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Earlton chef named James Beard Awards semifinalist

Feb 20, 2013 12:15 am
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="278"] Damon Baehrel

Steve Barnes writes in the Times Union Damon Baehrel of The Basement Bistro in Earlton, has been named a semifinalist for the 2013 James Beard Awards. The only other non-New York City Beard Award nominees in the state are Yono’s restaurant in Albany, the founders of Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown and a Lake Placid chef. Baehrel is among 21 semifinalists for Best Chef: Northeast. Basement Bistro is located literally in the lower level of Baehrel's home. The restaurant was established in 1989, and notoriously difficult to secure a table for. Its Web site says, “Guests dining now have been waiting since 2007-2010 for the most part. … Reservations are not available for the same day, week or month nor can we accommodate walk-ins. It is not unusual for guests to wait many months or even years to secure a reservation.” The James Beard Foundation Awards were established in 1990 and are often called "The Oscars of Food." Finalists will be announced March 18 and winners on May 6. Read the full story in the Times Union.