Semifinalists announced for James Beard Awards

The James Beard Foundation has released its so-called long list - the semifinalists for this year's awards. The list of finalists will be released March 19, and the awards themselves will be handed out May 7. (See PDF for complete list.)

Of Philadelphia note

Best New Restaurant (with LaBan links): The Farm and Fisherman; Tashan; Zeppoli

Outstanding Bar Program: The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.; Standard Tap

Outstanding Pastry Chef: Jessie Prawlucki (Fond/Belle Cakery)

Outstanding Restaurant: Vetri

Outstanding Restaurateur: Stephen Starr

Outstanding Service: Fountain Restaurant; Vetri

Outstanding Wine Program: Tria

Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional: Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head Craft Brewery)

Rising Star Chef of the Year: Joe Cicala (Le Virtù); JD Morton (Domaine Hudson); Lee Styer (Fond)

Best Chef/Mid-Atlantic: Pierre Calmels (Bibou); Jay Caputo (Espuma in Rehoboth Beach); David Gilberg (Koo Zee Doo); Konstantinos Pitsillides (Kanella); Chip Roman (Blackfish); Marcie Turney (Barbuzzo)