published on March 4, 2016 - 4:05 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The California Restaurant Association Fresno chapter will honor John Harris of Harris Ranch with its Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the 2015 Best of the Valley Restaurant Awards March 7.

Harris is the owner of Coalinga’s Harris Ranch Inn and Restaurant, which was founded in 1977. Harris also oversees an ag operation that includes several thousand acres of crops as well as one of the largest beef production operations in the Western U.S.

“We are proud to be part of the food business as restaurateurs, producers of beef, and growers of fruits and vegetables in the fertile San Joaquin Valley,” Harris said in a statement. “We have been in a number of types of business over the years, but running a restaurant has to be the most challenging. It takes a lot of things going right and not much going wrong to make it. We are successful because of our customers, our employees, our suppliers, and our community.””

A local board of 20 representatives from the restaurant and food service industries selected Harris as this year’’s recipient of the prestigious award.

“For so many years John Harris has run a successful restaurant, hotel, beef company and farming business. He does so much good for the industry, and he also does a lot of good in the local community,” said Gary Honeycutt, owner of BJ’s Country Kitchen and board member of the Fresno chapter of the California Restaurant Association.

The event will be held March 7 at the Double Tree by Hilton-Fresno Convention Center at 5:30 p.m. For more information about the event, visit the Fresno chapter website.

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