Chef Krista Kerns Desjarlais of Bresca gets Beard nominee nod

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From eight semi-finalists from Maine for various James Beard awards, one has emerged as a finalist for Best Chef: Northeast, Krista Kerns. And if you thought it was difficult to get into Bresca before, just try to land a table now! I love the big flavors that emerge from this tiny Mediterranean-flavored spot, adjacent to the Portland Police building on Middle Street. So tiny, it’s easy to miss. One word: Don’t.