If you are looking for an exceptional way to entertain your most important operator customers during the 2015 National Restaurant Association Show, consider inviting them as your guest to IFMA's Gold & Silver Plate Celebration. Past winners and attendees will tell you that the event provides an incredible experience they will never forget. It is also a fantastic way to network with many of the most accomplished (and celebrated) professionals in the foodservice industry.
IFMA awards Silver Plate Awards in up to nine different foodservice categories from chain restaurants, to colleges and universities. At its 61st Annual Banquet (Monday, May 18 in Chicago) all Silver Plate winners will be celebrated AND the 2015 Gold Plate winner will be announced. Register to attend.
About Winning the Gold & Silver Plate Awards
According to a Hotel F&B magazine article, the Gold Plate Award "is, arguably, the most prestigious in the [foodservice] industry."
It is the only award where the winner is selected by a jury of peers comprised of past Silver and Gold plate winners, editors of the national foodservice press and other respected industry experts. These professionals consider nominees based not on local or regional biases, rather, they evaluate on criteria of excellence that includes creativity, accomplishment, leadership, mentoring and outstanding service to community.
Accolades from Past Winners
Hundreds of professionals have been named best-in-class Silver Plate winners over the past sixty years with one Gold Plate winner being honored each year since the awards program began in 1954. Just a few past Gold Plate winners include: Richard Melman (Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc.), Ralph Brennan (Mr. B's/Bacco/Red Fish Grill), Jon L. Luther (Dunkin' Brands), Sally Smith (Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.), Ruth Fertel (Ruth's Chris Steak House) and Ronald Shaich (Panera Bread).
"The Silver Plate Award? It's recognition by your peers. When I look at who has won this award over the past 30 years, it's everybody in the business I admire and respect," said 2006 Gold Plate winner Elizabeth Blau, CEO of Blau + Associates, a strategic restaurant planning and development company based in Las Vegas, Hotel F&B magazine reported.
"One of the things I learned…seeing all of the challenges that this industry has…we continue to move forward and we've got some great new ideas," said James Broadhurst, 2014 Gold Plate winner and chairman of Eat'n Park Hospitality Group. "And when I look at a lot of those [Silver and Gold Plate] winners of the new concepts and new things that are happening in this industry, it's something we can be really proud of. I'm just very proud of the recognition that I've received."
After winning the Gold Plate Award in 2009, Buffalo Wild Wings CEO Sally Smith said "I am extremely honored to have been chosen as the recipient of this award, particularly from the pool of such accomplished industry leaders and Silver Plate winners."
About Attending IFMA's Gold & Silver Plate 2015 Celebration
IFMA's Gold & Silver Plate is open to foodservice manufacturers, operators, distributors and others affiliated with the Foodservice industry. You do not have to be an IFMA Member to attend the event. Learn more about the event and registrations.