Meet the eight KC-area semifinalists for the 2019 James Beard Awards. They are, clockwise from top left: Colby (chef) and Megan Garrelts (pastry chef) of Bluestem; the Monarch Bar; Calvin Davis of Freshwater; Linda Duerr of the Restaurant at 1900; Taylor Petrehn of 1900 Barker Bakery & Cafe; Michael Corvino of Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room; and Nicholas Goellner of The Antler Room.
Meet the eight KC-area semifinalists for the 2019 James Beard Awards. They are, clockwise from top left: Colby (chef) and Megan Garrelts (pastry chef) of Bluestem; the Monarch Bar; Calvin Davis of Freshwater; Linda Duerr of the Restaurant at 1900; Taylor Petrehn of 1900 Barker Bakery & Cafe; Michael Corvino of Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room; and Nicholas Goellner of The Antler Room. File photos by The Star and Judy Revenaugh of Kansas City Spaces
Meet the eight KC-area semifinalists for the 2019 James Beard Awards. They are, clockwise from top left: Colby (chef) and Megan Garrelts (pastry chef) of Bluestem; the Monarch Bar; Calvin Davis of Freshwater; Linda Duerr of the Restaurant at 1900; Taylor Petrehn of 1900 Barker Bakery & Cafe; Michael Corvino of Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room; and Nicholas Goellner of The Antler Room. File photos by The Star and Judy Revenaugh of Kansas City Spaces

Joyce Smith has covered restaurant and retail news for The Star since 1989 under the brand Cityscape. She appreciates news tips.