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Dublin’s own Holy Smokes BBQ featured on cover

ATLANTA, June 5, 2017— Holy Smokes BBQ and Company Supply were awarded the 2017/2018 “100 Plates Locals Love” distinction by Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Division (GDEcD) as part of its annual list of “100 Plates Locals Love,” which is featured in the state’s culinary guide, Georgia Eats.

“Culinary experiences continue to be one of the top drivers of visitor interest when planning a vacation,” said Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner for tourism at the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “Georgia offers visitors unique food and beverage experiences in every corner of the state, and the Georgia Eats guide makes it easy for visitors and locals to discover the many flavors of Georgia.”

“100 Plates Locals Love”

The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Division highlights the state’s culinary greatness in the official guide, Georgia Eats. The Tourism Division creates this informative and inspiring guide to entice visitors to sample the state’s world-class cuisine. Georgia Tourism created “100 Plates Locals Love” as a way to provide visitors with locally sourced suggestions, the same way we would recommend restaurants to our family and friends. As a part of the “100 Plates Locals Love” designation, each restaurant is featured in the Georgia Eats culinary guide, which is distributed via the 12 Visitor Information Centers statewide; on the state’s consumer tourism website; and on Explore Georgia’s social media channels.

“Dublin is fast becoming a dining destination in Georgia, and attracting attention from food enthusiasts from across the nation. With Holy Smokes BBQ on the cover of Georgia Eats, Dublin can expect even more travelers looking to experience that unique Dublin flavor,” said Rebecca McWilliam, Director of Tourism with Visit Dublin GA. “Restaurants like Deano’s Italian set the stage for Dublin’s culinary scene, and Holy Smokes and Company Supply have worked by the same model of amazing food, friendly service, and cutting edge flavor to cement Dublin’s reputation as THE place to eat.”

Company Supply’s owners, Richard and Colby Mascaro, renovated a 100 year old dry goods store, installed a spit rotisserie, and fired up their imaginations to modernize the flavors of the Old South. Chosen for their savory pork & crawfish grillades, this is Company Supply’s second time being selected for 100 Plates Locals Love.

Truly grill masters, Holy Smokes BBQ embraced the food truck craze and turned it into a passion. Gracing the cover of Georgia Eats, this award-winning BBQ team was also selected as a 100 Plates Locals Love for their BBQ tacos! Named a BBQ Pitmasters Georgia Champion on Destination America’s BBQ Pitmasters, Holy Smokes BBQ knows good barbecue.

As part of the state’s culinary initiative, the third annual Georgia Restaurant Week will take place July 17-23, 2017, at participating restaurants throughout Georgia. During this week-long event, patrons will be able to explore the numerous dining options throughout Georgia for a special price and sample locally grown products that are available in Georgia’s restaurants.

This year, more than 750 “plates” were nominated via and evaluated by a panel of judges. The third annual list of “100 Plates Locals Love” features favorite dishes from across the state.

About GDEcD

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) plans, manages and mobilizes state resources to attract new business investment to Georgia, drive the expansion of existing industry and small business, locate new markets for Georgia products, inspire tourists to visit Georgia and promote the state as a top destination for arts events and film, music and digital entertainment projects.