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Regional Awards

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.



CORE Award

Champion of Restaurant Entrepreneurship (CORE)

An owner/operator will be recognized for their contributions to Wisconsin's industry in the following areas:

  • Demonstrated passion for and success in their business
  • Committed community involvement
  • Support of the industry through WRA membership

Nominees should show strong leadership skills, business acumen, a knack for moving the industry forward as innovators and be well-respected employers.

Best of the House Awards

Nominees in these categories should be inspiring examples of employees who demonstrate professionalism in their jobs and help to further the positive image of the foodservice industry in Wisconsin.

Best of the Front of the House

Eligible employees include staff who have regular contact with customers. The award recognizes front of house staff who exhibit outstanding customer service, strong work ethic, leadership skills and have earned the respect of their colleagues and employer.

Best of the Back of the House

Eligible employees include staff from the back of the house. The award recognizes staff who exhibit attention to detail, calm under pressure, strong work ethic and leadership skills.


  • Business owners are encouraged to nominate themselves, a peer or employees for these awards.
  • Nominees may be an individual or in a a partnership with one or more foodservice business operations.
  • Deadline for applications (and public voting) is January 4, 2019.
  • Three finalists from each category (in each of the five regions in Wisconsin) will be chosen by popular vote using an online public ballot.
  • Once the online nomination is completed, award nominees can use social media to encourage customers, friends and families to vote for them by sharing the link to the online public ballot.
  • A selection committee will determine the regional winners - one in each category, from each of the five regions.

Complete criteria for the awards is available at wirestaurant.org/nominate. Questions? Contact Katie at 608-270-9950.