5:00 - 7:00 pm
No entrance fee!
Join us for a low-key happy hour event – just a short skywalk away from the show floor. Mingle and unwind with fellow foodservice professionals as you enjoy entertainment and exclusive drink specials.
A great place to meet friends before dinner - it’s free to attend!
6:00 pm Cocktail Reception
7:00 pm Dinner & Program
The elegant Awards Dinner presents the perfect blend of spectacular atmosphere, exquisite cuisine and networking with peers.
Join hundreds of foodservice professionals for a formal evening of fine dining and an inspiring program to honor the state’s top business leaders.
$100 per person. Advance registration required.
Proceeds benefit the WRA Education Foundation.
Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Downtown Milwaukee is filled with popular, pedestrian-friendly commercial strips of nightlife, restaurants and shops.
Westown is quintessential downtown Milwaukee. Located closest to the Hyatt, this neighborhood houses Old World 3rd Street, the Frontier Airlines Center, the Shops of Grand Avenue, theaters, restaurants, nightclubs and more. Westown is bound by I-43 on the west, Juneau to the north, I-794 to the south and the Milwaukee River to the east.
About two blocks east of the Hyatt and encompassing the area east of the Milwaukee River, you’ll find East Town. This neighborhood holds the renowned Water Street, a road that follows the path of the river and is the central avenue of the city’s nightlife and entertainment.
A small section of Water St. between Highland and Knapp Streets features the largest concentration of bars and watering holes in Milwaukee and is city’s own version of Bourbon St. It’s where the masses come to party and where the young and young-at-heart feel right at home.
Historic Third Ward
Known as “Milwaukee’s Arts and Fashion District,” the Historic Third Ward warehouses are now home to many fashionable boutiques and upper-class establishments. The Historic Third Ward sits just to the south of East Town and I-794, on a peninsula bound by the river to the west and Lake Michigan to the east.
A quick cab ride from the Expol, the Brady St. neighborhood’s independent flair can be seen in the diverse mix of ethnic cuisine, cool coffee shops, vintage stores and vibrant nightlife. To get to Brady St., follow Water St. about twelve blocks north of Kilbourn St.