This annual reception is the finale of GRA Public Affairs Day. Members showcased their food to elected officials, and our legislators and dignitaries networked with representatives from the state's second largest employer. Special guests included Roz Mallet, Chair of the National Restaurant Association, and Governor and First Lady Deal.
Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black launched the Georgia Grown Executive Chef Program.
The Inaugural Class:
- Chef Holly Chute, Executive Chef, Georgia Governor’s Mansion
- Chef Michael Deihl, CEC CCA AAC, Executive Chef, East Lake Golf Club
- Chef Kevin Gillespie, Executive Chef, Woodfire Grill Atlanta
- Chef Hilary White, Executive Chef, The Hil, A Restaurant at Serenbe
This year, the event was held in partnership with the 2012 Hospitality Career Expo, presented by the Hospitality Education Foundation of Georgia. A portion of the proceeds helped high school students attend the expo to learn about careers in the hospitality industry.