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 2 at the GRACE Awards Gala to be held at The Foundry at Puritan Mill in Atlanta, Georgia. The GRA will also honor this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Hal Nowak of Hal's on Old Ivy.
The GRACE Awards recognize and pay tribute to the leaders who have made outstanding contributions to Georgia's restaurant industry. All finalists are peer nominated.
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
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
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