2018 Stella Award Winners: Best F&B

Full bellies make for happy attendees. That's why superb F&B experiences are so crucial to the meetings experience.  

UNICO 20˚87˚ Hotel Riviera Maya
UNICO 20˚87˚ Hotel Riviera Maya

Full bellies make for happy attendees. That’s why superb F&B experiences are so crucial to the meetings experience. These Stella Award-winning properties dish up the most innovative and delectable dining options. Whether it’s a sit-down banquet for hundreds, an intimate meal in a celebrity chef-helmed restaurant or even a fun-filled cooking team-building challenge, these hotels cater to the most discerning of palates with creative experiences to savor long after the meetings end.

With many properties to choose from, you can be confident these winners of the 2nd Annual Stella Awards will expertly cater to your smaller groups and ensure your event is anything but ordinary.

Best F&B Winners

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Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel

Gold Winner, Northeast

Stella 2018 Kimpton Mason Rook Hotel

Washington, D.C.’s 178-room Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel features an innovative cuisine-driven cocktail bar, Radiator, that provides all dining on property—from catering for meetings to room service and dining at the hotel’s chic rooftop bar and pool. Led by Chef Johnathan Dearden, Radiator’s global dishes include snacks, sharable plates and large-format rustic items guaranteed to impress the most discerning foodies. The hotel sources ingredients from local purveyors. Thee chef partners with clients to deliver creative menus specifically for events using seasonal ingredients.

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel
Silver Winner, Northeast 

Stella 18 FB Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel

At the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, chefs provide the ultimate service experience with a wide variety of cuisines. The talented team comes from all over the world and each member contributes their own flair to every meal prepared. Groups enjoy the modern ambiance that the hotel has to offer. Whether you indulge in a craft cocktail and small plate in the on-site restaurant Apropoe’s or attend a black-tie gala in one of the stunning ballrooms, you are sure to leave with a smile on your face and a memorable culinary experience.


Skytop Lodge

Bronze Winner, Northeast

Stella FB NE Bronze

Nestled in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, the historic Skytop Lodge offers a variety of dining options sure to please any palate. From a formal fine-dining affair to casual culinary delights, guests savor the authentic flavors that the artful chefs have created. Here, impeccable service and an idyllic setting heighten the dining experience. There are several on-site dining options available, including the Lakeview Dining Room, which draws inspiration from regional cuisine; and the Windsor Dining Room, which serves innovative seasonal cuisine in a classic setting.


Hilton Orlando
Gold Winner, Southeast

With creativity and interactive elements at the forefront, Hilton Orlando delights guests and meeting planners with innovative F&B. Always pushing the limits of simultaneously delicious and visually appealing creations, the culinary masterminds continue to bring ingenious events to life. From implementing a dedicated on-site “Fruitologist” and pop-up speakeasy on the hotel’s loading deck, to setting up a glamping safari-themed dessert reception—complete with s’mores over a cowboy cauldron—the hotel excels at providing novel food and beverage.

Naples Grande Beach Resort
Silver Winner, Southeast

Naples Grande Beach Resort—the independent luxury beachside resort located in Naples, Florida— offers 474 guest rooms and seven on-site dining options, including an extensive in-room dining menu. Culinary options range from signature seafood by the water to a newly opened Japanese pan-Asian open kitchen and bar to internationally inspired coastal cuisine in a cosmopolitan, cutting-edge atmosphere. In the past year alone, Executive Chef Bader Ali and Restaurant Chef Andy Philips have whipped up a variety of new regionally inspired offerings at the property's signature restaurant, The Catch of the Pelican.

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa
Bronze Winner, Southeast

Excellent dining is a hallmark of Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island, from elegant cuisine to hand-crafted cocktails. At 3800 Ocean, a “collective kitchen” menu is inspired by the backgrounds of its chefs, bringing personal influences to a rich bounty of local seafood and produce. Complementing the menu are desserts prepared by an on-site pastry chef and an extensive wine list curated by a knowledgeable sommelier. For adventurous palates, a private Kitchen Table experience offers five courses created on-the-spot by the chef and can be reserved for parties up to five.


The Lismore Hotel Eau Claire
Gold Winner, Midwest

The Lismore Hotel, situated in Eau Claire, Wisconsin’s bustling downtown area, boasts a staff with an incredible drive to provide seamless experiences for its guests. There are a multitude of on-site dining options available, including a full-service farm-totable restaurant, The Informalist, led by Executive Chef Joseph Sieg; a coffee shop which serves organic signature-blend coffee, ECDC; and a modern and eclectic craft cocktail bar, DIVE. DIVE boasts astounding rooftop views and is available for both intimate gatherings and large parties.

Motorcity Casino Hotel
Silver Winner, Midwest

From cutting-edge meetings to gala banquets, Detroit’s MotorCity Casino Hotel has the facilities to make extraordinary events happen. Iridescence is the hotel’s AAA Four Diamond Award-winning restaurant, serving modern American cuisine complemented by city views and a Wine Spectator Award-winning wine list. Assembly Line is a decadent buffet, where chefs prepare the best in American and international cuisine. Guests can also soak in some Detroit history at Thee Lodge Diner or feast at Grand River Burger and Deli. Sweet Ride serves delicious baked goods, all made fresh daily in the hotel’s bakery.

JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America
Bronze Winner, Midwest

JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America offers 342 sophisticated guest rooms; nearly 20,000 square feet of vibrant event space, including one of the largest ballrooms in the Twin Cities; and a world-class restaurant—Cedar + Stone, Urban Table— which features farm-to-table dishes inspired by Minnesota’s natural roots and culture. The restaurant is an ideal location to host private and group events. As part of Mall of America’s recent luxury expansion, the property is a hub for couture shopping enthusiasts and business travelers alike.


Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
Gold Winner, Southwest

Helmed by Food Network Star and Executive Chef Beau MacMillan, elements at Sanctuary Resort offers farm-fresh American cuisine with Asian accents. Food presentation is as compelling as the views that surround diners through floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights. A hot gathering spot, jade bar juts out over Paradise Valley for spectacular views. Its only-in-Arizona craft cocktail concept is complemented by a small-plates menu developed by MacMillan.

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa
Silver Winner, Southwest

Inspired by the local ingredients and cuisine of the Sonoran Desert, Andaz Scottsdale catering menus showcase fresh, thoughtfully sourced ingredients and seasonal menus. Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen offers contemporary Sonoran fare with shareable plate options, compliments of Executive Chef Adam Sheff. A glass box display kitchen featuring innovative use of plancha cooking techniques puts Sheff’s creations on full display as he prepares twists on seasonal ingredients that speak to the rich heritage of the resort’s surroundings.

The Broadmoor

Bronze Winner, Southwest

From the day The Broadmoor first opened in 1918, founder Spencer Penrose set out to create a dining experience that celebrates modern innovation while honoring the culinary traditions of the American West. A century later, that passion for inspired cuisine continues at The Broadmoor’s award-winning restaurants and lounges. Eateries range from Colorado’s only Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond restaurant, Penrose Room, to the newest casual dining option, Café Julie’s. The award-winning culinary staff from around the world creates a moment with each meal that exceeds expectations.


The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas
Gold Winner, Far West

The Venetian’s Honest Food program reflects and addresses key culinary and banquet trends, including sustainable sourcing and resource management, creative hybrid and ethnic menu options and elimination of processed and GMO ingredients. Executive Banquet Chef Stefan Peroutka has devised innovative ways to address the changing needs of meeting guests and attendees. For smaller groups, The Venetian offers a series of interactive culinary experiences in partnership with its array of restaurants and lounges, such as sushi preparation, mixology sessions and dessert creation.

Anaheim Marriott
Silver Winner, Far West

Today’s attendees are foodies—and they expect a “wow” factor at mealtimes and breaks. Anaheim Marriott continually sets the bar higher. Coffee service goes beyond basic with Coffee Nitro on draft with two syrups and a Pour Over Drip. Interactive customer engagement stations include detailed food themes like a French Fry Station with various salts, sauces and ketchups; handmade mozzarella stations; and even veggie-driven cocktails. Guests get closer to the action as team-building programs venture into the hotel’s cold and training kitchens. Food is always at the forefront of group experiences here.


The Ranch 4.0 Westlake Village
Bronze Winner, Far West

Located at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, The Ranch has emerged as a leader in the growing trend of corporate wellness programming. The Ranch’s exercise and nutrition program helps attain measurable results in a short amount of time, gaining endurance, shedding fat and detoxifying in a healthy way. With Leading & Clean Eating, guests explore the signature plant-based cuisine with Ranch 4.0 Chef Meredith Haaz. Haaz leads guests on a culinary adventure with daily activities that include cooking demonstrations and a field trip to The Ranch Malibu’s certified organic garden.


Shangri-La Hotel, Paris
Gold Winner, International & U.S. Territories

Shangri-La Hotel, Paris’ Bonaparte Dinner revives the grand tradition of dinner à la française from the early 20th century. Paying homage to the building’s history, the setting of Prince Roland Bonaparte’s former mansion takes guests on a historic journey while savoring the cuisine of two-Michelin-starred Chef Christophe Moret. Created around a decorated table with stunning floral centerpieces and tailor-made tableware by French manufacturer Haviland and Maison Lelièvre, guests dine in opulence. The hotel also has three incredible dining venues, including Shang Palace—the only Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant in France.

Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort
Silver Winner, International & U.S. Territories

Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort’s portfolio of culinary offerings includes six restaurant venues under the direction of Executive Chef Mauricio Lopez, inclusive of TripAdvisor’s No. 1-rated restaurant in San Jose del Cabo, Vela. this year, the resort launched its innovative spa and culinary dining concept, featuring dinner fare in the resort’s Zen Garden terrace. Garden-picked salads are served on hanging vines in terrarium glass, freshly caught sushi is served on chilled massage stones, various garnishes are freshly picked from the living wall and more, showcasing the resort’s dedication to wellness.

UNICO 20'87; Hotel Riviera Maya
Bronze Winner, International & U.S. Territories

Dining at UNICO 20°87° is not a singular experience, but rather, a multi-sensory adventure with constantly changing tastes, textures and sensations. While locally sourced ingredients are a staple at every restaurant and bar, the offerings are a diverse mix of international flavors. Five unique restaurants vary from elevated fine dining to casual beachside buffet. Cueva Siete is an authentic chef-driven concept where a new chef rotates in every year. First to take the reins was former “Top Chef Mexico” contestant Christian Bravo with a menu celebrating Mexico’s culinary diversity.

Get your company's name in the running for next year and nominate your organization for a 2019 Stella Award. Don't delay, early bird nominations close March 22nd.