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March 27, 2014

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2014 California ProStart Cup event gallery

Students from 27 California high schools convened at the Sacramento Convention Center on March 16+17 to compete in the 2014 CA ProStart Competition. San Diego High School took home top honors in the management competition while La Quinta High School won first place in the culinary competition. Both schools will represent California at the National Invitational in Minneapolis on May 3-5.

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November 11, 2013

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Regulatory Outreach Day + Tequila Tasting event Nov. 2013

Health care, employment trends and the state of the restaurant industry in California led the agenda for two full days in Sacramento, as dozens of the state’s top restaurant leaders convened for a series of events, including a Regulatory Outreach Day and a special tequila tasting event, which benefited the CRA Political Action Committee. Click through for image gallery.

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August 29, 2013

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Trade show round-up

Many thanks to everyone who attended the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo, as well as the mixer hosted by the CRA Los Angeles chapter and the Culinary Clash benefit for the CRA Educational Foundation. Plan to join us Aug. 17-19, 2014 at the Anaheim Convention Center. See highlights from the 2013 show and the mixer below.

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January 30, 2013

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2013 CRA Lobby Day + Rock ’n Restaurants

Lobby Day is a critical day in the effort to improve the environment in which restaurants operate and thrive.

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Tags: Lobby Day 2013, Rock 'n Restaurants 2013

November 5, 2012

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Restaurant industry leaders gather in Sacramento
By CRA Staff

Dozens of distinguished restaurant industry executives and California Restaurant Association (CRA) leaders convened in Sacramento Nov. 4-5 for a series of meetings and events, including a Regulatory Outreach Day and the Whiskey Warm-Up 2012 fundraiser, benefitting the CRA Issues Political Action Committee.

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Tags: IPAC, fundraiser, Lobby Day, de Vere's, whiskey

September 12, 2012

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Visalia's 19th Annual Waiters Race takes the mark Sept. 27

Join the California Restaurant Association's Central Valley chapter in supporting the 19th Annual Waiters Race on Sept. 27 in Visalia. The race takes place in conjunction with the Taste of the Arts festival at the Old Lumber Yard in downtown Visalia.

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April 11, 2012

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Inaugural Rock ’n Restaurants event a success
By Angie Pappas

The Rock 'n Restaurants event raised $25,000 for the CRA IPAC.

Photo by Taras Garcia

Nearly 500 people gathered April 10 at the historic Crest Theatre for the CRA’s inaugural Rock ’n Restaurants reception, culminating in a lively concert by Collective Soul lead singer Ed Roland and Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra. The concert was co-presented by Broadcast Music Inc. The event raised $25,000 for the CRA IPAC.

Earlier in the day, more than 100 restaurant operators convened for CRA Lobby Day 2012. Before heading to the Capitol to meet with Legislators, the group spent time discussing the top issues facing the restaurant industry in California, including AB 1439 (Alejo), a minimum wage indexing bill being considered by the Legislature.

"The industry is better off having lawmakers consider minimum wage increases periodically than putting it on an upward elevator," senior legislative director Matt Sutton said. "Restaurants give jobs to people reentering the economy, so now it is imperative that the Legislature does no harm."

California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom addressed the restaurant operators, giving insight to his ideas for reigniting a spirit of entrepreneurship and growth in California.

"This has always been a state of dreamers and innovators," Newsom said. "You come out West to start something, but we've been resting on our laurels. There are still amazing things happening in this state — we know how to do it, it's just a question of scale."

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Tags: Lobby Day 2012, Rock 'n Restaurants 2012