Chef Pete Blohme was recently honored with the “Seven Seals Award” given by the Alabama Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, in recognition of his extraordinary support of those who serve in the Alabama National Guard and the United States Reserve Forces. The “Seven Seals Award” is the second highest honor given by ESGR.
“The ESGR Seven Seals Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize American employers providing extraordinary patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve,” said Bill Kringel, Ph.D., Alabama ESGR State Chair. “Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”
The award was presented at the annual Mobile, Ala. Chamber of Commerce’s Military Appreciation Luncheon that took place on April 20th at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park.
Nicholas Bowen, Veterans Employment Representative, Alabama Career Center, Baldwin County was one of the nominators of Blohme for this award. Bowen noted that Panini Pete’s restaurants have been a great source of employment for veterans and for members of the National Guard and members of the Reserve. During the award presentation, Blohme recognized all of the veterans currently working in the restaurants.
“To get special recognition for simply just trying to do the right thing was really cool. But to receive the award in this kind of fashion was very humbling,” Blohme said. “To see all the active military, retired military and civil servants, and to hear Mayor Stimpson and Vice Admiral Lee speak was very inspiring. I was especially proud to have my father-in-law with me who served in the army as young man.”
Outside of overseeing operations at his restaurants, Blohme is a founding member of the MESSLORDS, a group of celebrity chefs who visit various military bases in the United States and abroad conducting culinary shows and cooking demos, with the intention of providing entertainment and education to boost the morale of those in the United States Armed Services and their families.