The Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association presented Ken Depietro with the 2018 Food & Beverage Employee of the Year Award. He is a bartender at the Embassy Suites in Alpharetta.
Photo: Embassy Suites, Facebook
Photo: Embassy Suites, Facebook

Bartender at North Fulton hotel wins statewide award

According to the Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association, there’s a bartender in Alpharetta that’s better than all the rest.

His name is Ken Depietro, and he’s been pouring beers, concocting tasty beverages and providing top service at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta Alpharetta since 2001.

On Tuesday, the association presented Depietro with the 2018 Food and Beverage Employee of the Year Award. In a press release, the association said it gave the award to Depietro “for his commitment of continually going above and beyond to provide guests with exceptional service.”


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Depietro has more than two decades’ of experience in the restaurant and hotel industry. He started working at the Embassy Suites at 5955 Windward Parkway just six months after it opened.

Cheryl Catrair, the hotel’s general manager, characterized Depietro as “a troubadour,” and someone who is clever and a great listener.

“Ken’s outgoing personality and ability to win over guests is an asset to the organization,” Catrair said. “His dependability, his conscientious work ethic and his overall contribution to the guest service experience are invaluable.”

The Alpharetta hotel also nominated a second employee for the award, engineer Darrell Sampson.

Managed by WVG Hotels, the hotel features 150 rooms, a lounge, an indoor pool, meeting spaces and apparently one of the top bartenders in the state.


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