By The Editors
SPECIAL REPORT: 3rd Annual Supplies Awards
Sixty truly new supplies items made the first cut to become finalists. When the scores were in, 17 winners emerged. Here, the winners and notables in our third annual competition.
Americans love competition, and we love winners. (Who but an Americanor maybe an East German swim teamwould put up with Bobby Knight so long?) So when we put out the invitations for our Third Annual Supplies Competition, the responses began coming almost immediately.
Beyond that, eligibility was simple. Any product meeting the category definitions and introduced to the market after the May 1999 National Restaurant Association Show was eligible. That kept everything pretty new, less than about 14 months on the market.
Let The Festivities Begin
And so the packages began coming. In whats become the annual dance around here, the UPS and FedEx guys were bumping into each other coming and going as the boxes stacked higher and higher. Our reception area became a receiving area. The Gill Ashton Publishing officea comfy yet functional pad most of the timewas stuffed.
By the time the delivery trucks stopped, upwards of 70 entries had arrived for the two categories. The editors analyzed the lot and pared the group to 60.
Meanwhile, we set about assembling our judging panel. As always, we sought a balance of multiunit operators with hands-on experience and dealer/distributor folks with a special focus on smallwares and tabletop/servingware.
Say, Is That A Powdered Wig?
On the operator side, we enticed two experienced handsSue Becker, C.I.A.-trained chef and regional food manager in Chicago for the Seattle-based Briazz chain, and multiunit business and industry guru Doug Hawthorne of Bank One Dining Services. Representing the dealers, three seasoned smallwares and tabletop pros answered the call: Award-winning tabletop designer Anne McCabe of The Boelter Cos., national accounts manager Richard Suwanski of Edward Don & Co., and smallwares specialist John Sweeney of The Wasserstrom Co. (Their brief yet substantial bios appear below.)
On Aug. 29, 2000, judging commenced in the main conference room at Edward Don & Co. in North Riverside, Ill. The stories that follow detail the 17 big winners and 43 others that made it to the finalist round .
Fresh Thinking Marks Smallwares Winners
New Shapes, Cool Colors Woo The Judges
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