Michael and Laura Kloeti, who own and operate Michael’s on the Hill in Waterbury, have been selected as Vermont’s Restaurateurs of the Year by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

The award honors restaurateurs who demonstrate excellence in operating and managing a restaurant. “Annually, Laura and Michael Kloeti raise the bar in terms of product, reputation, revenue and community engagement,” the judges said. “They are icons on a statewide level in a number of different forums, through their restaurant’s leadership in charitable endeavors, environmental stewardship, culinary tourism, and support of local agriculture and the farm-to-table movement.’

They and other award winners will be honored at a black-tie-optional Vermont Hospitality Gala Nov. 15 at the Woodstock Inn. 

Information and registration: 802-223-3443 or bit.ly/nVrNnX.

Vermont Chamber President Betsy Bishop said the event will be held at the Woodstock Inn as a show of support; the community was badly damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene, and “the Woodstock region symbolizes the resilience, strength, and culture of support within our industry in the wake of Irene.”

Michael’s on the Hill in Waterbury has also been honored as an environmental leader in Vermont’s Green Restaurant program. Through a variety of means, the Kloetis strive to educate the public about the importance of eating locally produced products and treating the environment with care. At any given time, products from at least 30 local farms are used on the menu.

Michael Kloeti also won Vermont’s first  “Chef of the Year” award, and the restaurant has received Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and the Santé Magazine Regional Sustainable Restaurant Award.

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