East Bayites Nominated for Saucy Awards

The annual awards honor top Bay Area tastemakers.


Kristan Lawson

East Bayites are among the nominees for the Golden Gate Restaurant Association's third annual Saucy Awards. 

Honoring the Bay Area's top tastemakers and most talented hospitality professionals, "the Saucy Awards celebrates the culinary industry in the San Francisco Bay Area. These awards are nominated by and voted on among restaurant industry professionals who have built a world-class culinary community, and here at the GGRA we think it’s important to honor their achievements,” said GGRA executive director Gwyneth Borden.

East Bay nominees include chef-restaurateur Nite Yun, owner of Oakland's Nyum Bai, in the Rising Star Chef of the Year category; Hayward-based Alicia's Tamales and Emeryville-based Likha Eats in the Exceptional Non-Brick-and-Mortar Restaurant of the Year category; Oakland's Mr. Espresso and Concord-based Tsar Nicoulai Caviar in the Outstanding Industry Service Provider/Partner category; and Oakland-based The Hog's Apothecary in the Beer Program of the Year category.

Presented by San Francisco Magazine, the People's Choice Award is now live. At this link, food fans of all kinds, including you, can nominate and then vote for their favorite restaurants. Nominations will remain open until Nov. 1, and all restaurants in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Sonoma counties are eligible. 

Nominees in the Restaurateur of the Year category include Anjan and Emily Mitra, owners of DOSA, which has locations in both San Francisco and Oakland.

A complete list of nominees can be viewed here.

Winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony in San Francisco's Herbst Theater on Nov. 12, with San Francisco mayor London Breed as keynote speaker.

“There are so many wonderful things happening in the restaurant community here in the Bay Area, and in the last five-plus years they have accelerated so quickly," Borden said.

"We wanted to create awards at a local level to recognize the abundance of local talent.”

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