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  • 26 Jan 2015 9:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Source: Restaurant Informer

    rKaren Bremer, executive director of the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA), has been elected to serve on the board of directors for the National Restaurant Association (NRA). The NRA is governed by a volunteer board of directors and led in Washington, D.C. by a president and chief executive officer. On average, the board consists of 90 to 95 directors from across the country who represent every facet of the restaurant industry.

    With over 35 years in the hospitality industry, Bremer is a founding member of the GRA and the past president of the GRA Board. She serves on the board of directors for the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB), the DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Council of State Restaurant Associations. She also sits on the Industry Advisory Board of Georgia State University’s Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration and is a trustee of the Arby’s Foundation. She has been inducted to Les Dames d’Escoffier International and the International Women’s Forum. Bremer was the former owner of Dailey’s and City Grill restaurants and was a top executive with the Peasant Restaurant Group, starting out as a manager and ultimately being named its president.

    Bremer has garnered numerous awards including the ACVB Member of the Year Award in 2002 for her role in founding Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week. In 2009, Bremer received the Lifetime Achievement GRACE (Georgia Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence) Award for her outstanding contributions to Georgia’s restaurant industry. Bremer has also been listed as a notable Georgian by Georgia Trend Magazine in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

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  • 24 Jan 2015 9:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Source: FSR magazine

    Karen Bremer, executive director of the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA), was elected to serve on the board of directors for the National Restaurant Association (NRA).

    The NRA is governed by a volunteer board of directors and led in Washington, D.C. by a president and CEO. On average, the board consists of 90 to 95 directors from across the country who represent every facet of the restaurant industry.

    With over 35 years in the hospitality industry, Bremer is a founding member of the GRA and the past president of the GRA Board. She serves on the board of directors for the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB), the DeKalb Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Council of State Restaurant Associations.

    She also sits on the Industry Advisory Board of Georgia State University's Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration and is a trustee of the Arby’s Foundation. She has also been inducted to Les Dames d'Escoffier International and the International Women's Forum.

    Bremer was the former owner of Dailey’s and City Grill restaurants and was a top executive with the Peasant Restaurant Group, starting out as a manager and ultimately becoming president.

    Bremer garnered numerous awards including the ACVB Member of the Year Award in 2002 for her role in founding Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week. In 2009, Bremer received the Lifetime Achievement GRACE (Georgia Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence) Award for her outstanding contributions to Georgia's restaurant industry.
  • 23 Jan 2015 9:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Source: PerishableNews.com

    Atlanta – Karen Bremer, executive director of the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA), was elected to serve on the board of directors for the National Restaurant Association (NRA). The NRA is governed by a volunteer board of directors and led in Washington, D.C. by a president and chief executive officer. On average, the board consists of 90 to 95 directors from across the country who represent every facet of the restaurant industry.

    With over 35 years in the hospitality industry, Bremer is a founding member of the GRA and the past president of the GRA Board. She serves on the board of directors for the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB), the DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Council of State Restaurant Associations. She also sits on the Industry Advisory Board of Georgia State University's Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration and is a trustee of the Arby’s Foundation. She has also been inducted to Les Dames d'Escoffier International and the International Women's Forum. Bremer was the former owner of Dailey’s and City Grill restaurants and was a top executive with the Peasant Restaurant Group, starting out as a manager and ultimately being named its president.

    Bremer has garnered numerous awards including the ACVB Member of the Year Award in 2002 for her role in founding Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week. In 2009, Bremer received the Lifetime Achievement GRACE (Georgia Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence) Award for her outstanding contributions to Georgia's restaurant industry. Bremer has also been listed as a notable Georgian by Georgia Trend Magazine in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

    About the Georgia Restaurant Association
    The GRA’s mission is to serve as the voice for Georgia’s restaurants in advocacy, education and awareness. The GRA is sanctioned by the National Restaurant Association to operate Georgia’s only not-for-profit representing the state’s foodservice industry. The GRA serves as the unified voice for over 16,000 foodservice and drinking places in the state of Georgia with total sales in excess of $16.5 billion which provides more than 405,800 jobs. From large chains to start-ups, the GRA helps make Georgia a better place for restaurants to do business and helps make restaurants better for Georgia.

    Source: Georgia Restaurant Association

  • 20 Jan 2015 2:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Source: Savannah Morning News
    By Eric Curl

    Patrons of Spudnik on Broughton Street who haven’t turned 21 will continue to be able to eat their baked potatoes in peace late into the evening.

    The city is no longer considering a requirement that alcohol-serving restaurants, such as Andrew Wanamaker’s carb-centric eatery, boot underage customers at 10 p.m. when they’re not accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    ...

    On Tuesday, city spokesman Bret Bell said the concerns of business owners such as Wanamaker prompted the city to reconsider the 10 p.m. rule and other proposed changes to Savannah’s alcohol ordinance that were presented for feedback in late August.

    Some issues are still being considered, but Bell said the city wanted to keep the public updated by providing the latest plans for the ordinance.

    “The process is still going on,” he said. “No changes have been made yet.”

    The updated revisions include:
    • The removal of a requirement that would have forced anyone under 21 to leave an establishment that serves alcohol at 10 p.m. when they’re not accompanied by a parent or guardian.
    • The removal of a requirement that alcohol-serving establishments hire security and purchase an additional license for operations after midnight. Instead, only businesses that have had problems would have to provide such security.
    • The allowance of minors into a business that serves complimentary alcohol such as a hair salon that gives free wine to customers.
    • The expansion of residency requirement for the managers from within the city to a 50-mile radius around the establishment.
    Mike Vaquer also praised the latest plan for the ordinance after he had raised some concerns last year as a lobbyist for the Georgia Restaurant Association.

    “We’re encouraged,” Vaquer said. “Stepping back is a step in the right direction.”

    ...

    Read the full article.

  • 06 Jan 2015 4:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    January 2015
    Source: Shelby Foodservice

    By Karen Bremer/Executive Director, Georgia Restaurant Association

    As Georgia’s only not-for-profit representing the state’s food service industry, the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) serves as the unified voice for more than 16,000 food service and drinking places in the state of Georgia. The GRA is sanctioned by the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and represents all restaurants in the state of Georgia – from large chains to start-ups.

    The GRA stands behind the mission to serve as the voice for Georgia’s restaurants in advocacy, education and awareness, and the goal of the GRA is to help make Georgia a better place for restaurants to do business and to help make restaurants better for Georgia. One way the GRA is successful in staying true to our mission is via the work that is accomplished from a legislative standpoint.

    Advocacy is a major focus of the GRA’s mission, and we support legislation that will help restaurants thrive and fight against legislation that will hurt businesses and bring on onerous stipulations and regulations to restaurant owners. The GRA exists so restaurants can focus on their day-to-day operations and we represent the industry on issues such as minimum wage, sick pay, EPI pens, extending alcohol sales, growlers in brewpubs and much more. The GRA also advocates for the restaurant industry not only at the local and state level, but on a national level as well through our partnership with the NRA.

    As we work to advocate on a legislative standpoint, we also strive to keep our members informed of the latest key issues affecting their business and what the GRA is doing to fight for pro-restaurant legislation. This is achieved via the GRA’s various communication platforms such as weekly legislative bulletins during session, action alerts and our website and resource center. To make sure the restaurant industry is adequately represented, we also encourage our members to get involved in advocating for the restaurant industry. One way to increase the recognition of Georgia’s restaurant industry is during the GRA’s signature Taste of Georgia Legislative Reception.

    Taste of Georgia takes place each year during the legislation session and is an opportunity for GRA members to showcase their restaurants to elected officials and lobbyists. During this event, Georgia’s state legislators have the opportunity to learn about the impact of the restaurant in the state and get a taste of what the restaurant sector is doing to help contribute to the state’s economy. The next Taste of Georgia Legislative Reception will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot in Atlanta. For more information about the event, or how you can participate, visit www.garestaurants.org/TasteofGeorgia.

    As the strongest supporter and largest advocate for Georgia’s restaurant industry, the GRA will continue to fight for the success of the industry. The GRA will also continue to serve as the voice for the industry to make sure the impact and contribution of Georgia’s restaurants is widely recognized and understood.
  • 05 Jan 2015 2:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Source: Georgia Trend Magazine

    Congratulations to Georgia Restaurant Association Executive Director Karen Bremer, who was chosen as a 2015 Notable Georgian by Georgia Trend magazine.

    A complete list of the 2015 notables appears in the January 2015 issue of Georgia Trend. To view the 2015 notables, visit http://www.georgiatrend.com/January-2015/2015-Notable-Georgians

  • 22 Dec 2014 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Source: FastCasual.com

    The National Restaurant Association announced it has selected John C. Metz, CEO, executive chef, and co-founder of Marlow's Tavern, Aqua Blue, and Sterling Spoon Culinary Management based in Atlanta, to serve as its convention chair for the 2015 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and the 2015 Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants (previously known as the International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event).

    The 2015 NRA Show will take place May 16-19 at Chicago's McCormick Place and the 2015 BAR at the NRA Show will take place May 17-18 in the adjacent Lakeside Ballroom at McCormick Place.

    "Every year, we advance the products, services, and programming of the show to ensure that attendees receive the key learnings and practical resources to continue to push our industry forward," said NRA President and CEO Dawn Sweeney in a company press release. "John Metz's 31 years of restaurant and hospitality experience will be an invaluable resource to our team through providing leadership and insights into what is most timely and critical to the operator community."

    Metz has been a member of the NRA's Board of Directors since 2006. He also sits on the Georgia Restaurant Association's Board of Directors and The Atlanta Visitors and Convention Bureau's Board of Directors, as well as served as chairman for the Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA) in 2007 and 2008. In 2013, Metz received an IFMA Silver Plate and ultimately won the 2013 IFMA Gold Plate Award.
  • 18 Dec 2014 11:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Source: RestaurantInformer.com

    The Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) has announced the 2015 Chairman of the Board for the association, Ryan Turner, current vice-chair for the GRA and co-founder and CEO of Unsukay Community of Businesses, the parent company for Muss & Turner’s, Eleanor’s, Local Three and Common Quarter in Metro-Atlanta.

    Since college, Turner has worked in every role in a restaurant from dishwasher to bartender. Turner served as the food and beverage manager at East Lake Golf Club prior to opening Muss & Turner’s in February of 2005. He and his partners opened Local Three in late 2010, Eleanor’s in 2012 and Common Quarter in 2013.

    In 2011, Turner and his partners received the GRA’s Restaurateur of the Year award at the 5th annual GRACE Awards. In 2013, they received the GRA’s Restaurant Neighbor Award for their involvement in founding and launching The Giving Kitchen. Turner currently serves as Board Chairman of The Giving Kitchen, a 501(c)(3) serving those in the restaurant community facing hardship and crisis. Additionally, Turner was named the 2014 Business Person of the Year by the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Atlanta Business Chronicle in the Experienced Entrepreneur category.

    As Chairman of the Board, Turner will serve as the Chief Spokesperson for the industry as well as for the association and will lead the GRA Board of Directors. The Chairman of the Board also partakes in several GRA functions throughout the year including the Taste of Georgia Legislative Reception in February, the GRA Golf Tournament in June, the Chairman’s Reception and the GRACE Awards gala in November.

  • 09 Dec 2014 11:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    PerishableNews.com

    Atlanta, GA – The Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) has announced the 2015 Chairman of the Board for the association, Ryan Turner, current vice-chair for the GRA and co-founder and CEO of Unsukay Community of Businesses, the parent company for Muss & Turner’s, Eleanor’s, Local Three and Common Quarter in Metro-Atlanta.

    Since college, Turner has worked in every role in a restaurant from dishwasher to bartender. Turner served as the food and beverage manager at East Lake Golf Club prior to opening Muss & Turner's in February of 2005. He and his partners opened Local Three in late 2010, Eleanor’s in 2012 and Common Quarter in 2013.

    In 2011, Turner and his partners received the GRA’s Restaurateur of the Year award at the 5th annual GRACE Awards. In 2013, they received the GRA's Restaurant Neighbor Award for their involvement in founding and launching The Giving Kitchen. Turner currently serves as Board Chairman of The Giving Kitchen, a 501c3 serving those in the restaurant community facing hardship and crisis. Additionally, Turner was named the 2014 Business Person of the Year by the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Atlanta Business Chronicle in the Experienced Entrepreneur category.

    As Chairman of the Board, Turner will serve as the Chief Spokesperson for the industry as well as for the association and will lead the GRA Board of Directors. The Chairman of the Board also partakes in several GRA functions throughout the year including the Taste of Georgia Legislative Reception in February, the GRA Golf Tournament in June, the Chairman’s Reception and the GRACE Awards gala in November.

    About the Georgia Restaurant Association
    The GRA’s mission is to serve as the voice for Georgia’s restaurants in advocacy, education and awareness. The GRA is sanctioned by the National Restaurant Association to operate Georgia’s only not-for-profit representing the state’s foodservice industry. The GRA serves as the unified voice for over 16,000 foodservice and drinking places in the state of Georgia with total sales in excess of $16.5 billion which provides more than 405,800 jobs. From large chains to start-ups, the GRA helps make Georgia a better place for restaurants to do business and helps make restaurants better for Georgia.

    Source: Georgia Restaurant Association
  • 05 Dec 2014 4:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Source: Neighbor Newspapers
    by Everett Catts

    Laura Turner Seydel can’t wait for tonight’s fifth annual Captain Planet Foundation Benefit Gala.

    The sold-out event at the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead, will include honors given to four environmental advocates. They are: primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall, Ph.D., the Exemplar Award; Marshall Shepherd, Ph.D., director of the University of Georgia’s atmospheric science program and host of the new Weather Channel Show “Weather Greeks,” the Protector of the Earth Award; and Fayetteville residents Carter and Olivia Ries, teenage founders of One More Generation, an environmental nonprofit dedicated to helping save endangered species, the Young Superhero Award.

    “I’m am always excited about our gala dinner but I’m extremely over the moon because we are giving our Exemplar Award to Jane Goodall, and she’s very well known in our community and around the world. She’s been a global leader with chimpanzees and their habitat,” said Seydel, the foundation’s chair, adding she is thrilled with the other honorees.

    The foundation, co-founded by Ted Turner and an offshoot of his cartoon TV show, “Captain Planet and the Planeteers,” works with children, impacting nearly eight million of them, according to its website. Seydel said it is important for the foundation to recognize both adults and children.

    “We do try to recognize youth,” the Buckhead resident said. “Obviously a lot of their work goes under the radar screen and they're unsung heroes. It’s very important for adults to see the children out there making an effort to protect the environment. It makes them feel they should be more active in doing so. … Kids need to have role models just like adults need them. It’s very important to bring both the icons and the unsung heroes to the Atlanta community so our sponsors and attendees can become educated on the issue by experts and really know the issues and care. It really works to inspire people.”

    Seydel said the foundation is also focusing on its Project Learning Garden, in which the organization has funded 700 school gardens in the U.S. over the past 23 years.

    “A lot of them had gone fallow,” she said of an audit the foundation did on the gardens. “We looked at the barriers of gardens in schools and … what we found was first, they were not enculturated in the school, but usually tied to passionate parents or teachers and those went away when they left the school.”

    So the foundation developed a three-pronged program to help schools sustain their gardens.

    “First we went into the schools and created a program where teachers of all subjects could teach classes at the garden. … Students got excited about growing their own fruits and vegetables,” she said. “Georgia has the second highest obesity rates in the country. We were just at Garden Hills Elementary [in Buckhead] with some executives at Kaiser Permanente and the kids made a huge salad. We were able to prepare the salad in the classroom because we provided mobile kitchen carts.

    Another overlay was the summer garden management. We’ve hired young urban growers, giving them their first job to maintain summer gardens. They maintained 60 gardens collectively. When all was said and done at the end of the summer, there were 4,000 servings donated to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. We have an agreement with Atlanta Public Schools to have 525 gardens in schools. We have the funding for 164 and will have 130 in the ground by the end of the year. Kids are also getting over their fear of nature.”

    The third part of the program is teacher training, curricula and mobile kitchen carts offered free on the foundation’s website. The project has expanded into California and elsewhere.

    “We want to make sure every school has a garden with these overlays and children can benefit from understanding their life support system, the importance of clean air and clean water. … The program is already in six countries and 300 clubs signed up,” Seydel said.

    She also said the foundation’s small grants program’s deadline to apply online is Jan. 31.

    “There are 30 additional gardens and we’re looking for applications from schools who want a Project Learning Garden in their school,” Seydel said.

    Regarding ways for anyone to aid the environment, she said there are simple things people can do.

    Seydel recalled helping found the Zero Waste Zone, a program downtown Atlanta restaurants, hotels and event venues, in partnership with the Georgia Restaurant Association, adopted about five years ago to keep the area from losing out on major events and conventions. It was so successful that it spread to Midtown and Buckhead and was adopted by the National Restaurant Association.

    “The three big dealmakers were the fact that spent grease was turned into biodiesel, everything in the [building] was recycled - including pallets, food cans, aluminum and glass - and food residuals were composted instead of going to landfills and food that was good was donated to hungry people according to the Good Samaritan laws. … We did it that way but anybody can strive to have a Zero Waste Zone in their home, office, school or church. It’s about waste conservation. Recycling is a must.

    “We also have to learn to live with the animals on the Earth.”

    Information: www.captainplanetfoundation.org.
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