‘People Behind the Plate’

The National Restaurant Association launched “People Behind the Plate,” an initiative that highlights the stories of people who have chosen to make a difference in the world by being a part of the restaurant industry. The industry is a collection of millions of owners, operators, and people who choose to make restaurants their careers. They are committed to being the cornerstones on which their community can build and support each other through adversity, like the recent pandemic. People Behind the Plate initially features the personal stories of six restaurant owners, operators and chefs from Michigan, Oregon, and Texas who persevered to keep their doors open.

“When you hear the word community, you think of the people, places, and experiences that make your town feel like home," said Tia Mattson, Executive Vice President, Marketing + Communications, National Restaurant Association. 'By creating good jobs, welcoming customers, and helping to feed the less fortunate, community is at the heart of the people in the restaurant industry. The People Behind the Plate initiative puts names and faces to the restaurant owners, operators, and employees who serve their communities every day."

The first six videos in the series showcase the personal accounts by restaurant owners and operators and how their restaurants have a tangible impact on the people around them. From supporting deployed troops, to providing free meals for those in need, to serving meals to exhausted frontline workers during the pandemic, their stories provide a snapshot of what the people in the restaurant industry are doing to help others. 

People Behind the Plate features:

  • Lance Trenary, President & CEO, Golden Corral 

  • Petro Drakopoulos, owner and chef of Republica Gastro Pub in Berkley, Michigan

  • Katherine Lam and Daniel Nguyen, owners of Bambuza Vietnam Kitchen in Portland, Oregon 

  • Kelsey Yoho, co-owner of Weekend Beer Company in Grants Pass, Oregon

  • Jerry Maddox, owner of Fazoli’s in Pharr, Texas

  • CaSarah Pine, Staff Sergeant, United States Air Force

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