Well, the news from NYC last night wasn’t good. Our favorite chef at the James Beard Awards didn’t win the Best Chef Southeast prize – of course, Mike Lata still cooks a mean short rib and has the freshest greens in town. It’s an honor for Lata, FIG, and Charleston to even be chosen as a nominee and I would anticipate that this is the first of many trips for him to the Big Apple soiree. Nominations like this give legitimacy to a restaurant scene that has long deserved more attention in the national spotlight. Let me be the first to publicly say that fellow nominee John Fleer, who recently left The Inn at Blackberry Farm, would make a stout addition to the Charleston scene. Ya’ here me John-Boy?