Rutger de Vink of RdV Vineyards in Delaplane was nominated for Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Producer. He found himself on the list in 2019 as well, but the 2019 award went to Rob Tod of Allagash Brewing Company in Portland, Maine.
Two newcomers to the scene have also been nominated, including Mama Chang (named No. 5 on our latest 50 Best Restaurants list) for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (D.C., DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA). The Fairfax restaurant’s kitchen is helmed by owners Peter and Lisa Chang. The sister restaurant to Peter Chang, Mama Chang has also become a favorite of The Washington Post’s Tom Sietsema.
Thompson Italian, owned by New York restaurateurs Katherine and Gabe Thompson, came in to the NoVA dining scene in 2019 with a splash. The Falls Church restaurant is known for being welcoming to all without the requirement of reservations, and has landed in the Outstanding Pastry Chef category for Katherine’s divine desserts. To learn more about the local restaurant, check out our feature, or find it on our 50 Best Restaurants list from 2019.
Finalists will be announced on Wednesday, March 25, so be sure to stay tuned by subscribing to our weekly Food newsletter to stay up to date.
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