As an appropriate prelude to Restaurant Week here in Portland, semifinalists for Outstanding Restaurant and Chef Awards from the James Beard Foundation have been announced, and Portland is proudly represented. Fore Street has been nominated for “Outstanding Restaurant” and their chef, Sam Hayward for “Outstanding Chef.” Demos Regas from Emilitsa is in the running for “Best Chef – Northeast” as is Krista Kern Desjarlais from Bresca.
Once again, Portland has positioned itself among the best of the best of the foodie world thanks to these great restaurants and chefs. GOOD LUCK to the semifinalists and enjoy the amazing offerings during restaurant week – and all year long!
Judges from across the country will present a final list of nominees on March 21.