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Each year, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) hosts a number of engaging events to promote career opportunities and pathways in the restaurant and foodservice industry.  Most importantly, through the support of industry sponsors, NRAEF events generate financial program support for ProStart and scholarships.

Leadership Classic

March 5-8, 2014
Pebble Beach Resorts, CA


The Ted J. Balestreri Leadership Classic is an exciting networking event, golf tournament and live auction for senior-level operators and suppliers that benefits the ProStart and Scholarship Programs.

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National ProStart Invitational

May 3-5, 2014
Minneapolis, MN


The event is the country’s premier high school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts with the top ProStart students from 41 states  to showcase their talent and passion.

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Summer Institutes

Summer 2014
Various dates and locations


Weeklong intensive workshops for foodservice and culinary educators delivered by industry experts.

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State ProStart Invitationals

January – March 2014
Across the Country


State restaurant association ProStart partners host state invitationals to crown their champions.  Each state's first-place culinary and management teams advance to the National ProStart Invitational.

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