Vol. 5, No. 8 | August 2014
Atlanta – The Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) revealed the finalists for the 8th Annual Georgia Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence (GRACE) Awards. These finalists are peer-nominated and the winners will be announced November 2nd at the GRACE Awards Gala to be held at The Foundry at Puritan Mill in Atlanta, Ga. The GRA will also honor this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Hal Nowak of Hal's on Old Ivy.
2014 GRACE AWARDS FINALISTS
Restaurateur of the Year
- George Frangos and Jason Mann, Farm Burger
- Neal McCarthy and Steven Satterfield, Miller Union
- Jennifer and Ben Johnson, Shelley Sweet, West Egg Café, The General Muir, Fred's Meat & Bread, Yalla and Todd Ginsberg, The General Muir, Fred's Meat & Bread, Yalla
Industry Partner of the Year
- Georgia Power
Distinguished Service Award
- Atlanta Community Food Bank
- Waffle House
The Innovator Award
- Kevin Gillespie, Gunshow
- Nick Melvin, Doux South and Venkman's
- Jiyeon Lee and Cody Taylor, Sobban
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
- Hal Nowak of Hal's on Old Ivy
Chairman’s Award Commissioner
- Gary W. Black, Georgia Department of Agriculture
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.
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, Industry Partner of the Year, Distinguished Service Award and the Innovator Award. The winners are announced at the event, and are presented with crystal works of art created by renowned local artist Hans-Godo Frabel. 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.
For more information, ticket reservations, and/or sponsorship opportunities, visit the website at www.garestaurants.org/GRACE.
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