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Two Charleston Finalists Named for James Beard Awards

Congratulations to FIG and High Wire Distilling

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Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas.

Today, the James Beard Foundation announced its 2019 slate of finalists. This “short list” of nominees honors the year’s outstanding restaurants, chefs, and food-centric journalism, books, and broadcast media.

Last month, the Beard Awards released its long list of restaurant and chef awards semifinalists, and with it, a reminder that the awards, considered among the highest honors in American hospitality, are continuing to strive for diversity.

Here’s the list of Charleston finalists:

Outstanding Restaurant: FIG

Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional: Scott Blackwell and Ann Marshall, High Wire Distilling Company

Yep — that’s it for Charleston. No chefs made the finalists this year, but big congrats to FIG and High Wire Distilling Company.

The James Beard Awards Gala, which also acknowledges the previously announced America’s Classics awards winners, is scheduled for Monday, May 6, in Chicago. Media awards winners will be revealed on Friday, April 26.

Disclosure: Some Vox Media staff members are part of the voting body for the James Beard Foundation Awards.