In 2014, we had a great line up of speakers. And now it's our turn to pay it forward to one of our past guests: Chef Alex.

Chef Alex Reethof is the co-founder of the Gathering Restaurant. He has been in the culinary/hospitality industry for over thirty years and performed management opportunities as well as hosted his own cooking show “Back to the Table.”

Chef Alex has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Gathering Restaurant-- an Atlanta-based non-profit business providing a “re-generation” opportunity: A second chance for those who seek it. By partnering with Atlanta Missions, a local faith-based homeless shelter, the Gathering Restaurant will employ individuals that have successfully completed transitional programs for drug and alcohol dependencies as well as prison-release programs.

Did you know that homeless statistics in Georgia reflect over 20,000 homeless on a given night? Over thirty five percent (35%) of these are in the metropolitan Atlanta and our goal is to provide vocational opportunities to those that seek it.

The foundation of the Gathering Restaurant is to refill the hope of these unemployed men and women, which will ultimately carry them into being able to find jobs in the hospitality industry. In order to get to the point of job-seeking, these workers will be thoroughly trained in all aspects of the restaurant business with an in-depth emphasis on culinary skills and food-handling. This process will ensure exemplary dishes on the community’s tables, and once the individuals have completed these programs, The Gathering Restaurant will be the key into a restaurant’s door which will begin an entirely new adventure for them; leaving behind the addictions and troubles that kept them from ever moving forward into the workforce.

Contribute to the Kickstarter campaign here: Gathering Restaurant: For Those Seeking a Second Chance

 

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Several of the most enduring cocktails ever created were inspired in bars nestled in some of America’s most beautiful and historic hotels -- like this one. The base of these cocktails is one of America’s oldest and most distinctive traditions, whiskey. As Europeans immigrated to our country; they brought with them their skill in distilling grain into beer and malt liquor. These farmers, statesmen and businessmen soon discovered that barley and rye was too expensive to ship overseas and somewhat difficult to grow in the south. They also discovered thousands of uses for our native grain, corn, namely that it made delicious whiskey when expertly crafted. Over the years, these patriots, young and old, drafted rules governing their special spirit’s production methods while still allowing creativity and distinction between each distiller’s craft. It is with all of this rich history in mind that Southern Art imagined the Bourbon Bar.


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We mixed and mingled with JCI members and guests at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse on Thursday, November 6th! 

The Atlanta Davio’s offers the same qualities that have made Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse a cherished favorite in other cities. The spectacle of the open kitchen. Handmade pasta prepared with an expert’s care. Attention to detail. Legendary service. Perfectly cooked steaks. A signature veal chop.

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Atlanta's premiere sophisticated cocktail lounge and first of true local historical significance, has cultivated a new genre for Atlantans.

Designed and built with reclaimed Georgia wood including oak, pine and cherry, gathered from over fifteen counties, antique iron and artifacts from the city's first cobblestone buildings, interiors swathed in rich decor and furnishings including relics circa 1845, Establishment pays tribute to the founding pioneers of the most relevant city in the South and founder of one of the world's most famous towns, Buckhead and Henry Irby.

Establishment offered complimentary appetizers for our members and our guests! 


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Check out the photos from our annual JCI Atlanta Halloween Party! We joined forces with Boos and Brews for a grand time for all our guests. 



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