Chamber Recognizes Winner
at Winter In August
The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce announced the Chef’s Best Taste Awards, Chef’s Best Presentation Award and People’s Choice Award at the 33rd Annual Chamber Winter In August Celebration sponsored by Rutland Herald. This is the second year the Chamber established a "Chef led panel" of experts to make the decision. It was a success. The panel was made up of Chef Ben Layden, Chef Rick Iffland from Middlebury College and Mike Clifford (with extensive local restaurant experience). The 9 criteria included everything from complimenting flavors to appeal to the eye. Restaurants were rated on a weighted point system and scored accordingly. Attendees voted by ballot throughout the evening for the People’s Choice Award.
The Chef’s Best Taste Award was presented to Killington Resort with the Chef’s Best Taste Runner Up Award going to the The American Legion Post 31. The Chef’s Best Display Award went to Killington Resort. The People’s Choice Award was presented to Killington Resort.
650 people including Congressman Peter Welch, Governor Peter Shumlin, Mayor Chris Louras and many other officials, along with Killington Resort and Okemo Mountain Resort attended. According to Tom Donahue, EVP/CEO at the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce: "Winter In August is one of the most anticipated Rutland Region Chamber events of the summer and has become a true taste of Vermont".
The event held annually recognizes the positive economic impact that the ski industry has on the Rutland region and Vermont. Thirty six area restaurants and businesses provided delicious food for attendees to enjoy while the businesses marketed their establishments. Next year's event will be held on Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Thank you to the following businesses, restaurants and organizations who participating at the 33rd Annual Winter In August Celebration in 2014: American Legion- Post 31, Applebee's, Baxter's at the Rutland Country Club, Cape Air, Casella Waste Systems, Castleton College, Chaffee Art Center,Citizen's Bank, Coca Cola Bottling Company, Colonial Roofing Systems, Coleman Brook Tavern at Okemo Mountain Resort, Crowley Cheese Company, Franklin Conference Center, Greenfields Steakhouse @ Holiday Inn, Killington Grand Hotel & Conference Center, Maxie's Deli, McDonald's, Mountain Top Inn & Resort, MVRTD/The Bus, NBT Bank, Panera Bread, Paramount Theatre, Phat Italian Market & Deli, Ponderosa Steakhouse, Raiche's Vermont Made Salsa, Ray's of Sunshine, Rutland City Rotary, Rutland County Democrats, Rutland County Parent/Child Center, Rutland Restaurant, Sal's Downtown, The Foundry @ Summit Pond, The Vermont Inn, The Vermont Truffle Company, The Yellow Deli, Vermont Pig Roast