Friday, April 22, 2011

Madame President

When you care about good food, and you're Gina Hopkins, you want everyone to have good food --- from the children in the elementary school down the street, where you not only deliver five hundred servings of fresh, seasonal, local food every month for the "Celebrity Fruit and Vegetable of the Month", but also help to found a culinary garden in the school's courtyard and additionally sponsor a kid's culinary club to teach children how to prepare fresh healthy food for their families at home --- to the families who now have more access to good food at the farmers markets through the Wholesome Wave of Georgia, a program Ms. Hopkins founded --- to, of course, the guests and patrons of her restaurants and businesses: Eugene and Holeman and Finch Public House, H&F Bread Co. and H&F Bottle Shop.

For the last three years, Ms. Hopkins has also contributed her time to the good food movement by serving on the board of Georgia Organics, a statewide organization working to integrate healthy, sustainable and locally grown food into the lives of all Georgians.  Georgia Organics asserts that food "should be community-based, not commodity based," and believes that there should be good food for all.  The work with Georgia Organics is so important to Ms. Hopkins that she upped the ante on the commitment and is now serving as President of the Board.  May there truly be Good Food For All

We salute you, Madame, President!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Lucky Seven!

Restaurant Eugene celebrates its seven year anniversary April 2nd.  The restaurant exists due to the vision and leadership of Linton and Gina Hopkins.  As a young couple, the Hopkins hatched a dream to open and run one of the finest restaurants in the United States --- one that would honor the traditional foodways of the southeastern United States, while celebrating everything  urbane and creative of the capital of the south; one that would deeply communicate a sense of place and reflect the values and ethics of the owners.   Amazing things happen when you pour your passion and belief into a project.  Since opening seven years ago, Restaurant Eugene has received numerous accolades.  Most recently, Chef Linton Hopkins was nominated (for the fourth year in a row) to receive the James Beard Award for Best Chef Southeast.

Everyone in the organization is extremely proud to see Chef Hopkins on such an esteemed list, which includes colleagues Hugh Acheson of the Five and Ten in Athens, GA; Craig Deihl from Cypress in
Charleston, SC; John Fleer, Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley, Cashiers, NC;  Edward Lee, 610 Magnolia, Louisville, KY; and Andrea Reusing, Lantern, Chapel Hill, NC. 

Congratulations to all Chefs, and to our chef, Happy Anniversary!