Celebrating Simcoe County hospitality

Lou and Sue Biffis, Nottawasaga Inn Resort & Conference Centre.

Lou and Sue Biffis, Nottawasaga Inn Resort & Conference Centre.

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ALLISTON,
ON—The Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association and ORHMA
Simcoe Region celebrated the hospitality and tourism members in the
county at an annual gala, fundraiser and awards ceremony on April 24 at
Nottawasaga Inn Resort & Conference Centre.

ORHMA
president and chief executive officer Tony Elenis noted that the 160
people in attendance all work in some sort of building, but it’s the
people who work there that drive its success.

“People behind
the scenes and people on stage drive the magic formula of today’s
success, which is about customer experiences and points of difference,”
said Elenis.

“Through these awards tonight we are honouring
people beyond the grand winners, beyond all the qualified individuals,
we are honouring the entire hospitality industry and all those
individuals working in hotels, restaurants and the supply chain across
this beautiful Simcoe County,” he said.

The Simcoe Region of
the ORHMA presented awards across the hospitality industry. The Local
Chef of the Year Award went to Rudy Albunag of Nottawasaga Resort. Don
Buckle, of Cranberry Resort was awarded Hospitality Manager of the
Year.  Flying Monkey’s Brewery in Barrie, ON, was given the Foodservice
and Hospitality Supplier of the Year Award. Steve Jones, Nottawasaga
Resort, was given then ORHMA Simcoe Region Heart of the House Award,
which is presented to someone exemplifying hard word and industry
dedication.  

From left: ORHMA Simcoe Region chair John Cunningham, Don Buckle, Cranberry Resort, Tony Elenis, ORHMA president and CEO.

From left: ORHMA Simcoe Region chair John Cunningham, Don Buckle, Cranberry Resort, Tony Elenis, ORHMA president and CEO.

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Rudy Albunag, Nottawasaga Resort.

Rudy Albunag, Nottawasaga Resort.

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People’s Choice Awards winners included favourite server Adriana Medeiros from Nottawasaga Resort.

People’s Choice Awards winners included favourite server Adriana Medeiros from Nottawasaga Resort.

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Lou Biffis, Nottawasaga Resort founder, was presented with the region’s Industry Recognition Award.

Six
area chefs faced off for the Silver Plate Award preparing dishes for
160 attendees. Nottawasaga Resort chef James Day took home the honours
receiving the most votes for his dish.

Chefs James Day (left) and Kirk Walters.

Chefs James Day (left) and Kirk Walters.

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People’s Choice Awards
winners included: favourite server Adriana Medeiros from Nottawasaga
Resort; favourite bartender Ryan Zaroski, The Ranch, Barrie, ON;
Barrie’s Jack Astor’s picked up favourite restaurant; Hanna Milne, from
Snow Valley Ski Resort, received the Hospitality and Tourism Ambassador
Award; and Casino Rama won in the categories of favourite accommodations
facility and favourite recreation and tourism facility.   

“We
hope to continue running this event annually … in support and
recognition of our industry’s best and brightest stars,” said ORHMA
Simcoe Region chair John Cunningham.

The event raised more than its $15,000 goal, which will go to help students in the hospitality program at Georgian College.