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Cave Creek restaurant among award nominees

Staff Report~ 4/16/2014

The Arizona Restaurant Association has announced 30 finalists across 10 categories for the second annual Foodist Awards, and at least one Cave Creek restaurant was chosen from a bank of nearly 150 nominees.
This year’s awards program will be at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia on April 24 at 7 p.m.
The annual affair offers an evening of revelry and celebration for industry veterans to come together to commemorate the growth of the culinary landscape within Arizona.
“We are never surprised by the innovation and talent consistently emerging in our state,” said Steve Chucri, president of Arizona Restaurant Association. “The nominations are always astounding – every single one worthy of the award … I’m confident that both the industry and its fans will recognize the quality of the candidates in each category.”
The finalists for the 2014 Foodist Awards are as follows:
Uniquely Arizona:
Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House
Food Pioneer:
Sam Fox, FOX Restaurant Concepts
Craig DeMarco and Lauren Bailey, Upward Projects
Joe Johnston, Joe’s Real BBQ/Liberty Market
Top Chef:
Charlene Badman, FnB
Cullen Campbell, Crudo
Gio Osso, Virtù
Master Mixologist:
Stephanie Teslar, Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails and Hotel Palomar
Andrew Record, Kadence Restaurant Group (Tucson)
Micah Olson, Bar Crudo
Good Neighbor:
The Vig
Upward Projects
Community Kitchen
Emerging Restaurant of the Year:
The Henry
The Original Chop Shop
Outstanding Restaurant Concept:
 Outstanding Food Truck:
Hao Bao
Lobster Lady
Nogales Hot Dogs
 Outstanding Multiple-Location Restaurant:
Postino Wine Café
Pita Jungle
Best Dish “Steak”
Bourbon Steak
Donovan’s Steak & Chop House