WASHINGTON, May 19, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fourteen iconic restaurant artifacts from America's deep history will be on display at the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show, representing the debut of "America's Restaurant Gallery" inspired by Elliot Group Memorabilia Collection. The NRA Show, the largest annual gathering of the restaurant, foodservice, and hospitality industry, will take place from May 21-24 in Chicago.
The Elliot Collection, which chronicled and celebrated the growth of the nation's restaurant and foodservice sector, was donated to the Foundation in April 2015 by the Elliot Group. It included donations from over 200 companies and features achievements and artifacts from restaurants such as P.F. Chang's, Outback Steakhouse®, Starbucks, and California Pizza Kitchen.
The exhibit at the NRA Show is the first step in the NRAEF's effort to expand the memorabilia collection and evolve it into "America's Restaurant Gallery". The Gallery will document and showcase the success stories, artifacts and achievements of America's beloved restaurants.
Rob Gifford, executive vice president at the NRAEF said:
"We are excited to display a cross-section of these one-of-a-kind artifacts for the benefit of everyone attending the NRA Show. The Foundation looks forward to joining with leaders and employees in the restaurant industry to expand the collection even further, working together to create America's Restaurant Gallery. The Gallery will pay homage to the entrepreneurial spirit and contributions of business leaders and the restaurant workforce who have made the industry a vital contributor to our nation's economy, communities, and people's lives."
Alice Elliot, founder and chief executive officer of The Elliot Group, an executive search firm specializing in the hospitality industry, commented:
"I'm proud to work with the leadership of the National Restaurant Educational Foundation to share the Elliot Collection with America's restaurant industry. The exhibit of these unique items showcases our national restaurant heritage and the sector's contributions to our economy, culture, and shared history."
The National Restaurant Association Show (NRA Show)
The largest annual gathering of the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry, NRA Show takes place every May in Chicago.
When: May 21-24, 2016
Where: McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
National Restaurant Association
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) is the largest foodservice trade association in the world —supporting over 500,000 restaurant businesses. In partnership with their state restaurant associations, they work every day to empower all restaurant owners and operators to achieve more than they thought possible. For more information on the NRA, visit Restaurant.org.
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 on the NRAEF, visit NRAEF.org.
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SOURCE National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation