Time to pop bottles and clink drinks: This month, we’re celebrating the winners of the 2017 Feast 50 Awards! The August issue, which also marks Feast’s seventh anniversary, is our annual hat tip to the men and women who are defining the flavor of our region.

Each spring, we ask readers to vote for their favorite tastemakers in 50 categories in our Feast 50 Awards poll. More than 100,000 votes were cast by readers this year. We hope the awards serve as a must-try guide for Columbia – from best new restaurants to coffee roasters and barbecue joints – and we encourage you to give each of these spots a try. The winners featured in these pages are a reminder of the high standards and vision that local artisans and experts apply to their work. By putting an emphasis on quality and innovation, the people featured here are pushing the culinary scene forward – and the region is all the better (and we're better fed) for it.

Join us in raising a glass to all of the winners and runners-up in this year’s edition!

Written by Mallory Gnaegy, Catherine Neville, Heather Riske, Nancy Stiles and Jessica Vaughn

Editor's Note: Past year's winners were not up for consideration in the following three categories: Chef of the Year, Restaurant of the Year and Rising Star. To be considered for New Restaurant: Past Year, restaurants must have opened between March 2016 and February 2017.