2023 Award Winners

OSCAR Award Winners

Restaurateurs of the Year

Restaurant Group

Scott & Adrienne Kirmil, Inked Restaurant Group

Casual Dining

Sam Glynn, Chomp Kitchen & Drinks

Fine Dining

Kevin O'Donnell, Giusto

Coffee House

Chris Wietecha, Providence Bagel

Brewery of the Year

Narragansett Brewery

Hotelier of the Year

Kevin Hurley, Omni Providence

Chefs of the Year (Restaurant)

Ryan Mancini, Twin Oaks Restaurant
Brittany Muggle, Ten Steak & Sushi

Chef of the Year (Hotel)

Brian Hebert, Spring House Hotel

Woman of the Year

Jennifer Luxmoore, Sin

Man of the Year

Colin Geoffroy, G Hospitality

Vendor of the Year

Chris & Vimi Trosin, Metro Seafood & Lobster

Vendor Representative of the Year

Adam Dani, Napier Financial

Volunteer of the Year

Giulianna Galiano-Gomez, Gracie’s Ventures

Mary Brennan Tourism Award


Lifetime Achievement Award

Wright’s Dairy Farm

Hospitality Ambassadors of the Year


Alexa Gagosz, The Boston Globe

Elected Officials

The Honorable Brett Smiley, Mayor, City of Providence

The Honorable Xaykham Rexford Khamsyvoravong, Mayor, City of Newport

RIHA Chairman’s Award

Scott Redler, Chairman, National Restaurant Association

President’s Award

Gerry Fernandez, Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance

EF Chairman’s Awards

van Beuren Charitable Foundation

EF Teacher of the Year

Monica Rodrigues, Woonsocket Area Career & Technical Center

EF Student of the Year

Sade Williams, East Providence High School

EF Partnership of the Year

Jessica Willi, Block Island Tourism Council

EF Ambassador of the Year

Erin Kenny, Newport Career & Technical Center

Employees of the Year


Klebber Leon
G Enterprises, Maintenance Manager

Steve Toher
Performance Foodservice: Springfield, MA, Area Manager


Laura Ganci
Courtland Club, Beverage Director

Maegan Choiniere
Rooftop at Providence G, Bartender

Tev'n Brown
The Bistro at Ocean House, Lead Bartender


Gina Calcagni
Blackstone Caterers, Sales Manager

Star-Lynne Henry
Blackstone Caterers, Operations Manager

Gladys Conteras
Ocean House Collection, Banquet Manager

Stacie Auclair
Russell Morin Catering & Kitchen Manager

Emerging Leaders of the Year

Stephanie Saba
Angelo's Palace Pizza, Assistant Manager

Hope Marcoux
Bally's Twin River Lincoln Casino Resort & Bally's Tiverton Casino Hotel, Regional Retail Store Manager

Caitlin Walsh
Chomp Kitchen and Drinks, Manager

Radu Sav
Davidson Hospitality Group: Hotel Viking, Front Desk Supervisor

Kadrick Powell
G Enterprises, Restaurant Manager

Molly Ferro
Newport Harbor Island Resort, Conference Services Manager

Bobby Stearns
OceanCliff Hotel, Supervisor

Emily Barry
Ocean House, Luxury Sales Manager

Iris Ocfemia
Providence Marriott Downtown, Controller

Suzanne Sutcliffe
Russell Morin Catering & Events, Hospitality Manager

Victoria Hall
The Bistro at Ocean House, Restaurant Manager

Caite Euler
The Chanler, Catering Sales Manager

Sheleen Caffrey
The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina, Sales Manager

Nicholas Hafner
The Preservation Society of Newport County, Special Events Operations Assistant Supervisor

Jennifer Marvel
TPG Hotels and Resorts: Holiday Inn South Kingstown, Assistant General Manager

Soribel Martinez
TPG Hotels and Resorts: Renaissance Providence, Assistant Housekeeping Manager


Karen Valliere
Bally's Twin River Lincoln, Hotel Manager

Carolyn Ferreira
Crowne Plaza Hotel Providence-Warwick, Director of Housekeeping

James Burgess
Davidson Hospitality Group: Hotel Viking, Maintenance Engineer

Kristina Fisher
Graduate Providence, Director of Conference Services

Betzaida Benitez
Graduate Providence, Line Cook

Eleasar Conoz
Newport Harbor Island Resort, Kitchen Supervisor

Jeremy Torres
Ocean House, Assistant Director of Housekeeping

Ana Filuminia
Omni Providence Hotel, Engineering Administrative Assistant

Celeste Santizo
Omni Providence Hotel, Front Desk Agent

Lilia Zarmanian
Providence Marriott Downtown, Housekeeping Lobby Attendant

Emma Roderiques
Residence Inn by Marriott Newport Middletown, Asst. Executive Housekeeping Manager

Edward Robinson
Residence Inn by Marriott Newport Middletown, Maintenance Chief

Elie Camille
The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina, Engineer

Samantha Fricke
The Weekapaug Inn, Housekeeping Manager

Hanna Devlin
TPG Hotels and Resorts: Renaissance Providence, Navigator


Matthew Falcone
99 Restaurants, First Cook

Robert McMaugh
Angelo's Palace Pizza, Head of Maintenance

Candida Fortes
Bally's Twin River Lincoln, Restaurant Manager

Fernanda Canales
Dalia by Dantón Valle at Ocean House, Restaurant Manager

Trisha Herrick
Davenport's Cumberland, General Manager

Maria Ritchey
Gracie's Ventures, Private Events & Hospitality Leader

Tony Oliveira
Gregg's Restaurants, General Manager

Jennifer Cooke
Gregg's Restaurants, General Manager

John Ioven
Rooftop at Providence G, Server

Nicholas Rizzo
The Chanler, Demi Sous Chef

Carlton “Chaz” Paul
The Weekapaug Inn, Executive Sous Chef


Dina Melise
Amica Mutual Pavilion / Rhode Island Convention Center, Box Office

Manuel Gonzalez
Bally's Tiverton Casino Hotel, Senior Table Games Shift Manager

Julie Grant
Discover Newport, Digital Marketing Manager

Emily Burns
Admiral Dewey Inn, General Manager

Carley Foto
Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, Convention Services Manager

Dena Pemental
The Preservation Society of Newport County, Admissions Supervisor