A charitable gala and elegant dinner to honor foodservice leaders

Awards Gala March 12, 2019

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
5:30 pm Cocktail Reception • 6:30 pm Dinner and Program

Celebrate the year’s foodservice industry accomplishments as you enjoy exceptional cuisine.

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts – 929 N Water Street, Milwaukee
Experience a State of the Art venue, located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. Streamlined programming coincides with this fun dining experience.

Exquisite Cuisine
Catering by Sazama’s
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.

Advanced reservations are required for the WRA Awards Gala. Semi-formal attire is recommended for this celebratory evening.

Reservations are $100 per person
Proceeds benefit the non-profit 501 (c)(3)WRA Education Foundation.

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See pictures from last year


Awards Gala

New Regional Awards in 2019

The Wisconsin Restaurant Association is launching a new regional awards program which debuts at the 2019 Awards Gala on March 12 at the Marcus Performing Arts Center.

Award Categories

  • Champion of Restaurant Entrepreneurship (CORE)
  • Best of the Front of the House
  • Best of the Back of the House

Nominate yourself, a peer or employee, then use social media to encourage your customers, friends and family to vote for you or your nominee.

The awards nomination and voting have now closed, stay tuned for the results!

Awards Dinner


International Dining Stations!

Salad Martini: Sweet Sonoma, with Chopped Romaine, Swiss Chard, Baby Kale, Fire Roasted Peppers, Red & Gold Beats, Goat Cheese
Candied Almonds, Housemade Peach Vinaigrette
Freshly Baked Artisan Dinner Rolls; Freshly Whipped Butter

Station 1: Caribbean
Starfruit Canape with Curried Chicken Salad
Coconut Shrimp with Mango Chutney
Jerk Chicken on Sugar Cane Skewers with Grilled Chorizo
Homemade Guacamole with Tri-Colored Chips
Conch Fritters with Island Remoulade

Station 2: Asian Fusion
Thai Satay Display with Cellophane Noodles (Chicken, Beef)
Steamed Veggie Dumplings with Ginger Soy
Spicy Sesame Noodle Salad
Mini Pork Spring Rolls with Red Chili Cream & Ponzu

Grilled New York Strip au jus with Creamed Tarragon Horseradish
Roasted Turkey Breast with Jabanero Cranberry Relish, Natural Pan Gravy
Roasted Garlic Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes
Brown Butter Baby Tri Color Carrots


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

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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

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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)

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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)

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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 Emily Honl at ehonl@wirestaurant.org or 800.589.3211 for more information on tax-deductible sponsorship opportunities for the Elegant Awards Dinner.