Awards & Accolades
TRAVEL + LEISURE, October 2012 - Selected Red Fish Grill as one of the Best Seafood Restaurants in the United States.
NEW ORLEANS CITY BUSINESS, Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group named one of the 2012 Best Places to Work in New Orleans. 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012
AMERICAN CHEFS CORPS, September 2012 – Selected chef Chip Flanagan to be a member of the American Chefs Corps for the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership Initiative.
THE SOUTHERN FOODIE COOKBOOK [SOUTHERN LIVING], September 2012 – Red Fish Grill and Ralph’s on the Park were featured in this cookbook on the Top 100 Best Places to Eat in the South.
MY NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE, July 2012 – Named Haley Bittermann as one of the Top 15 Female Achievers of 2012 in New Orleans.
NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE, June 2012 – Haley Bittermann awarded the title of Top Female Achiever of the Year.
CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA, March 2012 – Ralph Brennan appointed to the Board of Directors to the Culinary Institute of America, the first ever from Louisiana.
VIBE AWARD, February 2012 – Ralph Brennan received the Very Important Beverage Executives [VIBE] Visionary Award for 2012.
UNITED WAY GUMBO COOK-OFF, February 2012 – Red Fish Grill chef took home First Place for their Surf and Turf Gumbo and the 12th annual United Way Gumbo Cook-off.
FOOD ARTS, January 2012 – Listed Ralph Brennan as achieving the National Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation’s Salute to Excellence.
NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE, January 2012 – Ralph’s on the Park took the second highest honors in New Orleans Magazine “Tops of the Town” awards in the Favorite Place for Fine Dining category.
NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE, December 2011 – Ralph Brennan was awarded the title of 2011 "Restaurateur of the Year" by New Orleans Magazine.
PO BOY FEST 2011, November, 2011 – Red Fish Grill’s Flash Fried Oyster Po-boy was honored as the “Best Specialty Seafood Po Boy.”
NEW ORLEANS CITY BUSINESS, November, 2011 – Haley Bittermann named one of New Orleans City Business’ Women of the Year for her exceptional energy, innovative ideas, and commitment to excellence.
THE TIMES-PICAYUNE, October 2011 – Review of café b gave it 3 out of 5 beans for its impressive service, food, and ambiance.
EUPHORIA FOOD FESTIVAL, September, 2012 – Ralph Brennan Executive Chef Haley Bittermann took home the winning title in the Culinary Cook-off.
GAMBIT WEEKLY, July, 2011 - Ralph’s on the Park was listed as one of “New Orleans Best Bars 2011” under the category of “Power Bars”.
GAMBIT SUMMER RESTAURANT GUIDE, May, 2011 - The annual guide included select signature dishes from Ralphs on the Park, café b, and Red Fish Grill in “1.442 Dishes you Can’t Miss.”
NEW ORLEANS WINE AND FOOD EXPERIENCE, 2011 - Ralph's on the Park Executive Chef Chip Flanagan was awarded the "Silver Medal for Meat and Poultry " for his award winning dish of Braised Lamb, Red Eye Gravy with Poached Egg and Cream Cheese Grits. Red Fish Grill Executive Chef Brian Katz was awarded the "Gold Medal for Seafood" for his Beef Tenderloin Wrapped Yellowfin Tuna with butternut squash purée, a sauté of fava beans and mushrooms and crispy parsnips.
U.S. TRAVEL ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS, 2011-2013 - Ralph Brennan was appointed serve a two-year “at-large” term on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Travel Association.
LOUISIANA RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION EDUCATION FOUNDATION, 2011 - Ralph Brennan was named the restaurant industry’s 2011 Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality. It is the highest honor bestowed by the foundation and is presented annually to an individual who has show extraordinary achievement in bringing public focus to the hospitality industry through philanthropy.
THE TIMES-PICAYUNE, FALL DINING GUIDE, 2010 - Reprisal Spring 2011 – The annual “100 Great Places” to eat included Red Fish Grill under the best “Modern New Orleans” category and Ralph’s on the Park under the best “New American Restaurants” category. The paper reissued the list in the Spring of 2011.
CITYBUSINESS MAGAZINE CULINARY CONNOISSEUR AWARDS, 2010 - Ralph Brennan was honored with the magazines annual “Legends Award”.
DISTINGUISHED RESTAURANTS OF NORTH AMERICA, 2009 – Ralph Brennan was awarded the “DiRoNa Achievement of Distinction in Dining” for his commitment to quality.
CITYBUSINESS MAGAZINE CULINARY CONNOISSEUR AWARDS, 2009 – Ralph Brennan was honored with the Magazines “Best Operators Award”.
NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE, 2008 - Ralph Brennan’s New Orleans Seafood Cookbook was named the “Best New Cookbook of 2008”.
DISTINGUISHED RESTAURANTS OF NORTH AMERICA, 2008 – Ralph Brennan was inducted in the “DiRoNa Hall of Fame”. Candidates qualify by having at least 25 years of dedicated service and by making significant contributions to the distinguished dining industry.
YOUNG LEADERSHIP COUCIL, 2005 – Awarded Ralph Brennan with the title of “Tourism Role Model”.
NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION, 2005, - Ralph Brennan was inducted into the Associations “College of Diplomats 2005".
LOUISIANA RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION, 2005 – Ralph Brennan was inducted into the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s “Hall of Fame”.
TOM FITZMORRIS, 2005 – Ralph Brennan was honored with the title of “Restaurateur of the Year” by Tom Fitzmorris, food columnist and publisher of The New Orleans Menu.
NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION EDUCATION FOUNDATION, 2003 –Ralph Brennan was given the “National Employer of Choice Award” for the year
THE TIMES-PICAYUNE – 2003, The largest Louisiana newspaper give Ralph’s on the Park the “4 Bean” rating.
NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE, 2003 – Ralph’s on the Park was titled with the award of “Best New Restaurant” in 2003, its debut year.
NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION, 2003 – Ralph Brennan was named the “Employer of Choice 2003” given to the restaurant with the best Human Resources, Training and Education, and Foodservice Operations.
NATION’S RESTAURANT NEWS, 2000 – Ralph Brennan was listed as one of the “Top Fifty Power Players” in the nation for the restaurant industry.
NEW ORLEANS METROPOLITAN CVB, 2000 – Ralph Brennan was granted the “Lester Kabacoff Hospitality & Community Achievement Award”, the organization’s highest award for contributions to the New Orleans community.
LOUISIANA RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION, 1999 – Ralph Brennan was awarded with the title of “Restaurateur of the Year”. The LRA Restaurateur of the Year is the industry’s most prestigious honor.
ERNST AND YOUNG, 1998 – Ralph Brennan was honored with the 'New Orleans Entrepreneur of the Year' in the Food & Beverage category. Nominees are reviewed by an independent judging panel, which is composed of distinguished business leaders and previous award recipients.
RESTAURANTS & INSTITUTIONS, 1998 – Ralph Brennan was awarded with the “Ivy Award” one of the oldest and most coveted restaurant industry accolades.
BUSINESS HALL OF FAME, 1997 – Ralph Brennan was awarded with “Junior Achievement” for the New Orleans area.
INTERNATIONAL FOODSERVICE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION, 1997 – Ralph Brennan was proudly awarded with the IFMA Gold Plate Award, “Restaurateur of the Year”.
JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION, 1992 – Ralph Brennan was awarded with nomination of “Mastercard Outstanding Service Award”.
LOUISIANA RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION, 1989 – Ralph Brennan was named “Active Member of the Year”.
NEW ORLEANS RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION, 1989 – Ralph Brennan was named “Active Member of the Year”.
NATION’S RESTAURANT NEWS, 1988 – Ralph Brennan was inducted in the nation’s Fine Dining Hall of Fame.
In the News
NOLA.COM, September 2012 – Featured an article on the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group’s health initiative "Getting Fit with Ralph"
FOX 8 WVUE, September 2012 – Included chef Chip Flanagan on Fox 8 morning show with a demo on Masa Fried Oysters.
EATER NATIONAL, September 2012 – Highlighted chef Chip Flanagan being selected as a member of the American Chefs Corps for the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership Initiative.
THE TIMES-PICAYUNE, September 2012 – Featured a wrap-up Café NOMA's Art You Can Eat final class with Steven Marsella and Leah Chase after the summer session.
THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, August 2012 – Red Fish Grill featured in an article on New Orleans Revisited, and the popular restaurants in the area.
WWL-TV, August 2012 - Included Haley Bittermann on morning segment about Café NOMA Art You Can Eat summer cooking series demoing Shrimp Creole with Quinoa Salad.
THE TIMES-PICAYUNE, August 2012 – Ralph's on the Park's stuffed peach snoball was highlighted in an article on peaches in desserts.
INSIDE FOOD & BEVERAGE MAGAZINE, July 2012 – Described Haley Bittermann as a “need to know chef” in New Orleans within an article focused on her culinary journey to the top.
THE TIMES-PICAYUNE, June 2012 – Included Ralph’s on the Park as hosting a luncheon for the girls of the John Dibert Community School.
THE DAILY MEAL, June 2012 - Included Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group’s Save the Picayune campaign and cocktails.
FORBES.COM, June 2012 – Included Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group’s Save the Picayune campaign and cocktails.
THE TIMES-PICAYUNE, May 2012 - Featured Brett Gauthier and RBRG desserts in a story on pastry chefs adding to the NOLA dining experience.
KITCHEN & CULTURE, May 2012 – Feature of Ralph Brennan and his appointment to the CIA Board of Trustees as the only member from New Orleans.
WWL-TV, April 2012 - Featured chef Chris Montero in demo segment after Starchef's Rising Stars gala.
SOUTHWEST SPIRIT MAGAZINE, March 2012 – Included Ralph’s on the Park as a place to dine while adventuring through New Orleans.
CNN EATOCRACY, February 2012 – Included Red Fish Grill’s BBQ Oysters, Ralph’s on the Park’s Blue Crab Beignets, and café b’s Mac n Cheese as best meals to try in New Orleans.
USA TODAY, February 2012 – Included Ralph’s on the Park as a City Park brunch destination in New Orleans article.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS, January 2012 – Included Ralph’s on the Park as a top place to lunch in New Orleans in an article on the revitalized big easy.
SEAFOOD BUSINESS MAGAZINE, January 2012 – Included Haley Bittermann in NetWorking section of popular seafood magazine.
WVUE, December 2011 – Featured chef Chris Montero’s salad demo and discussion of “Eat Better, Drink Better, B Better” promotion.
EATER NOLA, December 2011 – Included Ralph’s on the Park Boudin Balls in a round up of best dishes of 2011.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS, December 2011 – Included Ralph’s on the Park’s contemporary Creole lunch in an article on New Orleans Revitalized and its appeal to visitors.
WWL-TV, December 2011 – Included chef Michael Gottlieb on morning show making Gingerbread Houses leading up to Gingerbread Workshop at Children’s Hospital.
FORBES.COM, December 2011 – Included Red Fish Grill BBQ Oyesters as one of the most memorable meals of 2011 on Forbes Travel Blog.
BLACKBOOK MAGAZINE, November 2011 – Included Café NOMA in insiders guide to style and popular culture weekly newsletter.
NEW ORLEANS CITY BUSINESS, November 2011 – Feature on Haley Bittermann and her contributions to the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group.
DELTA SKY MAGAZINE, October 2011 - Included Ralph Brennan in a Delta Sky Magazine story "Southern Revival" profiling areas in New Orleans. Ralph chosen to speak about 5 things he likes about Mid-City.
NEW ORLEANS CITY BUSINESS, August 2011 - Included Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group as a large company with a small turnover rate, providing bonus awards to employees with tenure.
FORBES.COM, August 2011 - Included Haley Bittermann's find of soft shell crabs in article about unusual finds at local farmer's markets.
ABC NEWS.COM, August 2011 - Included Haley Bittermann's find of soft shell crabs in article about unusual finds at local farmer's markets.
THE ASSOCIATATED PRESS, August 2011 - Included Haley Bittermann's find of soft shell crabs in article about unusual finds at local farmer's markets.
NEW ORLEANS CITY BUSINESS, August 2011 - Included ROP in article "Distinct Creole makes Ralph's on the Park more than just a nice setting" with details on all aspects of ROP.
WHERE NEW ORLEANS, August 2011 - Included Ralphs on the Park in an article on favorite red beans and rice dishes in New Orleans.
LOUISIANA SEAFOOD NEWS, July 2011 - Included Haley Bittermann in an article on wild-caught Louisiana Shrimp.
NATIONAL CULINARY REVIEW, July 2011 – Featured interview with Ralph Brennan in "Insider" interview section.
FORBES.COM, June 2011 – Included Red Fish Grill’s Barbequed Oysters as one of the best dishes the journalist has ever tasted in “Are Oyster’s the New Sushi?” article.
DELISH.COM [MSNBC], April 2011 - Included Ralph Brennan in an article about Gulf seafood and the aftermath of the oil spill.
CBS THE EARLY SHOW – April 2011 - Included Ralph Brennan in a segment about the anniversary of the oil spill disaster and its affect on the Gulf seafood industry.
FOOD SERVICE EQUIPTMENT AND SUPPLIES MAGAZINE, April 2011 - Featured Ralph Brennan in "Says Who" section of the magazine discussing his involvement in the restaurant industry and his background as a restaurateur.
TOM FITZMORRIS RADIO PROGRAM, April 2011 - On-air interview between Tom Fitzmorris and Ralph Brennan discussing his background in the restaurant industry and the upcoming Oil Spill Anniversary.
WWLTV, April 2011 - Included Haley Bittermann in a segment demonstrating how to cook BBQ Shrimp
THE EARLY SHOW, CBS, March 2011 – Ralph Brennan was featured in a morning segment to discuss the one year anniversary of the devastating BP Oil Spill in the Gulf.
THE TODAY SHOW, March 2011 – Chef Haley Bittermann was featured on the Mardi Gras segment of the today show where she cooked barbeque shrimp and double chocolate bread pudding and presented jambalaya and the Mardi Gras favorite, king cake.
EATOCRACY.COM, February 2011 – Eatocracy, a CNN website, included quotes from Ralph Brennan about the food culture in Louisiana in the "5 Reasons to Eat in Louisiana" article.
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