Well Done, Farmstead

farmstead [Update, May 8: Farmstead closing June 1st. (ProJo) Well . . . good-bye then.]

It’s an honor just to be nominated. No really. If ever that statement has had any meaning, it has got to be in the context of the James Beard Awards.

The film industry has the Oscars, the music industry has the Grammy Awards. If you’re a chef or restaurateur, you want a James Beard Award medal around your neck.

Since 1990, the not-for-profit James Beard Foundation named after “the father of American cuisine,” has been honoring the outstanding names in the food and beverage industry.

Sorry to report that Providence restaurateur Matt Jennings lost out to Jamie Bissonnette (Coppa in Boston) in the “Best Chef: Northeast” division. The crew at Farmstead made it clear tonight that the two chefs are actually good friends and something of a mutual admiration society.

Another nominee with a Rhode Island connection was wd~50 in lower Manhattan, in the “Outstanding Restaurant” category. Native son Wylie Dufresne — the wd in the name, and one of the early practitioners of molecular gastronomy — got name-checked recently in “Silicon Valley” — a tech billionaire had flown in his “liquid shrimp” for a party.

So, big congrats to Matt Jennings for making it into that most prestigious arena. And if you haven’t already, head over to Farmstead in Wayland Square for some fantastic food.

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