Bottega misses out on James Beard Outstanding Hospitality Award

Frank and Pardis Stitt
Pardis and Frank Stitt – Bottega Favorita (Bham Now)

First-time nominee Bottega Restaurant did not win the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Hospitality tonight in Chicago, but they’re taking it all in stride with grace and class.

“We are honored Bottega was one of five restaurants nominated for Outstanding Hospitality at the Beard Awards this evening. The team will continue to welcome guests with grace, sincerity and knowledge and share our love of food and wine.”

Pardis Stitt, co-owner of Bottega said in a statement to Bham Now

What is the James Beard Awards?

Called the Oscars of the culinary world, the James Beard Awards were established in 1990 by the James Beard Foundation to “recognize culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their fields and furthers the foundation’s mission to celebrate, nurture and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse and sustainable for everyone.” 

The Quarry, a restaurant from the small town of Monson, Maine (population 670, according to the owner of the restaurant!) took home the 2023 hospitality award.

Birmingham’s Rich Culinary History

Frank Stitt
Highlands Bar & Grill on November 23, 2022. (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

Despite missing out on the award tonight, Birmingham restaurants, chefs and Pardis and Frank Stitt have been honored multiple times by the James Beard Foundation. Here is a list of our local award winners:

  • Adam Evans, Automatic Seafood & Oysters —Best Chef: South (2022)

In 2024, is there a chef or restaurant in Birmingham primed to win a James Beard Award? Tell us on social media who you like by tagging us @bhamnow 

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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