Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association (ORLA) announced the 2019 state winners of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s (NRAEF) Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity Awards. Three restaurants, Block 15 Brewing Company (Corvallis), Bentley’s Grill (Salem), and Mo’s Restaurants were named state winners for the Restaurant Neighbor Award. Luis Perez, franchise owner/operator of Elmer’s Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner in Corvallis, was named Oregon’s Faces of Diversity winner.
“The involvement and dedication these restaurants have shown in support of local philanthropy is commendable and exemplifies the spirit of our industry and our state,” said Jason Brandt, ORLA President & CEO. “It’s our honor to recognize these restaurants along with one restaurateur who has achieved success through perseverance and passion.”
Nine out of 10 restaurants give back to their communities through charitable activities. Restaurants also play an important role in providing a ladder of opportunity for millions of Americans to achieve the American Dream.
Each year, the NRAEF recognizes restaurants around the country for outstanding community service, diversity and lifetime achievement. These prestigious national awards honor restaurants that go above and beyond in supporting their community and inspiring others with their stories of success.
All state winners were forwarded to NRAEF in consideration for national awards to be announced mid-March. Three national Restaurant Neighbor Award winners will receive a $10,000 award to help support their favorite charity or community project. National winners of the Faces of Diversity Award will have a $2,500 scholarship awarded in their name to an aspiring student from their state. In addition to the award, the national winners will be flown to Washington, DC to receive the award at a special banquet on March 27, 2019.
Oregon’s award recipients will be formally recognized among their peers at ORLA’s Hospitality Industry Awards presentation during the annual Convention, this year in Seaside, September 16-17, 2019.
For more information on Oregon's Restaurant Neighbor Awards, visit OregonRLA.org/restaurant-awards.