RAM Announces 2011 Nominees for “Stars of the Industry” Awards

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Restaurant Association of Maryland
Online Voting Now Open; Dining Public Encouraged to Cast Votes for Favorite Restaurant, Chef, Bar or Tavern, Wine & Beverage Program, “Green” Restaurant and More!(Columbia, MD)—The Restaurant Association of Maryland is excited to announce the finalists for the highly anticipated 2011 “Stars of the Industry” Awards sponsored by McCormick and Company.  The awards honor the Maryland hospitality industry’s best in such categories as Maryland’s Favorite New Restaurant, Chef of the Year, and more. Members of the dining public are strongly encouraged to visit www.marylandrestaurants.com/gala to cast their votes for their favorite nominees in each category.  Competition is steep: in the past, more than 30,000 votes per year have been collected. Voting will continue until April 8, 2011.  2011 Award Nominees
Voted on by the Dining Public:
Maryland’s Favorite New Restaurant (open 2 years or less)
?         The Grille at Peerce’s, Phoenix
?         Bridge’s Restaurant, Grasonville
?         Langermann’s, Baltimore
?         B&O American Brasserie, Baltimore
?         Againn Tavern, RockvilleChef of the Year
?         Ian Campbell, Bistro Poplar
?         Patrick Morrow, Bluegrass Tavern
?         Quanta Robinson, Black’s Bar & Kitchen
?         Tim Mullen, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
?         Brian Boston, Milton InnPastry Chef of the Year
?         Susan Limb, Praline Bakery & Bistro
?         Isaiah Billington, Woodberry Kitchen
?         Rita Garruda, 8407 Kitchen Bar
?         Bettina Clair, Blue Hill TavernFavorite Restaurant
?         Lewne’s Steakhouse, Annapolis
?         Casey Jones, Waldorf
?         Ryleigh’s Oyster Bar, Baltimore
?         Sunset Grille, Ocean City
?         Dutch’s Daughter, Frederick Favorite Bar and/or Tavern
?         Harborside Bar & Grill, Ocean City
?         MaGerks Pub & Grill, Baltimore
?         Looney’s Pub, Maplelawn
?         Fish Tales, Ocean City
?         Pickles Pub, Baltimore
?         Tark’s Grill, LuthervilleWine and Beverage Program of the Yea
?         Mrs. K’s Tollhouse, Silver Spring
?         Galaxy 66 Bar and Grille, Ocean City
?         Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia
?         Redwood Restaurant & Bar, Bethesda
?         13.5% Wine Bar, BaltimoreGreen Restaurant of the Year
?         The Crab Shanty, Ellicott City
?         Brick Ridge Restaurant, Mount Airy
?         The Rockfish, Annapolis
?         Ricciuti’s, Olney 

Voted on by Restaurant Association of Maryland  Members Only:
Allied Member of the Year – Nominations
?         Total Image Graphics, Jeff McCabe
?         Coastal Sunbelt Produce, John Corso
?         Payce Payroll, Brian Pfeifer
?         Electronic Systems Services (ESS), Michael Tash
?         Business & Commercial Ventures, Jerry BlumenthalRestaurateur of the Year – Nominations
?         Joe Barbera, AIDA Bistro
?         Billy Carder, BJ’s on the Water
?         Pat Karzai, The Helmand
?         Jeff Heineman, Grapeseed Bistro
?         Karen Murray, TJ’s of CalvertonBe among the first to know the 2011 Stars of the Industry award winners and celebrate the Maryland restaurant industry by attending the Awards Gala in May.  Tickets are $175 per person and include a spectacular cocktail hour featuring food from Restaurant Association of Maryland member restaurants, an extravagant sit down dinner and dancing, all in addition to the awards ceremony. To purchase tickets, or for more information on becoming a sponsor of this event, please contact Jennie Silver at 410-290-6800.  The Restaurant Association of Maryland has remained relevant to restaurateurs for over 75 years by maintaining core principles born out of the first national financial crisis.  In 1927, a small group of Baltimore-area restaurateurs met to deal with the challenges facing the foodservice industry. Today, the Association is a 2,000 member strong statewide trade association operated for the purpose of promoting, protecting and improving the foodservice industry in Maryland.  Since the very beginning, the Association has been run by restaurateurs and suppliers working not only for the benefit of dues paying members, but also for the restaurant industry as a whole.  For more information about the restaurant industry in Maryland please visit our website at www.marylandrestaurants.com.

Winners of these prestigious awards will be revealed at the 57th annual “Stars of the Industry” Awards Gala on Monday, May 16, 2011 from 6pm to midnight at Martin’s West in Baltimore.   


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