The Louisiana Restaurant Association (LRA) is pleased to name a two new Restaurant Partnership Legends from PJ’s Coffee in New Orleans. Doralene Quinn and Brian K. Beck were recognized at a private ceremony at PJ’s Coffee Roasting Facility on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.
The Restaurant Partnership Legends Award recognizes the long-term dedication of employees of the restaurant industry, with 20 or more years of service at an establishment.
With over 55 years of combined service, these two employees exemplify what it means to have a rewarding career in our industry. Quinn has been with PJ’s since 1994.
Quinn is known for being a dedicated and committed employee of the brand, with her focus and attention to detail making her stand out among her peers for the last 25 years. She is an expert in her department of packaging coordination, quality control review and inventory allocation, and she enjoys educating others. In her free time, she spends time with family and gives back to the community by brewing PJ’s coffee at senior retirement homes.
“Since the beginning, Doralene has been a shining star and a bright light for all of our staff. She’s very committed to what she does,” said Steve Ballard, co-founder of Ballard Brands, a food service business that operates PJ’s Coffee. “She’s so excitable, and she and her entire family are very dedicated to PJ’s coffee and everything we represent. She truly is a legend to PJ’s.”
Beck has been with PJ’s since 1989. He has become the “Jack of All Trades” throughout his 30 years because of his curious and helpful nature. Back when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, he slept at the PJ’s Roasting Facility for weeks to ensure coffee was still being distributed to the highest level.
“Nothing says commitment more than Brian and his actions,” continued Steve Ballard. “While the city was being rebuilt, he was making sure coffee was getting put out at a high level with no sacrifice to the quality that we present because he truly is a legend around here.”
Quinn and Beck join the 262 individuals in our state recognized by the LRA through its Restaurant Legends program. Collectively, these industry professionals have nearly 5,000 years of service to Louisiana restaurants and suppliers.