Tabletop Performance Awards are given based on independent restaurants, on-site foodservice, and banquet and catering segments based on overall appearance, the tabletop’s ability to support the menu, the overall concept, and how conducive the concept is to the operation’s style of service.
2015 Performance in Tabletop Awards: First Place: Banquet and Catering, Michael D. Bloch, Executive Dining Suite, Columbus, Ohio
2015 Performance in Tabletop Awards: Independent Restaurant with a Per Person Check Average of LessThan $30 First Place: Butcher and the Brewer, Cleveland, Ohio
Chef Conte, executive chef and partner for Café Amano in Elmhurst, Ill., was taught by his grandmother at a very early age and worked in his family’s restaurants prior to graduating from the Schoolcraft College Culinary Arts Program in Michigan. Chef Conte’s background also includes operating banquet halls and DiRoNA, an award-winning restaurant. He opened his first restaurant, an upscale Italian concept, at the age of 25 in Farmington, Mich. In 2004, Chef Conte sold his restaurant and moved to the Chicago area to bring his unique style of cooking to Café Amano.
Skinny Rita’s Grille in the Heights, Houston, Texas
2015 Performance in Table Awards: Club/Resort First Place: Allegria Resort, Long Beach, N.Y.
Independent Restaurant with a Per Person Check Average of More than $30, First Place: Cartwright's Sonoran Ranch House, Cave Creek, Ariz.
Independent Restaurant with a Per Person Average of More than $30, Honorable Mention: Hunt Club Steakhouse at Geneva National, Lake Geneva, Wis.
Independent Restaurant with a Per Person Average of More Than $30, Honorable Mention: Churrascos, Houston
Independent Restaurant with a Per Person Check Average of Less Than $30, First Place: Giuseppe’s Ristorante, Richboro, Pa
Independent Restaurant with a Per Person Check Average of Less than $30, First Place: Salty Sow, Phoenix, Ariz.