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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2010

Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation Announces Salute to Excellence Awards

The Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation is pleased to announce the following Salute to Excellence winners:

Chef
Joe Muench
Maxie's Southern Comfort and Blue's Egg, Milwaukee

College Educator
Bill Griesemer
Waukesha County Technical College, Pewaukee

High School Educator
Gerry Fritsch
Sun Prairie High School, Sun Prairie

Restaurateur
Steve Davis
Ardy & Ed's Drive In, Oshkosh

Supplier
LoDuca Bros., Inc.
New Berlin

Mentor of the Year
Abbey Steffen
Republic Chophouse, Green Bay

These individuals are being honored for their dedication to foodservice education and commitment to moving the industry forward.  They have worked in a variety of roles, in different parts of the state, but they share an enthusiasm and optimism for the future of the restaurant industry.

The Salute to Excellence awards will be presented at the 2010 Celebration of Excellence on Sunday, October 10 at the Sheraton Hotel in Madison.  More information on the event is available at www.wirestaurant.org.

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The WRA Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been in existence since 1987 and is one of the nation’s largest state restaurant association foundations. The WRA EF vision is to advance professionalism through education, scholarships and community involvement to ensure the future success of the foodservice industry.

The ProStart® program, administered by National Restaurant Association Solutions, LLC and state restaurant associations, is a college prep, two-year curriculum designed to teach high school students the skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry.  Students also have the opportunity to participate in paid internships where industry managers mentor them.

 
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