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Stars of the Industry

February 3, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Join 300+ industry professionals at the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association’s 2020 Stars of the Industry Awards. This annual gala recognizes exemplary performance and service in hospitality industry across the state. The awards presentation is preceded by a fantastic dinner reception highlighting the culinary and beverage trends of 2020. Individual tickets are $125. Reserved tables of 10 are $1,250.

The 2020 winners are:

Griff and June Glover Award | Jim Beley, The Umstead Hotel & Spa
Ken Conrad Award for Service to the Community | Jim Noble, Noble Food & Pursuits
Lodging Employee of the Year | Kevin Cottet, Beacon IMG – Staybridge Suites, Wilmington
Lodging Manager of the Year | Melissa Bach, Raleigh Marriott City Center
Lodging Operator of the Year | Robert Dedman Jr., Pinehurst Resort
Restaurant Employee of the Year | Jeffrey Bryant, Golden Corral
Restaurant Manager of the Year | Roger Carter, Winston’s Grille
Restaurateur of the Year | Michael Thor and Jeff Mickel, Whiskey Kitchen
Hospitality Supplier of the Year | Stephanie Gaston Poley, Cranfill, Sumner & Hartzog LLP
Lifetime Achievement Award | Maurice Jennings, Biscuitville and Sam Saleh, Neomonde
Hospitality Champion of the Year, Senate | Senator Jerry W. Tillman, NC General Assembly 
Hospitality Champion of the Year, House | Representative Becky Carney, NC General Assembly

The 2019 NCRLA Chef of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year, and Mixologist & Distillery of the Year will also be recognized.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Premier Sponsor | US Foods
Platinum Sponsor | Butterball
Silver Sponsor | UnitedHealthcare
Bronze Sponsor | Ecolab, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, S & D Coffee & Tea
Bar Sponsor | SpotOn
Registration Sponsor | Relay
VIP Reception Sponsor | POUR Bar Services
Supporting Sponsors | Ambius, Carolina Brewery, Chemist Spirits, Durham Distillery, Employers, Fallon’s Flowers, Gnam Gnam Gelato, NC F&B PodcastPig Pounder BreweryPonysaurus Brewing, Shelton Vineyards, TOPO Distillery, Tryon Distributing, Winebow
To sponsor this event, please contact Mindy Wharton at mwharton@ncrla.org or 919-277-8585.

Hotel Room Blocks:

Raleigh Marriott City Center, $179/night | To book online, click here. If you prefer to call 919-833-1120 and make your reservation, mention the NCRLA event to receive discounted rate. Discounted rate expires 1/10/2020.

Residence Inn Raleigh Downtown, $119/night | To book online, click here. If you prefer to call 919-856-0017 and make your reservation, mention code NCL to receive discounted rate. Discounted rate expires 1/17/2020.


February 3, 2020
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Raleigh Marriott City Center
500 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
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