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<strong>NORTH BAY</strong>: <strong>James Beard finalists announced</strong>

The James Beard Foundation has announced the finalists for the 2014 James Beard Awards, with several notable names from Wine Country making the cut.

For the cookbook awards, John Ash's "Culinary Birds" was nominated in the Single Subject Category, along with The Fatted Calf of Napa's Taylor Boetticher and Toponia Miller for "In the Charcuterie."

Chad Robertson of Tartine in San Franciso was nominated for "Tartine Book No. 3" in the category of Baking and Desserts.

For the restaurant awards, The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena made the cut for Outstanding Service, along with Quince in San Francisco.

Cindy Pawlcyn of Mustards Grill in Napa and Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen in St. Helena was nominated for Outstanding Restaurateur. Belinda Leong of B. Patisserie in San Franciso is in the running for Outstanding Pastry Chef.

The Slanted Door in San Francisco was nominated for Outstanding Restaurant, Bar Agricole in San Francisco was nominated for Outstanding Bar Program, and A16 in San Francisco got the nod for Outstanding Wine Program.

Several San Francisco chefs were nominated for Best Chef in the West: Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski of State Bird Provisions, Corey Lee of Benu and Daniel Patterson of Coi.

The 2014 James Beard Awards will be held in New York in early May. The Book awards and Restaurant and Chef awards will be announced May 5. <a href="http://jamesbeard.org" target="_blank">jamesbeard.org</a>.

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