Monique Trudnowski, Owner, Adriatic Grill Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar - 2013 Faces of Diversity American Dream Award WinnerThe National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) recently honored its 2013 “Faces of Diversity American Dream” award winners.  The “Faces of Diversity American Dream” award, sponsored by PepsiCo Foodservice, is given to diverse members of the restaurant industry who have, through hard work and perseverance, achieved the American Dream.

By age 18, Monique Trudnowski, Owner/Operator, Adriatic Grill Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar in Tacoma, had been abandoned by her father, worked to support her family, experienced being homeless and had her first child. Those setbacks didn’t stop her from opening her own restaurant in 2007 and, in 2009, establishing the Adriatic Grill Culinary Scholarship to help others pursue their dreams in the restaurant industry.