Ann Arbor's Popular Zingerman's Deli Advances to Finals for James Beard Award

James Beard Award finalists for 2018 include Gabrielle

Last month, seven Metro Detroit chefs and restaurants were listed as semifinalists for the prestigious awards.

This is Karen Bell's first James Beard nomination for her contemporary cafe and butcher shop, Bavette La Boucherie, which offers sustainable and local meats prepared lovingly for their daily menu and for sale. Winners in restaurant categories will be announced on May 7 at the foundation's annual gala at Chicago's Civic Opera House. The media awards will be presented in New York City on April 27.

In the Best Restaurant Design or Renovation category, Austin restaurant Otoko is up for the prize for restaurants with under 76 seats.

New Orleans had seven semifinalists for this regional award.

Also, the Southern National restaurant in Mobile and the Atomic Bar & Lounge in Birmingham were among the semifinalists for best new restaurant and outstanding bar program, respectively, but neither was among the finalists.

Texas also showed well in Media Awards nominations. She was also a nominee past year.

Nina Compton of Compère Lapin, Slade Rushing of Brennan's and Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus of Coquette were nominated for Best Chef: South, which recognizes chefs in Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Florida and Puerto Rico. Also noted is Sun Wah BBQ, which was designated by James Beard Foundation as one of America's Classics. Ella Brennan, Martin's mother and Brennan's aunt, received the same honor in 1984 and received the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

Philadelphia restaurant professionals were nominated in four categories at this year's nomination ceremony Wednesday at Parc Restaurant in Rittenhouse. Brett Anderson is up for the investigative reporting award for his story on sexual harassment allegations at John Besh's restaurant company.

Correction: The original version of this story named the wrong bartender for Arnaud's French 75.

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