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NEW YORK, NY- November 13, 2015- The Third Annual Tabletop Challenge Design Competition was held at the newly rebranded IHMRS, now HX: The Hotel Experience–Rooms to Restaurants in New York City. And, for the first time, the annual event featured 2 competitions – one for designers and a separate one for chefs. This year’s winners were Kendall Fleisher from the design firm Stonehill Taylor and Adam Foti, chef at Schenectady County Community College.

With the winning designs incorporating products from sponsor companies such as EveryWare Global, Steelite International, VerTerra Dinnerware and MADHOUSE by Michael Aram, the 2015 Tabletop Challenge once again showed that you can never have too many great tabletop products on your table.

The Tabletop Challenge event was co-presented by HX: The Hotel Experience and and was hosted by TabletopJournal’s Editor Dave Turner.  According to Turner, “This year’s Tabletop Challenge Design Competition was incredibly exciting…with a great crowd of spectators and lots of cheerleading for their favorite designer. Always a fun event, this year’s competitions were particularly raucous and – evidently it helped and we saw some of the best tabletop designs we have seen yet!”

The Tabletop Challenge consists of teams of designers and chefs, using tabletop items provided by sponsoring hospitality tabletop companies, as well as additional “mystery” props, having 20 minutes to build their perfect tabletop. The “People’s Choice” vote was taken for each competition during the show. Winners will be recognized on the HX: The Hotel Experience and TabletopJournal media outlets.

About HX

HX: The Hotel Experience takes the best of 100 years from The International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show® (IHMRS) forward for the next hundred years. HX is North America’s largest trade event for hotel and foodservice owners, executives, directors, and GMs from across the hospitality spectrum, and manufacturers and marketers of all things hospitality. It is held annually in November in New York City.

HX is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. (HANYC), and the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association (NYSH&TA) and is managed by Hospitality Media Group (HMG).  

HX: The Hotel Experience, rooms to restaurants, will feature three full days of exhibits from Sunday, November 13, through Tuesday, November 15. HX is co-located with the 7th annual Boutique Design New York (BDNY), a trade fair tailored exclusively to hospitality design professionals and for presenting manufacturers of furniture, lighting, wall coverings, fabric, seating, accessories, artwork, carpet and flooring, materials, and bath and spa for hospitality on November 13 and 14. Collectively, the two shows will present 900 exhibitors and attract some 18,000-industry professionals. For more information visit the website at

About Stonehill Taylor

Stonehill & Taylor is an architecture and interior design firm established in New York City in 1986 as the successor firm of Lundquist and Stonehill, founded in 1963. Their international staff brings abreadth of design experience in new building construction, additions, renovations, and interior design. For more information on Stonehill Taylor, go here:

About Schenectady County Community College

Schenectady County Community College, established in 1967, is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The College emphasizes high quality academic programs, broad access for students, and responsiveness to the needs of the community. SCCC offers a wide range of transfer degree, career degree and certificate programs, including an extensive culinary arts, hotel, and tourism program. For more information on Schenectady County Community College, go here:

About TabletopJournal is the premier source for the information on the best tabletop products, people, and places in the hospitality industry and now reaches readers in all corners of the world. In addition, subscribers to TabletopJournal’s outbound BULLETIN newsletter come from every continent except Antarctica.

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