Be sure to Join us at the
April 9th, 2017
for the Taste of Nebraska Event!
Featured speaker is Tom Osborne.
About The Taste of Nebraska:
Held in April of each year, guests enjoy an excellent opportunity to mingle and get to know other members of the Nebraska Restaurant Association at our annual gala, the Taste of Nebraska. Year after year, Taste sells out, attracting restaurateurs and Allied members from across the state. The banquet consists of a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and entertainment. Eastern Nebraska Hospitality Award, Greater Nebraska Hospitality Award, Allied Member of the Year, & Employee of the Year are presented at the awards ceremony.
Sponsorship opportunities at a variety of levels are available. Reserve your table and become a sponsor today!
Contact Brandy Nielson for more information.
402-488-3999 ext. 2
More About the Taste of NE 2016 Event…
Nebraska Restaurant Association Honors Hospitality Industry Leaders at the 27th Annual Taste of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE – Venue Restaurant & Lounge and the Nebraska Pork Producers received the Nebraska Restaurant Association hospitality awards at the association’s annual banquet, Taste of Nebraska. This year’s event was held Monday, April 18th at the Embassy Suites-LaVista.
Winners of the award are selected for the contributions they make to both the hospitality industry and the communities in which they do business. Jeff Barclay and Scott Ritter accepted the 2015 Restaurateur of the Year Award for Venue Restaurant & Lounge. Allied Member of the Year was presented to Jane Stone of the Nebraska Pork Producers.
A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Fayrene Hamouz, an Associate Professor in the UNL Department of Nutritional Science. Fayrene was recognized for her long term commitment to the hospitality industry. She has devoted a great deal of personal time and resources serving as the coordinator for the Nebraska ProStart program, providing high school students an opportunity to learn about the art of cooking and managing restaurants by training with professional chefs and getting valuable classroom instruction. She has worked with High Schools across the state scheduling teacher forums and coordinating competitive events in support of this excellent educational program.
Fayrene is retiring from her position at UNL but we are counting on her continued active participation and leadership as a member of the Hospitality Education Foundation Board and as the leader of the Nebraska ProStart program.
Hillis & Co. added the finishing touches to the evening with a “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” theme. Tables were adorned with all things baseball including peanuts, popcorn and crackerjacks. Keynote speaker was Phil Kafarakis who serves as the Chief Innovation & Member Advancement Officer of the National Restaurant Association.
The Nebraska Restaurant Association would like to thank special guest, Governor Pete Ricketts, and the many sponsors and guests that made the 27th annual Taste of Nebraska another success.