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National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Hosts 2018 Armed Forces Culinary Forum

Exclusive weeklong training event pairs top military foodservice operators with industry’s best chefs and restaurateurs

Washington, DC, Nov. 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) is hosting the 2018 Armed Forces Culinary Forum, its exclusive week-long training event for military foodservice professionals. The NRAEF’s event honors those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces by offering attendees training opportunities and celebration events in Napa Valley during the week of Veterans Day.

Attendees will participate in hands-on culinary instruction, interactive seminars and mentoring sessions to build culinary skills they can apply directly to their current foodservice duties, and also offer them with insights towards future employment in the restaurant industry.

The celebration concludes tomorrow, November 16th, with an awards presentation and graduation ceremony for all attendees.

“This year marks the 62nd year of the restaurant industry’s support of our armed forces,” said Rob Gifford, executive vice president of the NRAEF. “We thank all of our industry supporters for their generous contribution to the NRAEF – as a result of our donors’ generous financial support, this training is provided without any cost to the military.”

The Foundation thanks its military donors for their generous support: Computrition, Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, Hobart, Rose Packing, Sodexo, Sysco, Aramark, Barfresh, BJ’s Restaurant Group, Butterball, Constellation Brands, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Ecolab, Hormel, New Chef Fashion, Trinchero, Victorinox Swiss Army, Cambro, Checkers, Dick Crawford, Kitchens to Go built by Carlin, Sack Family Foundation and Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management Foundation.

To learn more about the forum and how you can get involved in the NRAEF’s work to empower military servicemen and women for careers in the restaurant industry, visit


About the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the industry’s training and education, career development and community engagement efforts. The NRAEF and its programs work to Attract, Empower and Advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workforce. NRAEF programs include:  ProStart® – a high-school career and technical education program; Restaurant Ready – partnering with community based organizations to provide “opportunity youth” with skills training and job opportunities; Military – helping military servicemen and women transition their skills to restaurant and foodservice careers; Scholarships – financial assistance for students pursuing restaurant, foodservice and hospitality degrees; and, the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship Project – a partnership with the American Hotel & Lodging Association providing a  hospitality apprenticeship program for the industry. For more information on the NRAEF, visit