Awards, great food featured at Chamber gathering
The 2017 Grahammy Awards and Taste of Graham kicked off on Saturday, Jan. 24 in the Young County Arena with over 400 attending the two events.
The theme of the Grahammy’s was ‘Through the Looking Glass’ and introductions to both events were made by Graham Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Krisa De La Cruz. The Taste of Graham began immediately after the introductions. Fourteen restaurants participated, hoping to win best traditional restaurant, best quick serve restaurant, best presentation and best dessert.
Taste of Graham participants were: Chicken Express, Daddy Bob’s Smokewagon, Dairy Queen, Dinner at Wildcatter, Dinner Bell Cafe, Dos Chiles, Fox Hollow, Monarch Catering, Potter’s Pizza, Rockin’ S Bar & Grill, Taco Casa, Twisted Branch Eatery and United Supermarket.
After a quick recognition of board members by Chamber Chairman Alex Heartfield, the Grahammy Awards were presented. Heartfield and past chairman Glenn McGee announced the winners of the Grahammys, which included business of the year, citizen of the year, volunteer of the year, president’s choice and the Graham Salt Works award.
2017 Grahammy Awards
Business of the Year - Dos Chiles
Citizen of the Year - Spencer Street III
Volunteer of the Year - Dawna and Guy Gage
President’s Choice - Tommy Grace
Graham Salt Works Award - James Yancey
Taste of Graham Awards
People’s Choice Traditional Restaurant - Dinner Bell at the Wildcatter
Judge’s Choice Traditional Restaurant - Twisted Branch Eatery
People’s Choice Quick Serve - Daddy Bob’s Smokewagon
Judge’s Choice Quick Serve - Taco Casa
Best Presentation - Fox Hollow
Best Dessert - Twisted Branch