Prior to founding Melissa Libby & Associates (MLA) in 1992, Melissa Libby enjoyed a successful career in hotel public relations, promoting upscale and casual restaurants, beverage outlets and room nights. Since starting MLA, Melissa has opened more than 150 restaurants and served hospitality and retail clients through publicity, event planning and implementation, marketing, strategic planning and crisis communications.
Melissa is also active in the community. She is on the Executive Boards of Les Dames d’Escoffier and Adopt A Golden Atlanta, is an Advisory Board member of the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, and is a member of the American Institute of Wine and Food, Georgia Organics, James Beard Foundation, National Restaurant Association, Public Relations Society of America, and Greystone Garden Club. Melissa has produced two cookbooks featuring local Atlanta chefs, Atlanta Cooks (2001 Longstreet Press) and Atlanta Cooks at Home (2006 CityBooks Publishing).
Melissa graduated from the prestigious Buckhead Business Association leadership program and has been recognized as one of Atlanta’s rising stars. She will receive the Crohn’s & Colitis “Citizen of the Year” award in November 2007. Melissa is an original member of PRConsultants Group, a nationwide group of PR consultants providing public relations and marketing communications services to a wide range of clients.
In her spare time, Melissa enjoys traveling, running long distances, studying Spanish, walking with her golden retriever - Norma Jean, and dining out.
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Hi Melissa, I read your post regarding how you use web 2.0 to promote for your clients.
I am involved in developing a site called MenuSpotlight.com and looking to get some input /comments from professional like you.
My name is Anthony Harris. I am currently trying to get into the culinary field and I have been applying to many restaurants to gain experience. Right now I have big goals with my life...I am trying to get into either the Culinary Institute of America or the Institute of Culinary Education and I want to major in culinary management. After I graduate from there I want to try to get into the Buckhead Business Association leadership program and start my career. But I have read a lot about you and you are truly an idol so I was just wandering if you had any advice to help me out or knew of any type of restaurant or kitchen that needed help in the Atlanta area. Thank you.
How are you? I continue to get your e-newsletter every week and love it. I wanted to see if you would donate some of your cookbooks for the Cystic Fibrosis Wine Opener event this year like you did last year. It is November 19th at Mason Murer. How is business? Love to see ya and chat.
We provide software (web-based) for multi-unit operators. Catering, Comissary and Bakery. WE often get asked if we have any good contacts on the marketing/advertising side. Maybe let me know if you are interested in connecting.
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