Tucson’s Barrio Bread and El Charro are James Beard Award semifinalists

The James Beard Foundation just put out its annual list of semifinalists for the most prestigious award in the food world — and Tucson made the cut.

Don Guerra of Barrio Bread is one of 20 semifinalists in the Outstanding Baker category. And El Charro Café is up for an Outstanding Restaurant award, which honors restaurants with 10 or more consecutive years in business.

“I’m elated. It’s just surreal,” Guerra said over the phone this morning from his small bakery in the historic Broadway Village. “I’m truly thankful for my community to put me in the spotlight. … It just really validates my choice of starting a community-supported bakery.”

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