Education and networking

What resources do you offer for a specific job role?
Do you offer online forums to network and share ideas by job function?
What conferences do you offer?
Do you offer online programming?
How do I become a speaker?

General

Does the National Restaurant Association have a directory of vendors, suppliers, consultants, etc.?
Does the National Restaurant Association endorse, rank, or review specific products or services?

Governance

Who leads the National Restaurant Association?
What experts do you have on staff?

History

When was the National Restaurant Association founded?
Why was National Restaurant Association started?

Industry information

Where can I find statistics about the restaurant industry?
What are the latest trends in the restaurant industry?
What is the economic impact of the restaurant industry?

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

What industry awards do you offer?
When are the restaurant awards entries due?
Do you offer scholarships? How can I apply?

National Restaurant Association Show

When is the next National Restaurant Association Show?
How can I learn more about exhibiting at the Show?
How do I receive my free member badge?

News

What are your official publications? How do I subscribe?
How can I be added to your distribution list for news releases?
Where can I find the National Restaurant Association on social media?

Training and certification

My ServSafe order hasn’t arrived yet. Who can I speak with?
How do I get a duplicate certificate?
When will the scores be available?
How do I order more test forms?
Where is the test being held?

What resources do you offer for a specific job role? You can explore positions within the food industry, including kitchen, server, and front and back-of-the-house careers. See job titles and descriptions.

Do you offer online forums to network and share ideas by job function? Our nine executive study groups are discipline-specific networking groups. The groups meet yearly or biannually, but offer opportunities to stay connected with like-minded professionals throughout the year. Several offer online forums to share best practices and address common challenges.

What conferences do you offer? Our most notable event is the National Restaurant Association Show, which takes place the third weekend in May every year in Chicago. The Show features education sessions, demonstrations, networking opportunities and social events, and more than 2,300 exhibitors. The next Show is May 18-21, 2019. Our other conferences include the New England Food Show, the Restaurant Innovation Summit and profession-specific conferences for our nine executive study groups.

Do you offer online programming? We offer online education resources through our webinars, as well our ServSafe suite of training and certification products.

How do I become a speaker? To present at the National Restaurant Association Show, contact our Learning Experiences Producer Stacey Hodge.

Does the National Restaurant Association have a directory of vendors, suppliers, consultants, etc.? Although we don’t have directory of vendors, suppliers or consultants, you may be able to identify some by consulting the exhibitor list for the National Restaurant Association Show.

Does the National Restaurant Association endorse, rank, or review specific products or services? The National Restaurant Association doesn’t endorse specific products or services, but we offer member discounts for health care solutions and other services through our partners.

Who leads the National Restaurant Association? The National Restaurant Association is governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of 90 leaders from every segment of the industry. The current chairman of the board is Jay Stieber of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprise. Dawn Sweeney is president and CEO. Find the other board officers here.

What experts do you have on staff? Our subject-matter experts can address public policy issues, sustainability, technology, food safety, research and other subjects. See our Speakers Bureau.

When was the National Restaurant Association founded? The National Restaurant Association was founded in 1919. We’re celebrating our centennial this year. See our history.

Why was National Restaurant Association started? Kansas City restaurateurs founded a national organization in 1919, two years after they organized a boycott to protest excessive prices (65 cents a dozen!). The National Restaurant Association has been advocating for restaurateurs ever since.

Where can I find statistics about the restaurant industry? Industry statistics can be found in Research & Trends.

What are the latest trends in the restaurant industry? The restaurant industry has more than 15.1 locations and generates about 825 million in sales. For more information, see economic indicators. For food and beverage trends, see our What's Hot Culinary Forecast.

What is the economic impact of the restaurant industry? Find data about the restaurant industry's signifcant impact on the economy and jobs here.

What industry awards do you offer? We offer three awards through the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation: Faces of Diversity American Dream Award, Restaurant Neighbor Award and Humanitarian of the Year Award. We offer two awards through the National Restaurant Association Show: FABI Awards for innovative food and beverage products and Kitchen Innovation Awards.

When are the restaurant awards entries due? Contact Alyssa Prince from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation about industry award deadlines.

Do you offer scholarships? How can I apply? The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation offers nearly $1 millon a year in scholarships. Contact Matthew Rosales for more information.

When is the next National Restaurant Association Show? The next National Restaurant Association Show is May 18-21, 2019 in Chicago.

How can I learn more about exhibiting at the Show? For exhibit space and sponsorship inquiries, request more information or e-mail NRAexhibitinfo@restaurant.org.

How do I receive my free member badge? Contact Attendee Customer Service for questions about attendee registration receipts and attendee and exhibitor badge registration.

What are your official publications? How do I subscribe? We have three digital newsletters: @WeRRestaurants, National Restaurant Association Restaurant Smart Brief, and National Restaurant Association Restaurant Innovation Smart Brief. Subscribe here.

How can I be added to your distribution list for news releases? Contact our media relations team to receive news releases.

Where can I find the National Restaurant Association on social media? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

My ServSafe order hasn’t arrived yet. Who can I speak with? Please contact our ServSafe Service Center at (800) 765-2122.

How do I get a duplicate certificate? Please contact our ServSafe Service Center at (800) 765-2122.

When will the scores be available? How can I get mine? Please contact our ServSafe Service Center at (800) 765-2122.

How do I order more test forms? Please contact our ServSafe Service Center at (800) 765-2122.

Where is the test being held? Please contact our ServSafe Service Center at (800) 765-2122.