Little Rock’s inaugural 2023 Employees Accomplishing Terrific Service (E.A.T.S.) Award winners have been revealed! This publicly nominated award, sponsored by Ben E. Keith Foods, spotlights and honors outstanding restaurant employees across the city’s dynamic restaurant scene, showcasing their dedication to creating unforgettable dining experiences. 


Among those selected as 2023 E.A.T.S. honorees are: 

  • Kelly Lambert, server at The Pantry West 
  • Madere Toure, cook at AfroBites 
  • Pamela Hobbs, host at U.S. Pizza Co. 
  • Yassine Tebba, server at Ciao Baci 
  • Ben Hoanzl, assistant director of operations at Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe 


“This award highlights the invaluable contributions of our city’s brightest restaurant staff who elevate the dining experiences for visitors and locals alike,” said Kasey Summerville, vice president of marketing, communications and community engagement at LRCVB. “We are proud to have this new platform to recognize the exemplary individuals who go above and beyond to make Little Rock a celebrated foodie destination.” 


The 2023 winners were selected from submissions received throughout LRCVB’s month-long nomination campaign, representing staff members from popular dining establishments across the city. Acknowledged for their exceptional service by both peers and patrons, the E.A.T.S. honorees were chosen based on their dedication to elevating the hospitality standards and enhancing the culinary experience for visitors and residents of Little Rock. 


“Ben E. Keith Foods is honored to sponsor the first-ever E.A.T.S. Awards, celebrating the unsung heroes of Little Rock’s vibrant restaurant community,” said Yvette Parker, director of marketing at Ben E. Keith Foods Mid-South Division. “These awards exemplify our own mission to champion the passion and hard work that drive these culinary establishments.”


Each award recipient will receive special recognition from the LRCVB and an experiential prize package of their choosing donated by Ben E. Keith Foods.


Photo Credit: Taziki’s/Facebook
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