Oh, and for those in my neck of the woods, take heed to the little factoid that the ulterior epicure pointed out.
One notable change in this year's categories: they've bifurcated the "Midwest" states (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI) and the "Great Lakes" states (IL, IN, MI, OH) categories. No offense, Illinois, but you know, you all were hogging the awards for the middle of the country. The way Chicago's been performing, lately, I wouldn't be surprised if you all got your own category next year! Now, maybe some local Kansas City chefs can close in on an award!
So get out America and Rock the Vote this election Tuesday!
The nominees have been announced.
As have the Winners of the 2007 James Beard Awards.