Restaurateur Scott Plowman, "Scotty P." of Wichita Falls is the latest to be inducted into the Texas Restaurant Association’s (TRA) legendary Hall of Honor – the highest award the Association can bestow. The ceremony will take place at the TRA’s 2017 Night of Excellence event on Saturday, July 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Dallas Omni Hotel, 555 S. Lamar. The event is held in conjunction with the 80th annual TRA Marketplace, the second-largest industry foodservice show in the country.
To qualify, nominees must have a minimum of 15 years of TRA membership and exemplify superior business ethics. Criteria include significant time and energy devoted to the benefit of TRA and its members, as well as his or her local chapter. Nominees must also gain proper recognition for, and of, the restaurant industry and help to build the image of the food service industry overall.
“Induction into the Hall of Honor is the highest award we can give to publicly recognize those who have been great leaders, successful business people and a true beacon to others,” said Richie Jackson, TRA CEO. “Scott has worked tirelessly to help his colleagues succeed and in serving others, he elevates the entire industry. We couldn’t be more proud to honor him.”
Scott began his restaurant career at 16 years old in 1979 at Pelican’s Restaurant in El Paso as a dishwasher, eventually working his way up to manager. He was the transferred to the Lubbock Pelican’s in 1984 and a sales acquisition of that store led to his transfer to The Parkway Grill, a diner in Wichita Falls.
Scott began to transition the diner into The Parkway Grill & Sports Bar and finally purchased it 21 years ago. Parkway Grill and Sports Bar was Wichita Falls original sports bar and has flourished for more than 30 years, winning Texoma’s Best Sports Bar award every year since the inception of the award.
In July 2001, Scott opened an independently-owned Pelican’s in Wichita Falls, and the store will be celebrating its 16th anniversary this July. Scott opened a second Parkway Grill & Sports Bar on the north side of town that had its five-year anniversary in March.
Scott has been an integral part of the North Texas Restaurant Association (NTRA) since joining in 1985. He has participated in the Hotter-N-Hell Spaghetti feed for more than 15 years, chairing it for the past five. This community-wide event raises funds for NTRA and local charities like Interfaith Ministries and the Northwest Texas Boy Scout Council.
He also participates in the NTRA Golf Tourney that raises funds for the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation (TRAEF) and local college scholarships for Midwestern State University and Vernon College.
Scott also guided the Burkburnett Independent School District (BISD) and school board to open the Burkburnett North Texas Restaurant Culinary Academy and participated as a guest chef for the opening ceremony. In addition, he has served on the Vernon College Culinary Board. Scott has served as NTRA President, NTRA Board member, TRA State Board representative, TRA President and served in some NTRA volunteer capacity for more than 20 years.
A large part of Scott’s philosophy both personally and professionally, is giving back to the community that supports him. He is actively involved in several community organizations and has been recognized repeatedly for his service. Highlights of his awards and service include:
•Toastmasters International Club 305-Competent Communicator Award 2007, President 2007-2008
•Boy Scouts of America-Northwest Texas Council Troop 11-Various positions to assist 2011-2014
•Wichita County-Wichita Falls-Health Board-2011-present, Chair 2015, 2016. This position has greatly bridged the relationship with the local health department and restaurateurs.
•WFISD Senior Send Off-“Scotty P.’s Kitchen-Helping high school seniors better navigate into adulthood 2012-present
•Vernon Culinary Advisory Committee 2012-present
•Wichita Falls Area Food Bank Empty Bowls, Pelican’s & Parkway Grill, participating each year, 2013-present
•Cowboy True Chef Contest 2014, 2015
•Lion’s Club Taste of Burk participating each year, 2014- present
•Wichita Falls Area Food Bank, Chef/Teacher, Cooking Matters, teaching low income adults healthier cooking, February-March 2016
•Cooking Matters Food Judge, Junior High students March 2017.
For his next chapter, Scotty P. will be opening a new restaurant, 35 Tavern & Grill in El Paso with longtime friend Anthony Duncan at the corner of Montwood and Yarbrough.
Scott is thrilled about the honor. “This award means so much to me,” he says. “When I look at the other recipients who have gone before me, they are people for whom I have the greatest amount of respect and admiration. This honor represents integrity, hard work, character and giving back to the community and I’m deeply honored to stand among my mentors and friends.”
Over the past 31 years of the award’s history, there have been 120 honorees. For more information about Texas Restaurant Association and the Hall of Honor awards, or to purchase tickets to the Night of Excellence visit here.
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