Stars of the Industry Awards Gala

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The 62nd Annual Stars of the Industry Awards Gala - Moonlight in Morocco took place Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. Congratulations again to all of our winners and thank you to everyone who joined us for this exciting evening!


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Event Details

The Stars of the Industry Awards Gala took place on Sunday, May 1st, 2016 from 5-10:00pm at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. With over 600 guests, some of the best restaurants in Maryland as well as the top foodservice industry professionals attended the foodservice industry’s most exciting event of the year!

Schedule of Events
The Stars of the Industry Awards Gala included the Spice of Life Cocktail Reception where guests enjoyed samplings from 12 member restaurants followed by a Moroccan-inspired dinner, cold cocktails, dancing and celebrating with the 2016 award winners.



Award Nominees

The Restaurant Association of Maryland Stars of the Industry Awards recognize excellence in the foodservice industry and commitment to the community. Congratulations again to all of our 2016 nominees.



Public Categories

The following award categories are voted on by the dining public.


    Favorite Restaurant:
    Favorite New Restaurant:
    Andy Nelson's Barbecue – Cockeysville
    Ananda – Fulton
    Applebee's – Statewide
    Encantada – Baltimore
    Founding Farmers – Potomac
    Pistarro's Ristorante – Frederick
    Lib's Grill – Perry Hall
    Preserve – Annapolis
    My Thai – Baltimore
    Ristorante Firenze – Reisterstown


    Chef of the Year,     Craft Brew Program of the Year,
    presented by Oracle:
    presented by Evolution Craft Brewing Company:
    Chris Amendola – Waterfront Kitchen
    Alewife – Baltimore
    Raynold Mendizabal – Urban Butcher
    Harrington's Pub & Kitchen – National Harbor
    Ted Stelzenmuller – Jack's Bistro
    Oscar's Alehouse – Eldersburg
    Michel Tersiguel – Tersiguel's
    Pizza Tugos Taproom – Ocean City
    Stephanie Wilson – Vintage
    The White Oak Tavern – Ellicott City


    Favorite Bar or Tavern:
    Wine & Beverage Program of the Year:
    Buffalo Wild Wings – Statewide
    Cunningham’s – Towson
    Bull on the Beach – Ocean City
    Liquid Assets Wine & Martini Bar – Ocean City
    Frank and Nic's West End Grille – Baltimore
    Mrs. K's Restaurant & Barrel Bar – Silver Spring
    Jimmy's Famous Seafood – Baltimore
    Mutiny Pirate Bar – Glen Burnie
    River Hill Sports Grille – Clarksville
    VIN 909 Winecafe – Annapolis


    Heart of the Industry,

    presented by CohnReznick:

    Ross Adams – AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar

    Brendan McCool – Victoria Gastro Pub

    Alex Osterhoudt – Rams Head Tavern



Members Only Categories

The following award categories are voted on by members of the Restaurant Association of Maryland.


    Restauranteur of the Year, presented by the     Allied Member of the Year,
    Maryland Restaurant & Hospitality Self Insurance Fund:
    Coastal Sunbelt Produce – represented by John Corso
    Kyle Algaze – Iron Rooster
    CohnReznick – represented by Greg Remeikis
    David Dopkin – Miss Shirley's Café & The Classic Catering People
    Congressional Seafood – represented by Tim Sughrue
    Joe Hospital – Dogfish Head Alehouse
    Ecolab – represented by Bryan Kight
    James King – Blackwall Hitch
    FoodBridge – represented by Kosmas "Tommie" Koukoulis
    John Liberatore – Liberatore's Ristorante & Catering



Honorary Awards

The following award categories are bestowed upon individuals for their success and contributions to Maryland foodservice Industry and to the Restaurant Association of Maryland.


    Brice & Shirley Phillips Lifetime Industry Achievement Award:     Maryland Hospitality Hall of Honor:
    Rob Beall – Ledo Pizza Systems
    Maggie's - Westminster

    Rusty Scupper - Baltimore
    The Otto Schellhase Award,     Shenanigan's Irish Pub & Grille – Ocean City
    Recognizing Service & Dedication to RAM:
    TJ's of Calverton Restaurant – Beltsville
    Bob Garner – Glory Days Grill
    Western Sizzlin Restaurant – Cumberland


    McCormick Cornerstone of the Industry Award:
    Glory Days Grill - Statewide

    Irish Restaurant Company – Annapolis

    Tabrizi's – Baltimore

    Tino's Italian Bistro – Columbia



Event Sponsors


Thank you to our generous sponsors for making the Stars of the Industry Awards Gala possible:



Title Sponsor Graphic
Gala 2016 Title Sponsor - McCormick For Chefs
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Gala 2016 Silver Sponsor - Sysco
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Gala 2016 Silver Sponsor - Congressional SeafoodGala 2016 Silver Sponsor - UnitedHealthcare
Category Sponsors Graphic
Gala 2016 Category Sponsor - CohnReznickGala 2016 Category Sponsor - Evolution Craft Brewing CompanyGala 2016 Category Sponsor - Maryland Restaurant and Hospitality Self Insurance FundGala 2016 Category Sponsor - Oracle
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Gala 2016 Bronze Sponsor - Coastal Sunbelt ProduceGala 2016 Bronze Sponsor - Global PaymentsGala 2016 Bronze Sponsor - Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant AssociationGala 2016 Bronze Sponsor - Samuels and Son Seafood CompanyGala 2016 Bronze Sponsor - State Auto Insurance CompaniesGala 2016 Bronze Sponsor - US FoodsGala 2016 Bronze Sponsor - Whiteford Taylor Preston
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Gala 2016 Jade Sponsor - Anne Arundel Community College - HCATGala 2016 Jade Sponsor - Blue CartGala 2016 Jade Sponsor - J.J. McDonnellGala 2016 Jade Sponsor - Royal Cup Coffee and Tea
Event Sponsors Graphic
Gala 2016 Event Sponsor - Entertainment ExchangeGala 2016 Event Sponsor - Flowers & FanciesGala 2016 Event Sponsor - FORMost EventsGala 2016 Event Sponsor - Gala ClothsGala 2016 Event Sponsor - Golia VodkaGala 2016 Event Sponsor - Innovative Party PlannersGala 2016 Event Sponsor - Julie Morici PhotographyGala 2016 Event Sponsor - Lanterna DistributorsGala 2016 Event Sponsor - Marriott Baltimore WaterfrontGala 2016 Event Sponsor - Mountain Valley Spring WaterGala 2016 Event Sponsor - National Bohemian

Spice of Life Cocktail Reception

Thank you to following restaurants for providing delicious samples during our Spice of Life Cocktail Reception:

 Participating Restaurants

 Akbar Restaurant
 Spinach Tikka
 Apropoe’s
 Stir Fried Moroccan Lamb Couscous
 The Classic Catering People
 Oyster Raw Bar, Steamed Jumbo Shrimp and Marinated Mussels
 Congressional Seafood
 “Blue Cat Slipper” - Blue Catfish Roll with Spicy Aioli and a Parsley Salad
 Da Mimmo's Italian Restaurant
 Shrimp Reganati
 Famous Dave's - Annapolis
 St. Louis-Style Pork Spareribs
 Golia Vodka
 Vodka Samples
 The James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant
 Smoked Salmon
 Jimmy’s Famous Seafood
 Seafood Quesadilla and Crabby Mac & Cheese
 J.J. McDonnell
 Oyster Raw Bar, Steamed Jumbo Shrimp and Marinated Mussels
 Kloby’s Smokehouse
 Brisket Tostada topped with Brussels Slaw, Chipotle Cream, Cilantro & Serrano
 Kooper’s Tavern
 Gonzo Sliders
 Lanterna Distributors
 Wine Samples
 My Thai
 Mango & Sticky Rice
 Royal Cup Coffee
 Nitrogen Infused Cold Brewed Coffee and Artisan Iced Tea