James Beard short list for 2011: It's short, all right

Michael Solomonov of Society Hill's Zahav and the Center City temple of Italian dining Vetri have made the James Beard Foundation's list of nominations for culinary awards.

Solomonov, also chef at Xochitl and Percy Street, is the running for best chef in the mid-Atlantic region. (How only one Philly chef made it to the finals of this regional grouping is beyond me.)

Vetri is one of five restaurants vying for outstanding restaurant in the United States.

Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Brewery (Milton, Del.) is a nominee for wine and spirits professional.

Awards ceremony will be Monday, May 9 at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.