VIBE Conference Presents 2018 VIBE Vista Award Winners

The 2018 VIBE Vista Award for Best Beer Program went to Taco Mac.

SAN DIEGO–VIBE Conference, the premiere on-premise beverage conference for beverage executives, recognized the top beverage programs for multi-unit chain restaurants, hotels, cruise lines and casinos on Tuesday, Feb. 27 during the 2018 Vista Awards at its annual conference held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.

VIBE Vista Awards recognize the top performers in the beverage industry through the creation, training, execution, management and on-going positive results of 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.

This year’s VIBE Vista Award winners include:

  • Best Beer Program sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Co.

Taco Mac

  • Best Spirits Program sponsored by Campari America

Earls Kitchen + Bar

  • Best Wine Program sponsored by Palm Bay International

P.F. Chang’s

  • Best Wine Program sponsored by E&J Gallo

Olive Garden

  • Best Adult Alcohol Free Program sponsored by Monin

Olive Garden

  • Best Beverage Menu Revamp sponsored by Beam Suntor

Chart House

  • Best Beverage Promotion sponsored by Bacardi USA

T.G.I. Friday’s

  • Best Beverage Limited Time Offer (L.T.O.) sponsored by Treasury Wine Estates

Interstate Hotels & Resorts

  • Best Responsible Alcohol Service sponsored by VIBE Advisory Council

Taco Mac

  • Best Overall: Multi-Unit Chain Restaurants sponsored by Diageo

Earls Kitchen + Bar

  • Best Overall: Hotels, Cruise Lines and Casinos sponsored by Heaven Hill Brand

Columbia Sussex Corporation

  • Best Overall: Hotels, Cruise Lines and Casinos sponsored by Jackson Family Wines

Interstate Hotels & Resorts

About VIBE Conference:

VIBE Conference, a division of Boston, Massachusetts based Nightclub & Bar Media Group, is the premier event for chain and hotel adult beverage executives and suppliers. The top on-premise conference is held annually and involves high-level content, tastings and networking opportunities. The 2018 conference will be held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina Feb. 26 to Feb. 28. In conjunction with VIBE Conference is a bi-weekly newsletter covering the latest industry trends, insights, news and more. (

About Johnson & Wales University:

Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with more than 16,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, RI; North Miami, FL; Denver, CO; and Charlotte, NC. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, education, nutrition, hospitality, physician assistant studies, engineering and design. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal growth. The university’s impact is global, with alumni from 119 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit

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