Stars of the Industry Awards Gala

jimmys famous seafood employees enjoying the gala 2016 festivities
cirque awards gala 2017
Save the date for the 63rd Annual Stars of the Industry Awards Gala - Cirque.  Taking place at the Baltimore Renaissance Harborplace Hotel on Sunday, April 30, 2017, the evening will feature all the magic, mystery and splendor of a night under the big top.
  - Award Finalists
  - Gala Sponsors

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Event Details

The 63rd Annual Stars of the Industry Awards Gala- Cirque will take place on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at the Baltimore Renaissance Harborplace Hotel from 5:00-10:00pm. This magical night will feature a cocktail hour with food samples from local restaurants, a plated meal and of course- our Cirque performers! Best of all, our winners of the coveted Stars of the Industry Awards will be announced.

Voting Instructions:
Cast your vote for your favorite finalist in each of our coveted categories online and on Facebook. Each “like” on the official finalist’s photo on our Facebook page will count as a vote. The total number of votes on Facebook in addition to the total votes online will determine the winner. Only one vote per person per voting method for each category.

Tickets go on sale Monday, March 13. Individual tickets are $175.00. Standard (10) and Premium Tables are available starting at $1,750.00.

Public Categories

Nominations for the following categories were accepted until February 15th.

    Favorite Restaurant:
    Favorite New Restaurant:
    Iron Rooster - Annapolis
    Alchemy Elements - Bel Air
    Madrones - Frederick       Duck Duck Goose - Bethesda
    Mission BBQ - Statewide       RockSalt Grille - Westminster
    Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda       Sello's Italian Oven & Bar - Ocean City
    The Prime Rib - Baltimore       Slice New York Pizza - Baltimore
    Chef of the Year,     Craft Brew Program of the Year,
    presented by Oracle:       presented by Evolution Craft Brewing Company:
    George Batlas | Manor Tavern
    Frisco Tap House - Gambrills
    Brigitte Bledsoe | Miss Shirley's Cafe       Oscar's Alehouse - Eldersburg
    Scott Chambers | La Ferne Restaurant       Tapp'd - Bethesda
    Jeremy Hoffman | Preserve       The White Oak Tavern - Ellicott City
    Enzo Livia | Il Pizzico       World of Beer - Baltimore
    Favorite Bar or Tavern:
    Wine & Beverage Program of the Year:
    Dock Street Bar & Grill - Annapolis
    Bond Street Social - Baltimore
    Fish Head Cantina - Halethorpe       DRY 85 - Annapolis
    Harborside Bar & Grill - Ocean City       Jules - Ocean City
    Nottingham's - Columbia       The Tasting Room - Frederick
    The Point in Fells - Baltimore       Wine Market Bistro - Baltimore
    Heart of the Industry,

    Garret Hadel | Jimmy's Famous Seafood    
    Manny SanJuan | Captain Dan's Crabhouse    
    Hilary Hogarty | Elkridge Furnace Inn    

Members Only Categories

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

    Restaurateur of the Year, presented by the     Allied Member of the Year:
    Maryland Restaurant & Hospitality Self Insurance Fund:
    Business & Commercial Ventures | represented by Jerry Blumenthal
    Candace Beattie | Thames Street Oyster House
    DePalo's Mid-Atlantic Restaurant Supply | represented by Michael DePalo
    Bob Giaimo | Silver Diner
    Howard Bank | represented by Mitch Phillips
    Lee Howard | Urban Bar-B-Que
    Royal Cup Coffee | represented by Joe Pawelchak
    James King | Mid-States Management Group
    Soft Stuff Distributors | represented by Bob Gamerman
    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:     The Otto Schellhase Award,
    Peter Plamondon Sr. - Roy Rogers
    Recognizing Service & Dedication to RAM:
        Maria Vaccaro - Vaccaro's Italian Pastry Shop
    Maryland Hospitality Hall of Honor:    
    The Bowman Restaurant - Parkville
    McCormick Cornerstone of the Industry Award:
    The Brewer's Art - Baltimore
    AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar - Columbia
    Chat and Chew Restaurant - Westernport        Blackwall Hitch - Annapolis
    Ellicott Mills Brewing Company - Ellicott City       Glory Days Grill - Statewide
    Minato Sushi Bar - Baltimore    

Event Sponsors

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

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Gala 2017 Title Sponsor - McCormick For Chefs
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Gala 2017 Category Sponsor - Evolution Craft Brewing CompanyGala 2017 Category Sponsor - Maryland Restaurant & Hospitality Self Insurance FundGala 2017 Category Sponsor - Oracle
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Gala 2017 Gold Sponsor - Heartland Payment SystemsGala 2017 Silver Sponsor - Congressional Seafood
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Gala 2017 Bronze Sponsor - Coastal Sunbelt ProduceGala 2017 Bronze Sponsor - Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Lodging AssociationGala 2017 Bronze Sponsor - Samuels & Sons Seafood CompanyGala 2017 Bronze Sponsor - State Auto Insurance CompaniesGala 2017 Bronze Sponsor - UnitedHealthcareGala 2017 Bronze Sponsor - Whiteford Taylor Preston, LLP
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Gala 2017 Big Top Sponsor - Anne Arundel Community College - HCATGala 2017 Big Top Sponsor - Davis, Agnor, Rapaport and Skalny Attorneys at LawGala 2017 Big Top Sponsor - Royal Cup Coffee
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Gala 2017 Photo Booth Sponsor - Restaurant ReputationsGala 2017 Photography Sponsor - Julie DiCarlo PhotographyGala 2017 Event Sponsor - Miss Shirley's Cafe

2016 Award Winners

Congratulations again to all of our 2016 nominees.

view 2016 winners