The semi-final list of nominees for the 2016 James Beard Foundation awards were released today. There are 8 semifinalist nominees from Maine:
- Best New Restaurant – The Honey Paw
- Best Chef: Northeast – Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley, Eventide; Erin French, The Lost Kitchen; Keiko Suzuki Steinberger, Suzuki’s Sushi Bar; and Brian Hill, Francine Bistro
- Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional – Rob Tod, Allagash Brewing Co.
- Outstanding Restaurant – Fore Street
- Rising Star of the Year – Cara Stadler, Tao Yuan
The final list of nominees will be released on March 15th, and the awards ceremony will take place on May 2nd in Chicago.