The Fan Elby nominees

Heritage leads with four nominations, including Restaurant of the Year.

Every year the local dining and drinking elite gather to celebrate the best in Richmond with the Elbys. Nominations are provided by 40 industry professionals, writers, critics and last year’s winners. The winner is determined by three judges that are imported from outside the Richmond area.

Winners will be announced Sunday, January 25th at Studio 54-themed Elbys ceremony at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The full list can be found here and a list of local nominees is below.

Restaurant of the Year

Best New Restaurant

Richmond Stalwart

Chef of the Year

  • Joe Sparatta of Heritage

Employee of the Year

  • Michael Verner of Heritage

Cocktail Program

  • Heritage

Wine Program

  • Acacia mid-town
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Richard Hayes

When Richard isn’t rounding up neighborhood news, he’s likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest craft beer.

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