Jim Caruso, Lisa Lambert, Cherry Jones and More Win at the 2014 Joey Awards
Winners of the 2014 Joey Awards were announced last weekend at a formal evening ceremony at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Organized and overseen by the Joe Allen Academy of Arts & Bitching (JAAAB), "The Joeys" are a set of awards given annually for excellence in food service and patronage at New York's City's famous Times Square celebrity hot-spots: Joe Allen, Orso and Bar Centrale.
There are two types of Joey Awards: the "competitive" Awards of Merit and the "honorary" Governor Awards. The Awards of Merit consist of 22 different categories that are voted upon by the Academy's membership which includes restaurant staff and patrons, many of whom are celebrated film and theatre artists. The honorary Governor Awards are presented to deserving recipients decided upon by the Academy's officers and the Board of Governors.
The variety show-styled ceremony was hosted by Academy Vice President, Matt Stevens, with Erin Sullivan as trophy girl "Miss Joe Allen". Award winners from previous years and other persons of Academy interest such as Jim Caruso, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Tony Award winner Lisa Lambert, Christine Pedi, and Richie Ridge graced the stage as category presenters. Audience members were treated to four musical performances that showcased the immense talent of the restaurant's staff. There was also an "In Memoriam" video presentation that paid tribute to all of the employees who were fired or quit since last year's Joey Awards ceremony.
2014 Joey Award Nominees/Winners:
BEST SPECIAL THEATRICAL EVENT
"Been There, Done That!"
"The Crass Monkey Sketch Comedy Show!" (Winner)
"Fancy Mantelpiece Says Thank You: A Tribute To Gerrard Spencer"
"Syvia @ Pianos: The First Show Of 2013!"
BEST LEADING WAITRESS (Dinner - JA)
Devon Buchanan, Thursday Dinner (Winner)
Alece DeLuca-Demaray, Wednesday Dinner
Aisha Gearig, Wednesday Dinner
Meara Levezow, Saturday Dinner
BEST LEADING BARTENDER (Dinner - JA)
Devon Buchanan, Friday Dinner
Tathiana Montes De Oca, Saturday Dinner
Jesse Robinson, Saturday Dinner (Winner)
Jason Woodruff, Thursday Dinner
BEST LEADING REGULAR CUSTOMER (Dinner - JA)
Pat Galloway & Peter Webb James Hamilton
Tim O'Neal Lorah (Winner)
Jerry & Mary Saviola
Jason Strangfeld & Jon Weston
BEST SUPPORTING WAITER (Lunch - JA)
Dan Conway, Sunday Long Lunch
Michael Angelo Haler, Friday Long Lunch
Rich Moyle, Saturday Short Lunch (Winner)
Jesse Robinson, Sunday Short Lunch
BEST SUPPORTING BARTENDER (Lunch - JA)
Aisha Gearig, Tuesday Lunch
Rich Moyle, Saturday Lunch
Chris Rozanski, Sunday Lunch (Winner)
Kevin Skinner, Thursday Lunch