FIG and Hanna Raskin move on to the James Beard award finals



We were crossing our fingers for Kevin Johnson, Shuai Wang, Mike Lata, David Howard, Cynthia Wong, Ann Marshall, and Scott Blackwell to make the shortlist for the James Beard awards, but no dice. Out of the seven Charleston semifinalists, the only nominee to move forward to the James Beard award finals is FIG for Outstanding Wine Program. Perhaps author and food journalist Marion Sullivan to put it best asking on Twitter, "Is the bloom off the rose for Charleston and Beard Foundation?"

Might be.

What we do know is that FIG will face-off against San Francisco's Benu, Seattle's Canlis, New Orleans' Emeril's, and Atlanta's Miller Union. This is the second year FIG has made it to the finals in this category.

But for our lack of placement in the cheffy categories, there was one well-deserved nom in today's announcement. Post & Courier's Food Editor and Chief Critic Hanna Raskin was named a nominee for Local Impact reporting, a new category added this year.

Raskin's work on “‘Free crabs!’”, “A Significant Goodbye”, and “Feeding the Prison System”  were recognized in the 2017 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards. Joining her in the Local Impact category is the work of Burlington, Vt.'s Seven Days writer Hannah Palmer Egan and Andrea Weigl of Raleigh's The News & Observer.

In response to her nomination Raskin tweeted, "Really grateful to @beardfoundation for recognizing good ol' populist food journalism. Humbled. Congrats to every nominee in every category!"

The James Beard Media Awards Dinner will take place Tuesday, April 25 at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City. The James Beard Awards Gala will take place Mon. May 1 at Lyric Opera in Chicago where Bertha's Kitchen will also be recognized as an American Classic.

Find the full list of finalists at

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