Gustavus restaurant receives national culinary award

Spruce tip syrup and beach asparagus aren’t found on many menus, but they are staples on the dining room tables of the Gustavus Inn.

The inn provides full-service lodging, travel booking and three meals a day for its guests-meals that haven’t gone unnoticed. Last month, the Gustavus Inn was named a recipient of the 2010 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics Award. The honor is bestowed to five restaurants per year by one of the country’s most distinguished recognition programs in the eating industry.

The award came as a surprise to owners Dave and JoAnn Lesh, who don’t know who nominated their restaurant for the award.

“We hadn’t even known about the James Beard Foundation, much less think we’d ever have an award for cooking the food that we like to eat ourselves,” Dave said.

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