2015 Salute to Excellence Winners Announced by The CT Restaurant Association

2 Dec
Dinner at Fresh Salt Saybrook Point Inn

Having eaten at Fresh Salt we can say that, yes, they deserve all the honors this year! What a great restaurant!

The Connecticut Restaurant Association held its annual Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner last night at Mohegan Sun and we’re excited to share the winners! And, while it’s amazing to even be considered in each category, winning is even better. :) So, without further ado, here are the winners along with the runner-ups. Congratulations to everyone and props to The CRA for supporting and showing major love to the food and drink programs throughout The Nutmeg State. 


CT Hospitality Hall of Fame

  • Marcia Selden Catering, Stamford/NYC
  • Flanders Fish, East Lyme

Casual Restaurant of the Year

  • 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 

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

Caterer of the Year

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

Mixologist of the Year

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

Chef of the Year

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

Server of the Year

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

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