2016 Stars of the Industry Award Winners

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The 2016 Stars of the Industry Award winners were unveiled to a crowd of over 650 restaurant and hospitality leaders at the Restaurant Association of Maryland’s 62nd Annual Stars of the Industry Awards Gala on May 1 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.

Congratulations to all of the award winners and honorees!

Public Awards

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


    Favorite Restaurant:
    Favorite New Restaurant:
    Lib's Grill – Perry Hall
    Preserve – Annapolis


    Chef of the Year,     Craft Brew Program of the Year,
    presented by Oracle:
    presented by Evolution Craft Brewing Company:
    Raynold Mendizabal – Urban Butcher
    Alewife – Baltimore


    Favorite Bar or Tavern:
    Wine & Beverage Program of the Year:
    Jimmy's Famous Seafood – Baltimore
    Liquid Assets Wine & Martini Bar – Ocean City


    Heart of the Industry,

    presented by CohnReznick:

    Brendan McCool – Victoria Gastro Pub





Members Only Awards

The following award categories were 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:
    Coastal Sunbelt Produce – represented by John Corso
    David Dopkin – Miss Shirley's Café & The Classic Catering People





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 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:     Eddie Dopkin First Course Award
    Glory Days Grill - Statewide
    Honoring Entrepreneurship in Hospitality
    Irish Restaurant Company – Annapolis
    Danielle Evans – Stratford University
    Tabrizi's – Baltimore

    Tino's Italian Bistro – Columbia



ProStart Awards

The following awards are given to the most deserving candidates in Maryland's ProStart school-to-career program.


    ProStart Teacher of the Year:     ProStart Student of the Year:
    Lenore Martin – Northeast High School
    Khori Eubanks - Old Mill High School



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