Jack Rabbit receives top gongs at restaurant industry awards
JACK Rabbit Vineyard received top gongs for its exceptional dining experiences at the recent
2019 Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence.
Jack Rabbit won the “Restaurant in a Winery” and “Tourism Restaurant” categories, which General Manager Lyndsay Sharp said represented recognition for an incredible team.
“There is a lot of hard work, passion, pride and creativity involved at all levels so it’s exciting and gratifying for everyone here to be officially acknowledged and awarded by the industry association – it means we must be doing something right!” Mrs Sharp said.
“The two plaques will take pride of place in the Jack Rabbit Restaurant foyer.”
Ms Sharp said the awards reflected a nod for the region as an epicurean destination.
“A key focus of the Jack Rabbit Vineyard Restaurant is to showcase local Bellarine produce, suppliers and wine to both locals and tourists alike,” she said.
“To facilitate a great wining and dining experience for people is a privilege and to play a small role in attracting tourists to The Bellarine and highlight aspects of this dynamic region is an honour, we are most definitely blessed down our way.
“Particular kudos must go to our Executive Chef Dwayne Bourke and the Restaurant kitchen team – their collective culinary talent is exceptional.”
More than 80 local restaurants, cafes and catering businesses gathered to celebrate the achievements of their peers who were judged in over 35 categories, with the winners announced at the Awards for Excellence ceremony held at Crown Melbourne.
R&CA CEO Wes Lambert said Jack Rabbit Vineyard should be proud of their achievements. “Running a hospitality business isn’t easy – there’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears that goes into to making it work,” Mr Lambert said.
“But when you get the right mix of staff, produce and service, the results can be extraordinary.”
Jack Rabbit Vineyard may compete with other finalists at the National Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence to be held at Howard Smith Wharves in Brisbane on Monday October 28 2019.
To view the full list of category winners visit the R&CA website at restaurant.cater.asn.au.