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Friday, March 20, 2009

And the nominees are:

Restaurant Association of Maryland’s “Stars of the Industry” Awards Gala is Monday, March 23rd – the big restaurant event of the year. The votes have been tallied for Maryland’s Best New Restaurant, Favorite Bar and Tavern, Chef of the Year, among other awards and the winners that will be announced to the public that evening at Martin’s West in Baltimore. Each year the Association invites the dining public as well as hospitality professionals throughout the State of Maryland to vote for their favorite “Stars of the Industry” both online and by mail and then honors the winners at the annual awards ceremony.

2009 “Stars of the Industry” Nominees by Award Category:

Allied Member of the Year
(voted on by RAM members only)
Fred Lankford, Lankford Sysco Food Services
Mary Ellen Mason, HCAT, Anne Arundel Community College
Henry Pertman, MICROS
Brian Pfeifer, PAYCE
Mark Winters, US Refrigeration

Restaurateur of the Year
(voted on by RAM members only)
Dorothy and Richard Mollet, Antrim 1844
Jeff and Barbara Black, Black Restaurant Group
Leighton Moore, Seacrets Bar & Grill
Tony Foreman and Cindy Wolf, The Charleston Group
Miguel Sanz, Tio Pepe Restaurante

Favorite Restaurant
Antrim 1844, Taneytown
Black’s Bar & Kitchen, Bethesda
Marlin Moon Grille, Ocean City
Charleston, Baltimore
Jordan’s Steakhouse, Ellicott City

Chef of the Year
Michael Gettier, Antrim 1844
Richie Regan, Monocacy Crossing
Michael Rork, Town Dock Restaurant
Bruce Wetterau, Granary Restaurant & Sassafras Grill
Cindy Wolf, The Charleston Group

Maryland Favorite New Restaurant
Catonsville Gourmet Market & Fine Foods, Catonsville
Mitchum’s Steakhouse, Trappe
Old Hickory Steakhouse, National Harbor
Volt, Frederick
Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore

Favorite Bar & Tavern
Anna Bell Lee Tavern, Baltimore
Fager’s Island, Ocean City
Nacho Mama’s, Baltimore
Red Star, Fells Point
The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille, Statewide

Wine & Beverage Program of the Year
Charleston, Baltimore
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Baltimore
Grapeseed American Bistro & Wine Bar, Baltimore
Liquid Assets Wine & Martini Bar, Ocean City
SoBo’s Wine Bistro, Salisbury

Favorite Caterer
Ceresville Mansion, Frederick
Fork and Knife Catering, Rockville
Putting on the Ritz Catering, Savage
The Oaks, St. Michael’s
Zeffert & Gold, Baltimore

Pastry Chef of the Year
Jaime Ayala, Ranazul
Arismendy Infantale, Tio Pepe Restaurante
Susan Limb and Patrick Musel, Praline Bakery and Bistro
Joseph Poupon, Patisserie Poupon
Cheryl Schneider, Penny Chocolates & Gelato

The Annual “Stars of the Industry” Awards Gala is a black tie celebration that brings together 800 of hospitality’s finest. Honored are the state’s most remarkable restaurant and foodservice delegates who represent the industry’s many successes. Guests enjoy a cocktail reception featuring Restaurant Association of Maryland member restaurants, entertainment, a live auction, vodka ice bar and an unsurpassed fine dining experience prepared by exceptional industry chefs.

The dining public is highly encouraged to join in for this celebratory evening! Click HERE for more details.

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