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RI Hospitality Names Award Winners

Friday, November 06, 2015

 

Celebrating RI's great restaurants

Winners, winners and chicken dinner - the Rhode Island Hospitality Association (RIHA) will hold their annual Stars of the Industry Awards Dinner on Wednesday, December 2, at Twin River Casino. The event will honor many of Rhode Island’s restaurants, caterers, chefs, hotel employees, bartenders and more. The association released its list of honorees and award recipients.

The big winners this year are Woman of the Year Amy Barclay of Trattoria Simpatico and Man of the Year Craig Sculos of Twin River Casino.

More than 500 are expect to attend the dinner. 

Award recipients are nominated by their bosses, co-workers and even their customers and awards are given in over 20 categories, with 2-3 nominations per category. Winners are voted by the public and elected officials of the board.

Chairman’s Award
Kristin and Matthew Gennuso, Chez Pascal

President’s Award
Rachel Naradowy, The VIllage Haven Restaurant

Hotelier of the Year
Eric Churchill, Providence Marriott Hotel

Restaurateurs of the Year
Christopher Phillips, The Capital Grille

Vendor of the Year
Perkins a Gordon Foodservice Company

Volunteer of the Year
Melanie Rich, Perkins, a Gordon Food Service Company
John Ciolfi, Dunkin Donuts Center

Vendor Representative of the Year
Carmine DeLuca, Lynch’s Cleaning & Restoration

Chef of the Year
Carlos DaMaura, Fred & Steve’s Steakhouse

Mary Brennan Tourism Award
Volvo Ocean Race Team – (Sail Newport, Discover Newport, Newport Hospitality, Department of Environmental Management

Hospitality Ambassador of the Year
Representative K. Joseph Shekarchi, Chairman of the House Labor Committee
Andy Moffit, First Gentleman, State of Rhode Island

Volvo Ocean Race

Lifetime Achievement Award
Alan Costantino, Venda Ravioli
Roger Payette, Kay’s Restaurant

Media Partnership Award
The Rhode Island Beverage Journal

Woman of the Year
Amy Barclay, Trattoria Simpatico

Man of the Year
Craig Sculos, Twin River Casino

Excellence in Sustainability Award
Hope & Main Kitchen Incubator

NRA Restaurant Neighbor Award
Gregg’s Restaurants & Pubs
Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant

Employees of the Year

Hotel

Maurice Charlton, Hampton Inn and Suites Warwick Airport
Maragrida Sebastio, Hampton Inn and Suites Warwick Airport
Manuel Herrand, Hilton Garden Inn
Chris, O’Shea, Hilton Providence
Balmer Herrera, Hilton Providence
Evan Poitras, Hotel Viking
Jana Cochran, Hotel Viking
Fesaha Afa, Omni Providence Hotel
Mirjaam Parada, Omni Providence Hotel
Flavio Fernandes, Omni Providence Hotel
Maria Santos, Omni Providence Hotel
Pablo De Los Santos, Omni Providence Hotel
Itmar Benitez, Providence Biltmore Hotel
Debbie Lepore, Providence Biltmore Hotel
Carlos Rivera, Providence Biltmore Hotel
Josh Rivera, Providence Biltmore Hotel
Breandan Aslin, Providence Marriott Hotel
Nicole Kitts, Providence Marriott Hotel
Jeff Shabo, Providence Marriott Hotel
Steven Simas, Renaissance Providence Hotel
Christopher Sutley, Renaissance Providence Hotel
Senait Weldesemayat, Renaissance Providence Hotel
Jennifer Tavares, Renaissance Providence Hotel

Restaurant

Ashley Swirles, Angelo’s Palace Pizza
Carino Mauricio, Angelo’s Palace Pizza
Phil Newman, Fred & Steve’s Steakhouse
Michael Yanish, Hilton Providence/Shulas 247
Gary Hatfield, Hilton Providence/Shulas 247
Alberto Gomes, Twin River Casino
Kerry Spady, Twin River Casino (Pastry Chef Team)
Chris Tessier, Panera Bread
Chrissy Serpa, Panera Bread
Ewa Buszta, Panera Bread
Kerri Bonas, Panera Bread

Caterer
Antonio Debritto, Providence Biltmore

Tourism

Brett DePaola, Preservation Society Newport
Kathleen Ceseretti, Providence Warwick CVB
Bryan Abernante, Twin River Casino
Tommy Gleckman, Twin River Casino

Allied

Donald Gubitosi, ECOLAB
Luis Vasquez, ECOLAB
Peter Kennedy, LAZ/Ultimate Hospitality
Luis Sanchez, LAZ/Ultimate Hospitality
Michael Santucci, LAZ/Ultimate Hospitality
Jane VanVleck, Regency Plaza

Emerging Leaders Under 30

Emily Trodson, Avenue N American Kitchen
Chef Antonio Franco, Basta Italian Restaurant
Carly Fischer, Hilton Providence
Emily Weidner, Hilton Providence
Alicia Cote, Omni Providence Hotel
Jeremy Grossi, Providence Biltmore Hotel
Megan Herne, Panera Bread
Monika Zuluaga, RI Hospitality Association

Bartender of the Year

Amy McGovern DeThomas, 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grill
Stephanie Merola, Andinos
Karen Silva, Angelo’s Palace Pizza
Pam Howard, Fred and Steve’s Steakhouse

RI Hospitality Education Foundation Award Winners
Chairman’s Award
Bahjat Shariff, Panera Bread, Howley Bread Group

Teacher of the Year
Chef Jamie Finkelstein, Connecting with Children and Families

Education Partnership of the Year
Connecting for Children & Families

Education Ambassador of the Year
Karl Guggenmos, Culinary Solutions International

 

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