Who's this year's master mixologist, top chef, and most outstanding restaurant concept? Last night, the Arizona Restaurant Association (ARA) put a name to them all -- as well as a few other categories -- at the first-ever Foodist Awards.
See also: - Big Brain Awards 2013
At a ceremony and dinner at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Phoenix, the ARA, a sponsor of May's Arizona Restaurant Week, named winners for nine categories of this year's awards that "showcase the restaurants, companies, and talented people that are the very best in the industry."
Here's who came out on top.
Master Mixologist Aaron Defeo, Casino Del Sol
Outstanding Multiple Location Restaurant Oregano's
Top Chef Chef Justin Beckett, Beckett's Table
Good Neighbor Province
Outstanding Restaurant Concept The Yard
Outstanding Food Truck Short Leash Hot Dogs
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Emerging Restaurant Searsucker
Uniquely Arizona El Chorro
Food Pioneer Chef Kevin Binkley, Binkley's