Nominations opened for the 2023 Stars of the Industry awards in July as the annual event announced its celebration gala date for Dec. 6. Hosted by the RI Hospitality Association and the RI Hospitality Education Foundation, this year’s event will again take place at the Providence Performing Arts Center beginning at 4 p.m. 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 customers. Winners are voted on by the public and elected officials of the board and receive a trophy to take home. Learn more about the event and sponsorship opportunities by contacting Katie Kleyla, Director, Marketing and Events, at email@example.com.