Rob Gifford Named President of National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

Washington, DC  (RestaurantNews.com)  The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) today announced the promotion of Rob Gifford to President effective July 1.  As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the NRAEF is dedicated to enhancing the industry’s training…
Taco Mac Secures Fifty Spots in NRAEF Apprenticeship Program

DiscoverLink client paves the way for the restaurant industry West Chicago, IL  (RestaurantNews.com)  Taco Mac, a 28-unit casual dining restaurant chain based in Alpharetta, Georgia, recently became one of the first restaurant chains to participate in the National Restaurant Association…
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Honors Educators Of Excellence

Golden Corral James H. Maynard Winners Announced Washington, DC  (RestaurantNews.com)  The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) honored 38 educators with the 2015 ProStart Educator of Excellence Award, made possible by Brinker, International.  Additionally, Golden Corral presented the James H.…
2015 Restaurant Neighbor Award Winner: Ollie’s Restaurant

Since 2011, Ollie’s Restaurant has provided six meals a week to children at risk of hunger through its Dinners for Kids program. Currently, staff and volunteers prepare and deliver 37,000 meals annually for 120 children. Because Ollie’s uses its own…
2015 Faces of Diversity Award Winner: Carlito Jocson

Carlito Jocson emigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines at a very young age. While studying biochemistry in college, he worked at a restaurant to earn extra money — eventually leaving his pre-med program to become a chef. Over the…
2015 Faces of Diversity Award Winner: Nafees Alam

Nafees Alam, who came to the U.S. from Bangladesh at age 17, entered the restaurant industry right out of college as an executive with Waffle House. As a leader, he joined DRG Concepts, a restaurant operations brand that has helped…
2015 Restaurant Neighbor Award Winner: Unsukay Community of Businesses

In response to an employee who was diagnosed with stage 4 gallbladder cancer and given a grave prognosis that warranted major funding beyond his health insurance coverage to pursue progressive healthcare options, the founders led the charge on hosting a…
2015 Faces of Diversity Award Winner: Pamela Patton

Pamela Patton has ‘Big Momma’ to thank for inspiration that would last a lifetime. With determination, a strong work ethic and an optimistic bent, Patton set out on a journey that started in state government but ends with a thriving…
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s Summer Institutes Give ProStart Educators Cutting-Edge Culinary Techniques to Take Back to the Classroom

The Darden Foundation Sponsors 28 Educator Scholarships Washington, DC  (RestaurantNews.com)  While school was out this summer, ProStart educators honed their culinary skills at the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s (NRAEF) 2014 Summer Institutes, a series of weeklong professional development workshops…
High School Students From 46 States, Territories And Department Of Defense Bases Compete For $3.75 Million In Scholarships At The National ProStart Invitational

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to Hold 13th Annual Culinary and Management Competition in Minneapolis, Minn. May 3-5 Washington, DC  (RestaurantNews.com)  The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) is preparing to host the 13th annual National ProStart Invitational at the…

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, a division of AFC Enterprises, Inc., has announced its philanthropic arm, The Popeyes Foundation, Inc., and its franchisees will partner with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s (NRAEF) ProStart program. The two-year high school program unites industry…