Rhode Island’s James Beard Awards Semifinalists Have Always Been on Our Radar

A look back at coverage in Hey Rhody Media Co. magazines offers culinary context


When the 2024 James Beard Awards Semifinalists were announced on January 24, all of us at Hey Rhody Media Co. were delighted but not surprised. We’ve been following these fabulous eateries, their chefs and culinary and beverage teams, all along. Provided below is an easy-to-reference menu of articles to provide some history and context to these stellar examples of Ocean State creative cuisine.

Outstanding Restaurant:

Bywater, Warren

Executive Chef: Luke Mersfelder 

Owner: Katie Dickson

Beloved Bakeshop Returns to Water Street

Emerging Chef: 

Sky Kim of Gift Horse, Providence

Providence’s Oberlin Expands with Gift Horse

Best New Restaurant: 

Tuxpan Taqueria, Central Falls

Chef/Owner, Diego Alcantar

A Foodie’s Tour of Central Falls 

Outstanding Hospitality: 

Giusto, Newport

Chef/Owner, Kevin O’Donnell

An Italian Eatery in Newport Specializes in Seafood and Pasta

Outstanding Bar: 

Courtland Club, Providence

Founder/Director, Jason Shechtman

DIY Rhody Rom Com: Ideas for Planning Your Own Perfect Valentine’s Day

Best Chef: Northeast

Maria Meza | Dolores, Providence

Track 15 Food Hall Set to Transform Providence’s Union Station

Basil Yu | Yagi Noodles, Newport

Meet the Chefs Taking Rhode Island’s Food Scene by Storm

Peter Carvelli | Foglia, Bristol

Bristol’s Foglia Elevates Plant-Based Eats

Subat Dilmurat | Jahunger, Providence

Valentine’s Dates in Providence for All Tastes

Andy Teixeira | Newport Vineyards, Middletown

Wine Lover’s Guide to the East Bay

What is The James Beard Award?

Earning a James Beard Award is a monumental achievement that can catapult chefs and restaurants to new heights. Named after the legendary American chef, James Beard, these awards recognize excellence across various categories while also championing sustainability, community, and diversity within the culinary arts. The foundation ensures a meticulous and transparent process, from nominations to the grand revelation of winners, to uphold the sanctity of the award, making it a symbol of culinary distinction that spotlights the brightest talents in the American food industry.

The journey to the coveted James Beard Award is a competitive culinary marathon. It begins with an open call for nominations, followed by a comprehensive review by an independent committee, typically including past winners and industry connoisseurs. The semifinalists, typically announced in January, undergo careful examination by a panel of judges composed of past winners and industry experts.


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