James Beard Award Semi-Finalists Hail From Asheville

Feb 15, 2018

Two Asheville chefs, a baker, and a brewer have been named semi-finalists for prestigious James Beard Foundation awards.  Katie Button of Nightbell and Curate and Meherwan Irani of Chai Pani are semi-finalists for the Best Chef of the Southeast.  Six of the 20 semi-finalists in the category hail from North Carolina, with other nominees coming from Raleigh, Davidson, Winterville, and Kinston.

David Bauer of Farm & Sparrow is a semi-finalist for Outstanding Baker, and Leah Wong Ashburn of Highlands Brewing is a semi-finalist for Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional.  Finalists for the awards will be announced March 14th.