2018 Stars of the Industry Awards & Celebration Gala presented by Sysco

2018 Stars of the Industry Awards & Celebration Gala presented by Sysco

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Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center

4700 Emperor Boulevard

Durham, NC 27703

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It's time again to celebrate the people who make our industry shine!

The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association’s 2018 Stars of the Industry Awards presented by Sysco is an annual gala to recognize exemplary performance and service in hospitality across the state. This event draws 350+ hospitality professionals from around the state, as it is NCRLA's signature event of the year.

We're changing up the format this year! The awards presentation will be preceded by a fantastic dinner reception where guests will have the opportunity to sip & savor the food and beverage trends of 2018, as well as network with industry peers, award nominees and award winners. We'll then gather to celebrate our award winners in a formal presentation, followed by a sparkling wine and dessert finale.

The evening's emcee will be Ken Smith, of WRAL-TV in Raleigh. Dinner & dessert will be provided by our presenting sponsor, Sysco, our host sponsor, Sheraton Imperial, our platinum sponsor Butterball and our food truck partner, Mr. Mongolian. NCRLA has a room block with the Sheraton Imperial Hotel. Reserve your room online HERE.

5:30 - 7:00 Dinner

7:00 - 8:00 Awards Ceremony

8:00 - 8:30 Dessert & Sparkling Wine

To sponsor this event, please contact Mindy Wharton at mwharton@ncrla.org or 919-277-8585.

Thank you to our sponsors!


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What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking will be available on-site at the Sheraton Imperial parking lot.

Is there a room block/special lodging rate for the Sheraton?

Yes, reserve your room online at HERE by Jan. 29, 2018.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please direct questions to Mindy Wharton, mwharton@ncrla.org or 919-539-1977

What is the proper attire?

Business formal.

What's the refund policy?

No refunds are offered.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. We will have a printed name tag for each registrant.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes. If you are attending in place of another guest, we will make you a name tag at the door.

What awards will be given that evening?

Restaurateur of the Year; Restaurant Employee of the Year—management level; Restaurant Employee of the Year—line level; Lodging Operator of the Year; Lodging Employee of the Year—management level; Lodging Employee of the Year—line level; Hospitality Supplier of the Year; Griff & June Glover Award for Distinguished Service; Lifetime Achievement Award; Ken Conrad Award for Service to the Community; NCRLA Chef of the Year; NCRLA Pastry Chef of the Year, and the NCRLA Mixologist of the Year.