Vintana Wine+Dine Wins “Best New Restaurant 2013” by CRA


Earlier this month, inland North County’s premier fine dining venue, Vintana Wine+Dine, took home one of the biggest honors bestowed to any restaurant in the Vintana_Lexus-Best_ExteriorSan Diego culinary industry: the  California Restaurant Association (CRA) awarded the Escondido venue the Gold Medallion award for “Best New Restaurant 2013”  at the 29th annual gala and charity auction with more than 1,200 people in attendance.

“Vintana has been a special endeavor for me since day one. The location is so unique and unexpected – we have had a blast this past year so the win for Best Restaurant by such a prestigious organization as the CRA was just the icing on the cake,” says Executive Chef and Partner Deborah Scott. “I have to say, meeting and cooking for the locals has been the best part. So many of them thank us for giving them somewhere they can stop in for a drink on the lanai, a casual lunch or a special occasion dinner. We’ve tried to give them a little bit of everything!”

Vintana_Dining Room_AtmosphereCRA San Diego County Chapter Presents 2013 Gold Medallion Awards
(San Diego, Calif.) – The California Restaurant Association (CRA) San Diego County chapter hosted its 29th annual Gold Medallion Awards Banquet June 4 at the Town & Country Resort Hotel. This industry awards gala is a highly celebrated peer-to-peer awards dinner in San Diego recognizing worthy and exceptional restaurants and industry partners in the region. It is an opportunity for members to acknowledge their fellow restaurateurs for their business practices, concepts, and achievements in more than 40 award categories.

“The Gold Medallion Awards are an opportunity for the industry to come together, share our successes, recognize excellence amongst our peers and raise funds vital to the future success of our industry,” said Mike Morton, Jr., president of the CRA San Diego County Chapter. “This event is a chance to recognize local restaurateurs, purveyors and vendors who have distinguished themselves through superior business practices, demonstrated leadership and dedication to the restaurant community and hospitality industry as a whole.”

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