Accolades

  • Chef Raymond Arpke People Platelist Finalist2009 National Restaurant Association Good Neighbor Award
  • Florida Trend Magazine’s Golden Spoon Hall of Fame Award 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
  •  Golden Spoons 2002, 2001, 1999,1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993
  • Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence…2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Distinguised Restaurants of North America DiRoNA Awards…1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
  • ZAGAT Rating “Among the top 1 % in the nation”
  • Frommer’s Guide “This area’s most extraordinary restaurant”
  • Mobile Travel Guide
  • AAA  Dining by Candlelight – America’s 200 Most Romantic Restaurant
  • CBS’s Chef On A Shoestring appearances January 1997 and February 1998
  • America’s Elite 1000 The Ultimate List-The Millennium Issue
  • The New York Times “The stuff dreams are made of…” in describing our desserts
  • Television FOX 13 series with Chip Carter THE 2002 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS TAILGATE CHEF
  • Sarasota Magazine “Best Desserts” and “Most Romantic”
  • INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION IN ASTI, ITALY-Spring 2000
    Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners – Chef Arpke wins Special Recognition for Classic Risotto competition and 3rd overall competing with chefs from all over the world in Italy
  • Raymond’s entry for Wine Braised Duck with Dirty Risotto and Olives was selected from more than 500 entries from the U.S.. He competed against the top 5 entries in the U.S. winning 1st place in New York City. He was then was sent to Italy to compete against 7 of the world’s best chefs!
  • August 2007 marked our 27th anniversary. We are proud to say in addition to our numerous Golden Spoon, Hall of Fame, and other awards, Chef Ray’s was asked to cook Thanksgiving Dinner at the James Beard House in NYC in Nov. 2005. The James Beard Foundation recognizes excellence and achievement in the culinary profession of chefs from all over the world.