Gordon Food Service ProStart Invitational

Students from 19 different Ohio ProStart schools will be competing at the upcoming Gordon Food Service ProStart Invitational held at the Crowne Plaza North on the weekend of February 13 & 14.  Fourteen schools will be vying for top honors in restaurant management and thirteen schools will be striving to achieve culinary excellence.  

There are limited opportunities for judges and volunteers to help with the two-day competition, contact Patricia Halper if interested. 

Industry donors help defray the cost of the ProStart Invitational.  If interested in helping ProStart and receive marketing exposure for your company, click here for additional information.  To make your reservation to attend the exciting two-day competition, click here.

 Scholarship Opportunities

The ORAEF/ProStart Scholarship Application deadline is February 26.   Don't miss out on the opportunity to apply for funds to begin your career in the foodservice industry.  Apply here.

Also, the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF) has scholarship opportunities available for ProStart students.  To review the requirements and to apply, Click here

ProStart Students back at NAPICS

An important role for an instructor is to instill the importance of the student giving back. A student with a servant’s heart is not only inspiring to others, but it allows the ability to change families, schools, and communities…one relationship at a time.

This school year, the Bakery/Pastry Operations Program was given the opportunity to attend the North American Pizza and Ice Cream Show (NAPICS). Our mission in going was to inspire the organizers of the show, as well as all those who attended, by displaying a level of hospitality and professionalism that accurately represented the true spirit of ProStart. Our goal was to get not only our school and program out to the public but also to demonstrate the maturity and excitement that comes along with ProStart.

Each R. G. Drage student that attended took with them 25 packages of trail mix. These packages were produced in class. They were labeled with information about ProStart, as well as a link to learn more about R. G. Drage and the ProStart Program. As students visited booths at the show, they were to provide a bag of trail mix. The idea was that it is more important to give than receive.

Students were also assigned to work at the ORAEF booth, decorating and customizing cupcakes for visitors. In addition to working at this job station, students also rotated through a job station where they served as volunteers for the Pizza Pizzazz National Pizza Competition. Students assisted participants from across the nation and worked for the judges by plating and serving samples.

By the end of the day, students learned just how powerful random acts of kindness can be. The interaction between adults and students proved that memories were made and lifelong lessons were learned.

ProStart Schools Named to Elite Group

Respected culinary leader, Sullivan University names 2016 Elite Hospitality Programs and more than 35 ProStart schools made the cut.  Congratulations to Ohio ProStart schools that made the list, including Kenmore High School, Lancaster High School, Lima Senior High School, Polaris Career Center, RG Drage Career Technical Center and Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center.   

Two-year high school culinary arts and hospitality management programs that participate in state competitions are eligible for Sullivan's Elite 50 honor.   Additionally, the schools had to submit an original recipe complete with photos or a restaurant management design.  Further consideration is given to schools that operate a restaurant or offer catering service.   ProStart schools made up more than two-thirds of the Elite 50.

Ohio ProStart is listed on ODE Credential List

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) listed Ohio ProStart on the Industry-recognized Credential List.  The credential list is used for school and district report cards. Industry-recognized credentials can also be used to qualify students in the class of 2018 and beyond for high school graduation. View ODE list.

Who Works in the U.S. Restaurant Industry

New research available by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s, Who Works in the U.S. Restaurant Industry is the first report of its kind in decades. Detailing the opinions of nearly 5,100 Americans who currently work or formerly worked in the industry, as well as those who own or operate restaurants, the study offers compelling insight into the sense of pride, optimism and opportunity among the restaurant workforce. Click to read report. 

 Shop and Support ORAEF/Ohio ProStart

  Amazon Smile generic graphicOhio ProStart newest funding opportunities involves industry giant, Amazon and local supermarket, Kroger.  

You can use your existing Amazon account, although you will first need to register at www.smile.amazon.com and select,Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation. You will receive a confirmation email that Amazon will make a donation as a result of your purchase.To support the ORAEF, you will need to shop at www.smile.amazon.com.  and not the amazon.com website.

You can also register your Kroger Plus card at www.Kroger.com and select #21287 for our program and a portion of the proceeds will go to ORAEF. 

Please share this information with family and friends, as we need an expanded community to support our program. Please contact the ORAEF office at 877.442.9374 with any questions.



ORA Education Foundation

 February 2016 
February 13-14, 2016

2016 Gordon Food Service Ohio ProStart Invitational

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