St. Elmo Owner Honored With National Award

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Craig Huse, president and co-owner of Huse Culinary Inc., has received the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association Silver Plate Award for Independent Restaurant/Multi-Concept. Each year, IFMA honors restaurant operators with the most outstanding and innovative talents as part of the longest-running awards program in the foodservice industry – the Gold & Silver Plate Awards.

A jury of trade press editors and previous award winners review candidate submissions to determine which nominees represent IFMA’s vision, mission and values in nine segments.

The Huse Culinary Inc. portfolio has grown to include three restaurant concepts – St. Elmo Steak House, Harry & Izzy’s (three locations) and Burger Study – all located in Indianapolis. Additional expansion will add two restaurant locations in 2018.

Nominated by Ecolab, Huse, with his family and colleagues, attended the 64th Annual Gold & Silver Awards ceremony in Chicago. In addition to Huse, other winners include:

     • Chain Full Service: Gene Lee, Darden Restaurants (also the Gold Plate Award winner)

     • Chain Limited Service: Paul Brown, Inspire Brands

     • Health Care: Jim McGrody, UNC Rex Healthcare

     • Elementary & Secondary Schools: Ken Yant, Gwinnett County Public Schools

     • Colleges & Universities: C. Dennis Pierce, University of Connecticut

     • Business & Industry/Foodservice Management: Michiel Bakker, Google

     • Retail & Specialty: Voni Woods, Giant Eagle

     • Hotels & Lodging: Susan Terry, Marcus Hotels & Resorts

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