North Carolina Travel Hotspot Wins Awards
(Outer Banks, North Carolina) - The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and the area’s denizens are particularly proud this month, as the AAA Four Diamond Award was recently bestowed upon the area’s Sanderling Resort and Spa-owned restaurant at a AAA Carolinas ceremony in early December.
This is the sixth year the Duck, NC restaurant has won the travel club’s highest honor. The Left Bank is one of only fifteen restaurants in North Carolina to achieve this rating, placing it among the best in the state, and a distinguished ambassador of the Outer Banks fine dining experience.
“We are pleased to continue the tradition of excellence at the Left Bank with the 2010 AAA Four Diamond Award,” says Dick McAuliffe, General Manager of the Sanderling Resort and Spa. “We would like recognize Denise Joy, director of food and beverage, Joshua Hollinger, executive chef and Christopher Gerster, Chef de Cuisine, for their outstanding efforts and teamwork. In 2010, the Left Bank will continue an emphasis on sustainability and sourcing regional products to keep us at the forefront of the sustainable movement.”
"Their accomplishment speaks to their unwavering pursuit of excellence and serves as an inspiration, as well as a source of pride, for the Outer Banks restaurant community as a whole,” explains Ben Sproul, President of the Outer Banks Restaurant Association. “We are all celebrating with them.” There are more than 160 restaurants on the Outer Banks you’ll find nowhere else.
AAA gives the Four Diamond awards annually to qualified hotels and restaurants in North America. More than 2,000 properties nationally earn the Four Diamond ratings after specially trained evaluators conduct anonymous overnight stays or dine incognito. According to AAA Carolinas spokesman Brendan Byrnes, “All Four Diamond properties are impressive establishments and it is rare that a restaurant can continue to deliver delicious cuisine and superior service year after year. To put it in perspective, The Left Bank is the only NC AAA Four Diamond restaurant east of Raleigh.”
The Left Bank will be featured, along with more than two dozen other locally owned, original restaurants, in the four day food and wine festival known as OBX Taste of the Beach, held March 11-14, 2010. obxtasteofthebeach.com
AAA Carolinas is an affiliate of the American Automobile Association, and is a not-for-profit organization that serves more than 1.8 million members with travel, automobile and insurance services while being an advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.
The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau is a public authority and lead promotional and marketing agency for Dare County and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a chain of dynamic barrier islands celebrated for its expansive natural environment, recreation and its place as a premier East Coast beach vacation destination. outerbanks.org