Gold & Silver Plate Celebration Committee

The Gold & Silver Plate Awards Celebration Committee plays an integral part in the continuation of the Gold & Silver Plate awards and the celebration to honor award recipients, including the theme, content, entertainment and more.

Meet Me at NRA Show: Don Fox, CEO of Firehouse Subs

Don Fox, CEO of Firehouse Subs, has been attending the annual NRA Show in Chicago for more than a decade. What is it about NRA Show that makes such a busy man so keen to go? For starters, he says, the Show is a great place to network with peers and make new connections.

2017 Silver Plate Series: Colleges & Universities

What drives the nation’s top foodservice operators? We asked the 2017 Silver Plate Class a few questions to get the inside scoop. Find out what they had to say about career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators. Ted Faulkner, Director of Dining Services at Virginia Tech, received the 2017 Silver Plate Award in the Colleges & Universities category. Nominated by Basic American Foods.

2017 Silver Plate Series: Health Care

What drives the nation’s top foodservice operators? We asked the 2017 Silver Plate Class a few questions to get the inside scoop. Find out what they had to say about career accomplishments and what it means to be part of a legendary group of operators. Patti Oliver, Director of Nutrition at UCLA Health System, received the 2017 Silver Plate Award in the Health Care category. Nominated by Hobart Corporation and Basic American Foods

IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Tradition Represents “Pinnacle” of Foodservice Careers

Rafi Taherian, associate vice president of Yale Hospitality at Yale University, apologized as he stood before some 600 foodservice professionals at Revel Fulton Market in Chicago May 21. He had just been awarded the 62nd Annual IFMA Gold Plate for overall foodservice industry excellence and did not have a speech prepared. The reason why speaks to how much respect Mr. Taherian has for the industry he has served for more than 30 years.  

Rafi Taherian Receives Foodservice Industry's Top Honor

CHICAGO, May 23, 2016Rafi Taherian, associate vice president, Yale Hospitality at Yale University, was named the 2016 Gold Plate Award winner by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) on May 21 at Revel Fulton Market in Chicago. Mr. Taherian was nominated by Basic American Foods, JL&A Communications and Sysco and was one of nine outstanding operator executives who were eligible for the award this year after receiving the IFMA Silver Plate Award in March. Mr. Taherian represented the Colleges and Universities Silver Plate Category.