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September 4, 2014

Catering Business Owners Honored with Salute to Excellence Award

Amy and Ryan Scheide, owners of the catering business Great Expectations in Wisconsin Rapids, are honored as the ProStart® Mentors of the Year as part of the 2014 Salute to Excellence Awards, presented by the Wisconsin Restaurant Association (WRA) Education Foundation. The Foundation presents the Scheides with this award for their commitment to education, the community and the foodservice industry.

For the past three years, the Scheides have been instrumental in working with juniors and seniors as part of the Lincoln High School culinary arts program, providing countless volunteer hours, donating foodservice items to the school and helping to strengthen the ProStart® program in Wisconsin. ProStart 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. As part of the program, Ryan helped coach Lincoln’s student culinary team and Amy helped coach the management team in preparing for Wisconsin’s ProStart® Invitational student competitions held during the Midwest Foodservice Expo. In 2012, Lincoln High School won first place in the state management competition. That year, the pair traveled to Baltimore to support the team in competing in the national competition.

“Amy and Ryan are great assets to our ProStart program,” says Lynn Borski, a culinary arts instructor at Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids. “Their expertise and mentorship has been a wonderful resource for me and my students.”

Amy and Ryan Scheide are respected leaders and mentors who are passionate about the restaurant industry. With a combined sixty-plus years of experience, their enthusiasm is evident in their dedication to students and their community, year after year. Amy has been a guest teacher at MidState Technical College for the past five years. She also sits on the Wood County Health Advisory Council, is a guest speaker on local food for the Incourage Community Foundation and sits on the board of the South Wood County Humane Society, Mead Charter Elementary School and the Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre. Ryan is a 7-year competitor in a local non-profit’s Iron Chef competition and is a chef demo volunteer for Central Wisconsin Farmshed. He has been a member of the Lion’s organization for over 10 years and often lends his culinary skills to benefits for community members in need.

“Amy and Ryan have demonstrated amazing dedication to the foodservice industry,” says Bryan Mowry, Executive Director of the WRA Education Foundation. “Their support of the ProStart® program and mentorship of students, in particular, really makes a difference.”

The WRA Education Foundation proudly presents Amy and Ryan Scheide with the 2014 ProStart® Mentors of the Year Award for their compassion for young people and spirit of giving.

Each year, the WRA EF recognizes five individuals and one company for dedication and commitment to education in the restaurant industry as Salute to Excellence honorees. Other 2014 Salute to Excellence honorees include: Brian Frakes (Marcus Hotels and Resorts, Milwaukee); Kevin McGuinnis (Madison College, Madison); Diane McKenzie (Madison West High School, Madison); Chico Pope (Buckhorn Supper Club, Milton); and EWH Small Business Accounting, S.C., Waukesha. Each honoree creates opportunities for people interested in foodservice industry careers. 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 are presented at the 2014 Celebration of Excellence on Sunday, October 19 at Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan. 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 Foundation 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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