Congratulations to the team at Real Seafood Company in Ann Arbor for winning the MSV President’s Award of Excellence in the full-service (lunch and dinner) restaurant category! The award was accepted by Barb McCoy, the restaurant’s general manager on behalf of the entire team at Real Seafood Co.
In an unprecedented win for the last 4 out of 5 years, the MSV President’s Award of Excellence in the single-service category (dinner-only) was awarded to Ciao! Ristorante in Toledo, Ohio and was accepted by its general manager, Terry Kretz.
This year’s inspirational guest speaker was Jake Long, American football offensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL and graduate from the University of Michigan. Long trained under Coach Lloyd Carr at UofM and shared inspirational stories during his time playing at Michigan and throughout his career. Long spoke of working through adversity, injuries, and the commitment needed to do the job, but always maintaining a higher standard of excellence.
MSV COIN WINNERS
Mainstreet Ventures Inc. recognized its award winning restaurant employees, one from each MSV restaurant, during the company’s annual President’s Awards dinner. Any restaurant employee can qualify as a Coin Winner, since every employee directly impacts the guest experience.
Each Coin Winner is a person that exemplifies the MSV standards of excellence, seeking to exceed expectations and deliver memorable dining experiences to guests. MSV restaurant Coin Winners are selected based upon their individual skill sets and overall contributions to their team while exhibiting a high level of skill, grace and professionalism, exemplifying the MSV standards of excellence. This program rewards employees found to be the best of the best in their respective MSV restaurant. We offer a congratulations to the following Coin Winners:
2017 MSV OVERALL COIN WINNER
TRUNG VO, The Chop House, Ann Arbor
2017 MSV COIN WINNERS
AMBER GOODYKE, The Chop House, Grand Rapids
GINA DOOLITTLE, Ciao!
CHRIS REECE, Real Seafood Company, Toledo
TYLER BUSE, Gratzi
TAYLOR HOENER, Mezzevino
SHAWN HECKAMAN, Real Seafood Company, Ann Arbor
LARRY RIDDLE, The Chop House, Charleston
TIM HOOVER, Tidewater Grill
PEDRO CRUZ, Real Seafood Company, Naples
MARIA CHEVEZ, Blue Pointe Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill
ANDREW MCGAUGHY, Palio
VINCE VERARDI, Carson’s American Bistro
CHRISTIAN LAU, Zia’s
JUAN FUENTES, The Chop House, Annapolis
JIMMY DRYDEN, EO Burgers, Beavercreek
MIKE MAUS, Stillwater Grill, Brighton
DERICK ZANGER, Stillwater Grill, Okemos
ISMAEL HERRARA, Real Seafood Company, Bay City
THE PRESIDENTIAL AWARD DINNER MENU PRESENTED BY:
CHEF ADAM CANE ~ PALIO
SWEET CHILI SHRIMP
pancetta / Aperol
CHEF TIM NUCKELS ~ STILLWATER GRILL, BRIGHTON
MINI SHORT RIB WELLINGTONS
CHEF JEFF BASTA~ CARSON’S
dried figs / maple bacon / chili flake
CHEF DAN GAWURA ~ REAL SEAFOOD ANN ARBOR
celery root puree / pistachio pesto / arugula / pickled strawberries
GEORGE SZTROIN~ STILLWATER GRILL, OKEMOS
TOP KNIFE WINNING DISH
PANCETTA AND BOURSIN STUFFED CHICKEN
braised Swiss chard / parmesan-corn custard / cherry-fig mustarda
CHEF ADAM VAN BERKUM~ CHOP HOUSE, ANN ARBOR
DRY RUBBED FILET MIGNON
bone marrow / truffled potato puree / roasted root vegetables
CHEF JORDAN CONN ~ LA DOLCE VITA
WHITE CHOCOLATE-RASPBERRY PETITE GATEAU
white chocolate mousse / Oreo cookie crust /
passionfruit sauce / chocolate sauce / fresh raspberries
The President’s Award program is a result of MSV President, Michael C. Gibbons’ experience as the National Restaurant Association 2007 delegate to the Air Force Hennessy Award competition. This annual Air Force competition showcases the pride and cleanliness of the base kitchens. The MSV team took that format and created its own comprehensive evaluation program entitled, The President’s Award of Excellence. The MSV Presidential Award of Excellence is awarded to the MSV restaurant that receives the highest marks during a rigorous inspection series conducted by the MSV executive team throughout the year.
Congratulations to all of our team members!
To learn more about the MSV family of restaurants, visit: www.mainstreetventuresinc.com