Restaurants & Institutions Announces 2008 Ivy Award Winners

CHICAGO--()--Restaurants & Institutions magazine has announced the recipients of its 38th annual Ivy Awards, one of the oldest and most-coveted accolades in the foodservice industry. Six operations that embody the Ivy standards for excellence in food and service will be inducted into the Ivy Society in Chicago on May 18, 2008. This years recipients will be honored at a gala Ivy Awards Celebration and Dinner held at The Field Museum, an event that coincides with the National Restaurant Associations Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show.

In keeping with Ivy Society tradition, this years recipients were nominated for consideration by past Ivy winners. The six winners then were chosen by the readers of R&I through a ballot in the magazines January issue.

This years Ivy Awards class is a distinguished group of outstanding foodservice operations that deserve the accolades they are receiving from their colleagues, said Scott Hume, editor-in-chief of Restaurants & Institutions.

The 2008 Ivy Awards will be presented to:

  • Alinea, Chicago
  • Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare, Las Vegas
  • Hotel Healdsburg, Healdsburg, Calif.
  • Per Se, New York City
  • Presbyterian Hospital of Plano, Plano, Texas
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass.

The selection of this years Ivy Awards winners began when representatives from previous Ivy-winning operationswhich include such notables as 21 Club in New York City, Charlie Trotters in Chicago, Commanders Palace in New Orleans and Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif.were invited to nominate restaurants, hotels and noncommercial operations that they believe exemplify the Ivy standards of excellence. Nominees appeared on a ballot in Restaurants & Institutions January 2008 issue, and the magazines 140,000 readers were allowed to cast votes for their choices.

This years Ivy honorees will be profiled in the May 1, 2008, issue of Restaurants & Institutions.

The premium platinum sponsor of the 2008 Ivy Awards event is Basic American Foods. Based in Walnut Creek, Calif., Basic American Foods primary business is dehydrated potato and bean products for the foodservice industry.

Restaurants & Institutions magazine is published 18 times a year by Reed Business Information.


Restaurants & Institutions
Scott Hume, 630-288-8206


Restaurants & Institutions
Scott Hume, 630-288-8206