The Louisiana Restaurant Association named 13 Restaurant Legends from Acadiana establishments this month.
Long-time employees from Bailey’s Seafood & Grill in Lafayette, Petroleum Club of Lafayette, Piggly Wiggly in Opelousas and Russell’s Food Center in Arnaudville were honored with a banquet at Cafe Vermilionville earlier this month.
The Restaurant Legends Award recognizes the long-term dedication of employees of the restaurant industry, with 20 or more years of service at one establishment.
With 380 years of combined years of experience and service at these four businesses, these employees exemplify the satisfaction of making their jobs a lifelong and rewarding career, a spokesman said.
Those honored were:
Bailey’s Seafood & Grill: Kevin Morgan, cook, employed for 22 years and Jolene Prejean, cook, employed for 25 years
Petroleum Club of Lafayette: Dudley Touchet, sous chef, employed for 21 years
Piggly Wiggly of Opelousas: Maryann Beaugh, office manager, employed for 34 years and Paula Quebedeaux, office employee, employed for 34 years
Russell’s Food Center, Arnaudville: Sophie Guidry, office manager, employed for 34 years; Carlton Jordan, general manager, employed for 30 years; Lynette Kidder, employed for 20 years; Gerald Mistric, produce manager, employed for 31 years; Jude Robin, specialty cuts meat market manager, employed for 30 years; Jeremy Robin, employed for 23 years; Tony Stelly, employed for 31 years and Randy Vitte, specialty cuts butcher, employed for 45 years.
These recipients join the 248 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.
“When we have dedicated employees like the ones we are honoring now, we never want them to leave,” said LRA Chapter President Linda Arnaud. “They become a part of our families and share in the success of the business. We are very fortunate to work alongside them every day.”