We are happy to announcement that Mike Gibbons is the 2015 recipient of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) Silver Plate Award in the Independent Restaurant / Multi-Concept Operator category, and is a nominee for the Gold Plate award!
Annually, IFMA grants Silver Plate Awards in nine operator categories and honors one winner with the prestigious Gold Plate Award on the night of the awards celebration. Often called “The Academy Awards of Foodservice,” the Gold & Silver Plate Awards have been considered one of the industry’s most prestigious honors since its inception in 1954.
This year’s event will be held on May 18, 2015 at The Great Hall at Union Station at 500 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL. The event will be attended by industry leaders from every operator segment, manufacturers and industry partners, as well as industry legends, including members of the Gold & Silver Plate Society. The celebration is the party of the year, featuring top chefs, live entertainment and an exquisite dinner followed by the presentation of the Gold Plate Award.
The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association IFMA) is a community of foodservice leaders who share a unified vision: to enhance the consumer’s enjoyment of the foodservice choice. Our mission is to enable IFMA’s member community to focus on the critical issues that affect their business and the industry. IFMA brings value by providing foodservice leaders with opportunities to build relationships and establish operational insights and best practices—core initiatives that cause increased sales, profitability and market share over other food buying options.
History of the Gold & Silver Plate
The Gold & Silver Plate Awards, now in its 61st year, is the longest-running and most respected awards program in the foodservice industry. Each year, a distinguished jury of trade press editors and previous award winners weigh the merits of candidates who best represent IFMA’s vision, mission and values. Winners are honored with the Silver Plate Award in up to nine categories each year. One of these accomplished and esteemed operators is chosen by secret ballot to receive the industry’s most coveted recognition, the IFMA Gold Plate for overall industry excellence. This year’s event takes place May 18th in Chicago, during the end of National Restaurant Week.
Links of Note
Following are links that will take you to important places about IFMA:
- Gold & Silver Plate Home Page
- Silver Plate Winner Press Release – March 31, 2015
- Table or Individual Registration Info
Individuals who would like more information about attending the event can email IFMA’s Associate Director, and Membership, Cheron Lessmeister at firstname.lastname@example.org.