For the third straight year, one local French bistro is celebrating Bastille Day by raising funds for restaurant industry workers in distress.
The Industry Fund, Le Bilboquet Atlanta and The Shops Buckhead Atlanta are hosting the third annual Waiters’ Race Atlanta July 14 at 5 p.m. at Center Plaza at The Shops. This year’s race will culminate the day that will include a summer block party and center-wide attractions from 3 to 6 p.m.
The Industry Fund is a new, local nonprofit founded by members of the hospitality community specifically to benefit other members of the industry during their time of need.
The 2019 event will include handpicked celebrity chefs from the Atlanta community to round out the Waiters’ Race judges’ panel and take part in this unique industry event. It will also 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. The Giving Kitchen is an Atlanta-based nonprofit that supports area restaurant workers facing an unanticipated crisis.
“We are thrilled to continue to host this unique event that aids and honors one of Atlanta’s core industries,” Le Bilboquet Atlanta partner Ilona Knopfler said in a news release.
The Waiters’ Race Atlanta offers a Southern version of the 100-year-old Parisian event. Participants will navigate through various obstacles with a loaded server’s tray in one hand. After finishing the route, competing waiters and waitresses will open and pour a split of champagne.
Contestants will be evaluated on speed, service and style by a group of well-known Atlanta chefs including James Beard Award winner and Executive Chef Philippe Haddad. Additional judges will be revealed in the coming weeks.
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.
Before and after the race, The Shops will host a free 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 retailers will be offering exclusive experiences, amenities and promotions during the event.
“We are so proud to support one of Atlanta’s vital charitable organizations, “Industry Fund founder Rainer Shaw said in a news release. “We look forward to continuing to spotlight the restaurant workers who are an instrumental part of one of Atlanta biggest industries. “
To learn more about the Waiters’ Race Atlanta, sponsorship opportunities and to register to participate in the race, visit www.waitersraceatl.org. Registration is $25 per server.