By Liz Petoniak / Photographs from Alaina Webber, Bar Marco
Our local culinary masterminds have once again placed Pittsburgh on the map for this year’s James Beard Awards, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015. Most notably, the foundation named Bar Marco’s Chef Jamilka Borges a “Rising Star of the Year” semi-finalist. In addition to contributing to the restaurant’s forward-thinking, seasonal, and sustainable menu, Borges also curates the tasting menu in The Wine Room, an intimate, multiple course and wine-pairing dining experience (and one of our favorite gourmand memories to date) held in the old No. 7 Firehouse’s wine cellar. Prior to her two years in the kitchen at Bar Marco, the deserving chef, who originally hails from Puerto Rico, worked alongside Trevett Hooper, chef and owner of Legume, and attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Other local semi-finalists include Butcher and The Rye for Outstanding Bar Program, Cure’s Justin Severino for Best Chef — Mid-Atlantic, and Tom Baron and Bill Fuller for big Burrito Restaurant Group. Way to represent the ‘Burgh!