New Ripe Awards Rotten for Some Foodies
"Salt was hired by the Men's Arts Council to help plan the awards event and celebrate their picks for 2013. Salt was not a part of the selection or nomination process. We work with some of the best culinary talent in the state, so it shouldn't be a surprise that two of the winners happen to be our clients -- in fact, one of the winners is also a former client and Salt will be there to support him just the same as our current clients in the process of promoting the Men's Arts Council and the Ripe awards.
We are experts in the hospitality, dining and lifestyle industry. Our clients are the best in the business and we're proud to help them earn national spotlight to support the local culinary scene. Salt is proud of all the winners that were selected by the Men's Arts Council."
Who suffers most from the Ripe controversy? Sadly, it's the winning chefs. Although completely deserving of their award, the five chefs are now in an awkward position of straddling celebration and skepticism.
A Ripe awards event will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, at the Phoenix Art Museum, and will include tastings from the Ripe chefs, Arizona wines, cocktails, and a silent auction. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased at Ripe's website.