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 8, 2017


Omni Dallas, Trinity Ballroom
555 South Lamar Street


7 - 10:00 p.m.

Ticket Info: 

Individual Ticket - $300
Table - $3,000



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!

TRA Hall of Honor inductee - Scott Plowman, owner of Pelican's and Parkway Grill in Wichita Falls. Read more.

Kathleen Roussel of Clear Springs High School - 2017 Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation Excellence in Education Award. Read more.





Lone Star Bash  |  Sunday, July 9, 2017


3015 at Trinity Groves
3015 Gulden Lane


6 - 9:00 p.m.

Ticket Info:

Early Bird - $50
Note: The cut off date for Early Bird pricing is June 25.

General Admission - $75

VIP - $100
The VIP experience at the Lone Star Bash gets you priority entry ahead of everyone else, a swag bag, special wristband, and priority access to the bar. Get treated like a star!





Chef prepared bites
Craft beers and cocktails
Live music from Jay-B and the Zydeco Posse 
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.