On Sunday, November 1, 2015, the GRACE Awards Gala, an exclusive event honoring leaders who have made outstanding contributions to Georgia’s restaurant industry, will take place at the Foundry at Puritan Mill in Atlanta, GA. At the event, winners for Restaurateur of the Year (Small/Independent, Franchisee, Large/Corporate), Industry Partner of the Year and the Distinguished Service Award will be announced. The GRA will also honor the Restaurant Employee of the Year, Manager of the Year, ProStart Student of the Year and this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Doug McKendrick of McKendrick’s Steak House. A complete list of finalists can be found at the end of this release.
In addition, Jim Stacy, television host and owner of Pallookaville Fine Foods, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Live entertainment will be provided by the Latin band, Willie Ziavino and C.O.T. Band, who regularly plays at GRA member restaurant, Eclipse di Luna.
“In celebration of the 9th Annual GRACE Awards Gala, we are delighted to continue the tradition of recognizing our industry for their excellence and achievement,” said Karen Bremer, executive director of the Georgia Restaurant Association.
A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank, whose mission is to fight hunger by engaging, educating, and empowering the community.
To learn more about the GRACE Awards, or purchase tickets, visit http://www.garestaurants.org/grace-awards-gala.html.
2015 GRACE AWARDS FINALISTS
Restaurateur of the Year: Small/Independent
Jonathan and Justin Fox, Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q
Kevin Rathbun, Cliff Bramble and Kirk Parks, Rathbun’s, KR Steak Bar, Kevin Rathbun Steak
Ryan Pernice and Ted Lahey, Table & Main, Osteria Mattone
Restaurateur of the Year: Franchisee
Mike Orcutt, Cowabunga, Inc. | Domino's
Matt Hansen, KBP Foods | KFC, Taco Bell, Long John Silver’s, Pizza Hut
John Silvey, Poultry Partners | Zaxby’s
Restaurateur of the Year: Large/Corporate
Adriana Quintanilla, Norsan Group Restaurants | Frontera Mex-Mex Grill, Luciano's Ristorante Italiano, Pampas Steakhouse
Paul Damico, Moe’s Southwest Grill
Cheryl Bachelder, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
Industry Partner of the Year
Atlanta Foodservice Expo
The Giving Kitchen
Distinguished Service Award
Fifth Group Restaurants
Ray’s on the River
Tin Lizzy’s Cantina
ProStart Student of the Year
To be determined by the Hospitality Education Foundation of Georgia (HEFG)
Manager of the Year
Dewey Funna, Hudson Grille Midtown
Restaurant Employee of the Year
Chris Gianaras, 4th & Swift
Lifetime Achievement Award
Doug McKendrick, McKendrick’s Steak House
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 (NRA) to operate Georgia’s only not-for-profit representing the state’s foodservice industry. 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 GRACE Awards
The GRACE Awards is the Georgia Restaurant Association’s annual black-tie gala event honoring Georgia’s Restaurant Industry. The GRACE awards are peer-nominated and honor the top finalists in the following categories: Restaurateur of the Year (Small/Independent, Franchisee, Large/Corporate), Industry Partner of the Year and the Distinguished Service Award. The winners are announced at the event and are presented with crystal works of art created by renowned local artist Hans-Godo Frabel.
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