Canlis restaurant in Queen Anne Seattle is up for two awards in the James Beard Foundation Awards, in the “Outstanding Restaurant” and “Outstanding Wine Service” categories. The James Beard Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “celebrate, nurture and preserve America’s diverse culinary heritage and future”. Every year, nominees can make their own entries for any number of categories. Canlis has been nominated once before, but did not win. Those who have had the pleasure of dining at Canlis I’m sure would agree with the nomination. Canlis isn’t the only entity that has been nominated for a James Beard Award. That’s right, local chef and entrepreneur Tom Douglas is nominated this year (and last!) in the “Outstanding Restaurateur Award” who owns a variety of Seattle restaurants including Dahlia Bakery and Lounge, Etta’s, Lola, Palace Kitchen, and the oh-so-good Serious Pie. A number of other Seattle chefs have been nominated in the “Best Chef: Northwest” category, and a Kirkland chef,Holly Smith, is nominated for “Outstanding Chef” and her restaurant Café Juanita for “Outstanding Restaurant”. It’s so exciting knowing that Seattle truly is a great food capitol, bringing diverse and excellent dining options and opening new places so frequently. Congratulations to all the nominees and good luck. See a full list of nominees and past winners here.