Here is a list of the major Annual Events hosted by the CRA and CRF each year. If you are interested in participating or sponsoring in any of these events, click here. And check out our Calendar for a listing of all our events.

January 11, 2017
Blue Ribbon Reception

An evening to spend time with your legislators and tell them what is important to you while enjoying a hosted bar and hors d'oeuvres compliments of some of Colorado's fantastic restaurants. For event information, click here.

March 2-3, 2017
Colorado ProStart® Student Invitational and Sysco Denver Hospitality Cup

Johnson & Wales University Event Center

This annual event showcases more than 250 ProStart® students from 30 Colorado high schools who demonstrate a mastery of culinary and academic skills as they compete in the Annual ProStart® Student Invitational & Sysco Denver Hospitality Cup Competition. Teams compete for more than $750,000 in scholarships through both a Culinary Competition and Hospitality Management Competition. The school that accumulates the most points at the end of the contest will take home the "Sysco Denver Hospitality Cup." The winning teams from the state competition will represent Colorado ProStart® at the National ProStart® Invitational event with the opportunity to win even more scholarships.

May 10, 2017
CRF Scholarship Awards Event

At this annual event, scholarship award recipients from post-secondary and ProStart high school hospitality education programs are recognized for their outstanding achievement in academics and their commitment to careers in the foodservice and hospitality industry. The event includes presentation of the ProStart Student, Teacher, and Industry Mentor of the Year awards, and the awarding of secondary and post secondary scholarships. Since its inception in 1987, the Colorado Restaurant Foundation has awarded more than $750,000 in scholarships funds to students who plan to enter the hospitality industry. For event information, click here.

June 26, 2017
ProStart Golf Challenge

Valley Country Club, Aurora, CO

Golf for a Great Cause! Proceeds from the ProStart Golf Challenge help support the Colorado ProStart Program. The Colorado Restaurant Foundation and CRA Mile High Chapter host this annual event at the prestigious Valley Country Club. The event raises more than $15,000 to support Colorado ProStart® and post-secondary scholarships. Check-in begins at 11:00 am and the tournament blasts off with a shotgun start at 12:00 noon. For event information, click here.

June 27, 2017
Industry Spotlight Awards

An evening that celebrates the industry while you enjoy lavish food, beverages, entertainment, and a Silent Auction that supports Colorado ProStart. For event information, click here.


May 15, 2017
RAF Rocky Mountain Golf Classic

Enjoy the beautiful Broadmoor golf course with fellow restaurateurs while benefiting the Restaurant Advocacy Fund (RAF) for the National Restaurant Association. For event information, click here.

Fall 2017
NRA Restaurant PAC Dinner

Enjoy a lavish evening of amazing food with fellow restaurateurs while support the National Restaurant Association PAC. You will enjoy a 4 course meal with wine pairing and have the opportunity to hear about how the Restaurant PAC is helping the hospitality industry.

September 5-10,2017
Denver Food and Wine

This is the signature event of the CRF, it is a multi-day extravaganza of food and wine education, promotion and tastings. Yearly events include a Riedel glass seminar, an intimate wine pairing dinner, an evening tasting party, and the primary event, the Grand Tasting combining 30+ restaurants and more than 800 wines and spirits. Additional Grand Tasting elements include a VIP Lounge, the Viking culinary stage with chef demonstrations, a silent auction, and more. The event is a partnership between the CRF, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and The Denver Post Community Foundation and draws more than 6,000 attendees. For event information, click here.

October 9-10, 2017
Colorado Restaurant Show 

The Colorado Restaurant Show is the premier and largest Rocky Mountain Region foodservice show. It is about bringing together industry leaders and suppliers and presenting absolute excellence. It provides the opportunity to learn about the newest trends and products in the industry. For event information, click here.

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