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Nominate for Stars of the Industry Awards

Submit favorite Maryland bars and restaurants in 11 categories; voting in March
By Kara Hallissey | Feb 08, 2018

(Feb. 9, 2018) The public can nominate their favorite bars and restaurants in 11 categories until Thursday, Feb. 15, through the Restaurant Association of Maryland’s 64th annual Stars of the Industry Awards, which recognizes the best establishments in the state.

“We are extremely excited to be bringing this event to the town of Ocean City,” said Kimberly Schlosser, communications and events manager for the Restaurant Association of Maryland. “This is an unprecedented opportunity to feature our food service and hospitality partners there while also offering a full weekend experience to our attendees.”

Nominations will be open until 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 15 at marylandrestaurants.com/gala.

“This is not voting - just a chance to submit the name of your favorites to be considered as a finalist,” Schlosser said. “Public voting will be open both online and on Facebook from March 7-28. The finalist with the highest number of combined votes from both voting methods will be the winner.”

Categories include Chef of the Year, Craft Brew Program of the Year, Favorite New Restaurant, Favorite Restaurant, Favorite Bar or Tavern, Heart of the Industry, Allied Member of the Year and Restaurateur of the Year.

“Nominations are important because restauranteurs and their staff work extremely hard every day for the dining public in our state and this is a chance to not only give them the recognition they deserve, but a chance for the restaurant to use this accolade to continue their success moving forward,” Schlosser said. “It only takes a single nomination to be considered in any category.”

In honor of the gala taking place in Ocean City for the first time, there are also three new resort-only categories: Favorite New Restaurant, Favorite Crab House and Favorite Boardwalk Treat.

“This is our first year ever hosting our gala in Ocean City and we wanted to create some additional excitement for the town with these three new categories,” Schlosser said. “In terms of keeping these categories moving forward, you’ll have to wait and see.”

After the nomination process, public voting will be open from March 7-28 online and on Facebook.

Winners will be announced on Sunday, May 6, at the Restaurant Association of Maryland’s Stars of the Industry Awards Gala – A Shore Thing, at the Clarion Resort on 101st Street.

“We look forward to having support from the entire town of Ocean City and truly showcasing what our industry represents,” Schlosser said.

For more information or to nominate a restaurant, visit marylandrestaurants.com/gala.

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