Dallas restaurants and chefs kill it on nominations for James Beard Awards

The full list of semifinalist nominees is below.

It's the first nomination for the longtime South Jersey sushi destination.

Birmingham's Highlands Bar and Grill and its pastry chef, Dolester Miles, and chefs David Bancroft of Acre in Auburn, Timothy Hontzas of Johnny's Restaurant in Homewood, Rob McDaniel of SpringHouse in Alexander City and Bill Briand of Fisher's Upstairs at Orange Beach Marina in Orange Beach have made the James Beard Foundation's preliminary list of semifinalists for its 2017 culinary awards. Frasca has, however, won for best wine program. "Just to know they know who I am is exciting". Miller was up for an award in the overall "Outstanding Chef" category a year ago, but didn't make it into the final five.

Much to our surprise, nobody nominated White Castle in the category of Best Restaurant Trend for becoming quite fancy on Valentine's Day.

Today, the committee for the esteemed dining award announced its semifinalists.

Established in 1990, the awards "recognize culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their fields and furthers the Foundation's mission to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America's food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone", according to a release from the foundation.

On Wednesday, March 15, the Foundation will announce the final nominees for all award categories during a press conference at a.o.c. restaurant in Los Angeles, California.

As a James Beard semifinalist, Petrehn joins a "prestigious" group of chefs and food-industry professionals from across the country in the honor, selected from a list of more than 24,000 online entries.

Also recognized as a semifinalist in this category previous year, Bluestem received a major renovation in 2014.It continues to receive kudos as "a national standard bearer of consistent quality and excellence in food, atmosphere and service", with executive chef Andrew Longres recently promoted to run the kitchen.

Andrea Reusing of Lantern in Chapel Hill and Raleigh's Ashley Christensen (Poole's, Death and Taxes, Beasley's, Chucks) are semi-finalists for outstanding chef in the country. There are no cash prizes.

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