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The Grammys might have been all the buzz this weekend, but for many Richmond restauranteurs, a different ceremony took the spotlight.

Richmond Magazine hosted its first Elbys awards ceremony this weekend at the Virginia Historical Society to honor the top restaurants in the area.

Restaurants in Carytown, the Fan, Carver, Church Hill and other parts of Richmond, along with their owners, were nominated in nine categories.

Here are the winners:

Fine Dining Restaurant: Lemaire

Neighborhood Restaurant: The Black Sheep

New Restaurant: The Roosevelt

Wine Program: Secco Wine Bar

Beverage Program: Balliceaux

Restaurant Visionaries: Ren Mefford and Chris Tsui of The Blue Goat, Wild Ginger, Osaka and Sushi-O

Pastry Chef: Josh Gaulin of Acacia mid-town

Rising Culinary Star: Caleb Shriver of Aziza’s

Chef of the Year: Dale Reitzer of Acacia mid-town

The award ceremony is named after French chef and Richmonder Paul Elbling. The restaurants were nominated  by 25 industry professionals and food writers.

See all the nominees here.

The Grammys might have been all the buzz this weekend, but for many Richmond restauranteurs, a different ceremony took the spotlight.

Richmond Magazine hosted its first Elbys awards ceremony this weekend at the Virginia Historical Society to honor the top restaurants in the area.

Restaurants in Carytown, the Fan, Carver, Church Hill and other parts of Richmond, along with their owners, were nominated in nine categories.

Here are the winners:

Fine Dining Restaurant: Lemaire

Neighborhood Restaurant: The Black Sheep

New Restaurant: The Roosevelt

Wine Program: Secco Wine Bar

Beverage Program: Balliceaux

Restaurant Visionaries: Ren Mefford and Chris Tsui of The Blue Goat, Wild Ginger, Osaka and Sushi-O

Pastry Chef: Josh Gaulin of Acacia mid-town

Rising Culinary Star: Caleb Shriver of Aziza’s

Chef of the Year: Dale Reitzer of Acacia mid-town

The award ceremony is named after French chef and Richmonder Paul Elbling. The restaurants were nominated  by 25 industry professionals and food writers.

See all the nominees here.

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Tom Depcrynski
Tom Depcrynski
10 years ago

I really think you mist the boat on Can Can. it’s still the best place to go and the service is outstanding, where else to you get treated like they are happy to see you and ask if you really enjoyed and actually cared!!Dinning is about the entire experience. Amy you need to do a little more research to be a true critic.

john paul
john paul
10 years ago

Hey Tom, I think you missed the boat on Amy’s role here. 25 industry professionals made Elbys nominations and 9 judges made the decisions. Amy covered the story here for BizSense. As she mentioned in the second sentence, the awards were hosted by Richmond Magazine. Why don’t you take your beef up with Richmond Magazine?
I agree that Can Can is a treasure of this city; but I don’t think your jab at this article’s author is at all appropriate.
Thanks Amy for covering the Elbys results impartially.

Tom Depcrynski
Tom Depcrynski
10 years ago
Reply to  john paul

Paul, you may be write about Amy but maybe a little research on those “professionals” might lead to another conclusion!. Sometimes newby’s don’t get the whole truth but this was no a knock on her, maybe just a suggestion for both Biz and her in investigative reporting. Like who were those judges and how they were selected, that would add credibility to the article. again no knock on Amy, I am sure she is a very nice person. One of my son’s has a degree in journalism but does not have the background of this pole. Thanks for your input.

Casey Quinlan
Casey Quinlan
10 years ago

Great list – no surprise, since the finalist list was so terrific. Richmond is a foodie paradise, with the only downside being those who hew to a few favorites and seem reluctant to try any of the new kids in town (paging Tom …?). Delighted to see every name on this list, most particularly Ren Mefford and Chris Tsui, who seem to be unable to stop opening great restaurants. The only thing that kept me from being in the room to celebrate the winners was a vicious head cold. I hope to be Elby-bound next year, to celebrate more folks… Read more »

Marie Bronson
Marie Bronson
10 years ago

I was at the Elbys and I have to say that it was well attended for a first time event. But what I really loved was the Culinary students serving the desserts. The food was not so good but the sweets were out of this world! The students from Culinard(I guess a new school in Richmond) were informative and very passionate about the industry. It was great to see the people striving one day to be on the stage be apart of the event.

Susan Martinson
Susan Martinson
10 years ago

A wonderful event – well-executed and exciting, with a creative President’s Day theme. Nice job Richmond magazine and congratulations to all the winners and nominees. They’re all on my must-visit list for certain now!