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Seattle's James Beard Award Nominees; Where to Get the Best Cocktails

This week's top hits from Eater Seattle, Curbed's sibling bar, restaurant, and nightlife blog.

EATER MAPS -- As a complement to Eater's Heatmap on where to grab a bite right now, Eater's Cocktail Heatmap focuses on the hottest places to sip boozy concoctions. These establishments are home to Seattle's most brilliant bartending minds, the ones who are generating buzz for their creativity, quality, and overall dedication to their craft. And the result is damn fine cocktails that are sure to keep the bar stools warm for years to come.

EVENTWIRE -- Seattle Wine and Food Experience is back for its seventh year this Sunday; they'll try and make you so full of wine and food, you'll forget you have to work the next day. With 26 restaurants, 25 specialty food distributors, and somewhere around 600 wines, you should probably take a cab—and the next day off. Eater has a few suggestions on what to eat and where to go.

AWARDS SEASON -- The James Beard Foundation has released their list of semifinalists for this year's Restaurant and Chef Awards. Seattle — or, more accurately, the Greater Seattle area — is well represented, with at least one nominee in every category. Some are familiar faces when it comes to these awards (ahem, Canlis), but there are a few surprising, first-time nominees as well. Eater has the full list of local names.