Programs & Initiatives

Texas ProStart

It’s a well-known fact that everything is bigger and better in Texas. Our approach to high school hospitality education is no exception to this rule. The TRA Education Foundation took the benefits of the National ProStart program and added a Texas twist:

  • Outstanding Curriculum
  • Educator Excellence & Professional Development
  • Industry Support & State-of-the-Art Facilities
  • Student Achievement

Texas ProStart prepares students for careers in the restaurant and food service industry. They gain valuable restaurant and food service skills through their academic and workplace experience.We take high school culinary and restaurant management to the next level by providing the full support of the Texas restaurant industry to over 240 high schools reaching 25,000 students each year. The program grows each year - adding more schools and reaching more students! Find a school near you and visit to see this program in action.

The connection between industry and schools ensures that teachers and students get the most from the Texas ProStart program. We provide extensive resources for educators and students, and the annual Texas ProStart Invitational competition showcases the amazing passion and dedication students have for our industry.

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Workforce Development

A skilled workforce is essential to our economy and when industry and education work together, it creates a direct path to employment for Texans. The Texas Restaurant Association and the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation have long recognized the importance of workforce development for our industry.

We are heavily invested in supporting educational opportunities for restaurant careers in Texas. Partners have a direct impact on the success of our programs and their ongoing development. 

Restaurant Revenue Sharing  

TRAEF also partners with Texas Restaurants for revenue sharing opportunities, such as co-branded dinners, special events, and more. 
These campaigns are also a tremendous statewide and industry-wide branding and recruitment opportunity for restaurants.  Let us tailor a campaign for your restaurant and assist you with your recruiting and retention needs.

School Grant Program 

All socioeconomic levels are reflected in our Texas ProStart high schools. While some schools are well funded, others are not as fortunate. Through TRAEF/Partner school grants, we can give grant funds directly to a school in need and help them strengthen their Texas ProStart program. 

Culinary Educators Training Conference

TRAEF’s annual train the trainer conference for all Texas ProStart educators and future Texas ProStart educators.  Classes, demos, and presentations led by industry professionals, chefs and restaurateurs.

Technology and Workforce Development Conference

TRAEF is currently coordinating a new conference that highlights best practices in industry technology and how it impacts workforce development.  TRAEF is committed to offering educational programming that prepares people for exciting restaurant industry careers while also offering workforce development, recruitment, and retention programming that keeps the industry strong.  If your restaurant or industry business is run by the right technology, this greatly impacts your recruitment and retention efforts.  Attendees will learn from innovative industry icons, hands-on classes, demonstrations and interactive discussions. 

Lone Star Bash




Early Bird - $50
Note: The cutoff date for Early Bird pricing is June 25

General Admission - $75

VIP - $100
The VIP experience at the Lone Star Bash gets you in the doors 30 minutes ahead of everyone else, a special wristband, and access to a private bar stocked with a special cocktail. Get treated like a star!




Chef prepared bites
Craft beers and cocktails
Live music from

Networking with industry suppliers and restaurateurs
Party with a purpose*


Featured Chefs & Restaurants:


*All proceeds benefit the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation and the educational and workforce development programming it produces, including the country’s largest culinary arts and restaurant management accredited program – Texas ProStart.


Get Involved

If you would like to sponsor this event, contact Steph Smith, Director of Development, or 800.395.2872. If you'd like to be part of our amazing restaurant line-up and share your delicious cuisine with attendees, please contact Haley Griffin, Manager of Foundation Events, or 800.395.2872.

Game on!

Did you know that TRAEF is the only nonprofit to hold a simultaneous Topgolf tournament at 4 Texas Topgolf locations?  Join us at either the Dallas, Houston, Austin or San Antonio Topgolf for an afternoon of some healthy competition, food, drinks and networking with industry professionals, chefs and restaurateurs.  All proceeds benefit the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation.