Beard semifinalists announced

Feb. 19, 2013 @ 05:58 PM

Four local restaurants have been named semi-finalists for the 2013 James Beard Awards. The James Beard Foundation announced the choices Monday.

Local semi-finalists are:

- Best New Restaurant, Mateo Tapas, Durham

- Outstanding Restaurant, Lantern, Chapel Hill

- Outstanding Wine Program, Sean Lilly Wilson, Fullsteam, Durham

- Outstanding Pastry Chef, Phoebe Lawless, Scratch, Durham

The annual awards are part of the James Beard Foundation’s mission to educate the public about American food culture. Winners will be announced at a May 6 gala in New York.