brunches & dinners
Greg's first job ever (busboy), in college (food delivery) & after college (doorman) were all in the hotel/restaurant industry. His post-graduate civic efforts began when he took some students for milkshakes. Since then, he has coordinated & hosted (or co-hosted) more than 300 events to bring people of different ages, races & backgrounds together. The groups have ranged in size from 5 to 500. The events have included brunches, dinners, galas & parties. They have taken place around the USA, Canada & Africa. His efforts to team up with restaurants & hotels - using food & beverages to bring communities together - have been featured by media like Nation's Restaurant News & Beverage World. Good Morning America buried a Time Capsule which chronicled his efforts to bring diverse people together for brunches. In 2006, he received an honorary degree in Hospitality Management. The books & posters based on his story have been used as part of external efforts (ie for local students) or internal efforts (ie for their own staff) by many restaurants & other F&B-related groups like Bistro Provence, Freshline Foods & McDonald's. He has been invited to speak at events for F&B-related audiences including events for staff of General Mills, Coca-Cola North America & a convention for companies who make & sell ice cream. In some cases, F&B-related groups like The Republic of Tea have sponsored his speech at a school. On a personal level, he has spent time working & volunteering on farms, taking cooking lessons &/or shadowing chefs for a day.