The short list is in. The James Beard Foundation announced finalists for the 2008 James Beard Awards, to be held in NYC the weekend of June 6-8. And the local nominees are. . .
Outstanding Restaurateur: Tom Douglas (who’s standing in good company with restaurant-empire builders Joe Bastianich/Mario Batali, Rich Melman, Wolfgang Puck and Jean-Georges Vongerichten)
Outstanding Service: Canlis (standing tall with the service teams from NYC’s La Grenouille, Chicago’s Spiaggia, St. Helena’s Terra and Philadelphia’s Vetri)
Honored this year as one of Beard’s “America’s Classics”: Seattle’s century-old Maneki
And on the literary front, among the James Beard journalism awards to be presented in June, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Seattle’s Sara Dickerman (nominated for Multimedia Writing on Food, for a piece she wrote for Slate).