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Get the recognition you deserve

From the smallest food stands to the largest global chains, a common thread runs through the restaurant industry. It’s the story of enterprise, innovation and commitment.

The National Restaurant Association Educational Founation encourages restaurateurs to tell those stories by applying for or nominating someone for its Restaurant Industry Awards. Applications/nominations are due Nov. 18.

The Restaurant Industry Awards, which include the Faces of Diversity and Restaurant Neighbor Award, are intended to inspire and motivate restaurant operators, employees and guests. They highlight the industry’ philanthropic contributions, showcase restaurants as responsible employers; and acknowledge the industry's opportunities for people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.

Faces of Diversity winners represent the many incredible success stories in the restaurant industry. The award, sponsored by PepsiCo Foodservice, celebrates the accomplishments of restaurant operators and employees whose hard work and determination led to fulfilling restaurant careers. The program provides scholarships in the winners’ names to aspiring restaurant and hospitality students.

The Restaurant Neighbor Award honors restaurants that make significant contributions to their communities. Sponsored by American Express, the award acknowledges restaurants that give unfailing to people in need and make their communities better places to live and work. State restaurant associations choose the finalists, who then compete for a national award.

Each winner receives $5,000 to continue their philanthropic initiatives. RNA applications are evaluated on overall impact, duration of involvement, level of involvement, goals and innovation.

Restaurant operators can apply for the award or nominate an employee or colleague. Community groups or restaurant patrons also can nominate a restaurant.

Both awards recognize a small business, mid-sized company and a national chain. Additionally, the RNA program identifies a Cornerstone Humanitarian. Winners will receive expense-paid trips to Washington, D.C., for the April 28, 2014, awards gala.

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