The Texas Restaurant Association announced its 2017 Restaurant Neighbor award state winners. These individuals and restaurant groups have demonstrated a dedicated commitment to serving their communities through outstanding charitable service and philanthropy and will advance to the national level to compete for the grand prize of $10,000 to support their favorite charity or non-profit.
College Station’s own Blue Baker was one of the restaurants to receive a 2017 Restaurant Neighbor Award and be recognized by the Texas Restaurant Association for its philanthropic work in the Bryan College Station area.
For a small restaurant, Blue Baker has donated about $20,000 per year to local charities and nonprofits since 2001. They also conduct weekly bakery tours, monthly cookie sales, sales sharing nights with local organizations, and annual partnership with the Christmas Angels program.
The cookie sales provide non-profit groups an opportunity to educate guests about their cause while raising funds for their group. An iced cookie shape is created that conveys each group’s cause. Blue Baker sells these cookies for one week and donates all profits from the iced cookies sold that week to the group.
In 2016, Blue Baker has partnered with local organizations in Austin and College Station, including: The Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas, The Pink Alliance, Books & a Blanket, Lemonade Day, Bryan ISD Education Foundation, The Salvation Army, The Big Event, Fish Camp, Junior League of Brazos County, and many other groups.
Other restaurants recognized include:
“We are very proud of our Texas Restaurant Neighbor Award winners. This group embodies the true spirit of these awards, encompassing generosity, community and philanthropy in their day to day operations,” says Richie Jackson, CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association. “The Restaurant Neighbor Awards provide an excellent opportunity to shine the spotlight on those who are so often working behind the scene to make our communities a better place.”
Three national Restaurant Neighbor Award winners are chosen from all the states by a panel of industry professionals. Those selected will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. in March where they will be honored at a gala awards dinner during the National Restaurant Association’s Public Affairs Conference. National winners receive $10,000 to support their charitable giving efforts. Developed 18 years ago, the program is sponsored by American Express.
Find more information and stories from all winning applicants at www.ChooseRestaurants.org/Awards.
About the Texas Restaurant Association
The Texas Restaurant Association was formed in 1937 to serve as the advocate in Texas and the indispensable resource for the foodservice industry. Today, as a leading business association, TRA represents the state’s $52.4 billion restaurant industry, which is comprised of 42,500 plus locations and a workforce of 1.2 million employees. Along with the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation, the Association represents, educates and promotes the growing industry. For more information, visit www.txrestaurant.org.
About the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the NRAEF exists to enhance the restaurant industry’s service to the public through education, community engagement and promotion of career opportunities. The NRAEF works to attract, develop and retain a career-oriented professional workforce for the restaurant industry. In 2016, the restaurant and foodservice industry is projected to provide a record 14.4 million jobs, making it the nation’s second largest private sector employer. For more information, visit www.NRAEF.org.