Brassica Kitchen Chefs, and Jamaica Plain’s Tiffani Faison Named James Beard Semifinalists

The James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards are regarded as some of the top awards a restaurant and chef can earn, and this year a Jamaica Plain restaurant, and a Jamaica Plain resident, are semifinalists. Jamaica Plain resident Tiffani Faison, who is often a judge on Food Network's Chopped, was honored as a semifinalist for her restaurant Orfano. Faison was previously named a James Beard Finalist for Best Chef: Northeast in 2018, 2019, and 2020.  

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Jeremy Kean and Philip Kruta of Brassica Kitchen + Cafe were also named semifinalists as Best Chef: Northeast. Click here for a full list of all James Beard Semifinalists.


Outdoor Dining Begins March 22 in Boston

Let's hope Boston sees a lot of warm days starting next week as outdoor dining will begin March 22, which is earlier than initially planned. The city has received more than 434 applications of which at least 215 have been approved. Last year more than 550 requests for outdoor dining were granted with 415 on public property. According to the city's website, eight Jamaica Plain restaurants have been approved for outdoor dining: Brassica Kitchen and Cafe; Brendan Behan Pub; Casa Verde; Jeanie Johnston; Little Dipper; Monumental Market; Soup Shack JP; and Tres Gatos. Outdoor dining was initially planned to begin April 1.