Nominations are now open for the 2023 Stars of the Industry Awards. Hosted by the RI Hospitality Association (RIHA) and the RI Hospitality Education Foundation, the awards are an annual celebration of hospitality professional excellence. This year’s event will take place Dec. 6 at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, beginning at 4:00pm. Created more than 32 years ago, the Stars of the Industry awards recognize Rhode Island-based employees in the restaurant and hospitality industries who have demonstrated professionalism in performing their jobs and contributed to the positive image of the hospitality industry. Categories include Restaurant Employee of the Year, Tourism Employee of the Year, Bartender of the Year Emerging Leader of the Year and more, with two to three nominations allowed per category. Finalists are nominated by their bosses, co-workers and even their customers. Winners are voted on by the public and elected officials of the board and receive a trophy to take home. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities by contacting Katie Kleyla, Manager, Marketing & Events here, as the event returns after a two-year absence. See more information on how to nominate RI STARS of the Industry individuals and businesses here. See highlights from the 2022 STARS of the Industry Awards Gala here. The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 1, 2023.