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About the Santé Awards

The Santé Awards were created in 1998 to recognize and honor restaurants for excellence in wine and spirits management and general hospitality. Following its early success, the awards program was expanded to include four hospitality categories: Restaurant Wine Hospitality, Restaurant Spirits Hospitality, Restaurant Cooking Hospitality, and Restaurant Service. Annual Grand Awards are given to the highest-ranking entrant in each of the four categories. Professional of the Year award winners in each category are chosen by the Santé editorial panel to honor hospitality professionals who have had a major impact on their particular discipline over a period of time.

Click here to Enter the 2016 Awards. Deadline is December 1st., 2016.

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Awards entrants compete in eight geographical areas.

They are:

  • New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)
  • New York City
  • Mid-Atlantic (DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, DC)
  • Southeast (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)
  • Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, OK, SD, WI)
  • Mountain / Southwest (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, TX, UT, WY)
  • California
  • West Coast (AK, HI, OR, WA)


Each award category is divided into sub-categories, based on type of establishment or type of cuisine, and each has its own unique judging criteria. These include:

 

Culinary Hospitality Awards

Sub-categories:

  • Traditional
  • Innovative
  • Sustainable

Judging Criteria:

  • Cuisine focus
  • Cooking and management philosophy
  • Staff training 
  • Dish and menu development
  • Special events and promotions
  • Creativity and innovative


Wine Hospitality Awards

Sub-categories:

  • Fine Dining Restaurant
  • Bistro
  • Hotel/Resort
  • Wine Bar

Judging Criteria:

  • Wine list focus and unique characteristics
  • By-the-glass programs
  • Staff training 
  • Special events and promotions
  • Creativity and innovative


Spirits Hospitality Awards

Sub-categories:

  • Hotel/Resort Bar
  • Restaurant Bar
  • Bar
  • Club

Judging Criteria:

  • Spirits focus
  • Cocktail list
  • Signature drinks
  • Staff training
  • Special events and promotions
  • Creativity and innovative


Service Hospitality Awards

Sub-categories:

  • Fine Dining Restaurant
  • Bistro
  • Hotel/Resort
  • Bar/Wine Bar

Judging Criteria:

  • Professional education/training
  • Food, wine, and spirits knowledge
  • Service acumen
  • Special abilities and/or achievements
  • Supervisor recommendation


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who can apply for a Santé Award?

With the exception of the Service Hospitality Awards and the honorary Professional of the Year awards, Santé Awards are given to establishments, not individuals. Anyone in a managerial position can apply for an award for his or her establishment. Third party agents, such as public relations professionals, can also apply on behalf of their clients.

2. How many different awards can my restaurant apply for?

A restaurant or other hospitality establishment can apply for awards in one or all of the four categories. Annual Grand Award winners are chosen from each year’s pool of applicants in each category based on judging scores. It is unlikely that any one establishment would receive a Grand Award in more than one category. Professional of the Year awards are chosen by the Santé editorial panel, and meant to honor career achievement and contribution to the hospitality field.

3. How do I apply?

All Santé Award applications and material submissions must be done on iSantemagazine.com. Questions regarding on-line applications and materials submission, as well as general Santé Awards program inquires can be emailed using the contact form at http://isantemagazine.com/prod/contact.

4. How do award winners receive recognition?

All Santé Award winners are listed on the Awards page of iSantemagazine.com and are given recognition through editorial coverage on iSantemagazine.com , on social media, and in a special edition of the iSanté à la Carte e-newsletter. Special PR release templates are also available for sending to media outlets in the winners’ local markets.

5. Is there a physical award?
Yes. We have decals, certificates and plaques. Award winners will be offered an appropriate, customized award.

 

Click here to Enter the 2016 Awards.
Click here to Submit your supportive information.