A handful of Indiana restaurant and brewing professionals are in the running for major national recognition. Semi-finalists for the New York-based James Beard Foundation's annual restaurant and chef awards include brewers from Munster and chefs from Indianapolis and Bloomington. The Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional category includes:
Mike Floyd, Nick Floyd, and Simon Floyd of Three Floyds Brewing Co. in Munster.
Best Chef in the Great Lakes Region semi-finalists include:
Micah Frank of Black Market in Indianapolis
Greg Hardesty of Recess in Indianapolis
Daniel Orr of FARMbloomington in Bloomington
David Tallent of Restaurant Tallent in Bloomington
Source: The James Beard Foundation