Napa Café Owner Glenda Hastings Awarded 2019 Top Tiger Award for Success in Business
The Top Tiger Awards recognize University of Memphis Alumni for their significant entrepreneurial spirit and success in business.
MEMPHIS, TENN., April 1, 2019 – Napa Café owner Glenda Hastings was awarded a 2019 Top Tiger Award by the University of Memphis Alumni Association on March 22. The Top Tiger Awards recognize University of Memphis alumni for their significant entrepreneurial spirit and success in business.
“It’s such a heartwarming and exciting moment to be honored by the University of Memphis Alumni Association for the 2019 Top Tiger Awards,” said Glenda Hastings, owner of Napa Café. “Since I became the owner of Napa Café 18 years ago, I have surrounded myself with people who sought to make a difference in the community. I have such an amazing staff that has supported the restaurant’s endeavors every step of the way. As my mother would say, ‘you’re only as good as your last meal.’”
Hastings has turned Napa Café into a business synonymous with giving back. She is the founder of Heart Full of Soul, a fundraiser for Memphis’ STAX Music Academy, which includes a multi-course gourmet dinner at Napa Café paired with wines and live music performed throughout the night by STAX Music Academy students. This past November, Heart Full of Soul raised over $60,000. Cumulatively she has raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars for the nonprofit and raised awareness of Soulsville’s mission as well as given students a venue to display their talents to help their own school.
Hastings is also the founder of Donna’s Table, a free, family-style Thanksgiving feast served to those in need. With the help of approximately 50 volunteers, Hastings has hosted more than 145 diners at Donna’s Table events inside Napa Café. Outside of Napa Café, Hastings serves as a board member of Angel Street Memphis and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis. Hastings is also a proud supporter of Carpenter Art Garden located in Binghampton, where Napa Café is supplied with fresh, locally grown vegetables to include in many of their menu items.
A recipient of the Memphis Business Journal’s Super Woman in Business award, Hastings’ restaurant has also received numerous awards and accolades, including Best Wine List, Best Restaurant, Best Service, Best Desserts, Best Salads, and the Award of Excellence for Best Atmosphere in Memphis Magazine’s Restaurant Readers’ Poll. Napa Cafe has also earned Wine Spectator Magazine’s coveted Award of Excellence 15 years in a row.
The Top Tiger Awards are produced by the University of Memphis Alumni Association. To be considered as a Top Tiger, companies must meet the following criteria:
- 51% owned by a Tiger alum or former student or can be current business CEO, Chair, President or Founder
- Business must have been in operation for 36+ months
- Business must have revenue of at least $100,000 for three (3) consecutive years
- Must epitomize the UofM motto, “Driven by Doing“
A selection committee comprised of the University of Memphis Office of the President, Alumni Association and Office of Development will be responsible for reviewing and selecting the award recipients.
Napa Café owner Glenda Hastings was awarded a 2019 Top Tiger Award by the University of Memphis Alumni Association.
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About Napa Café:
A neighborhood favorite since 1998, Napa Café has become a top Memphis dining destination over the past 20 years. Tucked away in a secluded corner of Sanderlin Centré, conveniently located in the heart of the city in East Memphis, we invite you to experience distinctive cuisine amidst refined yet inviting surroundings – warm color schemes, muted lighting and captivating artwork.
Napa Cafe has been awarded the Gold Medal for Best Wine List, and Silver Medals for Best Restaurant, Best Service, Best Desserts, Best Salads, and received the Award of Excellence for Best Atmosphere in Memphis Magazine’s Restaurant Readers’ Poll. Napa Cafe has also earned Wine Spectator magazine’s coveted Award of Excellence for fifteen years in a row.
Napa Cafe is ideal for intimate dining, after work cocktails at the bar, family gatherings and special occasions or business meetings. Arrangements can be made for private or event dining in either the wine cellar, Jan’s room or either of our spacious private dining rooms.
The owner, Glenda Hastings, has a steady and joyful presence in the restaurant at all times to greet and share life stories with new and returning guests- many who have become extended family for her. Guests can always expect excellence, special attention if you’re celebrating a special occasion and always, a very warm welcome when you walk through the doors. For more information visit: http://www.napacafe.com/.
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