Special Events

It's not all work and no play at TRA Marketplace!

Our events give you the opportunity to make
new connections, visit with old friends, and of course, have a great time!





Night of Excellence | Saturday, July 13, 2019


Marriott Marquis
Houston Ballroom
1777 Walker Street
Houston, Texas 77010


Cocktail Reception - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Dinner and Program - 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Ticket Information: 

Individual Ticket - $300 (Early Bird Pricing)
Table for 8 Guests - $3,000

For one night, the stars of the Texas restaurant industry shine bright as they convene for the Texas Restaurant Association's annual awards gala. Award presentations include the Carmelo Mauro Award for community generosity, Educator Excellence Award, Outstanding Restaurateur Award, and the Hall of Honor, the highest award bestowed on a restaurant owner by TRA.


Heart of House Culinary Tour - Invite Only
Saturday, July 13, 2019

The Heart of House Culinary Tour will showcase the best of Houston’s unique food and restaurant business scene. On this invite-only tour, we’ll visit two stellar restaurants that represent the best of Houston’s new and established vibrant flavors, an urban farm that works closely with its community and supplies local restaurants with fresh and local ingredients, and finally we’ll go behind the scenes of a brand new food hall that is getting a lot of attention for its unique space and dining opportunity.

Lone Star Bash

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Minute Maid Park
501 Crawford Street
Houston, Texas 77002


Now in its fifth year, get ready to go big and indulge your foodie passion with us at Houston’s legendary Minute Maid Park. The most talked about chefs from around the state are teaming up with the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation to celebrate and support the future of the restaurant industry.

Attendees will enjoy chef-prepared tasting bites, live music from Kyle Park, as well as beer, wine and cocktails. There will be Instagram-worthy moments around every corner. You won’t want to miss this event!


TRA Young Guns

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Co-hosted by two Houston restaurateurs, Nicole Bean (Pizaro’s Pizza) and Thomas Nguyen (Peli Peli), TRA Young Guns is the first event designed for young restaurant professionals. Join your fellow Young Guns at a secret location within GRBCC for two hours of real conversations, cocktails, and connections.

Education sessions include:

Winning the Houston Hustle with Justin Yu and Bobby Heugel
Stirring The Insta-Pot: Using Instagram Influencer Strategy with Catherine Le and Duc Hoang


TRA Restaurant Photography Contest
Monday, July 15, 2019

Get your tastebuds ready for some seriously mouth-watering restaurant photography! In this competition, curated images within three different categories will be judged based on skill and creativity. Photographers from all skill levels will be competing, and a winner will be announced for each category. Attendees will also have the opportunity to bid on the photographs, and all funds will be donated to Texas Restaurant Association's Education Foundation.