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April 21, 2014 - The Ritz Carlton Denver
CRA Industry Spotlight Awards Event Details
This event honors the accomplishments and traditions of our industry and features long-standing industry awards including the Richard P. Ayers Distinguished Service Award, the CRA Education Foundation's Knoebel "Reaching For The Stars" Award, the Noel and Tammy Cunningham Humanitarian Award, the Colorado Foodservice Hall of Fame, and the Exceptional Newcomer, Outstanding Professional and Outstanding Regional Professional Signature Dish Awards - all established to recognize and honor the top individuals who lead our vibrant industry.
The event begins with cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres, and silent auction at 6:00 pm. The CRA Industry Spotlight Awards presentations will begin promptly at 7:30 pm.
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Special hotel rates will be available for those traveling to Denver!
"Exceptional Newcomer" Signature Dish Award
2013 Recipient: Justin Brunson, Masterpiece Deli & Old Major (Bio)
2012 Recipient: Mark DeNittis, Il Mondo Vecchio & Jessica Doerffel, Elway's at the Ritz Carlton, Denver
2011 Recipient: Lon Symensma, ChoLon Bistro
2010 Recipient: Jon Schlegel, Snooze, An A.M. Eatery
"Outstanding Professional" Signature Dish Award
2013 Recipient: Troy Guard, TAG (Bio)
2012 Recipients: Erin Pulling, Project Angel Heart & Elise Wiggins, Panzano
2011 Recipient: Josh Wolkon, Vesta Dipping Grill
2010 Recipient: Derek Figueroa, Seattle Fish Company
"Regional Outstanding Professional" Signature Dish Award
2013 Recipient: Jonn Greco, Jonny G's Nightclub, Bar & Pizzeria (Bio) and Dan Kirby, Chez Lena (Bio)
2012 Recipients: Brian Nolan, Group 970 & Liz Wahl, Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp.
2011 Recipient: Hydi Verduzco, East by Southwest
"Philanthropist" Signature Dish Award
2013 Recipient: Michael Sagrillo, Bonefish Grill (Bio) 2013 Recipient: Jim Smith, Republic National Distributing (Bio)
2012 Recipients:Brad and Libby Birky, SAME Cafe
2011 Recipient: Craig Reed, the Broadmoor Hotel
CRA Education Foundation Reaching for the
Stars "Knoebel" Award
2012 Recipient: Derek Figueroa, Seattle Fish Company
2011 Recipient: Lorraine Cortese, Smoky Hill ProStart Instructor
Noel & Tammy Cunningham Humanitarian Award
2013 Recipient: Sharon Magness Blake (Bio)
2012 Recipient: Kevin McNicholas, K-M Concessions, Inc.
The Foodservice Hall of Fame Inductees
2013: Tom Garrett, La Montana
2013: Don Goldman, The Blue Onion
2012: Warren Byrne, Warren Byrne's Restaurant Show
2012: John Daisy, Fatty's Pizzeria
2012: Mick and Rosemary Laurita, Italco Food Products, Inc.
2011: Booker Graves
2011: Mike Boyle, The Mike Boyle Restaurant Show
2010: Rayno and Patty Seaser, The Egg & I Restaurants
2010: Tom Moxcey, The Brewery Group
2010: Don Monette, The Flagstaff House
The Richard P. Ayers Award for Distinguished Service
2012 Recipient: Mary Mino, CRA Education Foundation
2011 Recipient: H.A. Andy Divine, CRA Director Emeritus
2010 Recipient: Holly Arnold-Kinney, The Fort