James Beard Semi-Finalists Released, Includes Multiple D.C. Restaurants

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - A national restaurant and chef award foundation has included multiple D.C. semi-finalist selections as it whittles down it’s final list.

Of the 424 James Beard Award semifinalists out of more than 57,000 online entries from across the country, here are three from the D.M.V. who are still in the running:

Fiola – Best New Restaurant

Fiola of Penn Quarter, was also ranked 8th in the Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best Restaurants of 2012. Chef Fabio Trabocchi owns and runs the modern, upscale Trattoria, serving fresh Italian cuisine from daily changing lunch and dinner menus.

Fiola – (202) 628-2888
601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004


Marcel’s – Outstanding Restaurant

The French and Flemish Marcel’s, ranked 7th in Washingtonian’s 100 Best Restaurants of 2011, was opened by Chef Robert Wiedmaier in 1999. A hunter in his spare time, Wiedmaier practices classic, whole animal butchery. “If you’re going to kill a rabbit, don’t strip out its loins and toss the rest. Use all of it!,” says the Chef.

Marcel’s – (202) 296-1166
2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037


Bryan Voltaggio – Best Chef of the Mid-Atlantic

Executive Chef Bryan Voltaggio’s seasonal entreés showcase classic flavor combinations prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Less than 50 miles from Washington, D.C., Leesburg, Annapolis and Baltimore, VOLT is located in the heart of Frederick’s nationally-renowned historic district.

Volt – (301) 696-VOLT
228 North Market Street
Frederick, Maryland 21701


For the full list of nominees or to view other D.C. establishments that made the list, visit the James Beard Foundation website. Winners will be announced in May.

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