The winners of the 2015 Georgia Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence (GRACE) Awards were announced Sunday, November 1 at The Foundry at Puritan Mill in Atlanta. The GRACE Awards is the Georgia Restaurant Association’s (GRA) annual black-tie gala event honoring Georgia’s restaurant industry. Jim Stacy, host of the Cooking Channel's “Offbeat Eats” and owner of Pallookaville Fine Foods, served as the Master of Ceremonies and Willie Ziavino & C.O.T Band provided live musical entertainment.
The GRACE Awards are peer-nominated and winners are selected by the GRACE Academy. GRACE winners are presented with crystal works of art created by renowned local artist Hans Godo Frabel. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from this event goes to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
“The GRACE Awards is our chance to pay tribute to those who have demonstrated standards of excellence and serve as an inspiration to others in the restaurant industry and our community. On behalf of the organization, I am proud of the members we have and the outstanding accomplishments they make day in and day out,” says Karen Bremer, CEO of the Georgia Restaurant Association.
2015 GRACE Awards Winners:
Lifetime Achievement Award – Doug McKendrick, McKendrick’s Steakhouse
Since its opening in 1995, McKendrick’s Steakhouse has enjoyed continuous success as one of Atlanta’s must-attend restaurants for any special occasion. It has also been rated as one of the coveted few Great Steak Houses of North America. McKendrick’s Steakhouse offers classic steakhouse dishes as well as off-menu cuts combined with locally grown fresh produce. It has also been named one of the top steakhouses in Atlanta by Zagat, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Open Table, and more.