Below is a list of upcoming events hosted by the Colorado Restaurant Association and the Colorado Restaurant Foundation. If you are interested in participating or sponsoring in any of these events, click here.
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 represents Colorado at the National ProStart® Invitational event with the opportunity to win even more scholarships.
The Colorado Restaurant & Bar 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.
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 a presentation of the ProStart Student, Teacher, and Industry Mentor of the Year awards, and the awarding of secondary and posts 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.
This is the signature event of the CRF, it is a multi-day extravaganza of food and wine education, promotion and tastings. This year's events include Dinner Under the Stars, an intimate wine pairing dinner on September 30 and a Riedel Wine Glass Seminar on October 2. The primary event, the 4,500-person Grand Tasting combining 40+ restaurants and more than 800 wines and spirits, has been postponed to a TBD date in 2022 out of an abundance of caution. For event information, click here.
This prestigious awards program celebrates individuals who are devoted to the idea of hospitality and practice it in their daily lives. They are recognized throughout the industry for the significant contributions they made through their leadership, service and dedication to the foodservice industry and community. Awards presented include the Hall of Fame Awards, The Noel & Tammy Cunningham Humanitarian Award, and the Richard P. Ayers Award for Distinguished Service.
Celebrating Colorado’s restaurant industry, this awards program recognizes those who have been mentors, contributed to the community and have pushed our industry to the level that it is today.