Joseph Cinque, president of the New York-based American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, the world's premiere organization for awarding excellence in travel, cuisine, luxury products and services, was in town to bestow their coveted Five Star Diamond Award upon several top-notch local restaurants. The prestigious award is a recognition that many strive for but few achieve, on superlative establishments that are deemed to be of pinnacle quality. The ceremony took place this past weekend during a gala dinner at Casa Velas in Marina Vallarta, during which a total of 50 awards were presented to prestigious establishments from all over Mexico.

Local award recipients included Café des Artistes, Café des Artistes del Mar, El Patio, Emiliano, Kaiser Maximilian, La Palapa, Piaf, Thierry’s Prime Steak House, Trio, Vitea, and Vista Grill. Learn more about the Five Star Diamond Award by visiting their website: www.stardiamondaward.com.