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Dining Enthusiasts Encouraged to Submit Nominations Through June 30th
(PRESS RELEASE) — The Arizona Restaurant Association is calling for nominations for its 2019 Foodist Awards, which recognize the pursuit and achievement of excellence in the state’s food and beverage scene. Nominations are being accepted now through Sunday, June 30. Finalists and winners will be recognized during a plated dinner ceremony on Thursday, October 10th at Young’s Market Company’s Seventh and Union.
“We are proud to be a leader in the support of Arizona’s culinary scene and the people behind it through the Foodist Awards,” says Arizona Restaurant Association president and CEO Steve Chucri. “And we are excited to once again honor the creative minds that help shape Arizona’s vast culinary landscape, but we can’t do it without the input of Valley foodies so we encourage everyone to get online and vote, vote, vote!”
This year’s Foodist Award categories include:
Innovative Fast Bites — This award honors the fast-casual segment and the restaurant that constantly brings innovation to the table.
Arizona Craft Retail Food Product — This award honors the tried-and-true recipes that consumers want to have available at home.
Signature Dish — Honors the restaurant that quite simply does it best.
Arizona’s Best Coffee House — Honoring Arizona grown coffee that is taking the state, and maybe even the country, by storm.
Favorite Arizona Winery — Toasting the top Arizona winery.
Top Arizona Brewery — Raising a glass to the best Arizona brewery.
Cocktail Program — Raising a glass to an elite cocktail program.
Wine Program — Recognizing an outstanding restaurant or bar that demonstrates excellence and innovation in their wine program.
Best Beverage Program — Recognizing a bar or restaurant that keeps their beverage menu edgy yet approachable embracing all things beverage – spirits, wine and beer.
Innovative Restaurant Concept — Recognizes a restaurateur or restaurant group who demonstrates that they don’t follow trends, they define them by setting the bar in restaurant operations and the overall customer dining experience.
Fantastic Food Truck — Recognizes outstanding achievement in mobile nourishment, operations and community development.
Emerging Restaurant of the Year — Honors promising up-and-comers that demonstrate exemplary talent, showcase innovation and have already distinguished themselves as pacesetters in food, beverage and service.
Top Arizona Caterer — An Arizona grown catering team that provides quality dining experience at any location and exemplary service.
Outstanding Local Restaurant Group — Honors a culinary group with more than three locations with the same or different brands, demonstrating exceptional achievement and commitment to excellence in marketing, menu design and customer service.
Uniquely Arizona — Home to some of the oldest documented food traditions, Arizona has a rich culinary past steeped in tradition. These restaurants embrace not only the local food but are staples of the state.
Acclaimed Industry Instagrammer — Honoring the best Instagrammer who has captured the hearts of its visitors with outstanding Instagram food photography.
Best of the Best Food Writer — This award recognizes a writer, blogger, or food critic who dedicates time, passion and energy to capturing the beauty of our industry with the written word in any form.
Good Neighbor — Recognizes the outstanding community leadership and exceptional devotion to making a difference in our neighborhoods and community at large.
Employee of the Year — Recognizes the front or back of house employee (non-managerial) that has set the gold standard for exemplary customer service and enhancing the overall dining experience.
Manager of the Year — Recognizes the manager that has set the gold standard for exemplary customer service and leadership as well as enhancing the overall dining experience.
Top Mixologist | Bartender — Honoring an individual who is behind the bar, constantly raising the bar and setting trends in the beverage scene.
Top Chef — Pays tribute to outstanding culinary excellence, breaking new ground with an innovative menu while enhancing the dining experience.
Food Pioneer — Lifetime Achievement Award. Honors a lifetime of outstanding culinary excellence that continues to educate, inspire, entertain and foster a deeper understanding of the culinary culture in Arizona.
Nominations are now being accepted via www.foodistawards.com/nominations/ through 11:59 p.m. (MST) on Sunday, June 30. Finalists and winners are selected by a panel of industry experts organized by the Arizona Restaurant Association. For more visit, www.foodistawards.com.
For a Write On Rubee recap of last year’s event, visit this link.
About The Arizona Restaurant Association — Dedicated to helping its members become leaders in their communities through building customer loyalty, escalating awareness of food safety and healthy living, bolstering a thriving industry and rewarding workforce, and increasing financial success, the Arizona Restaurant Association is the brainchild behind events that support the state’s culinary scene including Arizona Restaurant Week and the Foodist Awards. For more, visit www.azrestaurant.org.
On Friday, May 24, Provision Coffee Bar rolled out its new tiki menu just in time for refreshing seasonal sipping. From tropical teas to jungle-inspired cocktails and a new island-style nosh, Provision unveiled the following vacation-mode bites and beverages:
Tahitian Latte — with espresso, coconut almond cream, milk, vanilla, orange bitters, an orange twirl and nutmeg garnish, $5/$6
Coconut Chemex (serves 2-3) — featuring sparkling white tea, coconut water, blackberry honey compote, pineapple allspice shrub, lime, and mint and served with a pineapple island garnish and in a glass Chemex, $15
Paradise Punch — sparkling white tea with a blend of freshly hand-squeezed orange, grapefruit, lime, pineapple and guava juices, simple syrup and coconut almond cream. Garnished with sparkling blueberry hibiscus, cinnamon and a tiki umbrella, $7
Black and Blue Hawaiian — nitro cold brew coffee, coconut almond cream infused with butterfly pea, orgeat, marasca syrup, and Orleans barrel-aged bitters, then garnished with maraschino cherry and a butterfly pea flower, $7
Rite of Passage — a tiki-style version of an old fashioned, featuring subtle pineapple notes, this cocktail is made with Plantation Stiggins Pineapple Rum, Heirloom Pineapple Amaro, simple syrup, and Polynesian Kiss bitters, and garnished with maraschino cherry and candied pineapple, $13
Golden Bird — a variation of the jungle bird cocktail featuring Brown butter Don Q Barrel Spiced Rum, St. George Bruto Americano, simple syrup, lime, pineapple, Angostura and Peychaud’s Barrel Aged Bitters and an orange twist garnish, $14
Musubi — teriyaki Spam, sushi rice, wasabi furikake, Hawaiian seasoning and rice vinegar wrapped in nori and serve with a side of fresh pineapple, $8
Provision Coffee Bar
4501 N. 32nd St., Phoenix 85018