Today, the James Beard Foundation announces the finalists for both its restaurant, book, and journalism awards, often called the "Oscars" of the food world. (Semifinalists for the 2012 restaurant awards were announced on February 21). The foundation is tweeting out the results as we type, so SFoodie will be tracking the Twitter feed, listing local finalists as they're announced. We'll post a link to the full press release as soon as it goes up on the foundation's website. The awards ceremonies will take place in New York on May 4 and 7.
Also, if we miss a local writer or restaurant, let me know in the comments and I'll add it.
Emily Kaiser Thelin (San Francisco magazine)
Wine, Spirits, and Beverages
Ellen Cushing (East Bay Express)
Category: Outstanding Bar Program
Outstanding Wine Program
Oustanding Beer, Wine, or Spirits Professional
Merry Edwards, Merry Edwards Winery
Who's Who Inductees
Best Chef, Pacific
Rising Star Chef
Melissa Chou, Aziza
Best New Restaurant
Gary Danko, Restaurant Gary Danko
Congratulations to all!