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Braveheart Black Angus Beef to Sponsor James Beard Foundation Awards Gala Reception

PERFORMANCE Foodservice and Braveheart® Black Angus Beef are taking center stage as an official sponsor of the 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards gala reception in Chicago on May 4. The event follows the ceremony for the prestigious restaurant industry awards, which recognize culinary excellence from across the United States.

Chef Derin Moore, CMC, of Performance Foodservice—Milton’s and chef Ron Warner from Performance Foodservice—Lester will be preparing and serving Braveheart beef to approximately 2,000 guests at the black-tie reception immediately following the awards ceremony hosted by chef and food personality Alton Brown. The event will also feature more than a dozen former James Beard Award recipients showcasing dishes that highlight the diverse food scene across America.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for us to showcase Braveheart to many of the top chefs and culinary professionals in the country," said Dave Flitman, President & CEO of Performance Foodservice. "We will make a great impression and demonstrate that Braveheart is the highest quality, PathProven™ Angus beef product available."

The James Beard Awards recognize culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their fields and further the Foundation's mission to celebrate, nurture and honor America's diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire.

This year's awards take on special significance as the event celebrates its 25th anniversary and is being held for the first time outside of New York City. More than 34,000 online entries were submitted in 21 categories. We are proud to announce that two of our customers were named as finalists:  

Outstanding Chef:

Sean Brock, Husk, Charleston, SC

Best Chef Southwest

Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue, Austin

 James Beard Foundation America's Classics Award:

Sally Bell's Kitchen, Richmond, VA

We also had a host of customers who were named as semifinalists:

Outstanding Restaurant

Fore Street, Portland, ME

Outstanding Restaurateur

Garrett Harker, Boston (Island Creek Oyster Bar and Eastern Standard Kitchen are both customers)

Outstanding Service

One Flew South, Atlanta

Outstanding Wine Program

Annie Gunn's, Chesterfield, MO

McCrady's, Charleston, SC

Rising Star

Erik Bruner-Yang, Toki Underground, Washington D.C.

Nic Gonwa, Eatery A, Des Moines, IA

Best Chef Great Lakes

Eric Heath, Cleveland-Heath, Edwardsville, IL

Best Chef Mid-Atlantic

Lee Gregory, The Roosevelt, Richmond, VA

Angelo Vangelopoulos, The Ivy Inn, Charlottesville, VA

Best Chef Midwest

Kevin Nashan, Sidney Street Café, St. Louis

Ben Poremba, Elaia, St. Louis

Kevin Willmann, Farmhaus, St. Louis

Sean Wilson, Proof, Des Moines, IA

Best Chef Northeast

Tyler Anderson, Millwright's, Simsbury, CT

Masa Miyake, Miyake, Portland, ME

Best Chef NYC

Mark Ladner, Del Posto

Seamus Mullen, Tertulia

Cesar Ramirez, Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare

Best Chef South

Slade Rushing, Brennan's, New Orleans

Brian Whittington, Restaurant Orsay, Jacksonville, FL

Best Chef Southeast

Todd Ginsberg, The General Muir, Atlanta

Congratulations to all our nominated restaurants and thank you for choosing Performance Foodservice!


About Performance Food Group:
Through its leading family of foodservice distributors – Performance Foodservice, Vistar and PFG Customized Distribution, Performance Food Group, Inc. (PFG) delivers over 150,000 national and proprietary-branded food and food-related products to the locations of more than 150,000 independent and national chain restaurants, quick-service eateries, pizzerias, theaters, schools, hotels, health care facilities and other institutions. The company currently employs more than 12,000 people throughout the United States. For more information, visit

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