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Say Grace: How the Restaurant Business Saved My Life

Say Grace: How the Restaurant Business Saved My Life

by Steve Palmer
Say Grace: How the Restaurant Business Saved My Life

Say Grace: How the Restaurant Business Saved My Life

by Steve Palmer


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Living Sober in an Industry Ravaged by Addiction
As a child, Steve Palmer never belonged—not in school, not in his troubled home, not with friends. After his father and grandfather passed away, he was sent to a series of rehabs and halfway houses before ending up on the streets. Drugs and alcohol soon became a way of life. Eventually, he would go on to a career running some of the country’s most celebrated and innovative fine dining establishments. But first, he had to learn how to be sober in an industry awash with alcohol and drugs. Thanks to coworkers that were able to love him when he couldn’t love himself, Steve got sober. He escaped addiction alive. Many in the industry do not. No other industry has higher rates of alcohol and drug abuse. People are losing careers and families. They’re losing their health. They’re losing their lives. This is the story of one man who found healing and recovery in the industry that enabled his addiction—and he’s on a quest to help others do the same.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946633965
Publisher: Advantage Media Group, Inc.
Publication date: 11/19/2019
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

STEVE PALMER is the managing partner and founder of The Indigo Road Hospitality Group. He formerly served as vice president of food and beverage for Ginn Clubs and Resorts and has worked in the hospitality industry in various capacities since the age of thirteen.

Palmer has been recognized by the New York Times, L.A. Times, NPR, Southern Living, Food & Wine, the James Beard Foundation, and Forbes Small Business Giants for his growing presence in the hospitality industry, as well as his charitable and community efforts. In 2016, Palmer cofounded Ben’s Friends, the food-and-beverage industry support group offering hope, fellowship, and a path forward to industry professionals struggling with substance abuse and addiction. He has presented on addiction in the industry at TEDx Charleston and various culinary events.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

The Duality of The Restaurant Industry

A Word From The Author xiii

Chapter 1 At The End of The Bottle 1

Chapter 2 A Troubled Childhood 13

Chapter 3 Tough Love 23

Chapter 4 Sixteen And Homeless 35

Chapter 5 Back In The City 53

Chapter 6 Starting Over … Somewhat 67

Chapter 7 Fine Dining And The Years of No Consequences 75

Chapter 8 A Taste of Entrepreneurship 87

Chapter 9 A Downward Spiral 95

Chapter 10 The Long Road To Recovery 103

Chapter 11 On The Indigo Road 121

Chapter 12 Ben's Friends 137

Chapter 13 Toward A Better Life And A Stronger Industry 153

Acknowledgments 159

About The Author 161

More From Steve 163

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