Halvorsen, others named to Top Women in Foodservice list

Marilou Havorsen, president of the New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association, has been named one of the 2019 Metro-NY Top Women in Foodservice & Hospitality by TotalFoodService.

Halvorsen is one of 27 women from New Jersey recognized by the industry publication in a variety of categories. She was honored among association leaders.

“As our state presents more and more regulation, which continues to harm our industry, my role has shifted from promoter to defender,” Halvorsen said in a prepared statement. “I’m proud to have an industry organization like TotalFoodService recognize my effort and hard work. This recognition is an honor and reinforces my belief that I’m focusing on the right issues for our members.”

Other New Jersey honorees included:

  • Debra Ryan, Greater New Jersey Society for Healthcare Food Service Administrators, New Milford (associations);
  • Debbie Mumford, Mumford’s Culinary Center, Tinton Falls (catering);
  • Ariane Duarte, Ariane Kitchen & Bar, Verona (chefs);
  • Gloria La Grassa, Pluckemin Inn, Bedminster (chefs);
  • Cyndi Perez, Peacock Inn, Princeton (chefs);
  • Karen DeLamater, Jersey City Public Schools, Jersey City (education);
  • Tonya Riggins, Newark Schools, Newark (education);
  • Dawn Cascio, Valley Hospital, Ridgewood (health care);
  • Doris V. O’Neil, Golden Gate Rehab & Health Care Center, Trenton (health care);
  • Andrea Clurfeld, Asbury Park Press, Asbury Park (media/PR);
  • Gail Schoenberg, Gail Schoenberg Public Relations, Rutherford (media/PR);
  • Gabrielle Carbone, The Bent Spoon, Princeton (restaurants);
  • Jeanne Cretella, Landmark Hospitality, Jersey City (restaurants);
  • Cheryl Grabowski, Harvest Restaurant Group, Morris Plains (restaurants);
  • Maricel Presilla, Cucharamama/Zafra, Hoboken (restaurants);
  • Grace Best, Imperial Dade, Jersey City (vendor – equipment & supply);
  • Sandra Kravetz, Performance Food Equipment Group, Elmwood Park (vendor – equipment & supply);
  • Kim Lehr, Performance Food Equipment Group, Elmwood Park (vendor – equipment & supply);
  • Lori Weiss, BFA Food Service Equipment & Supplies, Boonton (vendor – equipment & supply);
  • Ariane Daguin, D’Artagnan, Union (vendor – food & beverage);
  • Valarie Leimer, Major Foods, Little Ferry (vendor – food & beverage);
  • Candy Vidovich, Pomptonian Foods, Fairfield (vendor – food & beverage);
  • Karen Maier, Nutri-Serv, Burlington (vendor – services);
  • Amy Russo, Toast, Montclair (vendor – services);
  • Susan Villamena, Acrylic Flooring LLC, Fairfield (vendor – services).