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Jul 07

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Local restaurateur honored, inducted into Hall of Fame

Gerard Cace has received the Texas Restaurant Association’s (TRA) highest award for his contributions to the restaurant industry and the TRA.  Owner of Longview’s Johnny Cace’s Seafood and Steak House was recently inducted into the TRA Hall of Honor in a ceremony in Dallas.  TRA CEO Richie Jackson spoke glowingly of Cace’s accomplishments.
“Gerard Cace has been active in the TRA and local East Texas chapter for over 30 years,” he said.  “His success in the restaurant industry is a testament to his dedication and leadership. “
“Gerard is passionate about giving back to his community, and is a great example for [his] fellow restaurateurs.  We are very pleased to induct him into the Hall of Honor.”
Born into the restaurant business, Cace has never done (or wanted to do) anything else as a career.  He now is building on the family legacy his father John established.  This 60-year-old tradition continues as Johnny Cace’s continues to delight East Texans with its delectable Creole cuisine.
At age 11 he started out as a waiter, working for his father on weekends, holidays and during summer vacation.  He made it clear he was serious about his calling by attending the University of Houston’s Conrad Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management.  After graduating he returned to Longview and took over as manager of his father’s dining establishment. In 1982 he became owner and executive chef.
Through an ongoing learning process he continues to hone his business skills and share them with other restaurateurs through the TRA.  He is past president of the association, serving on the state board and as part of the East Texas Chapter for years.  He has been co-chair of the Taste of Longview since its inception 29 years ago, is a member of the local Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Knights of Columbus and president of the Delta Fishing Club.
For more information on the Texas Restaurant Association please visit www.restaurantville.com.

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