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The Waiters’ Race Returns for a Second Year

The Industry Fund, Le Bilboquet Atlanta and The Shops Buckhead Atlanta host the second Waiters’ Race Atlanta at 5 p.m. on July 15 at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, complete with a summer block party and center-wide attractions from 3 – 7 p.m.

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.

Contestants will be evaluated on speed, service and style by a group of 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).

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. To register for the race, visit

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 more than 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.”


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