Pictured from left, Roslyn Cole, Joshua Aidlin, and Adrienne Swiatocha of Aidlin Darling Design and Eng San Kho and Peter Tashjian of Love and War. (Photos: Kent Miller)
The event-soaked month of May rolls on! Last night, an elite mob of foodies descended upon Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall for the annual James Beard Foundation Awards, where chef-trepreneurs Tom Colicchio, Ming Tsai, and Traci Des Jardins served up coveted medals—which we’ve long suspected are chocolate-filled—to top chefs (and Top Chef itself, which won a best television show award for its seventh season), restaurants, and, yes, designers. San Francisco-based Aidlin Darling Design bested the competition in the restaurant design category for its work on Bar Agricole, housed in a dazzling and eco-friendly building that began its life in 1912 as a corrugated-zinc warehouse. Meanwhile, a hometown favorite won in the category of outstanding restaurant graphics, as Love and War took home a James Beard medal for graphic designer Katie Tully‘s swell branding for New York’s The National Bar and Dining Rooms (the project also recently snagged a silver cube from the Art Directors Club). Oh, and some chefs and fine dining establishments also got awards! Here’s the full list of winners.