“The Arizona Restaurant Association’s (ARA) quest to find the culinary standard-beaters that embody the pursuit and the achievement of excellence in Arizona’s food scene resulted in the first winners of the foodist awards.
The official awards of the ARA showcase the restaurants, companies and talented people that are the very best in the Industry. They are recognized for their superior business acumen, demonstrated leadership and community contributions that help shape the culinary landscape of Arizona. ‘We feel strongly that pioneers and high achievers of Arizona’s restaurant industry deserve unique recognition’, said Steve Chucri, president and CEO of the ARA. ‘It’s also a chance for the ARA to recognize local restauranteurs, purveyors and vendors who have distinguished themselves through superior business practices, demonstrated leadership and dedication to the restaurant community and hospitality industry as a whole.’
Here is a look at the winners and finalists for the first Foodist Awards, who were honored at a reception at the Ritz Carlton on April 25.”: