Specifying Team: Eric Anderson, brewer, Butcher and Brewer; Doug Binzel, sales manager, The Wasserstrom Co.; Brian Klopp, dealer sales rep, The Wasserstrom Co.; Jeff Leonard, owner, Butcher and Brewer; Chris Lieb, owner, Butcher and Brewer; and Jason Workman, owner, Butcher and Brewer
Dinnerware: World Tableware (Farmhouse), American Metalcraft (Prestige)
Glassware: Libbey (Altitude, Embassy, Inverness, Munique and Perception)
Flatware: World Tableware (Farmhouse)
Accessories: American Metalcraft, Libbey, Lodge Manufacturing, San Jamar, Update International and World Tableware
Why it Won: The overall setup including the use of creative vessels and custom pieces, helps create a well-matched tabletop installation that suits this atmosphere well. The china suits the food well and the glassware makes the beer and other beverages very inviting.
Skinny Rita’s Grille in the Heights; Archie Patterson, founder/co-owner Skinny Rita’s Grille in the Heights; Mark Sass, principal, Preferred Source; Scott Miller, district manager, Libbey Inc; Rusty Gilmore, executive vice president of sales and marketing, Diversified Ceramics; Michael Cotsilis, IMCO category manager, Edward Don & Co; Debbie Fanelli, dealer sales rep, Edward Don & CoSpecifying Team: Marcela Perez, executive chef/co-owner
Dinnerware: Diversified Ceramics (Carpaccio), IMCO and Steelite (Anfora and Varick)
Glassware: Libbey (Aruba, Embassy and Wine Lover’s) and Steelite (Bodega)
Flatware: IMCO Edward Don (Royal Don)
Accessories: Front of the House and GET
Why it Won: When it comes to fitting a theme, Skinny Rita’s tabletop does just that. From the blue plates to the blue-rimmed glasses to the painted furniture: everything ties together nicely, creating a sense of being in Mexico without being too kitschy. From the tabletop to the dining room, everything flows together creating an elegant atmosphere.
Pam Bernardi, sales manager, The Wasserstrom Co.; Debbie Burke, dealer sales rep, The Wasserstrom Co.; Jason Frandsen, director of culinary, Fox Restaurant Concepts; Amber Haddad, director of operations, Fox Restaurant Concepts; and Clint Woods, director of culinary, Fox Restaurant ConceptsSpecifying Team:
Dinnerware: Bamboo Studio
Glassware: Cardinal (Cooler) Libbey and Steelite
Flatware: Oneida (Prime) and World Tableware (Classic Rim and Huron)
Accessories: Chef Specialties and Sertodo Copper
Worth Mentioning: This restaurant’s 1960’s theme is on full display with this fresh, eye-catching tabletop. Everything flows consistently together, including the fresh and simple plating and presentation of the food.