Wisconsin Restaurant Association

In existence since 1933, the Wisconsin Restaurant Association is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to supporting the foodservice industry.

WRA membership includes thousands of foodservice businesses representing virtually every size and style of establishment in the state. Restaurateur members include fine dining establishments, mom-and-pop supper clubs, small cafes, quickservice outlets, corporate chain restaurants, institutional foodservice operations, catering businesses and hotel and motel foodservices, to name a few. In addition to restaurateur and foodservice operators, WRA has hundreds of Supplier Associate Members that provide goods and services to the restaurant industry.

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Wisconsin Restaurant Association

A Strong and Vibrant History

This look back at the Association's history begins in 1931, prior to its official incorporation in 1933. It explores the issues facing restaurants in Wisconsin over the decades and how WRA has served its members and the industry.

Wisconsin Restaurant Association

Strategic Plan

In 2018, WRA leaders and staff engaged in a strategic planning process to help guide the Wisconsin Restaurant Association through the next few years. The association’s mission was revisited and a vision statement was created.

Five core pillars to advance the association’s mission were also identified. WRA leaders and staff are committed to excellence that amplifies this mission and ensures that we are serving our members well.

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Education Foundation


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 Foundation serves foodservice operators throughout Wisconsin in its mission to promote foodservice as a professional career path, attract and educate future leaders of the industry and provide affordable, quality training and education for those already working in the industry. It has no dues-paying members and is fully funded through donations, grants, underwriting of programs and program revenue.



Midwest Foodservice Expo


The Midwest Foodservice Expo features hundreds of exhibits, unique competitions, exciting events, celebrated industry speakers and a variety of business seminars. Visit everythingfoodservice.org for additional information on the Midwest Foodservice Expo.