Tickets are still available for the fast-approaching BC Restaurant Hall of Fame Gala, set for Oct. 1 at the Italian Cultural Centre.

The annual industry celebration is not to be missed.

“Now in its 13th year, the inductees into the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame continue to be impressive,” says Bob Parrotta, Chair of the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association. “The eight individuals being inducted in 2018 once again represent the very best of those who have made a significant difference to the BC Restaurant industry.”

The Hall of Fame inductees will be honoured at the black tie gala, emceed by broadcaster Jody Vance. The evening will feature a reception presented by the Keg Steakhouse & Bar and Gordon Food Service, celebrity presenters and guests and a veritable feast prepared by the Italian Cultural Centre’s Executive Chef Jackson Noah which of course will be paired with the best of BC wines.

Those who buy $200 tickets can attend the exclusive Riedel Tasting at 4 p.m., ahead of the 5:30 p.m. gala, plus receive complimentary stemware valued at $200.

A limited number of seats are left. Click here to buy tickets today.

(Photo: bcrfahalloffame.com)

BC Restaurant and Food Services Association CEO Ian Tostenson congratulated the 2018 inductees into the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame, who will be honoured at the event.

“We honor and celebrate your accomplishments, dedication and passion for our Industry. Your contributions have helped put British Columbia’s culinary scene on the world stage!” Tostenson said.

Organizers say “all inductees must have exhibited the highest levels of excellence bringing both honour and pride to the British Columbia hospitality industry. They exemplify the best of our industry by demonstrating strong character and dedication. They should be shining examples of inspiration to present and future generations.”

This year’s inductees join such luminaries as Hy & David Aisenstat, Vikram Vij, Warren Erhart, Umberto Menghi and John Bishop.

Read about the 2018 inductees below:

1. ACTIVE RESTAURATEUR

Celebrates exceptional restaurateurs currently active in the BC restaurant industry.

  • Robert Belcham – Campagnolo/Campagnolo Roma/Monarch Burger/Popina Canteen
  • Chris Mills & Geoff Boyd – Joey Restaurant Group

2. PIONEER

Recognizes leaders of the BC restaurant industry for their contribution over the length of their career, and who are retired from daily operations.

  • Nick & Pauline Felicella – Nick’s Spaghetti House

3. LOCAL CHAMPION

Individual who is a leader in supporting local BC food and beverage through all facets of their career. They make their restaurant a special experience because of the ingredients they select, the farmers they work with and the pride of place that is celebrated through their creations.

  • Andrea Carlson – Burdock and Co. & Harvest Community Foods

4. INDUSTRY AWARD

Individual who is or has been a chef, server, manager, bartender and who has demonstrated exceptional professionalism working in the restaurant industry. These individuals are recognized for making their restaurant a special experience for customers.

  • Stephanie Jaeger – The Pear Tree Restaurant

5. LEADING EMPLOYER

An active restaurateur who is a leader in increasing the visibility of, and the profile of, careers in restaurants. Recognized for creating a workplace that is welcoming, treats employees with the utmost respect and fosters and environment for recognition and growth.

  • Eva Gates – Sequoia Company of Restaurants

6. FRIEND OF INDUSTRY

An individual who has provided exceptional support to the restaurant industry – either as a supplier, educator, reporter, or politician

  • Sandra Oldfield – Elysian Projects

7. SUPPLIER AWARD

Celebrates an individual who, through their work as a supplier partner, has made a contribution to hospitality in BC.

  • Allison Spurrell – Les Amis du Fromage

An initiative of the British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association, this event is the first, and remains the only, Restaurant Hall of Fame in Canada. This year’s event is set to begin at 5:30 p.m on Oct. 1 at the Italian Cultural Centre (3075 Slocan St., Vancouver). Proceeds from the event’s silent auction will go toward the BC Hospitality Foundation.

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