HALIFAX — The Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia (RANS) recently held its 2012 awards dinner recognizing excellence in foodservice across the province.
The celebration of culinary achievement was held at Casino Nova Scotia. Among the honourees were: Halifax’s Wooden Monkey (Best Green Restaurant), Parrsboro’s Bare Bones Bistro (Local Food Hero), Dartmouth’s Cheese Curds (Where Halifax magazine’s Best New Restaurant), Halifax’s Onyx (Best Design & Decor), Halifax’s Obladee Wine Bar (Best Wine/Beverage Menu) and Malagash’s Jost Vineyards (RANS Supplier of the Year).
The awards for Best Small and Best Large Restaurant went to Halifax restaurants Morris East and The Bicycle Thief, respectively.
Meanwhile, The Atlantic Canadian Wine Association presented 14 maritime wineries with medals recognizing their winemaking excellence.
Local chefs Michael Howell, Jeff McInnis, Dilan Draper, Jeremy McLean, Ian Hurst and Leslie Hull were also on hand preparing the evening’s cuisine as part of a competition. Howell, president, RANS, and former owner of Tempest restaurant, took home honours in the best-course-of-the-evening category, for his three-beet soup voted tops by guests in attendance.