This Memorial Day weekend, restaurants across the state of Maryland will have “Missing Man” tables set in their dining rooms to honor the American soldiers who have lost their lives or are still missing in action while serving their country. These tables are also referred to as a MIA/POW table, Empty table or Fallen Comrade table.
The Missing Man table is a permanent place of honor found in military dining facilities that are also set up during service balls and other military dining occasions. The tradition of setting a separate table in honor of fallen and missing soldiers has been in place since the end of the Vietnam War. The manner in which the table is decorated is full of special symbols to help us remember the sacrifice these men, women and their families have given to their country.
As families and friends get together this holiday weekend, restaurants across the state will have Missing Man tables set up to remind their customers of those we have lost. The Restaurant Association of Maryland led the effort to educate restaurants on the meaning of the Missing Man table and encouraged their members to participate.
Marshall Weston, President & CEO of the Restaurant Association of Maryland, commented that “Restaurants are the cornerstones of their communities. They often donate to numerous charitable causes and most offer discounts to military and other service members to thank them for what they do to protect us. The Missing Man table is just another way for restaurants to recognize and honor them, while also reminding customers of their sacrifice”.
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Judy Irwin (Golden Corral), Domenic Mallardi (Charles Herbert Flowers H.S.), Lance Trenary (Golden Corral)
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) presented their 2018 Educator of Excellence Awards (EEA) for outstanding achievement to thirty-seven educators from across the country. Domenic Mallardi, a ProStart teacher at Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Prince George’s County and a 2018 EEA recipient, was also one of two teachers chosen to receive the prestigious James H. Maynard Excellence in Education Award presented by the National Restaurants Association Education Foundation and Golden Corral. This great national honor highlights the amazing work happening in Chef Mallardi’s ProStart classroom and in ProStart classrooms across Maryland.
Pictured (L-R) after the performance at Fager’s Island are: BMI’s Dan Spears, BMI songwriter Hugh Mitchell, RAM Chair Elect and Golden Corral Regional VP Kathie Sewell, BMI songwriter Dave Pahanish and RAM President/CEO Marshall Weston.
BMI partnered recently with the Restaurant Association of Maryland to present a special BMI songwriter showcase during a VIP reception held at Fager’s Island in Ocean City, Maryland, in advance of RAM’s Stars of Industry Awards Gala. Nashville songwriters Hugh Mitchell and Dave Pahanish performed a number of songs from their rich catalogues, including hits that were recorded by country giants like Toby Keith, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban. Fager’s Island is a restaurant and bar that features live music and is a long-time RAM Member and BMI licensee.
Over 500 Members of the Restaurant and Hospitality Industry Attended the Restaurant Association of Maryland’s Annual Awards Gala in Ocean City.
The Restaurant Association of Maryland is excited to announce the winners of the 64th Annual Stars of the Restaurant Industry Awards. The Gala celebration and awards presentation took place Sunday, May 6th at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel in Ocean City, Maryland. Over thirty thousand people voted for their favorite Maryland restaurants and industry professionals.
“For the first time ever, the Restaurant Association of Maryland hosted our annual industry awards Gala in Ocean City. Over the years dozens of Eastern Shore restaurants have won our statewide awards, so it made perfect sense to bring the celebration to them. The industry responded with a great party with over 500 people from all over the state in attendance” said Marshall Weston, President and CEO of the Restaurant Association of Maryland.
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