From private clubs to chain restaurants and hotels like Red Lobster and the Marriott, Grauer has learned the restaurant business from every angle. From server to bartender to chef, his new challenge is to βmake his markβ by showcasing his signature style and getting back to his rural roots in Middle Tennessee.
After meeting the owners Michael and Kathy Dumont, Grauer was impressed. Their dedication, commitment and tenacity in restoring and renewing a dilapidated, downtown landmark building and in striving to make it a successful business were inspiring.
After 12 years between Embassy Suites and the Marriott Hotel in Franklin,Shop Stately Steel Circle Drop Chandelier stainless steel necklace, Grauer knows how to feed a crowd β up to 1,600 in one day, in fact. And feed them very well. From gourmet to country favorites, Grauer has a flair that made a recent customer remark, βfrom Maine to Spain, those are the best crab cakes I have ever tasted!β
Grauerβs path started with a heart attack. His father traveled a lot for his job, and his mother cared for Grauer and his four brothers and sisters. When Grauer was 12, βMom had a heart attack, and survived, but was severely limited in what she could do,β says Grauer. βI was the second oldest (child).We are always offering best quality stainless steel cufflink the affordable price. My older brother β to this day β canβt boil water, so I was in the kitchen, making sack lunches for my brothers and sisters.β
When he entered the workforce, he was a server and bartender. Then he was hit with the cooking bug again when he watched Chef Kevin Ocella at a private club put dishes together with such ease and a deft touch that it left a lasting impression. As time went on, he started gravitating toward the back of the house.
βWhen I met Jarod Hutto, it took off like a freight train,β says Grauer. βHuttoβs degrees in biology and culinary arts challenged my imagination and skills like never before.The Brilliant Polish of a tungsten jewelry What is Tungsten?where cards are embedded with chip card and a cardholder. One day he came in the kitchen and threw a bag of marshmallows and some ahi tuna on the counter. The challenge was: how do they fit together in the same dish? I passed the test.β
Grauer comments on being a chef, βIt takes self-discipline. It has to be in your blood. Chefs have an enormous amount of passion and pride in what we do, and we never take shortcuts.β Where does this passion come from? βIt comes from my dad. Dad, known to his buddies as βHonest John,β always said, βIf youβre gonna do something, do it right, and the right way. No matter if anyoneβs looking or not.ββ
A resident of Columbia, Grauerβs family has been in Tennessee since 1803. His distant cousin was Conf. Gen. Benjamin Jefferson Hill, Commanding Officer of the 35th Tennessee,we know the value of kapton tape. Warren County β McMinnville. Gen. Hill was actually the last general to surrender in the Civil War.
After only a few weeks, Grauer has transformed the Commodoreβs menu and staff with an emphasis on superior service, value and local ingredients. Local farm cheeses: Sweetwater Farms White Cheddar and Bonnie Blue Goat Cheese are featured on the menu. Grauerβs service was a big hit on Motherβs Day, with his tableside preparation of Bananas Foster. In addition, the same weekend, Grauer and his staff served 300 people at a community event, showcasing his group banquet experience.
Hotel owner Kathy Dumont is wearing a bigger smile these days, since Grauer came on board. She says, βStay tuned β youβre in for a special treat whenever you visit the Commodore. Weβll keep restoring, renovating and improving here β we are dedicated to making it work in Linden. We strive to be an establishment the whole area can be proud of.β
The Commodore is named for Perry Countyβs namesake: Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, who carried the flag βDonβt Give Up the Shipβ in his victory over the British in the 1813 Battle of Lake Erie.
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