SAN DIEGO – VIBE Conference, the premier on-premise beverage conference for chain beverage executives, recognized the top beverage programs for hotels, cruise lines, casinos and multi-unit chain restaurants during the 2016 Vista Awards at its annual conference held at Hilton San Diego Bayfront.
Vista Award nominations were submitted by sponsors, consultants, agencies, distributors, suppliers and operators and were judged on creating positive initiatives that spark beverage sales, innovations that contribute to operational efficiencies and training and service programs that lead to the highest quality standards and operational practices. All submissions were reviewed by a panel of Johnson & Wales University beverage faculty, staff and alumni.
Awards were presented by Edward Korry, Associate Professor and Department Chairman at Johnson & Wales University, and Tony Abou-Ganim, The Modern Mixologist. This year’s VIBE Vista Award winners include:
Hotels, Cruise Lines and Casinos Award Winners
Best Beer Program sponsored by The Boston Beer Company: Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Best Spirits Program sponsored by Beam Suntory: Marriott International
Best Wine Program sponsored by Jackson Family Wines: Columbia Sussex Corporation
Best Menu Program sponsored by Campari America: Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
Best Special Event Program sponsored by Brown-Forman Corporation: Omni Hotels & Resorts
Best Responsible Alcohol Service Program sponsored by National Restaurant Association: Royal Caribbean International
Best Overall sponsored by E. & J. Gallo: Hilton Worldwide
Multi-Unit Chain Restaurant Award Winners
Best Beer Program sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company: Taco Mac
Best Spirits Program sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka: BRAVO BRIO Restaurant Group
Best Wine Program sponsored by Palm Bay International: Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Best Adult Alcohol Free Program sponsored by Monin Gourmet Flavorings: California Pizza Kitchen
Best Menu Program sponsored by Bacardi USA: iPic Entertainment
Best Special Event Program sponsored by Edrington: The Melting Pot
Best Responsible Alcohol Service Program sponsored by National Restaurant Association: Hooters of America
Best Overall sponsored by Anheuser-Busch: Hard Rock Cafe
Best Overall sponsored by Infinium Spirits: AMC Theaters
We want to remind 2016 VIBE Conference attendees that they can receive a complimentary pass to the 2016 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show by contacting Rachael Ricci at [email protected]. VIBE readers receive a discount of $30 on any 2016 Nightclub & Bar Show pass by entering the code SAVE30VIBE when registering online.