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  • 29 Oct 2014 4:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Atlanta Magazine, Publisher of the State of Georgia's official tourism guide, is excited to announce an opportunity for members of GRA. The theme of Tourism in Georgia for 2015 is all about the Culinary Experience. Get your restaurant's information in front of the millions of visitors to Georgia –

    700,000 Circulation / Plus free digital and iPad versions of the Travel Guide

    Please don’t miss this opportunity to advertise your unique dining experience for visitors “must do” lists!


    Contact Jill Teter, Atlanta Magazine, Travel Sales Director at 877-554-0780 or
  • 21 Oct 2014 2:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Source: Georgia Department of Revenue 

    The 2015 Alcohol License renewal season has begun. The deadline for renewing your Alcohol License is December 31, 2014. Your 2015 Alcohol License must be posted at your business location by January 1, 2015.

    Alcohol Licenses must be renewed online by logging into your Georgia Tax Center account at

    If you have attempted to renew your License but have been unable to do so, please contact the Georgia Department of Revenue at 1-877-423-6711.
  • 21 Oct 2014 1:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Get the recognition you deserve! Apply Today for the 2015 Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity Award and win $5,000

    Is your restaurant one of the 90 percent of restaurants doing charitable work in their community? Are you living the American Dream? Tell us how your restaurant gives back or share your story of success and you could win one of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s prestigious awards.

    In recognition of the opportunities the industry creates and their penchant for giving back to their communities, the NRAEF will present its prestigious 2015 Restaurant Industry Awards.

    The Restaurant Neighbor Award, sponsored by American Express, recognizes restaurants for outstanding community service. The Faces of Diversity American Dream Award, sponsored by PepsiCo Foodservice, celebrates diversity of the industry and honors three individuals who have realized the American Dream. 

    Four winners of the Restaurant Neighbor Award will each receive $5,000 to support their community efforts. Three diversity winners will have a $2,500 ProStart® scholarship presented in their name. All winners are flown to Washington, DC where they are honored during a gala awards dinner in April 2015 during the National Restaurant Association’s annual Public Affairs Conference.

    These awards honor those members of the restaurant industry that best represent its commitment to diversity and charitable giving. Nominations are due November 17, 2014. For more information or to apply today, visit
  • 17 Oct 2014 2:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Exhibitors and Attendees both pleased with the growth and development.

    Atlanta, Georgia, October 17, 2014 – Atlanta Foodservice Expo concluded its second edition earlier this week with both exhibitors and attendees satisfied at the continued growth and development of the event. The 2014 event welcomed 158 exhibiting companies (21% increase from 2013) and more than 1,700 attendees (15% increase from 2013).

    Key Supporters
    Atlanta Foodservice Expo 2014 was supported by the Georgia Restaurant Association, Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association, Alabama Restaurant & Hospitality Alliance, and the ACF Atlanta Chefs Association.

    Media Partner
    Restaurant INFORMER was the official Media Partner working to continue the goal of helping the event gain awareness and increase attendance.

    Additional Industry Supporters
    The 2014 event was also supported by several industry associations, groups, and publications to assist show management in spreading the word about the 2014 Atlanta Foodservice Expo. These include: Atlanta Community Food Bank; Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau; Atlanta Street Food Coalition; Catering Magazine; Food News Media; Foodservice Daily News; FSR Magazine; Georgia Women in Lodging Association; Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Atlanta; National Association for Catering and Events; QSR Magazine; Sunbelt Foodservice Industry News; Today’s Restaurant News; and The Giving Kitchen.

    19 sessions were available to all attendees at no additional cost. Topics included: Recruitment and Retention Best Practices; Menu Engineering; Website Development Best Practices; Online Marketing; Social Media; Catering Trends; Allergy Awareness; and Gluten Free Menus.

    Two Dynamic Keynotes
    The Monday keynote featured Celebrity Chef & Entrepreneur Robert Irvine who was presented by Comcast Business. Irvine gave an inspiring presentation on the importance of utilizing the latest technology to stay successful in the restaurant business.

    The Tuesday keynote featured a panel of local leading restaurant owners discussing current challenges, trends, and solutions which was moderated by Steak Shapiro, Host of Atlanta Eats. The panelists were: Todd Ginsberg, Chef & Co-Owner, The General Muir; Robby Kukler, Co Founder & Partner, Fifth Group Restaurants; Todd Rushing, Partner, Concentrics Restaurants; and Cindy Shera, Owner, The Pig & Pearl and The Shed at Glenwood.

    Demonstrations and Competitions
    The American Culinary Federation Atlanta Chefs Association supported show management with the organization, planning and executing of the show floor culinary demonstrations and competitions throughout the event. The competitions featured 27 competitors over the two days vying for a total of $4,500 in cash awards while the 12 demonstrations gave attendees the ability to view techniques that included vegetarian, Moroccan flavors, Hawaiian flavors, spices from around the world, sous vide eggs, and verrines as well as a dueling chefs feature at noon on Tuesday. Sponsors included: Wayne Farms CHEF’S CRAFTTM Gourmet Chicken Sausage; USPOULTRY; and Gas South.

    Happy Hour Receptions
    A new addition this year was the daily happy hour reception on the show floor to wind down the show day with great networking, entertainment and cocktails. Sponsors included: Coca-Cola; Deep Eddy Vodka, Monday Night Brewing; Red Hare Brewing Company; Restaurant INFORMER; and TOPO Organic Spirits.

    Attendee Statements:
    Affairs to Remember Caterers, Patrick Cuccaro, Managing Director:
    “I sent over a dozen of my core people to the Expo this year. Next year, I’ll send even more. The programming was solid, and my managers who make purchasing decisions were pleased with the range and quality of the exhibitors. Congratulations.”

    Atherton Place, Yuki Legako, Food Service Manager:
    "This was my first time attending and I was very impressed with the seminar offerings! I attended one on customer service and a gluten free seminar. Great courses!”

    Fifth Group Restaurants, Stuart Fierman, Director of Operations:
    “The 2014 Atlanta Foodservice Expo had a great turnout. I was delighted to see the dramatically increased attendance at the seminars I attended as well as the one I led. My only regret is that I didn’t have more time this year to spend at the event, but looking forward to 2015!”

    The Flying Biscuit Café, Brent Fuller, Brand Leader/Vice President of Operations:
    “It was great to see all the latest and greatest products, technologies, and services to stay competitive as well as the educational classes provided to help grow and improve our business…a well invested 2 days, we will be back next year!”

    Exhibitor Statements:
    ACityDiscount, Sean McGill, Marketing Coordinator:
    “The Atlanta Foodservice Expo is a fantastic resource in the Southeast for aspiring restaurateurs to learn about operating a business, as well as a great resource for existing business owners to learn a little more about the local foodservice community."

    Contract Design Concepts (CDCI), Phil Alenne, President:
    “The 2014 Atlanta Foodservice Expo was a very good show for CDCI. Good attendance with qualified buyers.”

    Ecolab, Adam R. Paine, District Manager Atlanta South:
    “Congratulations on putting together a top quality show. With this only being the second year since it's rebirth I truly see the Atlanta Foodservice Expo becoming the key event for Georgia and the surrounding region.”

    The Grease Coffin, James T. Trotter, Partner:
    “The show was our first real exposure to the local marketplace and it provided great interactions for our company in a well-designed and managed event space. Well worth our investment!”

    Sunbelt Foods Company, Mark R. Rubin, President:
    “I found the 2014 Atlanta Foodservice Expo to be a wonderful venue to show new and innovative food products to our current clients as well as meet and sample products to many potential clients. My team met with some of Atlanta’s finest chefs and restaurant operators as well as executives from some of the nation’s largest foodservice chains. The entire Sunbelt Foods Company team looks forward to participating at the 2015 Atlanta Foodservice Expo!”

    TOPO Organic Spirits, Scott Maitland, Proprietor:
    “The Atlanta Food Service Expo was the perfect balance of volume and intimacy. I was able to meet a lot of high potential customers, but more importantly, I could talk with them and develop a relationship.”

    Wayne Farms, Alan Sterling, Director of Marketing:
    "We were pleased to participate in this year's Atlanta Foodservice Expo and to debut CHEF'S CRAFT™ gourmet chicken sausage. The show was well attended and allowed us a great opportunity to speak with customers and demonstrate our products. We especially enjoyed the culinary demonstrations and competitions showcasing the masterful culinary skills of professional Chefs from the area. We look forward to another great show next year."

    The 2015 Atlanta Foodservice Expo will be held October 19 - 20 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. For additional information please visit

    Media Contacts:
    Atlanta Foodservice Expo
    Stephanie Everett, EVP & COO, 770-432-4200 x105,

    Brianna Morris, Marketing Manager, 770-432-4200 x110,


  • 14 Oct 2014 2:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator) is an online community where consumers, professionals and businesses share resources they trust. Trust is the most important factor in finding a business or professional, vs. reviews, stars, and anonymous rating systems. Our Trust Factor® captures both the quantity and quality of “Trusts” received to help businesses showcase their trustworthiness and to help consumers make quick, yet, informed decisions.

    Consumers issue “Trusts” to businesses such as restaurants, after they’ve established trust. This business is then added to a consumer’s “Trust Circle,” which is a visual representation of their most trusted resources (think favorite hairdresser, mechanic, local bar, physician etc.). Consumers will be able to scan the “Trust Circles” of their friends and family to find a particular professional resource. Alternatively, they can also search Wyngspan’s database beyond their own networks to find the most trusted resources sorted by Trust Factor.

    In addition to the consumer aspect, a restaurant’s “Trust Circle” helps businesses in the industry find each other in a collaborative platform, eliminating the need for scouring through business cards or searching through inboxes for contact information. A restaurant, for example, may indicate trust in a linen vendor, a trash vendor, a liquor supplier, an accountant, etc. which will all appear in their Trust Circle.

    Restaurants can either search for and claim their business listing from Wyngspan’s existing database of over 20 million businesses and professionals nationwide or create a profile if it’s not already listed. Once claimed or created, profiles can be customized to include keywords, a company description, contact information, areas serviced, websites, and photos.

    A premium service package is also available for restaurants to begin quickly and efficiently building their Trust Factors®. By using a default or custom message, all your contacts can be emailed, inviting them to “Trust” your restaurant on Wyngspan.

    Through our partnership with the GRA, Wyngspan is offering a 30 percent discount off the annual purchase price for the premium service package. Normally $79/year, GRA members can purchase the premium service package for just $55/year by using promo code GRA 2014 within the “Build My Trust Factor” section of your profile.

    For more information and to get started, contact Andrew Markey at or at 857-389-3448.

    Purchase today and begin showcasing your trustworthy reputation with Wyngspan’s Trust Factor®!
  • 14 Oct 2014 2:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Contact Teka Earnhardt (706) 982-4754
    Press release – August 27, 2014

    Clayton, Georgia August 27, 2014: The Tourism Development Authority (TDA) of Rabun County announces that at its August 26th meeting the Rabun County Board of Commission adopted a resolution designating Rabun County as the “Farm to Table capital of Georgia.”

    In its resolution supporting the proclamation the Commission recognized that “Rabun County is positioned to claim this identity because no region in Georgia is more perfectly located amid such a diversity and variety of high-quality farms, mills, dairies, ranches and vineyards. In addition, the county has more restaurants, more award winning chefs, schools, and the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia that are committed to utilize the abundance of regionally-grown products to create a Farm-to-Table freshness that’s unparalleled in the state.”

    Gayle Darugh, the member of the TDA who initiated this designation said the recognition as Georgia’s Farm-to-Table Capital isn’t something that this region needs to grow into because we’ve been walking this walk for decades. It is part of who we are and this is our opportunity to embrace that identity, celebrate it locally, and champion it to the rest of the state and the country. Rabun County has long been known for farm fresh bounty. As early as 1917 the traveling public flocked to the Dillard House to dine on just-picked produce from Carrie and Arthur Dillard's gardens. In 1922 Lura Buchholz opened Beechwood Inn as a Summer House, feeding her guests fresh farm products. We found an old ad from 1931 and it stated that “the inn had all the modern conveniences: fresh vegetables from our garden, fresh milk from our dairy, chickens and eggs daily from our poultry yard, and the most appetizing things to eat on the market.”

    Neal Davies, Vice Chair of the TDA added Agri-tourism and culinary tourism make two of the largest economic contributions to the county, cities and communities in Rabun County. There is no other place in the State that grows and distributes the diversity of foods, wine and value added products for consumers and chefs than the North Georgia Mountain Region does. In addition, we know that much of the food and other products produced in Rabun County stays right here. We think the commitment and variety of our local food producers, the pride of many of our local chefs in seeking out local products, and the growing importance of our county as a culinary destination makes it perfect for designation as the “Farm to Table Capital of Georgia.”

    To learn more about Rabun County’s farms, farmers, Restaurants, Chefs, wineries, food producers and value added products please visit the Rabun County TDA’s website at

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  • 08 Oct 2014 4:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Month-long Campaign at 31 Participating Local Restaurants Gives Diners Opportunity to Donate Directly to TGK

    ATLANTA, GA ---- The Giving Kitchen (TGK) announces the Multiply Joy campaign, which will take place at 31 local restaurants during the month of October. Inspired by a previous guest giving campaign at local restaurants during Ryan Hidinger’s initial cancer diagnosis and treatment in 2013. This concentrated, month-long effort will encourage diners to make a small donation to TGK at participating restaurants via a line item on credit card receipts or by cash.

    “We are thrilled to be a part of Multiply Joy at all three of our restaurants,” says Mike Gallagher, TGK board member and partner at Brick Store Pub, Leon’s Full Service, and Kimball House.

    “We are always excited to be a part of assisting those in need in our community, and we feel confident our guests will want to participate and make gifts that directly help those facing hardship.”

    Multiply Joy begins on October 1 and runs through October 31. The goal of the campaign is to raise $45,000, which will provide grants to as many as 25 Atlanta area restaurant workers facing unanticipated hardship. Participating restaurants include 4th and Swift, Cypress Street Pint & Plate, Red Pepper Taqueria (Buckhead and Briarcliff locations), and The Butcher, The Baker. For a complete list of restaurants, please visit

    About The Giving Kitchen
    The Giving Kitchen (TGK) is a nonprofit charity based in Atlanta, GA inspired by an overwhelming expression of support from the hospitality industry when Atlanta chef Ryan Hidinger was diagnosed with last stage cancer in December 2012. From helping with the cost of living expenses to funeral arrangements, TGK provides crisis grants to members of the restaurant community, residing in the metropolitan Atlanta region, facing unanticipated hardship. Funding for the sustainability of TGK comes from a variety of sources including direct beneficiary events, personal donations and profits from a one-of-a-kind platform generated by Staplehouse Restaurant. For more information on The Giving Kitchen and Staplehouse Restaurant, visit or

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  • 08 Oct 2014 3:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Atlanta, Georgia – October 8, 2014

    No matter where you stand on the gun control issue, restaurant owners and managers need to think long and hard about how they feel about guns on premises.

    The Georgia Restaurant Association is backing new signage for your place of business. Why? What stands JUST NOT HERE. out from the rest is the diplomatic tone to the message. No one wants to offend paying customers, keep it comfortable with a JUST NOT HERE. window decal or poster.

    We have the freedom in America to believe what we want, and the Georgia Restaurant Association respects that. But we also feel restaurant and bar owners should have the freedom to say, respect my standing on the subject, please leave your weapons elsewhere for the sake of our other patrons.

    JUST NOT HERE. IS NOT JUST ABOUT GUNS! ~ Novelty Items Available for Restaurants
    JUST NOT HERE. understands that each restaurant is unique and different. Some restaurateurs are okay with concealed weapons, other establishments don’t allow dogs, or bare feet, or may have a strict “No Children” policy.

    JUST NOT HERE. offers dozens of different slogans on various types of signage so no matter what your specific needs are, JUST NOT HERE. has you covered.

    How JUST NOT HERE. stands out from the rest.
    Often times to keep the peace it’s not what you say, but how you say it. As a business proprietor dealing with the general public, you know how easy it is in this day and age with Yelp and TripAdvisor to fall victim to criticism. No one wants to offend paying customers.

    JUST NOT HERE. gives you an opportunity for explanation, a chance to talk it out. Our signage is a non-threatening way to protect your place of business from anything* you do not want on premise. Be diplomatic. Start a conversation, not an argument.

    The JNH. brand has a classic, commercially iconic, uniformed look. We use very recognizable images so even someone quickly walking by will understand the message even before their eyes read the sign. A professional sign gives you more credibility and clout ~ helping your staff feel more comfortable when explaining the business policy. We take the burden off the proprietor having to produce their own signage, just add your business logo and you’re done.

    JUST NOT HERE. offers Spanish-language merchandise ~ Solo No Aqui' ~ so Hispanic restaurants and businesses have signage that their Spanish-speaking patrons can easily understand.

    JNH. also has a nonprofit leg to the company called ~ JNH. Cares JUST NON PROFIT. Many restaurants are reducing their carbon footprint by investing in recyclable take-home food containers. How about a “Styrofoam ~ JUST NOT HERE.” sign for your Pick-Up To-Go area so your patrons know you care about future generations. Styrofoam, made of polystyrene, takes 500+ years to decompose and is the main pollutant of our oceans and water sources.

    JUST NOT HERE. uses U.S. based printing fulfillment companies, all our merchandise is American made and you’d be supporting small business. As a business owner you’re always looking for ways to save money. Call your business insurance company and let them know you’re protecting your place of business from weapons on premises. They may give you a discount!

    Summary of JUST NOT HERE. inventory options:
    If you’re against weapons in your place of business, your JUST NOT HERE. merchandise options are:
    • We respect your right to carry. JUST NOT HERE.
    • We respect your right to the 2nd amendment. JUST NOT HERE.
    • Unless you’re law enforcement. JUST NOT HERE.
    • Leave it in the car please. JUST NOT HERE.
    • Write your own! JUST NOT HERE.
    JNH. understands many Americans believe in arming themselves; it’s in the Constitution, and it’s your right. But an openly carried weapon can negatively affect a restaurant’s bottom dollar. Some of our pro-conceal carry merchandise includes:
    • Open carry elsewhere please. JUST NOT HERE.
    • We respect your right to open carry. JUST NOT HERE.
    • Conceal carry okay, open carry… JUST NOT HERE.
    • Write your own! JUST NOT HERE.
    Our novelty items work for any business with specific needs. We have dozens of different slogans for you to choose from.
    For example:
    • We love playful kids! JUST NOT HERE.
    • We Love Children. JUST NOT HERE.
    • Enjoy a cigarette. JUST NOT HERE.
    • We love dogs! JUST NOT HERE.
    • Saggy pants on the ground. JUST NOT HERE.
    • We love bare feet and shirtless men! JUST NOT HERE.
    • Your Business. Your Slogan. JUST NOT HERE.
    Restaurants who want to include their business logo or name in the speech bubble, or write their own slogan, email: for your custom request.

    Visit our e-commerce website: and be sure to like us on Facebook!

    If you don’t see what you specifically need for your business, email: with your contact information and slogan request, and a JNH. representative will get back to you.

    The Georgia Restaurant Association understands how JUST NOT HERE. can make it easier on you, the business owner or manager, to control what happens in your establishment. We back these signs and hope this information about a new and different signage option is helpful to you and your business.

    P.R. Contact: Pamela McNall, / 678.464.0962


    Sample Posters:

  • 03 Oct 2014 4:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Calling all Chefs and Professional Cooks. Food Network's new hit show, GUY'S GROCERY GAMES, is giving you a chance to win up to $20,000!

    Do you have the ability to make something out of nothing? Can your recipes prove as inventive as they are delicious? Is your personality as memorable as your food?

    Food Network is holding a nationwide search - looking for outgoing, highly skilled chefs and professional cooks from all backgrounds, any style of cooking welcome. Whether you cook at a fine dining restaurant or own your own diner, are an executive chef, sous chef, private chef or caterer - if you think you have the chops to make mincemeat out of the competition, you want to apply!

    From the producers of Food Network's THE GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE
    This fast-paced challenge puts talented chefs and professional cooks to the test in the ultimate supermarket-themed showdown!

    To navigate the aisles of this high-pressure competition, you're going to need clever cooking solutions AND supermarket savvy. From shopping on a budget to substituting out-of-stock ingredients, contestants will have to race against the clock to survive. IF you make your living in a professional kitchen and think you have what it takes to be the last chef standing, then Guy Fieri is ready to put you to the test!

    To apply, email: and
    **Please put your CITY/STATE in the subject line of the email**
    In the email we will need your NAME, PHONE NUMBER, your current title of OCCUPATION, a description of your CULINARY BACKGROUND, a recent PHOTO of you, a few PHOTOS OF DISHES you have created, AND why you think you have what it takes to win!

  • 03 Oct 2014 9:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Source: National Restaurant Association 

    Take Action Now!

    The U.S. House of Representatives has passed bipartisan legislation that reinstates the traditional definition of full-time employment as it relates to the Affordable Care Act from the arbitrary 30 hours to the more commonplace 40 hours. Now it's time for the Senate to act!

    Click the take action button below and send a letter to both of your senators, urging them to support S. 1188, the Forty Hours is Full-time Act of 2013.

    In less than 8 months, unless limited transition relief applies, “large” employers will be required to comply with key elements of the Affordable Care Act. Perhaps the health care law’s most visible change will be its treatment of employees who work 30 hours a week as “full-time.” Employers across the country will be forced to accept this arbitrary definition, despite an almost universally accepted definition of a 40-hour week as full-time.

    What does this mean for restaurants?
    Those with 50 or more full-time employee equivalents (FTEs) will have to offer health insurance to all employees who work at least 30 hours per week, or pay penalties (In 2015, transition relief has been provided from those with 50-99 FTEs, if certain conditions are met). It also means that employers and employees will lose the scheduling flexibility that attracts millions to the industry. Because of the high costs of health insurance, many employers will have no choice but to control labor costs and stretch their benefits dollar over a larger group of employees.

    The good news:
    The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 2575, the Save American Workers Act and now awaits U.S. Senate action. As we prepare for this important vote, now is the time to take action and urge your Senators to support worker flexibility.

    Congress is listening and your voice does make a difference.

    Take Action

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