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!

Stay tuned for more exciting affiliated events during TRA Marketplace.


June 13, 2020 | 5:00-9:00pm | 3015 Trinity Groves | Dallas, Texas


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, Carmelo Mauro 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 2020-2021. And of course, there's great food, cocktails and conversation!


June 14, 2020 | 5:00-9:00pm | Gilley's | Dallas, Texas

Each year, the Texas Restaurant Association puts on an event we call Lone Star Bash, in conjunction with TRA Marketplace. This event is a perfect opportunity to celebrate our industry, try delicious food from well-renowned chefs, and raise funds for the TRA Education Foundation. We like to say it's where the industry parties. Celebrating its sixth year in the summer of 2020, get ready to indulge your foodie passion with us at Dallas’s legendary event venue, Gilley's. 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, as well as beer, wine and signature cocktails. Some of our past chefs have been from restaurants like Outback Steakhouse, Taco y Vino, Antone's PoBoys, Gringos, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., McCormick and Schmick's, Blue Top Brand, and Molina's Cantina. Join us in Dallas in 2020 to get a taste of Texas flavor. There will be Instagram-worthy moments around every corner. You won’t want to miss this event! Tickets go on sale soon. Stay tuned.