The James Beard Foundation named Andrea Reusing, owner and chef of Lantern Restaurant, as the Best Chef in the Southeast. Only two other North Carolina chefs have ever won this award.
Lantern Restaurant, open since 2002, offers a unique hybrid of asian inspired dishes using local North Carolina foods. Reusing has also won other distinguished awards because of her commitment to using sustainably grown and sourced products at the restaurant.
Reusing just recently released her first cookbook - Cooking in the Moment.
The James Beard Foundation also honored Crook's Corner with an America's Classic Award. The award is given to only five establishments in the country that represent special and unique organizations that bring the community together through the love of quality food. Crook's Corner has been open since 1982, led by Chef Bill Smith and owner Gene Hamer.
Downtown Chapel Hill is honored to have these two amazing restaurants on West Franklin Street!