By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Feb 18, 2010 at 1:41 PM

The 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards restaurant and chef award semifinalists were announced today and Milwaukee has four reasons to cheer.

Sanford received a nomination in the "Outstanding Restaurant" category and two local chefs earned "Best Chef: Midwest" nods.

Nominated were Peggy Magister of Crazy Water in Walker's Point and Dan Van Rite of Hinterland in the Third Ward.

Sanford's  Justin Aprahamian was nominated in the Rising Star Chef of the Year.

The final nominations will be announced on March 22 at New Orleans' Palace Café.

Congratulations to the Milwaukee semifinalists!


Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.