Michael Smith, owner of both Michael Smith and Extra Virgin is a semi-finalist for the James Beard Outstanding Chef Award,
and Colby Garrelts (who owns bluestem with his lovely wife Megan) is a semi-finalist for the Best Chef: Midwest.
And while this spot is gourmet, it's gourmet burgers. Mr. Blandings and I attended an event at Blanc Burgers + Bottles last night in their new location at Mission Farms and it was terrif. We were already fans of the Westport location, but, you know, it's cold so we went South.