Outdoor retreat and conservation center Historic Banning Mills recently hired new head chef Takesha Williams to helm the kitchen. With her skill set and experience as executive chef at Falling Creek Camp and Joe’s Bar and Grille, Williams will add a unique perspective and background to the kitchen at Banning Mills’ Adventure Resort.

Williams was born in the Philippines and studied at the Art Institute of Atlanta, where she gained an appreciation and skill for international flavors and the preparation of global cuisine. She aspires to one day own her own restaurant.

“We are ecstatic to welcome chef Williams to our team to really showcase the expansive menu and offerings that we are able to provide for our guests at Banning Mills. Our guests have come to expect the best when visiting us and we strive to exceed that expectation in every area, including the dining experiences,” said Donna Holder, owner of Historic Banning Mills.

Banning Mills is known to host incredible specialty meals such as the upcoming six-course Valentine’s Day dinner and the team is available to host special occasion gatherings and arrange for custom tailored menus to accommodate any budget. The Banning Mills’ on-location restaurant is available by reservation only by calling 770-834-9149 to book.

Averitt honors VR’s Jordan for 30 years of service

Averitt Express recently honored associate David Jordan of Villa Rica for 30 years of service.

He is one of the more than 1,200 active Averitt associates who are members of the company’s “Over 20 Team,” an exclusive group of associates who have served 20 or more years with Averitt.

Averitt has two service centers in the Atlanta area. Th`e Atlanta West facility is located at 5887 Fulton Industrial Blvd., and the Atlanta East facility is located at 1156 Old Norcross Road in Lawrenceville.

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