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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Utah Best of State Awards

The annual Best of State awards are out and they provide insight into Utah companies offering great products, services and performances.

Winners are chosen in several categories. You can see all winners on the Best of State website. Below we mention some that are of particular interest to people traveling to Utah.

Fine Dining Winners Include:
American Artisan: TREE ROOM AT SUNDANCE
American Contemporary: LOG HAVEN
American Traditional: CHEF’S TABLE
Buffet Brunch: GARDEN CAFÉ AT GRAND AMERICA
Buffets: SCHNEITTER’S AT ZERMATT

Casual Dinning Winners Include:
American: THE GARDEN RESTAURANT
American Continental: ZOOM IN PARK CITY
American Pub: HOPPER’S BREW PUB
Asian/Pacific: RUMBI ISLAND GRILL
Baked Goods: KNEADERS BAKERY AND CAFE
Barbeque: HUNTSVILLE BARBECUE COMPANY
Buffets: LITTLE AMERICA DINING ROOM

Hospitality & Travel
Adventure Travel: WESTERN RIVER EXPEDITIONS/MOAB ADVENTURE CENTER
Bed & Breakfast: BLUE BOAR INN & RESTAURANT
Bridal/Wedding Services: LAYERS
Caterers: CULINARY CRAFTS
Convention and Meeting Facilities: THE GRAND AMERICA HOTEL
Day Spas: THE SPA AT STEIN ERIKSEN LODGE
Destination Management: GEP DESTINATION MANAGEMENT
Destination Spas: RED MOUNTAIN RESORT
Event Planner: UTAH EVENTS BY DESIGN
Event/Performance Venue: ZERMATT RESORT - BERNESE EVENT CENTER
Fairs, Festivals, and Events: AMERICA'S FREEDOM FESTIVAL AT PROVO
Fishing/River Outfitters: WESTERN RIVER EXPEDITIONS/MOAB ADVENTURE CENTER
Golf Courses: RED LEDGES
Hospitality Services: NEIL WILKINSON, TEMPLE SQUARE HOSPITALITY
Hotels: THE GRAND AMERICA HOTEL
Inns: BLUE BOAR INN & RESTAURANT
Museums and Attractions: SALT LAKE ART CENTER
Transportation Services: OVERLAND WEST, INC.
Travel Agencies: CHRISTOPHERSON BUSINESS TRAVEL
Vacation Resorts: SUNDANCE RESORT

Award Criteria
There are three basic judging criteria and each has a different weight. The Best of State judging process involves a 100-point system. The 100 points are allotted in the three following areas:

50 points are possible regarding the overall excellence, superiority and quality of a nominee's products, services or performance.

30 points are possible regarding the creativity which nominees display to differentiate themselves from their competition.

20 points are possible regarding the nominee's accomplishments to improve the quality of life in their community and state, and their efforts to make the world a better place.

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