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Congrats to James Beard Award Nominees

A roundup of all the 2017 nominees that are #poweredbybento

A bowl of food on a plate.

The James Beard Awards, also known as the “the Oscars of the food and beverage industry,” are a huge honor for chefs, restaurateurs, and all those who participate in the culinary industry. The awards originally started to memorialize iconic author and cooking teacher James Beard, and are now the most coveted honor in the restaurant world. Anyone can nominate a business for each of the 21 categories, and after receiving over 24,000 entries this year, the list was narrowed down to five finalists in each category.

The James Beard Awards Gala will take place on Monday, May 1st at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. We want to congratulate everyone nominated and send extra love to all of those who are #poweredbybento. Check the list below to see all of the BentoBox semifinalists selected for a James Beard Award this year!

Pineapple and Pearls

Washington, D.C.

pineappleandpearls.com The kitchen staff preparing for a busy dinner service inside Pineapple and Pearls.

Pineapple symbolizes hospitality, while pearls serves a symbol of elegance. This upscale DC restaurant offers a sophisticated 13-course tasting menu in the back, and a beautiful coffee bar in the front.

Nominated for: Best New Restaurant

Bar Agricole

San Francisco, CA

baragricole.co A photo of the bar at Bar Agricole.

This contemporary tavern features spirits and cocktails that nod to traditional farmhouse distilling and natural wine production tactics. Their ingredients are sourced from local organic and biodynamic farms.

Nominated for: Outstanding Bar Program

David Kinch, Manresa

Los Gatos, CA

manresarestaurant.com Chef David Kinch. Photo: The Chronicle/Sarah Rice.

Chef/proprietor David Kinch’s cuisine focuses on the highest quality ingredients from both near and far. Kinch and the team draw inspiration from European tradition and American ingenuity at this fine-dining establishment.

Nominated for: Outstanding Chef, David Kinch

*Manresa expected launch date on BentoBox: late July 2017.


San Francisco, CA

quincerestaurant.com The elegant private dining room inside Quince.

Chef Michael Tusk offers Italian and French-inspired Californian cuisine with ingredients from local farms.  The Art Deco-inspired interior, along with the carefully selected wines, makes this Bay Area stalward an elegant gem.

Nominated for: Outstanding Restaurant

*Quince expected launch date on BentoBox: late May 2017.

The Spotted Pig

Manhattan, NY

thespottedpig.com Inside the spotted pig, there are fun pig figurines.

This West Village neighborhood spot from chef April Bloomfield and restaurateur Ken Friedman offers seasonal British and Italian fare.

Nominated for: Outstanding Restaurant

Marco Canora, Hearth

Manhattan, NY

restauranthearth.com Chef Marco Canora (center, left) with his team.

Hearth’s philosophy is simple: warmth, comfort, and hospitality. Chef and restaurateur Marco Canora's cuisine promotes simple, delicious, and healthful food. He focuses on seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients prepared with an Italian influence.

Nominated for: Best Chef: New York City (Five Boroughs), Marco Canora

Ignacio Mattos, Estela

Manhattan, NY

estelanyc.com Chef Ignacio Mattos in the kitchen. Photo: Brent Herrig.

What was once a rock and roll club has been transformed into an intimate dining space that serves Mediterranean-inspired food from chef Ignacio Mattos. The Obamas have been known to dine here when in town.

Nominated for: Best Chef: New York City (Five Boroughs), Ignacio Mattos

Missy Robbins, Lilia

Brooklyn, NY

lilianewyork.com Lilia's Chef and co-owner, Missy Robbins.

From wood-fired seafood and handmade pastas to classic Italian cocktails and warm hospitality, Lilia brings the best of Italy to Brooklyn. Chef and co-owner Missy Robbins focuses her skills on Italian fine dining and shows off her extensive knowledge of  regional Italian cuisine in this neighborhood charmer.

Nominated for: Best Chef: New York City (Five Boroughs), Missy Robbins

Hugo Ortega, Hugo's

Houston, TX

hugosrestaurant.net Chef Hugo displaying delicious tacos.
Chef Hugo Ortega brings dynamic flavors to Mexican cuisine at his restaurant, Hugo's. His culinary travels and memories of his native Mexico provide each dish with complex and always balanced flavors. Chef Ortega's mastery over Mexican cuisine has led him to open many go-to spots in Texas. 

Nominated for: Best Chef: Southwest, Hugo Ortega

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