Awards & Recognition

RA is proud to be the recipient of many awards and accolades. Below are just some of our achievements. Visit our RAX page to see more accolades.


Food Management Best Concept Awards:

  • Best of Show, 2019: Citi Three Eighty Ate Café
  • Best New Facility, 2019: Capital One M2 Café
  • Best Menu, 2018: Not Junk Food
  • Best Menu, 2017: Sweet Home Café, Smithsonina National Museum of African American History & Culture
  • Best Menu, 2015: Tiffin
  • Best in Show, 2014: Multiple concepts included including Super Salads, Bird, Bulgogi and World Taco
  • Best Menu, 2013: Paninoteca
  • Best Menu, 2012: Kathi Rolls & Bowls

Albert Lukas, Supervising Chef for the Washington, D.C. region, is a James Beard Award finalist for the Sweet Home Cafe Cookbook

Jerome Grant, Executive Chef, Sweet Home Café is a James Beard Award Semifinalist, Best Chef Mid-Atlantic 2019

Numerous accolades for RA's service in U.S. Open Tennis 2017, 2018

RA received the first annual award from JOBPATH in conjunction with the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), celebrating Developmental Disability Awareness Month, March 2017.

Dick Cattani honored by SHFM for numerous contributions to the industry and SHFM, May 2017.

Mary Dearborn in BizBash Hall of Fame, 2016.

Chef Billy Strynkowski and RA recognized by CNN for their work in foodservice at the U.S. Open Tennis, 2015.

Chefs Albert Lukas and Jerome Grant, and VP George Conomos were invited by the U.S. State Department to Ecuador for a culinary exchange, March 2015.

Chef Rodolfo Contreras was awarded the Jefferson Evans Award for Culinary Excellence by BCA Global, 2014.

Chef Billy Strynkowski and RA recognized by The Wall Street Journal for their work in foodservice at the U.S. Open Tennis, 2014.

Chef Tim Buma was awarded the Jefferson Evans Award for Culinary Excellence by BCA Global, 2012.

American Museum of Natural History

Award of Excellence – Best Food Service Deployment Digital Signage from Digital Screen Media Association, 2012.

Bravo Restaurant at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

OpenTable Diners Choice Award, February 2017.

OpenTable Diners Choice Award, March, April and May 2015.

Selected eight years in a row for the 2015 Boston awards for Health Food Restaurants.

Haute Living's Haute Spots for Museum Dining in Boston, 2015.

Named #1 lunch spot in Boston/New England by OpenTable, 2012.

Capital One, Richmond VA

Random Act of Kindness Award, Judy Speight (team member at Cap One JRC), October 2016.

B&I Culinary Innovator of the Year at West Creek Campus (RA also recognized), January 2016.

Best corporate cafeteria by Richmond Magazine, August 2014.


New York Craft Beer Competition and Governor's Cup (held by the New York State Brewers Association) Awarded The Brewery:
-2019 New York State Brewery of the Year award!
-Gold medal in the Wheat Beer category for Mise en Place Wit
-Gold medal for Class Project for Br-Br-Br-Brown Ale
Top 10 list of Best Campus Dining Programs (#5), October 2016Top 10 list of Best Campus Dining Programs (#5), October 2016.

Hearst's Café 57

Named as "The Most Tantalizing Office Cafeteria" by Ed2010, an independent website about magazine culture, February 2014.

Longwood Gardens

OpenTable's 100 Best Al Fresco Restaurants in America, 2018.

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.

OpenTable Diners Choice Awards in the following categories since 2014: Best Overall, Best Service, Best Ambience, Contemporary American, Great for Lunch.

THE MET Dining Room, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Recently opened to the public and Steve Cuozzo of the New York Post writes "Having once been there as a member's guest...I was surprised by the newly liberated venue's younger crowd, buzz and professional service. It's graciously run by accomplished New York pros."

Recognized as a "treasure among thousands" by Forbes Magazine, August 2015.

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, 2014.

Mitsitam Café, National Museum of the American Indian

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, 2015.

"People Love Us On Yelp" recognition, 2015.

Included in Best Museum Restaurants in the world list by Bon Appetit, May 2015.

Included in America's Best Restaurants list by Food Republic, May 2015.

Jerome Grant, Chef of the year runner-up by City Paper, May 2015.

Included in America's Best Restaurants by Travel+Leisure, March 2013.

RAMMY award, 2012.

ON20, Hartford, CT

AAA Four Diamond Award, 2019
2019 Open Table Diner's Choice
Best of CT Magazine '18:
-Best Cocktails – Statewide
-Most Romantic - Hartford County
-Best Appetizers - Hartford County
-Best Desserts - Hartford County
-Best Fine Dining - Hartford County
-Best Wine Selection, Runner-up - Statewide
ON20 team was selected to cook for the Governor's Inauguration BallOpenTable Diners Choice Award, March 2015.

Sweet Home Café, NMAAHC

Please visit the RAX page to see recent highlights from Sweet Home Cafe
Semi-finalist in the James Beard Awards, 2017, 2018

Winterthur Museum & Country Estate

Recognized by The Knot (and voters) as the Best of Weddings Winner, 2019

Listed among the best 20 museum wedding venues in the country, 2015.

The Wright, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

OpenTable Diners' Choice Awards, 2015.


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