Over 600 Members of the Restaurant and Hospitality Industry Attend the Restaurant Association of Maryland’s Annual Awards Gala in Baltimore.
The Restaurant Association of Maryland is excited to announce the winners of the 63rd Annual Stars of the Restaurant Industry Awards. The Gala celebration and awards presentation took place Sunday, April 30th at the Baltimore Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. Over thirty-five thousand votes were cast to decide the favorite Maryland restaurants and industry professionals.
“The Gala is our opportunity to honor and give recognition to elite restaurants across the state. We are fortunate to have such a diverse group of restaurants to choose from who are dedicated to their customers, their community and their employees,” said Marshall Weston, President and CEO of the Restaurant Association of Maryland.
McCormick Cornerstone of the Industry Award
Awarded to the companies that best illustrate how restaurants are the cornerstone of the economy and their community. These successful businesses support local communities by creating jobs and financially supporting non-profit groups, schools, scouts and youth sports teams.
Maryland Hospitality Hall of Honor 2017 Inductees
Celebrating its 17th anniversary, the Maryland Hospitality Hall of Honor was created to recognize those restaurants in Maryland that embody the spirit of the hospitality industry based on their longevity and overall contributions to their customers. Awardees have all been in business for at least 20 years.
2017 Restaurateur of the Year, presented by the Maryland Restaurant & Hospitality Self Insurance Fund
A restaurant owner who shows originality, offers quality customer service, demonstrates success in the eyes of his/her fellow operators, and demonstrates leadership on behalf of the foodservice industry.
2017 Allied Member of the Year
An industry supplier company that goes above and beyond to serve the foodservice industry, demonstrates leadership, and is recognized for outstanding service and quality products.
2017 Chef of the Year, presented by Oracle
An executive chef who demonstrates consistent standards of excellence, serves as an inspiration to other foodservice professionals, displays dedication to the artistry of food and exhibits ongoing commitment to the community.
2017 Craft Brew Program of the Year, presented by Evolution Craft Brewing Co.
An establishment that is recognized for its craft beer selection and features a menu and staff that are knowledgeable and passionate about the world of craft beers.
2017 Favorite New Restaurant:
A new establishment opened in Maryland in the past two years that exhibits a top-notch menu, impeccable service and amazing atmosphere.
2017 Favorite Restaurant:
A trendy spot or an old favorite that you return to time and time again.
2017 Favorite Bar or Tavern:
The ‘watering hole’ you frequent where the drinks are great and the bartenders are beyond compare.
2017 Heart of the Industry Award
A staff member who goes above and beyond to keep the restaurant running smoothly and exemplifies dependability, teamwork and dedication to the restaurant industry.
2017 Wine & Beverage Program of the Year:
An establishment that is distinguished by the quality, diversity, clarity and value of its beverage program.
The Otto Schellhase Award:
An individual of sterling character who has made numerous contributions to RAM and the Education Foundation.
The Brice & Shirley Phillips Lifetime Achievement Award:
This award is given to the person who exemplifies sound business principles and impeccable character while dedicating their career to the betterment of the restaurant and foodservice industry.
Eddie Dopkin First Course Award, Honoring Entrepreneurship in Hospitality, presented by Miss Shirley’s Café and The Classic Catering People:
The Dopkin family created this $5,000 scholarship to celebrate the life and memory of Eddie Dopkin, founder and visionary behind the award-winning Miss Shirley’s Café and a partner with The Classic Catering People.
2017 ProStart Student of the Year:
This award is given to the high school student who dedicates themselves to pursuing a career in the foodservice industry. Not only do they have excellent grades, but also take the time for extra-curricular activities all while being a leader in their classroom.
2017 ProStart Teacher of the Year:
This award is given to the High School culinary arts or restaurant management teacher that empowers and inspires their students to pursue a career in the hospitality industry while also holding their students to a high standard.
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