The Industry Fund, Le Bilboquet Atlanta and The Shops Buckhead Atlanta host the second Waiters’ Race Atlanta on July 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, complete with a summer block party and center-wide attractions from 3:00-7:00 pm.
The Waiters’ Race Atlanta offers a Southern version of the more than 100-year-old Parisian tradition. Participants will navigate through various obstacles with a loaded server’s tray in one hand. After finishing the route, competing waiters and waitresses will be challenged to open and pour a perfect glass of champagne.
The winner of the race will receive a round-trip ticket to Paris for two and a traveling trophy to be housed in their restaurant for the next 12 months.
Contestants will be evaluated on speed, service and style by a group of well-known judges including:
HLN Weekend Express, Lynn Smith
Food and Wine, Carolyn O’Neil
iHeartRadio, Dana Barrett
Atlanta & Company, Nyssa Green
Atlanta Magazine, Christiane Lauterbach
James Beard Award Winner and Executive Chef at Cape Dutch Restaurant, Philippe Haddad
This year’s event will continue to celebrate the excellence, dedication and discipline of the more than 230,000 food preparers and servers who work in the metro Atlanta restaurant industry and benefit The Giving Kitchen (TGK).
“Le Bilboquet Atlanta is proud to host Atlanta’s second annual Waiters’ Race,” said Le Bilboquet Atlanta General Manager, Ilona Knopfler. “Our patio offers a front row view of the finish line and we hope that everyone in the community will join us in celebrating one of Atlanta’s core industries with this iconic French tradition.”
Before and after the race, The Shops Buckhead Atlanta will host a complimentary summer block party at Center Plaza that will include live entertainment, outdoor cocktail bars, food tasting stations, a flower cart, children’s games and a bocce court. In addition, The Shops Buckhead Atlanta retailers will be offering exclusive experiences, amenities and promotions during the event.
The Giving Kitchen is an Atlanta-based non-profit organization whose mission is to be the beyond-expectation resource at times of unanticipated crisis for anyone employed in the Atlanta restaurant community. Since its inception, TGK has supported over 1,000 restaurant workers in need of emergency assistance, with over $1.5 million dollars in financial support.
“The Industry Fund is honored to contribute to TGK’s efforts to support Atlanta’s restaurant industry workers for the second year in a row,” Industry Fund Founder, Rainer Shaw said. “We look forward to giving back to the workers who are an instrumental part of one of Atlanta biggest industries. “
Event sponsors include Arcus Capitol Partners, Whispering Angel, Moet Hennessy, Costal Restaurant Equipment Rentals and Flavors Magazine. To learn more about the Waiters’ Race Atlanta and register to participate in the race, visit www.waitersraceatl.org
About Le Bilboquet:
Reminiscent of a charming European square, Le Bilboquet is located at the center of The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, anchoring the upscale retail and dining development. Open daily for lunch and dinner, the bistro and bar offers a vibrant atmosphere paired with simple, classic French cooking, bringing a slice of Parisian café culture to the neighborhood and creating a natural gathering spot for guests to enjoy a chilled bottle of rosé alfresco alongside classic bistro fare. Le Bilboquet is located at 3027 Bolling Way NE, Atlanta, GA 30305. Dinner is available Sunday – Thursday from 5 – 10PM, and until 11PM on Friday and Saturday. Le Bilboquet is open daily for lunch from 11:30AM to 5PM. For more information, visit www.lebilboquetatlanta.com or call 404.869.9944.