Congratulations to the winners of the 2023 Ordinary Awards, celebrating the best of the hospitality and tourism industry!

The following 23 individuals and businesses were selected as winners from nearly 300 nominees:

Attraction of the Year
Virginia International Raceway

Bartender of the Year
Henry Hill, Hotel Roanoke

Campground of the Year
Small Country Campground (Louisa)

Charlie Buser Award for
Attraction Employee of the Year
Gayle Jessup White, Monticello

Chef of the Year
Leah Randolph, Dover Hall

Distillery of the Year
Axe Handle Distilling (Pennington Gap)

Golden Pineapple
Lifetime Achievement Award
Serafim “Sammy” Canavos

Hospitality Hero – Business
The Boar’s Head Resort (Charlottesville)

Hospitality Hero – Individual
Brian Wells, Hotel Roanoke

Hotel Employee of the Year
Frances Ojeda,
Courtyard Marriott North 37th

Hotel Manager of the Year
Roberto Perez, Residence Inn Ballston

Hotel of the Year
Westfields Marriott Washington Dullesr

Hotelier of the Year
Bruce Thompson, Gold Key PHR

Jim Ricketts Award for
DMO Employee of the Year
Katherine O’Donnell,
Richmond Region Tourism

Jim Wordsworth Award for
Restaurateur of the Year
David Saunders, The Texas Inn

Legislator of the Year Award
Virginia Senator Siobhan Dunnavant

Restaurant Employee of the Year
Victor Guzman, Silver Diner Reston

Restaurant Manager of the Year
Andrew Vacarella, Catch 31

Restaurant of the Year
The Wine Kitchen (Leesburg)

Rising Pineapple Award for
Hospitality Student of the Year
Zarah King, Virginia Tech

Supplier of the Year
Discover Richmond Tours

Supplier Employee of the Year
Daniel Rolander, Keany Produce

Winery of the Year
Loving Cup Vineyard & Winery
(North Garden)