Congratulations to all our Bay Area James Beard Award 2015 semifinalists! You'll see some familiar names and some new names. The final nonimees will be announced next month, and the awards will take place on May 4 in Chicago. Until then, check out which locals made the first cut.
Headquartered in New York City, Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue has celebrated and funded local visual artists for ten years. The first Artadia Awards were presented in San Francisco 10 years ago, and the organization has since come to include additional cities like Boston and Houston. This year, three jurors—Glen Helfand (curator and critic); Doryun Chong (MOMA NY); and Lauren Ross (Friends of the High Line)—selected fifteen finalists from a pool of 680 applications from Bay Area artists.
Last weekend, Fort Mason hosted the winners of the SF Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American wines in the world, with more than 4,000 entries judged by 60 wine professionals. Of the Best In Class winners, we chose seven very affordable California vintages. Troubled times demand good (but not expensive) vino. Print this list out for your next pre-dinner party grocery run.
1. 2006 Mandolin Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast, $12.
2. 2007 Mandolin Pinot Noir, Central Coast, $12.
3. 2007 South Coast Winery Grenache Rosé, Paso Robles County and Temecula Valley, $14.
4. 2005 Pedroncelli Estate Vineyard Syrah, Dry Creek Valley, $14
Tonight is 7x7's Eat + Drink Awards, an event a bit like the Academy Awards of the SF restaurant industry (minus Botoxed actresses choked with tears). Unlike most events—where chefs are asked to cook very small bites of food on a bunson burner, plate it on paper and serve it to a herd of tipsy people—this is a night that chefs get to actually relax and celebrate themselves. As they well should.