On-site Foodservice

First Place (tie) Highgrove at Tates Creek, Lexington, Ky.

Photos courtesy of Andrew Kung Group

Why it Won

Our judges were impressed with how the tabletop caters to its clientele in a way that’s functional and looks great. Two things surprised our judges: the use of red plates, which has been infrequent of late, and the two-handled mug, which makes it easier for seniors to grip. And the lip on the plate makes it easier for seniors to get their food.

Specifying Team

Fred Debiasio, corporate chef, Highgrove at Tates Creek; Autumn Dominski, executive director, Highgrove at Tates Creek; Paul Eads, executive chef, Highgrove at Tates Creek; and Coleman Lucas, dealer sales rep, The Wasserstrom Company

  • China: Steelite
  • Flatware: World Tableware
  • Glassware: Libbey, Oneida and Innova
  • Accessories: American Metalcraft, Service Ideas and Carlisle

Highgrove beefHighgrove beef


First Place (tie): Palm Grill at Shell Point Retirement Community, Ft. Myers, Fla.

Why it Won

The project team did a good job of creating and updated a more upscale tabletop without going too far. If you were a resident there, you would feel like you are having a nice restaurant experience. This tabletop is plain, yet elegant. There’s lots of variety in the shapes, which creates visual appeal. The blue napkin, colored glassware and menu holder add color to the tabletop and connect it to the entire room. The brush finish of the accessories is a nice touch, too.

Specifying Team

Frank Bailey, sales manager, Downing Management; Todd Glaesmer, executive chef, Palm Grill at Shell Point Retirement Community; Terri Gilby, sales representative, Finn Foodservice; Jim Iacovino, director of hospitality food service, Palm Grill at Shell Point Retirement Community; Tom Irwin, manager, Woodland Dining Services; Tim Jarrett, director of strategic accounts, The Oneida Group; Peggy Mannix, dealer sales rep, Edward Don & Company, Stacy Miner, manufacturers’ representative, Eisner Rose & Associates; Gary Scharf, key account manager, Adams Marketing; Justin Throneburg, vice president, Rep Source; Ashley Veitch, sales rep, The Veitch Group; 

  • China: Bauscher Hepp and Imco
  • Flatware: Bon Chef and Walco
  • Glassware: Luigi Bormioli, Onedia and Anchor Hocking
  • Accessories: Service Ideas, Imco and Tablecraft

palm grill Burger

palm grill Burger

palm grill Burger


Honorable Mention: Medici for Edgemere Senior Living, Dallas

Worth Mentioning

For the style of the room, this tabletop provides a nice restaurant experience. They use various pieces and shapes for different menu items to maintain visual appeal.

Specifying Team

Greg Abbey, dealer sales rep, Edward Don & Company; Wesley Helms, F&B director, Medici for Edgemere Senior Living; Victor Jaime, executive chef, Medici for Edgemere Senior Living; and Nancy Ridlen, principal, W3 Sales.

  • China: Bauscher
  • Flatware: Oneida and WMF
  • Glassware: Luigi Bormioli
  • Accessories: American Metalcraft

Medici Table setting

Medici Table setting

Medici Table setting