ICYMI: Tarver King (Patowmack Farm) and Seng Luangrath (Padaek) among semifinalists for James Beard Awards

Food news, plus Virginia Governor’s Cup announces the 2018 gold medalists, including Casanel Vineyards & Winery.

Winemaker Katie DeSouza of Casanel Vineyards & Winery / Photo by Christin Boggs Peyper

If/when La Tosca in Arlington closes, the Ambar team is ready to take over the massive spot with Tacos, Tortas and Tequila (also opening in Silver Spring.) [Eater]

This year’s James Beard Award semifinalists include Tarver King of The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm and Seng Luangrath of Padaek for Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic and Diane Flynt of Foggy Ridge Cider for Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional. [more]

New England-style IPAs aren’t going anywhere, and Heritage Brewing releases its experimental honey version on Saturday. [Facebook]

Virginia Governor’s Cup announces the 2018 gold medalists—including NoVA’s Casanel Vineyards & Winery, Breaux Vineyards and Narmada Winery—with the Governor’s Cup Case winners announced Feb. 27. [Edible DC]

Chubby Squirrel Brewing, Fairfax’s first nanobrewery, will open this spring. [Eater]