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Atlanta (May 20, 2015) – The Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) is now accepting nominations for the 9th Annual Georgia Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence (GRACE) Awards®, which recognize hospitality and food-service professionals for excellence and achievement in their fields. All award finalists are peer-nominated and this year’s gala will feature new award categories to honor the various individuals that contribute to the success of the restaurant industry.
By Christine Fonville
A café in Stone Mountain is giving deaf students a place to gain experience and get creative in the culinary arts through an innovative work-study program.
Source: Georgia Chamber Center for Competitiveness
Senate Bill 88 creates a new option for employers who wish to use alternative and more convenient forms of payment to their employees. Employers will now be authorized to use a prepaid payroll debit card account as a legal method of payment of wages to employees. Georgia law previously allowed for checks, cash, and direct deposit, but was silent on using prepaid debit cards as an authorized method. This method of payment is already common in other states, but some employers were reluctant to use this method until the state law was amended and clarified.
Source: The Daily Meal
Georgia tourism reps stopped by The Daily Meal kitchen and proved there is much more to the Peach State than peaches
Chef Holly Chute left New York 34 years ago to work as the official chef at the Governor’s Mansion in Atlanta, Georgia. At the time, she had no idea how to cook a biscuit, and she wasn’t sure what collard greens were. On Wednesday, she stopped by The Daily Meal — bringing with her fresh produce from the Southern state — and wowed us all with her knowledge of, enthusiasm for, and finesse in the cuisine of the Peach State.
Can your recipe stand up with the best-of-the-best chowders from across the country and beyond? Then come put it to the test at the Great Chowder Cook-Off, Saturday, June 6, 2015, and see if our thousands of attendees will vote yours as “The Best Chowder In The World”.
It is with pride and pleasure that Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® partners with the USO to help troops and military families.
Since 1941 the USO has lifted the spirits of America’s troops and their families around the world. This May is Military Appreciation month, dedicated to drawing attention to our service members’ great sacrifices. So we’re honored to support the USO and their efforts to create simple moments of joy that military personnel and their families can cherish for years.
Source: National Restaurant Association
The typical consumer who plans to dine out on May 10 will have dinner at a casual dining restaurant
(Washington, D.C.) As the most popular holiday of the year to dine out, Mother’s Day will entice nearly half of Americans to dine out or order restaurant takeout or delivery on May 10. New research from the National Restaurant Association also shows dinner as the most popular meal period to dine out, and that six in 10 consumers who plan to celebrate the occasion by dining out will do so at a relaxed, casual dining restaurant.
Source: National Restaurant Association
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Majority of restaurant operators reported higher same-store sales
(Washington, D.C.) As a result of higher same-store sales and a continued optimistic outlook for future business conditions, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) remained in positive territory in March. The RPI – a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry – stood at 102.2 in March, down 0.4 percent from February’s level of 102.6. Despite the decline, March marked the 25th consecutive month in which the RPI stood above 100, which signifies expansion in the index of key industry indicators.
UGA Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Kennesaw State University to collaborate in the Education/Seminar Content Development
Atlanta, Georgia, April 29, 2015 – Atlanta Foodservice Expo LLC (AFSE) announced today a partnership
with the UGA Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Kennesaw State University (SBDC-KSU) to
assist with the development and content of the 2015 education program.
(April 27, 2015) Suwanee, Georgia based Sid’s Pizza & Grill Managing Member Stan Kurnett announced the company is offering a special discount to veterans interested in owning a Sid’s Pizza franchise. Active and honorably discharged former members of the military receive a 50 percent reduction in the initial franchise fee, a savings of $15,000.