COLUMBUS, Ohio – White Castle, America's first fast-food hamburger chain, has built a passionate fan base, commonly referred to as "Cravers," that are loyal, dedicated, and willing to do nearly anything to satisfy their Crave. That's why White Castle created the Cravers Hall of Fame in 2001, as the industry's most exclusive, honorary club to recognize the restaurant chain's most zealous fans.
For the past year, White Castle customers from across the country have gone to great lengths for the opportunity to be inducted into the coveted Cravers Hall of Fame as part of the 2018 class. After judging nearly 500 entries with personal, funny and heartfelt stories, White Castle selected 12 of the most dedicated fans to be honored forever in sliderdom as part of the celebratory club. Each member was formally inducted into the 18th annual White Castle Cravers Hall of Fame during a special ceremony at the White Castle Leadership Conference in the chain's hometown of Columbus on February 19, 2019. In addition to full travel, dining and hotel accomodations, each inductee received a celebratory plaque in front of hundreds of White Castle leadership and operations team members.
"Every year, we're amazed by the creative and touching stories we receive from Cravers who've made a tradition out of visiting our restaurants," said Jamie Richardson, vice president of White Castle. "We receive hundreds of entries each year, many telling the stories of growing up with our brand, sharing our food with younger generations, celebrating weddings and anniversaries with us, or even traveling across the world to get a taste of the one-of-a-kind flavor our sliders offer."
To determine the Hall of Fame's most deserving Cravers, the judges set criteria based on brand loyalty, creative presentation, originality and magnitude of the Crave. In 2002, White Castle added the "Craver in Extremis" category to recognize public figures, celebrities and pop icons; including Alice Cooper, Kal Penn and John Cho, Telfar Clemens and the late Stan Lee, who have all publicly expressed their love of White Castle.
To date, 215 inductees have been honored with this distinguished award.
To determine the Hall of Fame's most deserving Cravers, the judges set criteria based on brand loyalty, creative presentation, originality and magnitude of the Crave.