JBF_AWARDS_MEDALLION-BLOGIntown is well-represented on the list of semifinalists for the James Beard Foundation 2015 Restaurant and Chef Awards. Finalists will be announced on March 24, while the 2015 James Beard Awards gala will be held at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on May 4.

Best New Restaurant: Lusca

Outstanding Bar Program: Kimball House

Outstanding Pastry Chef: Pamela Moxley, Miller Union

Outstanding Restaurant: Bacchanalia

Outstanding Restaurateur: Ford Fry, Atlanta (The Optimist, King + Duke, JCT. Kitchen & Bar, and others)

Outstanding Service: One Flew South

Outstanding Wine Program: Miller Union

Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional: Steven Grubbs, Empire State South

Rising Star of the Year: Landon Thompson, Cooks and Soldiers

Best Chef (Southeast):Billy Allin, Cakes & Ale; Kevin Gillespie, Gunshow; Todd Ginsberg, The General Muir;  and Steven Satterfield, Miller Union.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.