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|Tuesday, March 10, 2009||09:35|
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) today announced the five restaurant and foodservice industry leaders to be honored at the 22nd Annual Salute to Excellence on Saturday, May 16, 2009, at the Hilton Chicago. Held during the annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show®, this not-to-be-missed black-tie optional evening is the NRAEF’s premier fundraising event and pays tribute to extraordinary industry leaders.
The 2009 Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality is:
* Robert E. Rich, Jr., Chairman, Rich Products Corporation
The 2009 College of Diplomates inductees are:
* Bert Cutino, Chief Operating Officer, Sardine Factory
* Julie Flik, Consultant, Compass Group, North America
* Jon L. Luther, CEO, Dunkin’ Brands
The 2009 Michael E. Hurst Lifetime of Achievement in Education Award is presented to:
* Donald I. Smith, Westin Distinguished Professor, Washington State University
“These extraordinary individuals have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to excellence in our industry,” said National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Chair Linda Bacin. “We are privileged to honor them for their contributions, and they truly personify our efforts to support the industry’s prosperity, prominence and pledge to community involvement.”
As the NRAEF’s most highly anticipated social event of the year, Salute to Excellence features an opportunity to network with the restaurant and foodservice industry’s most respected leaders, enjoy a tempting selection of foods as well as live music and dancing.
The Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality is the highest honor bestowed by the NRAEF. It is presented each May to an individual who is a member of the NRAEF’s College of Diplomates and who is recognized as an outstanding leader in the restaurant and foodservice industry.
The NRAEF College of Diplomates consists of educators, journalists, restaurant association executives, authors, chefs, TV personalities, etc. who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement and enhancement of the image of the restaurant and foodservice industry.
To honor the devotion to educating and enhancing the lives of young people that characterized Michael E. Hurst – a respected and successful operator and firm advocate of industry education ¬– the NRAEF awards the Michael E. Hurst Lifetime of Achievement in Education Award to an outstanding educator who has made an indelible contribution to restaurant and foodservice education.
** Photos and bios of honorees available upon request.
Now in its 22nd year, Salute to Excellence celebrates the current and future leaders of our industry. This event is made possible by the generous contributions of founding partner, The Coca-Cola Company, presenting sponsor, Ecolab, Inc., Dunkin’ Brands, Rich Products and Sweet Street Desserts.
Tickets for the Salute to Excellence may be purchased individually or by a table of 10. For more information or to purchase tickets online, please call (312) 751-5384 or visit http://www.nraef.org/events/salute.
Celebrating its 90th year, the annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show is the largest single gathering of restaurant, foodservice and lodging professionals in the world. NRA Show 2009 will be held May 16-19, at McCormick Place in Chicago. The event attracts attendees and visitors from all 50 states and 100+ countries, and showcases more products, services, innovative ideas and other growth opportunities than any other industry event. For more information, visit the Show Web site at www.restaurant.org/show.
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