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  • 04 Feb 2015 10:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Source: Shelby Food Service
    Posted by: Sudie Crouch

    Georgia Restaurant Association has released the state winners of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s (NRAEF) Restaurant Neighbor Award. The national winners – chosen in early February from state awardees by a panel of restaurant and foodservice industry leaders from across the country – will be honored at a restaurant and food service industry gala awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 14.

    The Restaurant Neighbor Award, developed in partnership with American Express, celebrates the outstanding charitable service performed by restaurant operators throughout the U.S. Created 17 years ago, this award recognizes the impact restaurants and entrepreneurs have made on their local communities.

    The 2015 Restaurant Neighbor Award winners from Georgia are:

    • Here To Serve Restaurants – An Atlanta based company, Here to Serve Restaurants does their part in giving back to the city and its foundations by running promotions in all 13 of their restaurants to donate a percentage of proceeds to multiple charities. Here To Serve Restaurants is involved with various organizations including: The Atlanta Community Food Bank, Atlanta Humane Society, Camp Twin Lakes, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Free To Breathe, GivingPoint, It’s The Journey Inc., Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Lupus Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Project Open Hand, Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research and the Simon Youth Foundation.
    • Norsan Group Restaurants – The philosophy of Norsan Group Restaurants is to give back and help the communities that they are part of, which is evident through the involvement of their restaurants Frontera Mex-Mex Grill, Luciano’s Ristorante Italiano and Pampas Steakhouse. Pampas Steakhouse and Luciano’s Ristorante Italiano have aided and sponsored various events to help numerous organizations such as the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the Georgia Aquarium and other local organizations. Meanwhile, Frontera Mex-Mex Grill aids organizations that range from schools, religious associations, girls/boy scouts groups and more.
    • Ray’s on the River – For over 15 years, Ray’s on the River has partnered with the Fragile Kids Foundation, a nonprofit organization that “was formed to assist those families in need of aid to care effectively for medically fragile children.” Ray’s on the River hosts two annual events for Fragile Kids Foundation, a golf tournament and breakfast with Santa, where families who benefit from the services of the Foundation come to the restaurant to enjoy brunch and a visit with Santa.
    • Sterling Spoon Culinary Management and Marlow’s Tavern – For over 16 years, Sterling Spoon Culinary Management and Marlow’s Tavern have partnered with Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA), which “provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.” Each year, Sterling Spoon Culinary Management and Marlow’s Tavern host an annual golf tournament to benefit the organization. In addition to the golf tournament, Marlow’s Tavern raises money for SOGA at the opening of each new location.
    • Tin Lizzy’s Cantina – Tin Lizzy’s Cantina is committed to giving back to each of the neighborhoods they serve by working with local nonprofits in their community. Their top projects include: Donating $1 from each taco sold on National Taco Day to Bert’s Big Adventure as well as donating to It’s The Journey Inc. Additional partners of Tin Lizzy’s Cantina include: Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Habitat for Humanity, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Sunshine on a Ranney Day and more.
    • Unsukay Community of Businesses – Unsukay Community of Businesses is involved with numerous nonprofits and causes throughout Atlanta. In 2014 alone, Unsukay has participated in over 130 various nonprofit or charity events via direct involvement or in-kind donations of food and beverage. Most of Unsukay’s focus on giving back to the community is through The Giving Kitchen, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit cofounded by Ryan Turner, Chris Hall and Todd Mussman, whose mission is to provide crisis grants to members of Atlanta’s hospitality community facing unanticipated hardship.
    • Zaxby’s – While each of the 650 Zaxby’s franchise locations contributes to their local community a little differently – volunteering, hosting fundraiser nights, or sponsoring local teams – youth have always been at the center. In 2011, Zaxby’s partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical illnesses. Additionally, Zaxby’s has partnered with Always Play 4 Each Other (APIVEO) as well as Downtown Academy in Athens, Georgia.
    “Each year, the Georgia Restaurant Association, in partnership with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, recognizes people and businesses who exemplify the good work and great achievements that are possible in the restaurant industry,” said GRA executive director Karen Bremer. “This year’s winners showcase the philanthropic and entrepreneurial spirit unique to Georgia’s robust restaurant community – one that gives back in communities each and every day.”

    One Restaurant Neighbor Award winner will be named the coveted Cornerstone Humanitarian for exemplary philanthropic commitment. The NRAEF awards program also includes the Faces of Diversity American Dream Award, sponsored by PepsiCo Food Service, and the Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality Award.

    “The NRAEF’s awards program honors the many ways restaurants support and enrich America’s communities,” said Rob Gifford, EVP strategic operations and philanthropy, NRP and NRAEF. “From the unlimited opportunity for people of all backgrounds to find success, to the countless ways in which restaurants invest in their communities, the awards help elevate the stories of impact that define our industry.”

  • 04 Feb 2015 10:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Source: NeighborNewspapers.com
    by Staff Reports

    The Buckhead-based Georgia Restaurant Association Tuesday announced the state winners of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s Restaurant Neighbor Award, including some with locations in the area.

    The national winners — chosen in from state awardees by a panel of restaurant and foodservice industry leaders from across the country — will be honored at a restaurant and foodservice industry gala awards ceremony in Washington April 14.

    The award, developed in partnership with American Express, celebrates the outstanding charitable service performed by restaurant operators throughout the U.S. Created 17 years ago, this award recognizes the impact restaurants and entrepreneurs have made on their local communities.

    The 2015 Restaurant Neighbor Award winners from Georgia are:
    • Here To Serve Restaurants: An Atlanta-based company, Here to Serve Restaurants does their part in giving back to the city and its foundations by running promotions in all 13 of their restaurants to donate a percentage of proceeds to multiple charities. Here To Serve Restaurants is involved with various organizations including: the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Atlanta Humane Society, Camp Twin Lakes, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Free To Breathe, GivingPoint, It’s The Journey Inc., Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Lupus Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Project Open Hand, Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research and the Simon Youth Foundation.
    • Norsan Group Restaurants: The philosophy of Norsan Group Restaurants is to give back and help the communities that they are part of, which is evident through the involvement of their restaurants Frontera Mex-Mex Grill, Luci-ano’s Ristorante Italiano and Pampas Steakhouse. Pampas Steakhouse and Luciano’s Ristorante Italiano have aided and sponsored various events to help numerous organizations such as the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the Georgia Aquarium and other local organizations. Meanwhile, Frontera Mex-Mex Grill aids organizations that range from schools, religious associations, girls/boy scouts groups and more.
    • Ray’s on the River: For over 15 years, Ray’s on the River has partnered with the Fragile Kids Foundation, a non-profit that “was formed to assist those families in need of aid to care effectively for medically fragile children.” Ray’s on the River hosts two annual events for Fragile Kids Foundation, a golf tournament and breakfast with Santa, where families who benefit from the services of the foundation come to the restaurant to enjoy brunch and a visit with Santa.
    • Sterling Spoon Culinary Management and Marlow’s Tavern: For over 16 years, Sterling Spoon Culinary Management and Marlow’s Tavern have partnered with Special Olympics Georgia, which “provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.” Each year, Sterling Spoon Culinary Management and Marlow’s Tavern host an annual golf tournament to benefit the organization. In addition to the golf tournament, Marlow’s Tavern raises money for Special Olympics at the opening of each new location.
    • Tin Lizzy’s Cantina: Tin Lizzy’s Cantina is committed to giving back to each of the neighborhoods they serve by working with local nonprofits in their community. Their top projects include: Donating $1 from each taco sold on National Taco Day to Bert’s Big Adventure as well as donating to It’s The Journey. Additional partners of Tin Lizzy’s Cantina include: Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Habitat for Humanity, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Sunshine on a Ranney Day and more.
    • Unsukay Community of Businesses: Unsukay Community of Businesses is involved with numerous nonprofits and causes throughout Atlanta. In 2014 alone, Unsukay has participated in over 130 various nonprofit or charity events via direct involvement or in-kind donations of food and beverage. Most of Unsukay’s focus on giving back to the community is through The Giving Kitchen, a nonprofit co-founded by Ryan Turner, Chris Hall and Todd Mussman, whose mission is to provide crisis grants to members of Atlanta’s hospitality community facing unanticipated hardship.
    • Zaxby’s: While each of the 650 Zaxby’s franchise locations contributes to their local community a little differently — volunteering, hosting fundraiser nights, or sponsoring local teams — youth have always been at the center. In 2011, Zaxby’s partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical illnesses. Additionally, Zaxby’s has partnered with Always Play 4 Each Other as well as Downtown Academy in Athens.
    “Each year, the Georgia Restaurant Association, in partnership with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, recognizes people and businesses who exemplify the good work and great achievements that are possible in the restaurant industry,” said association Executive Director Karen Bremer. “This year’s winners showcase the philanthropic and entrepreneurial spirit unique to Georgia’s robust restaurant community – one that gives back in communities each and every day.”

    One award winner will be named the coveted Cornerstone Humanitarian for exemplary philanthropic commitment. The national association’s awards program also includes the Faces of Diversity American Dream Award and the Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality Award.

    “The NRAEF’s awards program honors the many ways restaurants support and enrich America’s communities,” said Rob Gifford, executive vice president strategic operations and philanthropy for the National Restaurant Association and National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. “From the unlimited opportunity for people of all backgrounds to find success, to the countless ways in which restaurants invest in their communities, the awards help elevate the stories of impact that define our industry.”

    For a complete list of the 2014 state and national winners, visit www.nraef.org/awards.

    Read more: Neighbor Newspapers - National association honors Georgia restaurants
  • 04 Feb 2015 10:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Posted on PerishableNews.com

    by Georgia Restaurant Association

    Atlanta – Georgia Restaurant Association announced the state winners of the acclaimed National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s (NRAEF) Restaurant Neighbor Award. The national winners – chosen in early February from state awardees by a panel of restaurant and foodservice industry leaders from across the country – will be honored at a restaurant and foodservice industry gala awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 2015.

    The Restaurant Neighbor Award, developed in partnership with American Express, celebrates the outstanding charitable service performed by restaurant operators throughout the U.S. Created 17 years ago, this award recognizes the impact restaurants and entrepreneurs have made on their local communities.

    The 2015 Restaurant Neighbor Award winners from Georgia are:
    • Here To Serve Restaurants – An Atlanta based company, Here to Serve Restaurants does their part in giving back to the city and its foundations by running promotions in all 13 of their restaurants to donate a percentage of proceeds to multiple charities. Here To Serve Restaurants is involved with various organizations including: The Atlanta Community Food Bank, Atlanta Humane Society, Camp Twin Lakes, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Free To Breathe, GivingPoint, It's The Journey, Inc., Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Lupus Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Project Open Hand, Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research and the Simon Youth Foundation.
    • Norsan Group Restaurants – The philosophy of Norsan Group Restaurants is to give back and help the communities that they are part of, which is evident through the involvement of their restaurants Frontera Mex-Mex Grill, Luciano's Ristorante Italiano and Pampas Steakhouse. Pampas Steakhouse and Luciano's Ristorante Italiano have aided and sponsored various events to help numerous organizations such as the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the Georgia Aquarium and other local organizations. Meanwhile, Frontera Mex-Mex Grill aids organizations that range from schools, religious associations, girls/boy scouts groups and more.
    • Ray's on the River – For over 15 years, Ray's on the River has partnered with the Fragile Kids Foundation, a nonprofit organization that “was formed to assist those families in need of aid to care effectively for medically fragile children.” Ray's on the River hosts two annual events for Fragile Kids Foundation, a golf tournament and breakfast with Santa, where families who benefit from the services of the Foundation come to the restaurant to enjoy brunch and a visit with Santa.
    • Sterling Spoon Culinary Management and Marlow's Tavern – For over 16 years, Sterling Spoon Culinary Management and Marlow’s Tavern have partnered with Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA), which “provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.” Each year, Sterling Spoon Culinary Management and Marlow’s Tavern host an annual golf tournament to benefit the organization. In addition to the golf tournament, Marlow's Tavern raises money for SOGA at the opening of each new location.
    • Tin Lizzy's Cantina – Tin Lizzy's Cantina is committed to giving back to each of the neighborhoods they serve by working with local nonprofits in their community. Their top projects include: Donating $1 from each taco sold on National Taco Day to Bert's Big Adventure as well as donating to It’s The Journey, Inc. Additional partners of Tin Lizzy's Cantina include: Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Habitat for Humanity, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Sunshine on a Ranney Day and more.
    • Unsukay Community of Businesses – Unsukay Community of Businesses is involved with numerous nonprofits and causes throughout Atlanta. In 2014 alone, Unsukay has participated in over 130 various nonprofit or charity events via direct involvement or in-kind donations of food and beverage. Most of Unsukay’s focus on giving back to the community is through The Giving Kitchen, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit cofounded by Ryan Turner, Chris Hall and Todd Mussman, whose mission is to provide crisis grants to members of Atlanta’s hospitality community facing unanticipated hardship.
    • Zaxby's – While each of the 650 Zaxby’s franchise locations contributes to their local community a little differently – volunteering, hosting fundraiser nights, or sponsoring local teams – youth have always been at the center. In 2011, Zaxby’s partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical illnesses. Additionally, Zaxby’s has partnered with Always Play 4 Each Other (APIVEO) as well as Downtown Academy in Athens, Ga.
    “Each year, the Georgia Restaurant Association, in partnership with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, recognizes people and businesses who exemplify the good work and great achievements that are possible in the restaurant industry,” said GRA Executive Director Karen Bremer. “This year’s winners showcase the philanthropic and entrepreneurial spirit unique to Georgia’s robust restaurant community – one that gives back in communities each and every day.”

    One Restaurant Neighbor Award winner will be named the coveted Cornerstone Humanitarian for exemplary philanthropic commitment. The NRAEF awards program also includes the Faces of Diversity American Dream Award, sponsored by PepsiCo Foodservice, and the Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality Award.

    “The NRAEF’s awards program honors the many ways restaurants support and enrich America’s communities,” said Rob Gifford, executive vice president strategic operations and philanthropy, National Restaurant Association and National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. “From the unlimited opportunity for people of all backgrounds to find success, to the countless ways in which restaurants invest in their communities, the awards help elevate the stories of impact that define our industry.”

    For a complete list of the 2014 state and national winners, please visit www.nraef.org/awards.

    For media inquiries, contact GRA Manager of Marketing and Communications Rachel Bell at (404) 467-9000 or rachel@garestaurants.org.

    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.

    About the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation:
    As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the NRAEF exists to enhance the restaurant industry’s service to the public through education, community engagement and promotion of career opportunities. The NRAEF works to attract, develop and retain a career-oriented professional workforce for the restaurant industry. The restaurant and foodservice industry comprises 980,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of more than 13 million employees, making it one of the nation's largest employers. For more information on the NRAEF, visit NRAEF.org.

    Source: Georgia Restaurant Association
  • 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.
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