On February 3rd,  the Beef Checkoff Program announced winners of the 2010 National Beef Backer Awards at the 2011 Cattle Industry Annual Convention & NCBA Trade Show in Denver, Colo. Each year, three restaurants are recognized for their efforts in menuing and marketing beef. This year’s national winners included The Hitching Post I & II (Buellton, Calif.) in the “Independent Restaurant” category, Home Style Dining LLC Ponderosa® and Bonanza® Steakhouses (Plano, Texas) in the “Chain Restaurant” category and Red The Steakhouse (Miami, Fla.) as the “Innovator of the Year.”
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2010 National Foodservice Beef Backer Award Winners: Peter Vauthy, exec. chef/partner, Red the Steakhouse; Rosemary Staltare, director marketing and sales, Red the Steakhouse; Bob Ostini, chef, The Hitching Post I and II; Bill Ostini, owner/operator, The Hitching Post I and II; Tamara Jones, president/CEO/CFO, Homestyle Dining LLC; and Jon Rice, exec. vice president, Homestyle Dining LLC
Restaurant operators interested in entering the 2011 Beef Backer contest should contact their state beef council.