It’s always an energetic time at both State Bird Provisions and its sister restaurant, The Progress, in San Francisco’s Western Addition. Tonight should bring lots of toasts now that the 2015 James Beard Award finalists are out. Congrats to chef/co-owner Stuart Brioza, who was featured in the March/April issue of Haute Living, and his pastry chef wife Nicole Krasinski. Their latest eatery, The Progress, is among the seven finalists for Best New Restaurant [State Bird Provisions won in 2013] and the dynamic duo are also finalists for Best Chef: West, a category San Francisco dominated thanks to Matthew Accarrino of SPQR and Corey Lee of Benu also being among the five finalists.
Surprisingly, no Bay Area restaurants received love for Outstanding Restaurant or Outstanding Chef finalists, but the region was well-represented in plenty of other categories from service to mixology to pastry. Read on to find out what other kings and queens are finalists.