Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation

TRA Education Foundation

The Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation was established by the Texas Restaurant Association in 1994 as a 501c3 non-profit organization, to focus on providing the necessary resources to help restaurateurs confront educational and labor challenges with the latest innovations in education, technology, and training. The TRA Education Foundation’s mission is to provide educational opportunities to build and maintain a strong professional foodservice workforce in Texas.

Support The Foundation

Get involved and support the work of the TRA Education Foundation! The Foundation's programs support educational opportunities for restaurant careers in Texas. Your contributions benefit not only talented and dedicated students, but also the restaurant and hospitality industry as a whole.

2018 - 2019 TRAEF Board Officers

Jessica Delgado, Salt / house. wine. & bistro.

Sharon Van Meter, 3015 at trinity groves, a division of SVM Productions, LLC

Patrick Costello, St. Philips College

David CeaOrlando's / Caprock Café

Russell Woodward, Texas Beef Council

2018–2019 TRAEF Board of Trustees

Danny Arocha, Houston Community College

Roy Bara, La Fiesta Grande Restaurants

Liz Berry, Liz Berry Creative+ CPG Creative and Marketing Agency

Valencia Bivens, Coca-Cola

David Cea, Orlando's / Caprock Café

Patrick Costello, St. Philips College

Jessica Delgado, Delgado Collective

Larry Delgado, Delgado Collective

Steve DeShazo, El Centro College

Melissa Doolin-Koehne, TDn2K (Transforming Data Into Knowledge)

Charles Ducote                                           

Charles Duit, Calder Woods Retirement

John Fuentes, Fuentes Café Downtown

Oliver Fuller, ECOLAB

Roy Gillean, Odessa Barn Door

Jessica Gollihar, ECOLAB

Kirk Greenwood, Auto-Chlor Services, LLC

Brier Hanson, ECOLAB

Whitey Hershorn, Sysco

Gary Johnson, Frontier Enterprises

Lorena Legarreta, The Art Institute of Austin

Matthew Mabel, Surrender

Jerry Maddox, Fazoli's

Brian Medina, Self Opportunity

Earl Mulley, Halfmann's Cake Cottage

Karen Musa, Collin County Community College

Val Lamantia Peisen, L & F Dist

Diana Pena, McAllen ISD

Nikky Phinyawatana, Asian Mint Restaurant Group

Gary Rice, Art Institute - San Antonio

Glenn Rierson, Ace Mart Restaurant Supply

Ashley Rosenfeld, A' La Carte Foodservice Consulting Group

Bob Sabina, Brinker

Mary Jane Sampson, Lubbock Restaurant Association

Drew Scudday, Ben E. Keith Company

Ben Siddons, Texas Mutual

Tina Sparger-Buice, Tina's Culinary Business and Design Work

Steve Swofford, The Culinary Institute Of America

Sharon Van Meter, SVM Productions / 3015 at Trinity Groves

Lisa Welch, Headington Companies

Russell Woodward, Texas Beef Council

Blake Zeitman, Big Daddy Z's LLC