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Heritage named restaurant of the year at 2015 Elby’s

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Posted at 9:08 AM, Jan 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-26 09:39:49-05

RICHMOND, Va. – The fourth annual Elby’s were held Sunday night, presented by Richmond magazine, with a record crowd of more than 500 guests in attendance –who provided entertaining tweets throughout the night.

Named after master chef Chef Paul Elbling who now oversees the French Food Festival, the Elbys are a huge, dazzling local event that recognizes and honors the work of local chefs and restaurateurs.

This year’s awards ceremony and reception were playfully themed “Studio 804,” for all the disco nostalgic fans of long-shuttered ‘Studio 54′ (hence the disco shoe award).

Chef of the Year

Joe Sparatta

Restaurant of the Year

Heritage, which Sparatta co-owns with his wife and brother-in-law.  Sparatta, who was recently named a D.C. Rising Star Chef by starchefs.com

Innovator Award

Travis Milton, chef de cuisine at Comfort

Best New Restaurant

L’Opossum

Richmond Stalwart

Acacia mid-town

Rising Culinary Star

Brittany Anderson of Metzger Bar & Butchery

Cocktail Program

The Rogue Gentleman

Wine Program

Acacia mid-town

Beer Program

Saison

Employee of the Year

Kirby Baltzegar of Dutch & Co.

Purveyor of the Year

Autumn Olive Farms

Culinary Students of the Year

Jeremy Evans of Culinard, The Culinary Institute of Virginia College, and Holly Mitchell of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

More than 30 local industry professionals, food writers and culinary instructors selected nominees. Awardees were chosen by 11 separate panels of judges, one panel for each category, all from outside Richmond. Read more on Richmond magazine.