Readers cast more than 111,000 votes for favorite businesses in annual contest
The Record Newspapers and Shaw Media honored Kendall County area businesses on Wednesday, June 26, at the fourth annual "Best of the Fox" celebration.
Throughout the month of April, Record Newspapers readers cast more than 111,000 votes for 1,287 of their favorite area businesses in 64 categories including Food and Drink, Health and Beauty, Home Services, Pets, Professional Services and Recreation and Entertainment.
In total, 171 businesses were recognized by residents; 128 named "One of the Best" in the area, and 64 named "Best" in their fields. Of the 171 businesses who were awarded this year, 14 took home awards in multiple categories.
Winners were invited to attend a celebratory reception held at Northfork Farm in Oswego, where they received plaques and other memorabilia commemorating their win.
T.J. Banning, representing Rosati's Pizza of Yorkville and Sandwich, took home six awards this year, in Best Pizza, Best Sports Pub, Best Lunch and Catering, Best Video Gaming and Best Italian Food.
"It's awesome, it's an awesome feeling to win that many times," Banning said. "It makes the staff happy too, because they know that they're putting their best effort in all the time and it shows to the customers."
Record Newspapers General Manager Ryan Wells praised the voter turnout this year and the work done by the businesses.
"Best of the Fox is designed to give our local residents the opportunity to recognize the organizations that help form the backbones of our communities, and the people in this room are that backbone," Wells said. "You are the people that helped transform this area from a place in which we live, into our hometowns that we love.
"The amount of growth and support from our community members and our local businesses like you guys, it's just been tremendous...To be here as a winner in your respective fields, chosen by the communities in which you serve, it's a pretty big honor, because it's your community that voted for you."
Shaw Media's Record Newspaper group includes the Oswego Ledger, Kendall County Record, Plano Record and Sandwich Record.
The full list of winners can be found in a special section of the June 27 edition of all Record Newspapers, or at https://issuu.com/shawmedia/docs/cs1t_062719_a_best_?fr=xKAE9_3297A