The invite read:
A tribute to the man with the business plan. Since 1988, Allen has been the hidden “X factor” for many of the restaurants you know and love. He has dedicated his life to helping entrepreneurs understand the fundamentals of business from A to Z and not one has failed. Please join us as we, his food service clients, honor a great human being.
RH and I recently joined many of Atlanta’s top chefs and restauranteurs for an evening of wonderful food, cocktails, companyand gratitude. Allen Jones has served as a business consultant and expert resource to many of Atlanta’s top businesses, from day spas to markets and, most notably, restaurants. His current and former client list reads like a who’s who of the city’s dining scene, including the likes of Restaurant Eugene, Miller Union, 4th & Swift, Bocado, Local Three…
…and little old me.
I know first-hand the benefits of Allen’s expertise, expansive network and matter-of-fact demeanor. I must admit that when one of the evening’s speakers referred to Allen’s specialty as making dreams come true, I got a little misty-eyed. I’m tremendously grateful that I has the opportunity to work with him as I pursued my dream of opening a bakery.
The event featured some of Atlanta’s finest bartenders, like the guys from Leon’s and mixologist extraordinaire Greg Best from Holeman & Finch.
Isn’t Miles Macquarrie a-freaking-dorable??
I know it probably sounds weird, but this savory cheesecake was delicious:
We loved seeing our friends from Staplehouse and couldn’t help sneaking an extra tasting of their amazing dish:
Chef Linton Hopkins had some really nice words to say about how much Allen has helped him and Gina with their restaurants:
Remember the meal of the century that RH and I enjoyed with some friends last year? Chef Steven Satterfield is also one of Allen’s clients. (And he referred to the French macarons I gave him last year as “very memorable.” I guess that means my baked goods are legit!)
Allen gave a very heartfelt speech:
And we learned that this whole thing came about because of Chef Jay Swift’s resolution to show more gratitude. Bravo, Jay!
Allen, thank you for everything you do for Atlanta diners…and dreamers! I can’t wait to visit the new restaurants your clients are getting ready to openand to raise a glass in celebration of their dreams come true.