During the May 6, 2021 annual State of the Tourism Industry (STI) Celebration, VCB Board of Directors Chairman, Virginia Whetstone welcomed the local tourism industry for a virtual presentation about the current and future local tourism industry, together with the announcement the 2020 Tourism Impact Award.
Each year the STI event celebrates our local tourism community, and with the Annual Tourism Impact Award, recognizes those who have made a positive impact on the economy and growth potential of Florida’s Historic Coast. In a pre-recorded presentation Chair Whetstone announced the award recognizing the collective ‘Chefs of Florida’s Historic Coast’ who have made our area a sought after and up-and-coming culinary destination.
Accepting the Award on behalf of the culinary leaders in St. Johns County live from the STI studio presentation at the Classic Car Museum of St. Augustine were Chef Tyrone Bennett, Host of The Hot Plate and Founder of We Feed St. Augustine; Chef Joe Natoli, Vernon’s at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa; and Chef Matt Brown Chef at Lēna/Urban Asado.
(photo above left to right: Chef Tyrone Bennett, Chef Joe Natoli, Chef Matt Brown)