Earlier this year Chef Ouita Michel was named a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurateur award. Michel did not advance to the short list of finalists, but it does not diminish the honor of recognition.  The finalists were named on May 4, “on the same day as the awards were to be presented in a gala ceremony in Chicago, an event that was postponed due to the coronavirus … The awards, which have been presented since 1990, are highly regarded in the industry and recognize excellence among independent operators in food, drink, service, restaurant design and more.” Retroactive congratulat ......Read more