VIBE Conference, the premiere on-premise beverage conference for chain beverage executives, recognized the top beverage programs for hotels, cruise lines, casinos and multi-unit chain restaurants yesterday (Wednesday, Jan. 20) during the 2016 Vista Awards at its annual conference held at Hilton San Diego Bayfront.


VIBE-2016Vista Award nominations were submitted by sponsors, consultants, agencies, distributors, suppliers and operators and were judged on creating positive initiatives that spark beverage sales, innovations that contribute to operational efficiencies and training and service programs that lead to the highest quality standards and operational practices. All submissions were reviewed by a panel of Johnson & Wales  University beverage faculty, staff and alumni.


Awards were presented by Edward Korry, Associate Professor and Department Chairman at Johnson & Wales University and Tony Abou-Ganim, The Modern Mixologist. This year’s VIBE Vista Award winners include:


Hotels, Cruise Lines and Casinos Award Winners:

  • Best Beer Program sponsored by The Boston Beer Company

Interstate Hotels & Resorts


  • Best Spirits Program sponsored by Beam Suntory

Marriott International


  • Best Wine Program sponsored by Jackson Family Wines

Columbia Sussex Corporation


  • Best Menu Program sponsored by Campari America

Walt Disney Parks & Resorts


  • Best Special Event Program sponsored by Brown-Forman Corporation

Omni Hotels & Resorts


  • Best Responsible Alcohol Service Program sponsored by National Restaurant Association

Royal Caribbean International


  • Best Overall sponsored by E. & J. Gallo

Hilton Worldwide


Multi-Unit Chain Restaurant Award Winners:

  • Best Beer Program sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company

Taco Mac


  • Best Spirits Program sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka

BRAVO BRIO Restaurant Group


  • Best Wine Program sponsored by Palm Bay International

Ruth’s Chris Steak House


  • Best Adult Alcohol Free Program sponsored by Monin Gourmet Flavorings

California Pizza Kitchen


  • Best Menu Program sponsored by Bacardi USA

iPic Entertainment


  • Best Special Event Program sponsored by Edrington

The Melting Pot


  • Best Responsible Alcohol Service Program sponsored by National Restaurant Association

Hooters of America

  • Best Overall sponsored by Anheuser-Busch

Hard Rock Cafe


  • Best Overall sponsored by Infinium Spirits

AMC Theaters


About VIBE Conference

VIBE Conference, a division of Boston, Massachusetts based Nightclub & Bar Media Group, is the premier event for chain and hotel adult beverage executives and suppliers. The top on-premise conference is held annually and involves high-level content, tastings and networking opportunities. The 2016 conference was held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Jan. 19-20. In conjunction with VIBE Conference is a bi-weekly newsletter covering the latest industry trends, insights, news and more. ( Keep up with the latest VIBE Conference news via Facebook.


About Johnson & Wales University

Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with more than 16,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, RI; North Miami, FL; Denver, CO; and Charlotte, NC. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, education, nutrition, hospitality, physician assistant studies, engineering and design. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal growth. The university’s impact is global, with alumni from 119 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit

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