.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, banquets, galas & parties. They have taken place in the USA, Canada & Africa. For his efforts, he has received some meaningful honors -- including an honorary degree in Hospitality Management. 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. The TV show, Good Morning America, buried a Time Capsule which chronicled his efforts to bring diverse people together for brunches. He also has written about others who take part in shared meals. (Scroll down for next paragraph)
The books based on Greg's story highlight how group meals & banquets/galas can be such a positive experience. The books & posters based on his story have been used as part of external efforts (i.e. for local students & teachers) or internal efforts (i.e. for their own staff or customers) by many restaurants & other F&B-related groups like Bistro Provence, Wisconsin Restaurant Association, Texas Restaurant Association, Freshline Foods, Fuddruckers Kerrville, Attman's Deli, Bradley Dining Services & McDonald's. GRIL ordered copies of The First Thirty for an entire staff Common Read. Greg 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. He also has spoken with people (i.e. Food for Thought event) about the value of shared meals & some of the concrete steps they can take if they wish to host a meaningful one on their campus or in their community. On a personal level, he has spent time working & volunteering on farms, taking cooking lessons &/or shadowing chefs in the kitchen..