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Milwaukee drag queen Trixie Mattel is nominated for a James Beard Award (yes, really)

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Justin Carlisle of Ardent

This is the fourth year in a row that Carlisle has been nominated for a James Beard Award for Ardent. The fine-dining spot on Farwell Ave. with a seasonal menu was a semifinalist for Best New Restaurant, a national award, in 2014.

Karen Bell of Bavette La Boucherie

This is Karen Bell’s first James Beard nomination for her contemporary cafe and butcher shop, Bavette La Boucherie, which offers sustainable and local meats prepared lovingly for their daily menu and for sale.

The James Beard culinary winners will be announced on May 7 in Chicago.

The media awards will be presented April 27. Trixie’s nomination falls under this category.

In the video, Trixie (aka, Milwaukee-native Brian Firkus) makes a glittery “Peanut Butter and Don’t Be Jelly” sandwich. But, more expertly, she teaches us how to make a cocktail that involves lots of shots, a pixie stick and a wind-up toy.

Watch the video below.

 

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So is Karen Bell of Bavette La Boucherie and Justin Carlisle of Ardent

Of RuPaul’s Drag Race and Milwaukee drag fame, Trixie Mattel served bartender realness in a video with GQ last year called, “Trixie Mattel Makes a PB&J (and More Importantly, a Cocktail).” Now, she’s nominated for a James Beard Award in the Journalism category under Humor.

But, in all culinary seriousness, Milwaukee also has two nominees for Best Chef Midwest: Karen Bell of Bavette La Boucherie and Justin Carlisle of Ardent.