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  |  July 8

This is our industry's night to shine! Texas Restaurant Association leaders and other industry luminaries honor outstanding individuals who have contributed so much to our industry. We will present the Educator Excellence Award and Outstanding Restaurateur Awards; induct industry icons into the Hall of Honor; and thank our outgoing association leaders as we welcome in new leaders for 2017-2018. And of course, there's great food, cocktails and conversation aplenty!


Lone Star Bash  |  July 9

The official opening party for all TRA Marketplace attendees and exhibitors delivers great food, refreshing beverages, kickin' music and a good time. All proceeds benefit the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation and its high school culinary arts and hospitality program, Texas ProStart. Our program is in 230+ schools, reaching over 25,000 students each year.