Arizona Restaurant Association Announces the Finalists for the Inaugural Foodist Awards

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Finalists for the 2013 Foodist Awards include (clockwise from top left): Cullen Campbell, Silvana Salcido Esparza, Richie Moe, and Brad and Kat Moore
2013 has already seen the birth of one new food and beverage industry awards. This time, it's the Arizona Restaurant Association's turn to give props to "industry players embody the pursuit -- the achievement -- of excellence."

See also:
- Chef Kevin Binkley a Finalist for James Beard Award
- New Ripe Awards Rotten for Some Foodies

They're calling them the Foodist Awards and they've already announced the finalists for the nine categories of awards.

Not sure what a "foodist" is? Well, they're defining it as "a collective of like-minded food worshipers. A Foodist breathes and sleeps in order to eat and drink. They are bona fide food fans -- those who immerse themselves in the artistry of the food industry."

And the categories the awards are as follows:

Food Pioneer...given for dedication and leadership that has helped transform Arizona's restaurant scene into today's vibrant restaurant industry.

Top Chef ...given to an Executive Chef or Chef de Cuisine who demonstrates consistent standards of excellence and continues to break new ground while enhancing the dining experience.

Good Neighbor...given to an individual or restaurant who demonstrates exceptional community service and charitable involvement.

Master Mixologist...given to the bartender/mixologist that consistently strives to "raise the bar" for their restaurant or beverage program.

Emerging Restaurant...for an "up and coming" restaurant that demonstrates exemplary talent, shows innovation and distinguishes itself as a pacesetter.

Restaurant Concept...given to the "crème de la crème" of restaurant concepts.

Outstanding Food Truck...given to the Food Truck who demonstrates consistent standards of excellence and continues to break new ground while enhancing the mobile dining experience.

Uniquely Arizona...recognizes the restaurant that has helped shaped Arizona's culinary landscape. Restaurant must be unique to Arizona.

Multiple Location Restaurant...given to a restaurant concept with multiple locations who demonstrates consistent standards of excellence and continues to break new ground while enhancing the dining experience.

The finalists are:

Location Info

Beckett's Table

3717 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Binkley's Restaurant

6920 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ

Category: Restaurant

America's Taco Shop - CLOSED

4447 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Crudo

3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Postino Wine Cafe

3939 E. Campbell Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Emerson Fry Bread

, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Barrio Cafe

2814 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Province at the Westin Hotel

333 N. Central, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Culinary Dropout at The Yard

5632 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Macayo's Depot Cantina

300 S. Ash Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Razz's Restaurant & Bar

10315 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Searsucker

6900 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Short Leash Dogs

, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Citizen Public House

7111 E. 5th Ave. Ste. E., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Nogales Hot Dog

1945 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Mabel's on Main - CLOSED

7018 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

St. Francis

111 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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BriaAZ
BriaAZ

Wow, you guys really turned me off to new times.  Were supposed to build up the economy, not tear down restaurants within the first week of being open!

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