2020 VIBE Vista Award Winners Honored

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The VIBE Vista Awards are an annual highlight of the VIBE Conference.

Top performers in the beverage industry are recognized for the creation, training, execution, management and on-going positive results of their beverage programs.

Entries were reviewed by a panel of Johnson & Wales University beverage faculty, staff and alumni and were judged on positive beverage sales initiatives, efficient operational innovations and training and service programs producing high quality standards. 

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This year’s VIBE Vista Award winners were announced at the conference:

  • Best Beer Program sponsored by New Belgium Brewing: Taco Mac. 
  • Best Spirits Program sponsored by Edrington: Walt Disney World
  • Best Wine Program sponsored by the VIBE Advisory Council: Holland America Line
  • Best Adult Alcohol Free Program sponsored by MONIN Gourmet Flavorings: Hard Rock Café 
  • Best Beverage Menu Revamp sponsored by Gerard Bertrand: Norwegian Cruise Line 
  • Best Beverage Promotion sponsored by Beam Suntory: Marriott International
  • Best Beverage Limited Time Offer (L.T.O.) sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka: Chili’s Grill & Bar
  • Best Responsible Alcohol Service sponsored by the Vibe Advisory Council: Royal Caribbean International 
  • Best Training Program sponsored by the Vibe Advisory Council: Royal Caribbean International
  • Best Overall: Multi-Unit Chain Restaurants sponsored by Pernod-Ricard: Chart House
  • Best Overall: Hotels, Cruise Lines and Casinos sponsored by Moët Hennessy: Walt Disney World 

As a reminder, the other finalists for Best Beer Program were Aimbridge Hospitality and Carnival Cruise Line; for Best Wine Program, Delta Air Lines and Norwegian Cruise Line; and for Best Spirits Program, the finalists included Delta Air Lines and Hard Rock Café.

For Best Overall: Multi/Chain Restaurant category, Applebee’s and Hard Rock Café were also finalists. For Best Overall: Hotels, Casinos & Resorts, Delta Air Lines and Sage Hospitality were finalists; for Best Adult Alcohol-Free Beverage Program finalists were McCormick & Schmick’s and Topgolf. For the Best Training Program, Marriott International and Omni Hotels & Resorts; for the Best Beverage Menu Revamp, Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern and Walt Disney World. In the Best Beverage Promotion category, Carrabba’s Bar and Grill and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino were the other finalists; and for the Best Limited Time Beverage Offer, it was Applebee’s and Hard Rock Café.

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