The Louisiana Restaurant Association (LRA) honored six employees of Dickie Brennan & Co., Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse and Palace Café in a ceremony May 6, 2019.
Judy Sauro and Barry Himel of Dickie Brennan & Co., Anthony James and Geraldine Foor of Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, and Nathedra White and Eric Offray of Palace Café received Restaurant Legends Awards at Palace Café Monday.
The Restaurant Legends Award recognizes the long-term dedication of employees of the restaurant industry, with 20 or more years of service at an establishment.
An accountant at Dickie Brennan & Co. for 27 years, Sauro is known for two things; ensuring prompt payment and spearheading the planning of any and every Dickie Brennan & Co. event from company crawfish boils, the Halloween Spookacular and baby showers.
Beginning his time with Dickie Brennan & Co. as a server, Himel has earned several promotions from manager to wine buyer to his current position as beverage director. Known for his creativity, Himel is a lifelong teacher, willing and eager to share his knowledge accrued over 20 years as a member of the Dickie Brennan & Co. family. He’s traveled internationally representing the restaurant and his drinks have been featured in national publications including Louisiana Cookin’ and Garden and Gun.
James is a cleaner and warewasher and in 21 years, has never been late for a shift at Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse. Chops, as he is affectionately known, is always quick to give a smile and has one of the best attitudes in the company.
A bartender for 21 years, Foor has served some of the best martinis with the biggest smile in the French Quarter. Ms. Gerry is Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse’s own legend with a great following because of her skills and positivity.
Nathedra, also known as Nettie, has baked desserts, including the legendary Crabmeat Cheesecake, at Palace Café for 28 years. White is the primary reason for the consistent regulars with her amazing desserts. She continues to add fun, seasoned specials to the menu.
A kitchen captain at Palace Café for 23 years, Offray is the unsung hero of the industry. No task is too big or small and the pride in his work shows. His energy extends to guests and he gives 100 percent to his craft every day.
Dickie Brennan presented the six with their awards.
“The men and women that work with us every day are our family. We know how hard they work and for them to be recognized is a true honor. Thank you to the LRA for coming up with the Legends Awards.”
LRA President and CEO Stan Harris echoed those statements.
“You can teach people the job, but you cannot teach people to care. That’s the spirit of hospitality and we could not be more thrilled to honor these six professionals.”
Collectively, these industry professionals have nearly 160 years of service. Congratulations to Judy Sauro, Barry Himel, Anthony James, Geraldine Foor, Nathedra White and Eric Offray.