On a night that the restaurant industry of Maryland took a brief time out to celebrate its “stars of the industry,” the annual gala at Martin’s West in Baltimore was highlighted by the induction of the late Marcia Harris into the Maryland Hospitality Hall of Honor as the single honoree for 2008. Marcia and her boundless enthusiasm received one more heartfelt standing ovation as the announcement was made.
With a forward step toward the future that Marcia Harris would have expected, the 800 attendees were introduced to the new president CEO Paul Hartgen, who will leave the Nevada Restaurant Association and begin his tenure in Maryland June 30.
The awards were then announced with precision and fanfare as the evening showcased the stars of the entire state.
And the names in the envelopes were all met with applause and appreciation:
McCormick Cornerstone Award
New York J&P Pizza, The Greene Turtle
The Brice & Shirley Phillips Lifetime Industry Achievement Award
John Paterakis Sr., H&S Bakery
Maryland Favorite New Restaurant
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Favorite Bar & Tavern
Seacrets Bar & Grill, Ocean City
Da Mimmo Finest Italian Cuisine
Favorite Wine & Beverage Program
Pastry Chef of the Year
Duff Goldman, Charm CIty Cakes
Chef of the Year
Gary Leach. Ocean City Convention Center, Centerplate
MHEF ProStart Teacher of the Year
Elaine Heilman, Howard County Applications and Research Lab
MHEF ProStart Student of the Year/Mimmo Cricchio Memorial Scholarship
Erikka Hayes Foundation Scholarship
The Schellhase Award
Marcia S. Harris Legacy Fund Scholarship Recipient
Edson Miranda, $5,000
Allied Member of the Year
Phillips Foods, Scott Miller
Restaurateur of the Year
Fred Rosenthal. Jasper’s American Grille
The foto: l-r Lynn Martins, Chairman RAM, Marshall Weston, Interim President CEO, RAM; Fred Rosenthal, Restaurateur of the Year; Paula Kreuzburg, The Schellhase Award; Paul Hartgen, President CEO, RAM starting June 30; Mary Ann and Mimmo Jr. Cricchio, Favorite Restaurant of the Year.