Food awards honor service and safety
Hospitality and food service are big business in Bloomington, employing 20,000 people. The 23rd Annual Diamond Service Awards celebrate their work and the spirit of hospitality. The Bloomington Convention and Visitor’s Bureau presents the March gala at the DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington.
City Councilmembers, Environmental Health representatives and other City officials attend, along with hospitality workers. Among them, 15 customer service stars will be honored in “best of” award categories.
Bloomington Food Safety Awards honor establishments in five categories plus one overall food safety award. Mayor Gene Winstead will present the food safety awards based on results of the City’s 2018 health inspections.
Nominees in each category are interviewed and rated on food safety practices by the City’s Food Collaborative volunteers. The City’s Advisory Board of Health reviewed the scored results and selected the winners for the 18th annual awards presentation. To see award nominees, go to blm.mn/foodsafety or for other information, visit blm.mn/diamondservice.
“There’s nothing like it in the country,” Environmental Health Manager Lynn Moore said. “We like to call the Diamond Service Awards and the food safety awards our own academy awards.”