Local favorites The Roosevelt, Metzger Bar and Butchery, Nota Bene, Stroops Heroic Dogs, and Triple Crossing Brewing, Ardent Craft Ales are all 2017 Elbys awards nominees, Richmond Magazine’s annual recognition of “excellence in the Richmond region’s restaurant community”. The Sixth Annual Elby Awards will recognize a winner from every category all chosen by a cadre of industry professionals, Richmond region food writers, culinary instructors and food society members. Edwuan Whitehead of Stroops Heroic Dogs is up for “Employee of the Year”, as are Beth Dixon (Pasture), Michael Smith (Laura Lee’s), Hosea Roberts (Rappahannock), and Mary Triplett (Heritage). Nota Bene is up for “Best New Restaurant” alongside Laura Lee’s, Shagbark, and Spoonbread Bistro. The born-in-Church Hill Ardent Craft Ales and new-to-Fulton Triple Crossing Brewing Company have been nominated for “Brewery of the Year”, with Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and The Veil Brewing Co. The Roosevelt and Metzger Bar & Butchery have been nominated for “Restaurant of the Year”, along with Heritage and L’Opossum. Brittanny Anderson of Metzger Bar & Butchery is up for “Chef of the Year”, as are Walter Bundy of Shagbark, David Shannon of L’Opossum, and Joe Sparatta from Heritage. The Roosevelt is nominated for “Cocktail Program of the Year”, with Heritage, Pasture, and The Rogue Gentlemen. The awards ceremony for the Richmond’s restaurant scene will be Sunday, February 19, 2017, at the Altria Theater.