Bartender of the Year -- This award recognizes excellence with the counties best bartenders, one who showcases his or her craft through the art of cocktail creation. This person has excellent knowledge and skills with: the classics, creativity, innovation, and hospitality.
Best Cocktails in Orange County -- The best place to get delicious cocktails in Orange County -- both innovative and classic.
Best Wine Program -- The Best Wine Program Award is designed to recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections and appeal to a variety of wine enthusiasts. A restaurant with an excellent wine program will have staff that can suggest wines that will work in harmony with the cuisine.
Best Beer Program -- The Best Beer Program Award is designed to recognize restaurants whose beer lists offer interesting selections and appeal to a variety of beer enthusiasts. A restaurant with an excellent beer program will have staff that can suggest beers that will work in harmony with the cuisine.
Best Bar Program -- An excellent bar program should be just as thoughtfully created as the dining menu. Many restaurants in Orange County have outstanding bar programs that offer knowledgeable food pairings, cocktail suggestions, and friendly service and well-rounded menus to suit all palettes.
Best New Restaurant -- A new restaurant must have been opened no longer than 12 months from the voting month, meaning it would have opened between August 2016 and August 2017. This restaurant has shown that it has made a great impact on the restaurant scene and offers excellent service and cuisine.
Best Lunch Spot in Orange County -- This award recognizes the art of an excellent lunch. This eatery offers excellent options with fresh and delicious results a restaurant that you suggest friends try at lunch time.
Best Brunch in Orange County -- Brunch, that beautiful late morning meal eaten instead of breakfast and lunch. There's nothing better than a great brunch to kick off, or end the weekend. What restaurant in Orange County offers the best brunch.
Rising Star Chef of the Year -- This award recognizes an “up and coming” chef who has demonstrated outstanding talent, innovation and leadership.
Favorite Food Influencer in Orange County -- Who do you turn to for food advice and suggestions? Vote for your favorite "Food Influencer" in Orange County. Influencers come in MANY different forms; they can be a food writer, radio host, or social media influencer. Share who you think does the BEST job in Orange County of keeping you informed on all things culinary.
Outstanding Community Service -- this award recognizes outstanding community service. Please vote for whom you think is deserving of this award, and share why.
Restaurateur of the Year -- The award recognizes a hard working restaurateur that continually sets high standards and demonstrates originality, quality, and service. He or she is very successful in the eyes of his or her fellow operators, employees, and customers. This talented individual has contributed a positive image of the local hospitality Industry.
Best Dessert Menu in Orange County -- This award recognizes excellent dessert menus. This menu is seasonal, innovative and tempting. It offers a selection sure to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.
Best Entree in Orange County -- This award recognizes cravability and food excellence. This entree is consistently delicious and your favorite dish at an Orange County restaurant.
Best Service Award -- Service can make the difference between a terrific meal and a terrible experience. Truly stellar service will make a restaurant unforgettable and have you clamoring to come back. What Orange County restaurant offers exceptional service?
Chef of the Year -- This award recognizes an outstanding culinarian who stands out. This chef stands out amongst a crowd of excellent chefs, he or she not only possess stellar culinary skills, but also someone who gives back to the industry through time, training and/or inspiration. Industry voting occurs in July.
Pastry Chef of the Year -- This award recognizes excellence to a chef that specializes in the production of pastry work. They demonstrate style and innovation in what they produce. He or She is someone with not only stellar culinary skills; they stand out amongst a crowd of excellent pastry chefs.
Lifetime Achievement Award -- An Occasional award, that will take place in 2017