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BCRFA INDUSTRY NEWS
BCRFA announces 2016 Hall Of Fame inductees and Restaurant Award Nominees
Vancouver, BC – February 7, 2017 – The BCRFA is thrilled to announce the 2016 Hall of Fame inductees. Voted on by BCRFA members over the month of November, these award winners embody what the BC restaurant scene is all about.
2016 Hall Of Fame Inductees:
Active Restaurateur Award:
Peter Zambri – Owner/Chef, Zambri’s
Darren Flintoff – President, Stonewater Group/Mr. Mikes
Back of House Award:
James Kennedy – Training Chef/Chef de Cuisine, White Spot
Front of House Award:
Margot Baloro – Restaurant Operations, Manager Forage & Timber
Doug Ramsay – Managing Director, Premium Brands
Dave Halstead – Corporate Direct Sales, Squirrel Systems
Friend of Industry Award:
Fred Lee – Media/Social Media Personality, Fred About Town, CBC, Vancouver Courier
“These inductees have truly exhibited the highest levels of excellence in their respective categories,” says BCRFA HOF Chair Bill Waring. “They bring our province both honour and pride, and exemplify the best of our industry by demonstrating leadership, strong character and dedication.”
In addition to the Hall of Fame inductees, this year, the BCRFA has also added the addition of new award categories. Nominees for each category below were nominated by the industry and the winners will be chosen by the public. For the full list of restaurant nominees and to VOTE for your favorite restaurant, visit www.bcrfahalloffame.com
Best Restaurant Award; Multi-unit
Best Restaurant Award; Independent
Best Restaurant Award: New Restaurant
Best Restaurant Award: Creative
Best Restaurant Award: Social Multi Unit
Best Restaurant Award: Social Independent
Voting is open to the public until 11:59pm PST on March 24th, 2017.
Inductees will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame and the awards winners announced on May 8th, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This year, the BCRFA is thrilled to announce the next step in the growth of the event, by hosting an upscale gala with the program featuring a decadent three-course dinner, signature cocktails, musical entertainment and unique auction, dancing and local celebrity emcees, Jay Demerit and Ann Luu.
In addition, in recognition of their incredible work feeding hungry children across British Columbia and Canada, The BC Restaurant Hall of Fame Awards is pleased to align with the Breakfast Club of Canada as the charity of choice for the evening.
Tickets to the BCRFA Hall of Fame awards gala can be purchased at: www.bcrfahalloffame.com
The BCRFA is excited to partner with local company Kater to stamp out drinking and driving in the Uber-less Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley.
Kater is an app that connects individuals to quality, pre-screened and peer-reviewed, independent personal drivers which can be booked through the app itself. Users can enjoy the perks of having their own personal chauffeur while visiting the hottest spots around town in the comfort of their own car, where a wardrobe change, spare coat or gifts can be waiting for them.
Parking is the responsibility of the driver, so your customers can arrive on time for their reservation, enjoy that bottle of wine or extra cocktail and never need to wait for a cab.
For Valentine’s Day, Kater is offering a special promotion, providing chocolates and roses that will be waiting for the passengers when their driver arrives to make the night extra special (and extra Instagram-worthy!). Patrons can use the promo code DateNight for bookings from February 14-18 to receive the special treats!
We would love to provide you with the opportunity to co-market with Kater for Valentines day, please contact Brittany Whitmore (Brittany@exvera.com) ASAP to have your brand be part of the campaign. Your commitment is minimal and the value-add will give your customers an extra special Valentine’s Day.