue, 216-251-0210), Thai eatery Ty Fun (815 Jefferson Avenue, 216-664-1000), and for sushi, Kimo's Sushi Shop (1885 Fulton Road, 216-631-7463).
"On the East Side, Japanese and sushi standouts include Pacific East (1763 Coventry Road, 216-320-2302), Shinano (5222 Wilson Mills Road, 440-473-2345), and Shuhei (23360 Chagrin Boulevard, 216-464-1720). For Chinese, consider Hunan by the Falls (508 East Washington Street, 440-247-0808), and for Thai, both Mint Café (1791 Coventry Road, 216-320-9915) and Lemon Grass (2179 Lee Road, 216-321-0210) are good bets." ...

Cicora also reports that Kent's popular Mugzee's Wings & More owner Kurt Zitzner plans to relocate by late August from inside Club Khameleon (626 North Water Street) to the soon-to-expand Water Street Tavern at 132 South Water Street. And she details the Scene's Upcoming Iron Fork competition, part of the fifth-annual Tasteful Affair, 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. "Modeled after the Food Network's popular Iron Chef series, Iron Fork features a half-dozen of the region's most talented toques, including Brandt Evans (Blue Canyon Kitchen in Twinsburg), Jeff Fisher (Lago in Tremont), Richard Wise and Jamie Wynbrandt (Brennan's Colony in Cleveland Heights), Dino Tsarnas (the Cleveland Grill in Cleveland), and Brian Doyle (World's Fare Culinary Services in Brunswick). For food fans who haven't yet checked out Ohio City's newest hot spot, Light Bistro, the presence of executive chef and partner Matt Mathlage should sweeten the pot." Guests to the 21-and-over event can mingle, indulge in complimentary spirits, and sample dishes from more than 20 local restaurants, including Gusto! (Little Italy), Don's Lighthouse (Cleveland), Gypsy Beans and Baking Company, and Loco Leprechaun (Westlake). Partial proceeds from the event will benefit the Western Reserve Historical Society. Tickets in advance are $30 each ($40 at the door) or four for $100; order at www.clevescene.com or by phone at 216-721-5722, ext. 445.

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

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