Two Howard County restaurant servers won second-place honors this week in the "Best Server in Maryland" competition at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.
Marie Nichols, who works at Kings Contrivance restaurant in Columbia, took second in the fine dining category; Danielle Watters of the Crab Shanty in Ellicott City placed second in the casual dining category. They were awarded weekend resort vacations.
Nichols and Watters were among 17 of Maryland's best servers who competed Monday in the final leg of competition.
Nick Schneider of the Polo Grill in Baltimore won first place in fine dining, and Johnny Schell of 44 North in Frederick took top honors in casual dining. They were awarded $1,000 each.
Finalists in the 10th Annual Service Classic Competition were judged as they served a three-course dinner to 359 restaurateurs, industry professionals and members of the media.
Watters spent five years as a server at restaurants in the Inner Harbor. After leaving the Baltimore area, she returned in May 1998 with her 3-year-old son, Elijah, and began working at the Crab Shanty.
Originally from Catonsville, Watters attended Villa Julie College. She plans to complete her education this fall.
Nichols has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 25 years and has been at Kings Contrivance since 1978. She is a mother of two and a full-time student at Towson University.
Angela Thompson of Sabatino's Restaurant in Little Italy received a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The restaurant industry presents the award to an individual who has given much to an employer and the industry over the years. Among the reasons for Thompson earning the award is her 36 1/2 years of service to a Baltimore landmark.
"All of last night's participants deserve to be winners," said Lisl Wilkinson, executive vice president of the Maryland Hospitality Education Foundation, which sponsored the Service Classic. "They are all eager, professional and dedicated hospitality professionals."
Pub Date: 9/16/99