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Restaurant Advocacy Day
January 24, 2018

Presidents Day Bowl
February 19, 2018

Midwest Foodservice Expo
March 12-14, 2018

Awards Dinner
March 13, 2018

Public Affairs Conference
April 17-18, 2018

Wisconsin Restaurant

2801 Fish Hatchery Road
Madison, WI 53713


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Majestic Grandeur
A perfect blend of spectacular atmosphere and culinary experience.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
6:00 pm Cocktail Reception ~ 7:00 pm Dinner and Program

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Stylish Space
Experience the historical grandeur and timeless venue of elegance, located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee.


Exquisite Menu
Enjoy distinctive flavor combinations, colorful ingredients, unique presentation and tantalizing aromas.


If you have food allergies or have special dietary requirements, please call WRA at 608.270.9950 at least 7 days prior to the event.

Reserve your place early to guarantee prime seating; advanced reservations are required for the WRA Awards Dinner. Semi-formal attire is recommended for this celebratory evening.

Reservations are $100 per person
Proceeds benefit the non-profit WRA Education Foundation

Honoring Restaurateurs
Celebrate our industry’s accomplishments as we honor outstanding restaurateurs from across Wisconsin and reveal the prestigious Restaurateur of the Year.

2017 Award Winners

State Restaurateur of the Year
Mark and Jean Landreman

Award of Merit
Larry Deutsch, Vollrath Company

Chapter Hero Award
Deb Davis, Davis & Associates

Chapter Outstanding Restaurateurs of the Year (OROYs)

Big Four Chapter
Sue Lamers
The Grand Meridian

Eastern Shore Chapter
David Salm
Al Corso Restaurant

Green Bay Chapter
Pat Buckley
Subway Restaurants

Madison Chapter
David Heide
Liliana’s Restaurant, Charlie's on Main

West Wisconsin Chapter
Claudia Draganowski
Draganetti’s Ristorante, Taverna Grill, The Enchanted Inn

Supporting Education
This prestigious event would not be possible without the generosity of individual restaurateurs, organizations and supplier companies. We thank you for your support.

2017's Major Sponsors
Society Insurance logo

Vollrath LogoHeartland logoWI Grass-fed Beef Coop logo

Awards Dinner sponsors are prominently showcased and receive generous recognition for their support of WRA Education Foundation programs and the industry’s future.

Gold Sponsors
$5,000 contribution

  • Special recognition by the evening’s emcee
  • Logo showcased on its own event presentation slide
  • Large logo in Awards Dinner event program
  • Logo appears on every table sign
  • Logo featured in Wisconsin Restaurant Expo show program
  • Six complimentary reservations

Silver Sponsors
$2,500 contribution

  • Logo prominently showcased on event presentation slide
  • Company listed in the event program
  • Company name appears on every table sign
  • Four complimentary reservations

Bronze Sponsors
$1,000 contribution

  • Company name on event presentation slide
  • Company listed in the event program
  • Company name on two table signs
  • Four complimentary reservations ($400 value)

Table Sponsor
$500 contribution

  • Company name on event presentation slide
  • Company listed in the event program
  • Company name on your own table sign
  • Two complimentary reservations ($200 value)

Because the WRA Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, part or all of your donations may be considered a tax-deductible charitable contribution for income tax purposes.

Contact Carrie Douglas at cdouglas@wirestaurant.org or 800.589.3211 for more information on tax-deductible sponsorship opportunities for the Elegant Awards Dinner.

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The WRA Education Foundation vision is to advance professionalism through education, scholarships and community involvement to ensure the future success of the foodservice industry.

To support the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a tax-deductible charitable contribution, contact Connie Fedor at 800.589.3211 or pledge your support online.

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Wisconsin Restaurant Association • 2801 Fish Hatchery Rd. • Madison, WI 53713 • Tel: 608.270.9950 • Toll Free: 800.589.3211 • FAX: 608.270.9960