By Carla Caldwell, Morning Edition Editor
The Georgia Restaurant Association has announced the finalists for its 8th Annual Georgia Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence(GRACE) Awards. The awards recognize restauranteurs and others who have made outstanding contributions to Georgia's restaurant industry.
Finalists are nominated by their peers. Winners will be announced Nov. 2 at the GRACE Awards Gala at The Foundry at Puritan Mill. The GRA will also honor this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Hal Nowak of Hal's on Old Ivy.
Restaurateur of the Year
George Frangos, 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
Distinguished Service Award
Atlanta Community Food Bank
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
Commissioner Gary W. Black, Georgia Department of Agriculture
For more information about the GRACE Awards, or to purchase tickets, please go to: www.garestaurants.org/GRACE.