Restaurant Industry Awards

November 17 — Vote! Vote! Vote!
No, not at the ballot box — but online for three major annual restaurant awards! The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) has teamed up with American Express, PepsiCo Foodservice, and Ecolab to honor individuals in three award categories:

Restaurant Neighbor Award
–recognizes restaurants for outstanding community service and philanthropy. National winners are chosen from a pool of state winners to win $10,000 to support their favorite charity or non-profit.

Face of Diversity American Dream Award
– honors individuals from a diverse background who, through hard work and determination, have realized their American dream. Three winners are honored each year with this award, and three $2,500 scholarships are awarded to ProStart students in the names of the winners.

Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality Award
– celebrates an individual who has shown extraordinary achievement and exemplary leadership in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
The restaurant industry is one of the most diverse industries in the country, employing more minority managers than any other industry, according to NRAEF. It is also one of the most charitable industries. Currently, nine out of ten restaurants are actively involved in charitable activities on a daily basis. To vote for your special candidate in any of these categories, go to There, you can also find compelling stories about last year’s winners. The deadline is Friday, November 17.


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