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 About THE WAITERS' RACE

The Waiters' Race is a century old French tradition that tests the skills a waiter uses every day to provide quality service in a timely manner. The first Waiters' Race, organized to celebrate the excellence and dedication of the waiter’s profession, started in Paris and takes place in over 52 countries today. The concept of the race is very simple: waiters have to race as fast as possible holding a loaded tray without spilling its contents. The best waiter or waitress wins!

This year, Atlanta will have its first ever Waiters' Race hosted by Le Bilboquet, produced by The Industry Fund, a non-profit supporting the restaurant industry. All proceeds will benefit The Giving Kitchen, a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance grants for Atlanta area restaurant workers facing an unanticipated hardship. The race will be held at 4:00PM on Bastille Day, July 14, 2017 at the center plaza at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta.

Waiters' from all over the metro Atlanta area will compete for a round-trip ticket to Paris and a traveling trophy to be housed in their restaurant for the next 12 months. Participants will be judged on speed, service and style. Participants will walk with a server's tray in one hand that will include a glass of water, a glass of wine and a split of champagne. Upon finishing the route, the liquid in their glasses will be measured. Each participant will be expected to open and pour the contents of a split without spilling.

After the race, Le Bilboquet will host an afterparty at center plaza including live entertainment, an outdoor rose bar by Whispering Angel, food stands, flower cart, and bocce courts. Admission is free to the public. 

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WHY SHOULD I RUN Q&A

 

1. Why should I run?

Running in the 2017 Waiters’ Race means you get to be part of the very first race held in Metro Atlanta. You will have the opportunity to represent your industry, your restaurant, and support your industry in a whole new way.

 

2. What is The Giving Kitchen and who do they help?

The Giving Kitchen is a local, non-profit organization whose sole mission is to provide assistance to the workers of Atlanta’s robust restaurant community in their time of need. To date, The Giving Kitchen has awarded over 700 grants to local industry workers.

 

3. What is The Industry Fund?

Similar to The Giving Kitchen, The Industry Fund Inc is a new, local, non-profit organization that works to raise and generate funds to benefit members of the hospitality industry throughout Metro Atlanta, the Southeast, and beyond.

 

4. Do I have the opportunity to win a prize?

Absolutely, the organizers of the event have put together some great prizes. The grand prize winner will receive a traveling trophy to display in their restaurant and also two round-trip tickets to Paris!

 

5. I want to participate but I have to work that night. What should I do?

As members of the hospitality industry ourselves, the founders of The Industry Fund Inc. recognize the challenge you face. We suggest having an open conversation with your management team regarding your desire to participate. The race will begin at 4pm with the awards ceremony to follow around 5pm. If your team absolutely cannot give you the evening off; then, at least you could still make it in for your shift. Albeit a little later than usual. As a 17-year veteran of the industry myself, I can relate to the struggles faced by your management team and am more than willing to assist you with the conversation and; will speak to your management team on your behalf if necessary.

 

6. How much does it cost to register?

Registration is $25 per participant plus we expect each participant to bring a gift card (minimum $25 value) from their restaurant.

 

7. When should I arrive for check-in and what do I need to bring/wear?

Check-in will begin at 2:30pm the day of the race. The race will begin at 4pm. Each participant should wear the uniform from their restaurant the day of the race. You will be given a race bib with your assigned race number.

 

JUDGES PANEL

DANA BARRETT

 

Dana Barrett is a Business Commentator, Social Critic, TV & Radio Host, Actress and owner of DB Media, LLC. The Dana Barrett Show, which airs weekdays at 9AM EST on biz1190AM in Atlanta, is the only live, local radio show focused on what's happening in Atlanta.  From startups to big business and everything in between, The Dana Barrett Show keeps you up to date on the headlines and introduces you to the entrepreneurs, executives and thought leaders that make this city great. With expert contributors on a wide range of business topics and segments that include technology, real estate, hospitality, retail, and more, Dana and her team cover all the business that affects your daily life with a fun, upbeat tone and a little bit of sass.

www. danabarrett.com

CHRISTINE LAUTERBACH

Christiane Lauterbach, born and raised in Paris, writes about restaurants for Atlanta magazine; she publishes Knife & Fork, a sharply critical monthly newsletter about the dining and drinking scene; she travels all over the United States and delivers her opinion both in print and in various media; she raised two daughters who appreciate food as much as she does. She rarely photographs what she eats but she loves to tweets under @xianechronicles.

LYNN SMITH

Lynn Smith was named host of HLN’s Weekend Express in May 2014 and is based in the CNN Worldwide headquarters in Atlanta. She joined HLN in fall 2013 as an anchor/correspondent and had been filling in as host of the high-rated Weekend Express since December of that year. 

The year prior, Smith had been a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor at WNBC’s local station “News 4 New York.”Earlier, at NBC-owned station WCAU, Philadelphia, she served as general assignment reporter since June 2007. In January 2008, her role was expanded and she was promoted to co-anchor of "NBC 10 Weekend Today" on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

 

KAREN BREMER

With over 35 years in the hospitality industry, Bremer is a founding member and CEO of the Georgia Restaurant Association.  Bremer has spent her time in office advocating issues for the 2,500 restaurants represented by the GRA, honing a unified voice for an industry with sales of over $14 billion annually and working on plans that include a Georgia restaurant history project that may result in the creation of a restaurant museum in Atlanta. In 2016, Bremer was named one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Georgians.

 

 

RAEHA KIM

Raeha Kim, Esq. is the Founder and CEO of Millennials Chamber of Commerce, also known as MC2, pronounced, “MC Squared,” a global benefit organization dedicated to engaging, educating and empowering global millennial citizens and bridging generational gaps between millennials and other generations cross culturally, for a shared goal of global unity and empowerment via a new age experience-based model, called, "New 3": New Media, New Life and New Money. New3 is an innovative and strategic model that takes a holistic 360 approach to an optimal and successful millennial life in today’s digital and global economy. New3 was developed utilizing a combination of Raeha’s various expertise and experiences including serving as a NY licensed entertainment attorney, fitness/wellness expert, yoga teacher, entrepreneur woman, speaker, author and a coach. Raeha also serves as the CEO for Raeha International LLC, her for-profit entity which provides executive public speaking coaching services and consultation for millennial engagement strategies. Raeha has served as a keynote and panel speaker in many global platforms including the American Bar Association’s International Legal Symposium on the World of Music, Film, Television and Sports, Georgia State Capitol addressing the Women’s March Movement, Operation Hope’s Global Forum on Navigating the Millennial Driven Economy and Women & Minority Business Ownership. 

BRIAN SCHROEDER

New Executive Director Bryan Schroeder comes to the Giving Kitchen after a decade working for the Georgia Conservancy, a nonprofit focused on protecting and conserving the state’s natural resources. Most recently, he served as the organization’s senior director of development and marketing. In his new position, Schroeder will oversee a staff of six and will put into action the three-year strategic plan recently devised by the Giving Kitchen’s 12-member board.