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2020 Industry Awards

Celebrating Diversity, Community Service and Lifetime Achievement


The Restaurant Industry Awards recognize the restaurant industry's impact on diversity, community service and hospitality in local communities across the country.

The awards include the Restaurant Neighbor Award (RNA), the Faces of Diversity Award (FOD) and the Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality Award (AOH).

Winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. in the spring of 2020.

Awards FAQs     2020 Awards Overview & Timeline

 Applications now open - click here to apply.

Deadline to apply: October 7, 2019.

Faces of Diversity American Dream Award

The Faces of Diversity American Dream Award honors those who have achieved success through perseverance and determination. Each year the NRAEF, in partnership with PepsiCo Foodservice, recognizes three individuals who embody the American Dream.

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Restaurant Neighbor Award

Founded in partnership with American Express, the Restaurant Neighbor Award celebrates and highlights the outstanding charitable service performed by restaurant operators. 

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Thad & Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality Award

The Ambassador of Hospitality Award, sponsored by Ecolab, is the premiere award bestowed by the NRAEF to an individual who has exemplified extraordinary achievement and leadership in the restaurant and hospitality industry.

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National ProStart Educators of Excellence Award

The NRAEF’s ProStart Educator Excellence Awards, made possible by Brinker International, recognize exceptional educators who utilize the ProStart program in their classrooms. Each participating state restaurant association nominates its leading educator who has demonstrated a strong commitment to his or her students and to the ProStart program. 

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