Do you know of a restaurant or operator making big differences in the community? Or a talented chef who overcame hardship to grab a hold of their passion? The time has come to nominate them for the Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity awards, presented by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.
The Restaurant Neighbor Award recognizes restaurants that have succeeded in community philanthropy. Examples include supporting programs for neighborhood betterment, healthy eating efforts or other ground-level involvement.
The Faces of Diversity Award honors those who have overcome societal obstacles to excel in the restaurant or foodservice industry. The award honors those who have faced up to hardship to achieve the "American Dream." Three nominees will be given the award nationally.
Last year's winners included San Diego chef Miguel Valdez.
National winners receive a $5,000 donation to their favorite charity or community project, along with a trip to Washington D.C. to receive the award during a gala awards dinner in April of next year. Beginning this year, State Restaurant Associations with winners will also receive a $5,000 matching grant in the name of the winning restaurant.
Applications for nomination can be found at www.nraef.org/awards. The nomination deadline is Nov. 18.