Vote in Your Favorite Finalists in the 2015 CT Restaurant Association Salute to Excellence Awards

27 Oct

The Connecticut Restaurant Association has just opened up voting for their Salute to Excellence Awards and they need your help. Look through the finalists in the categories of Casual Restaurant, Upscale Restaurant, Caterer, Mixologist, Chef, and Server of the Year. Voting will continue all the way through November 16 at 5 pm, but there’s no reason to wait that long: vote now! One vote per person and e-mail, please. Then, on December 1, the winners will be announced at the CRA Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner at Mohegan Sun. If you’d like a ticket to that event or more info, click here.

Here are the categories along with the finalists:

Casual Restaurant of Year Finalists

Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ (Hartford + South Windsor)
Carbone’s Kitchen (Bloomfield)
Eli Cannon’s Tap Room (Middletown)
Plan B Burger Bar (Fairfield, Glastonbury, Milford, Simsbury, Stamford, West Hartford)
Willimantic Brewing Company (Willimantic)


Upscale Restaurant of the Year Finalists

Dalton’s Restaurant (North Branford)
Fresh Salt (Old Saybrook) 
Geronimo Tequila Bar & Grill (Fairfield and New Haven)
La Tavola (Waterbury)


Caterer of the Year Finalists

A Thyme to Cook (North Stonington)
David’s Soundview Catering (Stamford)
Max Catering (Hartford)


Mixologist of the Year Finalists

Adam Patrick, Luxe (Westport)
Derek Vitale, Max’s Oyster Bar (West Hartford)
Dimitrios Zahariadis, Highland Brass Company (Waterbury)


Chef of the Year Finalists

Billy Grant, Grants & Restaurant Bricco (West Hartford)
Pasquale Pascarella, Bar Sugo (Norwalk)
James Wayman, Oyster Club (Mystic)

Server of the Year Finalists

Kathy McGowan, Flanders Fish Market (East Lyme)
Megan Rudman, Max Fish (Glastonbury)
Kristy Mahler, Agave (Hartford)
Thomas Sergi, Roma Ristorante (Oakville)

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