Member Luncheon Thur. May 17th

Join us Thursday May 17th for our Joint luncheon with FPRA.

Sweetwater Branch Inn 1130a 

AAF Members attend for Free     R.S.V.P. to

Speaker: John Rivers 4 Rivers Smokehouse

Retiring as president of a $1.5 billion dollar company, John Rivers left a career of twenty years in Healthcare to follow a lifelong dream of running a restaurant. In 2009 John opened his first concept, 4 Rivers Smokehouse, which quickly became one of the fastest growing restaurants in the southeast. With thirteen locations in Florida and one in Atlanta, the success and popularity of his 4 Rivers Smokehouse and his second concept, the Southern-inspired COOP, have garnered national recognition.

John has twice been honored to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City and has enjoyed participating at the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival and the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival for the last 6 consecutive years.  He has appeared on numerous television shows and has been featured in national publications including Food & Wine, Bon Appetit,, USA Today, Cigar Aficionado, Business Insider, Cooking Light Magazine, and Paula Deen Magazine.  John also authored his first book, “The Southern Cowboy Cookbook”

A graduate of Florida State University College of Business, where he serves on the Board of Governors, John chairs the 4R Foundation and serves on the boards of numerous school, church, and charity organizations. He is the co-founder of two annual charity festivals: “Cows ‘n Cabs” in Winter Park, FL and “Pink & Swine” in Tallahassee, FL, and lives in Winter Park with his wife Monica and two children, Jared and Cameron.


All AAF Gainesville members in good standing may attend at no additional cost. 

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